Recognized as one of 10 national finalists for Americans for the Arts’ Robert E. Gard Award 2018

Culture Blocks connects communities with responsive arts, science, and history experiences close to where residents live. The program engages with creative individuals and organizations with a primary mission of arts, science, and/or history to present programs in specific geographic areas. Culture Blocks, funded by Mecklenburg County, supports cultural experiences that are planned with resident involvement and/or take place at libraries, recreation centers, parks, and relevant community spaces.

Upcoming Programs

All the events, classes and workshops listed below are FREE thanks to the generous financial support of Mecklenburg County

 

 

Family Pottery Workshop
When: Monday, October 18 (5:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Join Clayworks via Zoom for these hands-on clay making workshops. Workshops are free but registration is required. Clay and supplies kits for each person registered will be made available for pick-up, typically a week before the workshop. Each workshop has a specific partner location for pick-up with specific dates and times. In your materials kit, you will receive everything you need to create a fun clay project during this live Zoom workshop. A Clayworks teaching artist will give step-by-step instructions on how to pinch, coil, slip and score your way to a completed project of their choice. Since we will be using air dry clay, paint is included to finish your project once the piece dries.


The Melody of Latin American Stories
When: Wednesday, October 20 (6 p.m.)
Where: Zoom

Let’s travel and share a glimpse of Latin American childhood connecting songs and forgotten melodies with its illustrations. Many of these stories are not even represented in picture books, together we will bring these traditions to life.

Viajemos y compartamos parte de las costumbres típicas de nuestra infancia Latinoamericana conectando canciones tradicionales y coplas con sus ilustraciones. Muchas de estas historias no han sido aun representadas en libros ilustrados. Juntos reviviremos la tradición.


Songwriter and Producer Lock-In’s at Grindhaus Studios
When: Saturday, October 23 (6 p.m.)
Where: Grindhaus Studios (3711 Latrobe Dr, Ste 510,Charlotte, NC 28211). Register here.

Our aim is to create gathering places for artists to collaborate freely through music and human connection. Attendees are placed in small groups and given each a different studio to create music and at the end of the event we share all of our song concepts and dissect them in our Skybox Studio.


Adult/Senior Pottery Workshop
When: Tuesday, October 26 (10 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Join Clayworks via Zoom for these hands-on clay making workshops. Workshops are free but registration is required. Clay and supplies kits for each person registered will be made available for pick-up, typically a week before the workshop. Each workshop has a specific partner location for pick-up with specific dates and times. In your materials kit, you will receive everything you need to create a fun clay project during this live Zoom workshop. A Clayworks teaching artist will give step-by-step instructions on how to pinch, coil, slip and score your way to a completed project of their choice. Since we will be using air dry clay, paint is included to finish your project once the piece dries.


Capoeira Class
When: Thursday, October 28 (6 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr., Charlotte, NC 28216). To register, visit this page and search for activity code 121033.

Participants will be exposed to the fundamental movements and elements of capoeira including learning about the history and culture of the art form. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and dance developed by Enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. This unique art form is the only martial art where men, women, and children compete together to rhythmic sounds.


Family Pottery Workshop
When: Thursday, October 28 (5:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Join Clayworks via Zoom for these hands-on clay making workshops. Workshops are free but registration is required. Clay and supplies kits for each person registered will be made available for pick-up, typically a week before the workshop. Each workshop has a specific partner location for pick-up with specific dates and times. In your materials kit, you will receive everything you need to create a fun clay project during this live Zoom workshop. A Clayworks teaching artist will give step-by-step instructions on how to pinch, coil, slip and score your way to a completed project of their choice. Since we will be using air dry clay, paint is included to finish your project once the piece dries.


Capoeira Saturdays
When: Saturday, October 30 (12 p.m.)
Where: Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center (2921 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208). Register by emailing info@tacfoundation.org or completing this Google Form: https://forms.gle/588dP7PtKa8V4nAM6

Participants will be exposed to the fundamental movements and elements of capoeira including learning about the history and culture of the art form. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and dance developed by Enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. This unique art form is the only martial art where men, women, and children compete together to rhythmic sounds.


