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Take a bite of Charlotte culture, entertainment at Levine Center
Culture Feast brings community together
Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:44 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

The annual Culture Feast sponsored by the Arts & Science Council features local entertainment, food and cultural institutions. This year’s Cultural Feast is Sept. 7 at Levine Center for the Arts.

Charlotte offers a buffet of art and food in September.

The Arts & Science Council’s fourth annual Culture Feast features local entertainment, surrounded by cultural institutions under the night sky. P.S.: There’s food when Levine Center for the Arts – the Harvey B. Gantt Center, Mint Museum Uptown and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art – turns into a dining room on Sept. 7 from 6-10 p.m.

“You have an opportunity, not only to sit outside and enjoy the food and the drinks, but to see all three museums right there in your purview,” said Keith Cradle Ph.D., adolescent program manager for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and a member of the Bechtler’s board of directors. “For people who haven’t been before, this is an opportunity to connect with people different from you, share a meal, and experience the arts together. [Arts and Science Council] funded organizations give you snippets of what they do. It’s like a buffet not only of food, but of art.”

Events like this highlight Charlotte’s rapid growth not only physically, but culturally as well.

“It starts with an understanding that I want Charlotte to continue to grow,” said Cradle, an avid patron of the arts. “People who are moving here, and folks who have been here, I want to believe that they feel the same. A big part of growth is that our arts and culture sector needs to grow with it. As we offer those things, it gives people things to do. It’s not just going to the movies, or going outside to a park. It is taking all the things that are cultural that have place and spaces that offer you something visual.”

Cradle had ample access to art as a kid growing up in New York. He sees it as a personal mission to ensure that children here have the same opportunities.

“You can do the symphony, the opera, the ballet, the museums,” Cradle said. “All these spaces are giving us something. Whether it’s a glimpse into the past, or something about the present or the future, and they’re doing it through works of art, through cultural experiences, through engagement, through conversations. That is an awesome opportunity to sell this city.

“When you look at a vibrant art community the city benefits from that—the people, the youth, our community, they all benefit from that. For me personally, I understand that, and that’s why I invest in it.”


Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

Meat, vegan and vegetarian meal options.

Tickets cost $35 through Aug. 31, $45 Sept. 1-6 and $50 the day of the event (the event has sold out each year).

There are no physical tickets.

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