The South has come so far in recognizing the importance of art and international cultural education! Come through ASC (Arts and Science Council) Charlotte celebrating our differences and the values that tether us as a human race. If you haven’t already, make sure to have your ASC experience in Charlotte, NC.
We got to participate in a collaborative paint project in a brewery and take a Djembe lesson for free! The ASC gave us so much fun and brought some new conversation to the table about what we learned. Find great ideas for your next date night or family night on their website.
We learned that ASC Charlotte (Arts and Science Council) is continually providing sponsored cultural opportunities and exposure to art for the community throughout the year. On the website you will find a list of ongoing activities to explore for couples and families in Mecklenburg County.
The ASC experience we attended is called Connect with Culture, an annual event that takes place every January. Everyone gets to enjoy Connect with Culture’s festivities regardless of weather they are rolling in dough or broke because it’s free! Yaaay ASC!
One of the many ASC free experiences held throughout the Mecklenburg was held at the Resident Culture Brewery in Charlotte, NC.
Apache and I have never been to Resident Culture Brewery on Central Ave. before, therefore we didn’t know what to expect.
We were pleasantly surprised at how spacious this bar is. We both admired the fine wood furniture in and outside on the sizable deck. There are tall heated lamps so we could stand outside with a beer and mingle. There were even outdoor fireplaces so people can still gather outside on chillier days.
We loved meeting other people’s dogs at Resident Culture . This is a dog friendly brewery and Nikia loves the dogs!
This brewery had loads of board games available in case anybody wanted to play. There were also ping pong machines if that floats your boat. We thought it was so cute, this couple enjoying a game of cards while their baby French Bull dog danced around their ankles. This seems like a great place to hang out!
We also noticed a beautifully lit Barrel Room for producing barrel aged beers and found out that this area may be rented for events. On our date night we got to enjoy Drums 4 Life interactive experience in this lovely space courtesy of the ASC. But, Resident Culture Brewery plans to continue hosting many great interactive events here for the community.
The ASC experience in Charlotte, NC orchestrated a multi-brewery paint project! Many breweries around town participated in the collaborative painting project of Queen Charlotte!
Emily Andress developed the master plan for each brewery to have a large wooden puzzle piece to paint. At the end of the evening, all of the puzzle pieces would be joined to make one complete abstract portrait. The portrait would then be presented at the Mint Museum on the next day! Pretty cool!
Jean Cauthen led our painting experience at Resident Culture Brewing. The ASC brings people together and allows us to have fun while learning, best idea!
I couldn’t believe I was in a bar painting! What a way to upgrade the bar scene! I noticed how participating in a creative activity really got me out of my head and into the moment, what a gift. If you watch the vlog of this evening you will see what part of the painting I did! Apache really enjoyed watching how happy this made me.
There were food trucks at each participating brewery! Owww (in my Cardi B. voice)!
The Dumpling Lady truck was parked in front of Resident Culture so we had to see what those dumplings were all about! Someone else on line had mentioned that the pork and Chive dumplings were really good. They left out that the dumplings were also super spicy!
Thank goodness we both love spice. Along with that spice was an abundance of flavor and we really enjoyed that meal together. Apache and I sat at a long beautiful wooden picnic like table inside Resident Culture Brewery. During dinner, we got to meet some other people while Resident Culture played some cool old school music.
While we enjoyed our dumplings we conversed with a woman who talked about her mom being a Radio City Rockette when she was a child. We also got to meet a mom who was there with her son to expose him to the drum circle. Her adorable son, about the age of 10, sat staring into his phone intently. He looks up briefly when we mention that we were YouTube Vloggers. The boy’s mom then states “He loves YouTube.”
It was great to meet new and interesting people on our date. I am happy to report that after the event the Mom told us that her son took part in and really enjoyed the Drum Circle!
The ASC experience in Charlotte also included a free African Drum Circle class! Commence Drums 4 Life!!!
I was just standing around in the bar chillin, minding my own business, taking in my atmosphere while Apache ran to the bathroom. All of a sudden, this rhythmic tumbling thunder rolled in behind me! It echoed throughout this entire sizable brewery and I quickly turned to catch the action.
Lead instructor and father Kojo Bey and his three young sons played their African drums in perfect sync! Apache had the camera in the bathroom so I whipped out my trusty cell phone and got what I could of their impactful entrance! At this time Apache returned and we follow their sound. Drums 4 Life maneuver all around us onlookers engaging and intriguing us all!
Once our excitement is peaked, they stop and everyone is cheers! The experience continues in the Barrel Room where Drums 4 Life set out a plentiful array of Djembe and Dunun drums along with other small complimentary instruments to engage the audience.
Djembe (jem-bay) is an instrument originally from West Africa. The name Djembe comes from the saying “everyone gather together in peace.”The Dunun (dun dun) drums are played with sticks.
For this occassion people gathered from all over the world from different religions, nationalities and cultures in peace, enjoying a moment together and learning together.
I thought “this is what life is all about.” I felt joy to be a part of the human race. In my body I felt excitement and connection from the beautiful sounds. There also was a feeling of gratitude to be a part of this special experience. Check for Drums 4 Life on Instagram @drums4lifeorg and join a circle!
We won’t forget this date! Make sure to seek out new types of experiences and learning opportunities. See what type of discoveries and great times they lead to!
“All the world is my school and humanity is my teacher.” – George Whitman