Unplugged+Live Concert Series: Huntersville
When: Saturday, October 30 (5 p.m.)
Where: Veterans Park (201 Huntersville-Concord Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078). Register here.

his touring concert series features live performances featuring local and touring talent, live DJs, & Food Trucks. Join us outdoors and socially-distanced.

Upcoming Dates Include: December 16


YouTube Producer Program
When: Mondays and Wednesdays from November 1 through December 16 (4 p.m.)
Where: Register here.

Students will learn how to produce, write, schedule and publish their own unique and creative Youtube videos. In addition to how to attract followers and subscribers.


Intro to Game Creation
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 1 through December 16 (4 p.m.)
Where: Register here.

Students will learn gaming framework and early build stages of gaming development by learning to create game environments, paint terrains, import models, build models and test game mechanics.


Inspired Sessions
When: Tuesday, November 2 (2 p.m.). This a recurring event that takes place the first Tuesday of the month.
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Every 1st Tuesday of the Month at 2pm-3pm through zoom, featuring live art done by local Artist CFour Black and live spoken word by Jah Smalls from Grannae’s Boyz based on themes found in the book for the month in partnership with West Blvd. Library’s book club. Come share a poem or just come to listen and watch the live art. This program is sponsored by Culture Blocks – a community partnership funded by Mecklenburg County. Ages 18+


Play with Clay
When: Friday, November 5 (4 p.m.)
Where: Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Dr, Pineville, NC 28134). Register here.


Free Art, Music + Poetry Workshops
When: Saturday, November 6 (11:30 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.). This a recurring event that takes place the first Saturday of the month.
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Join us every 1st Saturday of the month for these free art, music and poetry workshops held via zoom. Art classes are from 11:30am-12:30pm and Music / Poetry classes are from 12:45pm-1:45pm. Art supply bundles will be provided at Derita Dairy Bar + Grill (2737 W Sugar Creek). Every month will be a different theme and you can join anytime throughout the series. Open to all ages.


Capoeira Saturday
When: Saturday, November 6 (12 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr., Charlotte, NC 28216). To register, visit this page and search for activity code 121034 or call rec center at 980-314-1120.

Participants will be exposed to the fundamental movements and elements of capoeira including learning about the history and culture of the art form. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and dance developed by Enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. This unique art form is the only martial art where men, women, and children compete together to rhythmic sounds.


Play with Clay
When: Thursday, November 11 (9:30 a.m.)
Where: Steele Creek Presbyterian Church (15000 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278). Register here.

1st – 8th grade


The Melody of Latin American Stories
When: Saturday, November 13 (11 a.m.)
Where: YouTube and Facebook

Let’s travel and share a glimpse of Latin American childhood connecting songs and forgotten melodies with its illustrations. Many of these stories are not even represented in picture books, together we will bring these traditions to life.

Viajemos y compartamos parte de las costumbres típicas de nuestra infancia Latinoamericana conectando canciones tradicionales y coplas con sus ilustraciones. Muchas de estas historias no han sido aun representadas en libros ilustrados. Juntos reviviremos la tradición.


Unplugged+Live Concert Series: Lunchtime Edition
When: Saturday, November 13 (12 p.m.)
Where: Eastway Regional Recreation Center (423 Eastway Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205). Register here.

Dear Soul Music Co Presents the Unplugged+Live Concert Series! This touring concert series features live performances featuring local and touring talent, live DJs, & Food Trucks. Join us outdoors and socially-distanced.


Capoeira Saturday
When: Saturday, November 13 (12 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr., Charlotte, NC 28216). To register, visit this page and search for activity code 121034 or call rec center at 980-314-1120.

Participants will be exposed to the fundamental movements and elements of capoeira including learning about the history and culture of the art form. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and dance developed by Enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. This unique art form is the only martial art where men, women, and children compete together to rhythmic sounds.


Ivory Baker Robot Demonstration
When: Saturday, November 13 (1:30 p.m.)
Where: Ivory Baker Recreation Center (1920 Stroud Park Court, Charlotte, NC 28206). Learn more.

Come see robot demonstrations from current QCRA robotics teams and experience what it’s like to drive one yourself! Meet middle and high school students and find out what excites them about building robots.


Songwriter and Producer Lock-In’s at Grindhaus Studios
When: Saturday, November 13 (6 p.m.)
Where: Grindhaus Studios (3711 Latrobe Dr, Ste 510,Charlotte, NC 28211). Register here.

