Culture For All.

Our arts and cultural sector are a necessary way to create connections, build bridges across difference, and enrich our community. Every day, arts programming throughout the county is allowing members of our community to think creatively, move freely, and spend more quality time with their friends and families.

In this episode of the Culture For All podcast, we look at some of the many ways arts and culture programming helps connect Mecklenburg County residents.

You’ll hear the sounds of a Dragon Boat race on the shores of Lake Norman. Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival founder John Chen will tell us about how the festival exposes people to different cultures.

We’ll take you to the West Charlotte Recreation Center and hear how Demond Carter’s Stepping Into Health program allows seniors to stay fit and active through free community dance classes. We’ll step into the home of Deborah and Lionel Wellington, a couple whose lives have been directly impacted by this kind of access and programming.

You’ll hear how the Mint Museum is reaching out to the youth of Grier Heights through educational programming led by Rubie Britt Height.

We’ll sit in on a free jazz concert organized by Dapper Street Productions and talk to founder Nicci Canada about how access to programming is so important.

Finally, we’ll speak with other leaders in our community, including Reverend Ricky Woods of First Baptist Church- West, Daniel Valdez of Charlotte Pride, Mattie Marshall of Washington Heights and Patsy Burkins of Charlotte Community Services Association.

Host Banu Valladares, a Mecklenburg County resident, leads you through this look at arts and culture in our community.

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This podcast was produced by the Arts & Science Council and GohJo Studios. Original Music by Harvey Cummings.

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