Our aim is to create gathering places for artists to collaborate freely through music and human connection. Attendees are placed in small groups and given each a different studio to create music and at the end of the event we share all of our song concepts and dissect them in our Skybox Studio.


Play with Clay
When: Sunday, November 14 (2 p.m.)
Where: McDowell Arts Center (123 E McDowell St, Matthews, NC 28105). Register here.

Ages 6+


Play with Clay
When: Friday, November 19 (4 p.m.)
Where: Blair Road United Methodist Church (9135 Blair Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28227). Register here.

1st – 8th grade


Capoeira Saturday
When: Saturday, November 20 (12 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr., Charlotte, NC 28216). To register, visit this page and search for activity code 121034 or call rec center at 980-314-1120.

Participants will be exposed to the fundamental movements and elements of capoeira including learning about the history and culture of the art form. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and dance developed by Enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. This unique art form is the only martial art where men, women, and children compete together to rhythmic sounds.


Songwriter and Producer Lock-In’s at Grindhaus Studios
When: Saturday, November 27 (6 p.m.)
Where: Grindhaus Studios (3711 Latrobe Dr, Ste 510,Charlotte, NC 28211). Register here.

Our aim is to create gathering places for artists to collaborate freely through music and human connection. Attendees are placed in small groups and given each a different studio to create music and at the end of the event we share all of our song concepts and dissect them in our Skybox Studio.


Free Art, Music + Poetry Workshops
When: Saturday, December 4 (11:30 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.). This a recurring event that takes place the first Saturday of the month.
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Join us every 1st Saturday of the month for these free art, music and poetry workshops held via zoom. Art classes are from 11:30am-12:30pm and Music / Poetry classes are from 12:45pm-1:45pm. Art supply bundles will be provided at Derita Dairy Bar + Grill (2737 W Sugar Creek). Every month will be a different theme and you can join anytime throughout the series. Open to all ages.


Capoeira Saturday
When: Saturday, December 4 (12 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr., Charlotte, NC 28216). To register, visit this page and search for activity code 121035 or call rec center at 980-314-1120.

Participants will be exposed to the fundamental movements and elements of capoeira including learning about the history and culture of the art form. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and dance developed by Enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. This unique art form is the only martial art where men, women, and children compete together to rhythmic sounds.


Inspired Sessions
When: Tuesday, December 7 (2 p.m.). This a recurring event that takes place the first Tuesday of the month.
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Every 1st Tuesday of the Month at 2pm-3pm through zoom, featuring live art done by local Artist CFour Black and live spoken word by Jah Smalls from Grannae’s Boyz based on themes found in the book for the month in partnership with West Blvd. Library’s book club. Come share a poem or just come to listen and watch the live art. This program is sponsored by Culture Blocks – a community partnership funded by Mecklenburg County. Ages 18+


Play with Clay
When: Saturday, December 11 (9:30 a.m.)
Where: Steele Creek Presbyterian Church (15000 York Rd, Charlotte, NC 28278). Register here.

1st – 8th grade


Capoeira Saturday
When: Saturday, December 11 (12 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr., Charlotte, NC 28216). To register, visit this page and search for activity code 121035 or call rec center at 980-314-1120.

Participants will be exposed to the fundamental movements and elements of capoeira including learning about the history and culture of the art form. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and dance developed by Enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. This unique art form is the only martial art where men, women, and children compete together to rhythmic sounds.


Songwriter and Producer Lock-In’s at Grindhaus Studios
When: Saturday, December 11 (6 p.m.)
Where: Grindhaus Studios (3711 Latrobe Dr, Ste 510,Charlotte, NC 28211). Register here.

Our aim is to create gathering places for artists to collaborate freely through music and human connection. Attendees are placed in small groups and given each a different studio to create music and at the end of the event we share all of our song concepts and dissect them in our Skybox Studio.


Play with Clay
When: Sunday, December 12 (1:30 p.m.)
Where: Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Dr, Pineville, NC 28134). Register here.


Play with Clay
When: Friday, December 17 (4 p.m.)
Where: Blair Road United Methodist Church (9135 Blair Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28227). Register here.

1st – 8th grade


Capoeira Saturday
When: Saturday, December 18 (12 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr., Charlotte, NC 28216). To register, visit this page and search for activity code 121035 or call rec center at 980-314-1120.

Participants will be exposed to the fundamental movements and elements of capoeira including learning about the history and culture of the art form. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and dance developed by Enslaved Africans and Indigenous peoples. This unique art form is the only martial art where men, women, and children compete together to rhythmic sounds.

 

 

Ongoing Programs

 

Watch Me Dance – Soul Line Dance
When: Mondays (6 p.m.)
Where: Crews Recreation Center (1201 Crews Rd., Matthews, NC 28105). Register here.

Purple Charlotte Steppers presents Watch Me Dance, an interactive dance series that promotes social connectivity and health through movement. This series celebrates American style social dancing. Watch Me Dance highlights the American social dance styles birthed in African-American communities, including Chicago Stepping, Detroit Ballroom and Soul Line Dancing. This series is open to children 10+ and adult children of all ages! This series features a new class customized for the visually impaired.


West African Dance Class
When: Mondays (6 p.m.)
Where: Tyvola Senior Center (2225 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210)

Open to all ages and skill levels.


Latin Dance Class
When: Mondays (7 p.m.)
Where: Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Dr., Pineville, NC 28134)

Open to all ages and skill levels.


Senior Dance Class
When: Tuesdays (12 p.m.)
Where: Sugaw Creek Recreation Center (943 W. Sugar Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28213)

Open to all ages and skill levels.


Watch Me Dance – Detroit Ballroom
When: Tuesdays (7 p.m.)
Where: West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendell Dr., Charlotte, NC 28216). Register here.

Purple Charlotte Steppers presents Watch Me Dance, an interactive dance series that promotes social connectivity and health through movement. This series celebrates American style social dancing. Watch Me Dance highlights the American social dance styles birthed in African-American communities, including Chicago Stepping, Detroit Ballroom and Soul Line Dancing. This series is open to children 10+ and adult children of all ages! This series features a new class customized for the visually impaired.


Jazz Dance Class
When: Wednesdays (6 p.m.)
Where: Berewick Recreation Center (5910 Dixie River Rd., Charlotte, NC 28278)

Open to all ages and skill levels.


Therapeutic & Inclusive Dance Class
When: Thursdays (5 p.m.)
Where: Virtual. Register here.

Open to all ages and skill levels.


Watch Me Dance – Chicago Stepping
When: Fridays (7 p.m.)
Where: Huntersville Arts & Culture Center (109 S. Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078). Register here.

Purple Charlotte Steppers presents Watch Me Dance, an interactive dance series that promotes social connectivity and health through movement. This series celebrates American style social dancing. Watch Me Dance highlights the American social dance styles birthed in African-American communities, including Chicago Stepping, Detroit Ballroom and Soul Line Dancing. This series is open to children 10+ and adult children of all ages! This series features a new class customized for the visually impaired.


Watch Me Dance – Detroit Ballroom for the visually impaired
When: Saturdays (11 a.m.)
Where: Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston-Oehler Rd., Charlotte, NC 28269). Register here.

Purple Charlotte Steppers presents Watch Me Dance, an interactive dance series that promotes social connectivity and health through movement. This series celebrates American style social dancing. Watch Me Dance highlights the American social dance styles birthed in African-American communities, including Chicago Stepping, Detroit Ballroom and Soul Line Dancing. This series is open to children 10+ and adult children of all ages! This series features a new class customized for the visually impaired.


Drum Circle with Drums 4 Life
When: Every Saturday (12 p.m.) 
Where: Albemarle Road Recreation Center (5027 Idlewild Rd. N., Charlotte, NC 28227)

Tune in with your drums, pots, pans and water jugs. All ages and levels are welcome to play along!


Intro to Digital Filmmaking
When: Mondays and Wednesdays from September 20 through October 28 (4 p.m.)
Where: Register here.

Introduces the art of acting, screenwriting, camera operation, and digital editing to students ages 7-17. Students are encouraged to explore their creativity, improve communication, and learn scientific research skills.


Coding for the Web
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 20 through October 28 (4 p.m.)
Where: Register here.

This program will give youth real world experiences by teaching them to use HTM, and industry-leading software. Students learn to create their own personal and business website in this section of the program.


Bucket Drumming 101
When: Wednesdays, Starting September 22 (5 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

This group will meet weekly on Wednesdays, 5-5:45pm, beginning September 22, 2021 and conclude on October 27, 2021. The first 20 registrants will receive follow-up emails with information on the GoogleMeet platform to join the closed event, AND details for picking up your instrument/materials kit prior to the series beginning. After the group series is filled, registrants will be contacted for waitlist notification.

Questions? Call 803-206-2044 or email director@piedmontmusictherapy.com.


Life Skills Through Theatre Skills
When: Tuesdays from September 28 through December 7 (9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.) *No classes will be held the week of 11/22/21
Where: Zoom
Meeting ID: 844 7786 6169
Passcode: 389877

Learn life skills through theatre skills in this online program via Zoom. Recommended for ages 2-5. Explore the artist within through guided theatre and art activities such as: ensemble/team building, group storytelling, prop and craft creation, public speaking exercises, theatre games, fun songs & sing-a-longs.


Life Skills Through Theatre Skills
When: Thursdays from September 30 through December 9 (10 a.m.) *No classes will be held the week of 11/22/21
Where: Zoom

Meeting ID: 872 3040 7437
Passcode: 389877

Learn life skills through theatre skills in this online program via Zoom. Recommended for ages 2-5. Explore the artist within through guided theatre and art activities such as: ensemble/team building, group storytelling, prop and craft creation, public speaking exercises, theatre games, fun songs & sing-a-longs.


Life Skills Through Theatre Skills
When: Fridays from October 1 through December 10 (10 a.m. & 11 a.m.) *No classes will be held the week of 11/22/21
Where: Zoom
Meeting ID: 840 6191 8502
Passcode: 389877

Learn life skills through theatre skills in this online program via Zoom. Recommended for ages 2-5. Explore the artist within through guided theatre and art activities such as: ensemble/team building, group storytelling, prop and craft creation, public speaking exercises, theatre games, fun songs & sing-a-longs.


Using Your Unique: Artist Branding Workshop
When: Tuesday, October 5 through Tuesday, October 26 (5:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Dear Soul Music Co. Presents the Using Your Unique: Virtual Artist Branding Workshops. Using Your Unique is sponsored by ASC Culture Blocks, a community partnership funded by Mecklenburg County. This virtual workshop is a four-week workshop for independent artists of all mediums via ZOOM.


The Art of Sound: Music Production for Beginners
When: Thursdays from October 7 through November 18 (5:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

“The Art of Sound: Music Production For Beginners” is an introductory course for aspiring music producers and artists looking to record their own works! During this 7-week course, participants (ages 16+) will learn the art and technology of music production to create professional music compositions with equipment they have at home – a smartphone, tablet, computer, or home studio.

FOR PROVIDERS: VIEW HERE



How does Culture Blocks work? 

Culture Blocks program staff learn more about what is happening within the community through conversation with residents. Those conversations take place while in attendance at neighborhood meetings and community events, at Culture Blocks hosted gatherings and facilitated discussions, and including residents in the process of identifying programming priorities.

Through resource sharing and support of relevant programming, Culture Blocks supports the scaling of existing cultural infrastructure and augments existing happenings with additional feedback based programming.

To view a list of the feedback Culture Blocks has received from the community, click here.


Where Do Culture blocks programs take place? 

Culture Blocks funded experiences take place closer to where residents live at libraries, parks, recreation centers, and relevant community spaces to increase access and reduce transportation and parking barriers.

Funded by Mecklenburg County, Culture Blocks is a community partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to provide cultural programming in ten geographical blocks of Mecklenburg County.

Clay workshop by Clayworks

how can i become involved with culture blocks?

  • Attend Culture Blocks hosted gatherings and facilitated discussions or sponsored cultural events
  • Invite Culture Blocks staff to attend neighborhood meetings and community events
  • Serve as a volunteer at Culture Blocks events or on planning committees
  • Share information about upcoming Culture Blocks events by inviting neighbors, posting on social media, and/or listing events in community newsletters
  • Opt-in to the Culture Blocks text messaging program by texting the word CULTURE to 797979

To stay informed and engaged, contact the Culture Blocks team at cultureblocks@artsandscience.org.

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Culture Blocks is made possible thanks to the generous financial support of Mecklenburg County.

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