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 Virtual Programs:


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

 

Drum Circles on LIVE with Drums 4 Life
When: Every Saturday, starting October 3 (12 – 1:30 p.m.)
Where: Drums 4 Life’s Facebook and Instagram pages

Tune in with your drums, pots, pans and water jugs! Drums 4 Life presents an exciting African Drum Circle for people of all ages. Participants will learn about the rewards of African drumming.


Virtual Line Dance Lessons with Lisa Konczal
When: Every Monday, starting November 9 (4:30 p.m.)
Where: Virtual. Register here.

Endorphins, physical health, community and fun!  Meet new friends – and / or have a classmate, relative or friend sign up and dance with them… virtually from your home. Beginner to more experienced dancers – all are welcomed. Learn line dances to a variety of musical genres…Pop, Latin, Country, Blues, Funk… (November 2020 – After School series for Elementary School Kids / December 2020 – series for Middle Schoolers / January 2021 – series for High Schoolers and Adults of all ages).

Must sign up in advance. Dancers will receive a Zoom link emailed to them come class time, and are welcomed to be joined by others in their home.  Limited capacity to maximize your experience and create community.


Serving Our Community Through the Arts (S.O.C.A.) presented by Harvesting Humanity
When: Wednesdays and Fridays from November 2 through December 23 (2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. To register, please email: harvestinghumanityllc@gmail.com.

“SOCA” is a free experimental learning and community engagement program for middle and high school students living in the North End/Sugaw Creek area. “S.O.C.A.” cultivates 21st century literacies and servant leaders via Visual, Digital and Musical Art Workshops, Mindful Movement, Photography, Experiential Learning “field trips”, Asset Mapping and a Culminating Community Celebration.


Inspire Inclusion Dance Camp
When: Friday, November 13 through Thursday, December 31 (10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
Where: Online via Inspire Inclusion’s Facebook page

Inspire Inclusion Dance invites dancers with and without disabilities to join together in movement and community. This fall we are offering free live-streaming classes through Facebook Live. We can’t wait to dance with you!

Mondays @ 4pm IID Kids with Ms. Erin and Ms. Kim

Thursdays @ 10:30am IID Teens/Adults with Camerin

Fridays @ 4pm IID Drum/Dance Party


Capoeira Saturdays with Queen City GINGA Project
When: Every Saturday from November 14 – December 19 (10 a.m.) *No Class Nov. 28*
Where: Zoom. Register here.

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. All ages welcome.


Hands-on* / Virtual Clay Workshop
When: Monday, November 23 (10 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here

*Kit Pickup: *Kits with air dry clay, simple clay tools and paint to finish the dried projects will be available for pickup at David B. Waymer Recreation Center 15401 Holbrooks Rd. Huntersville, NC 28078 on November 16th from 4:30-6:00pm and November 19 from 10am-12pm. You must register before picking up the kit. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn during pickup.

Join Clayworks via Zoom for this hands-on clay making workshop. 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, you will be given paint to finish your project once the piece dries.


Jazz N Soul Inspirations: A Virtual Concert Series streaming LIVE from The Cube
When: November 29 (7 p.m.)
Where: Online. Registration required. Register here

This LIVE virtual concert series features vocalist Jackie O’ and The All of Us Band and The Mahue Bostic Group, representing the best Jazz, Soul, & Funk vocalists and musicians in the Piedmont region! Hosted by Jazz N Soul Music’s Dr. Zapp along with Charlotte area poets and performance artists.

You must register to see the LIVE show, but registration is FREE! Please register via Eventbrite to receive a pass and the broadcast link which will be sent to all registrants 24 hours prior to the show.


CSO Healing Hands: Sounds of the Season Community Concert
When: Monday, November 30 (11 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. Register here.

Join the Healing Hands Laurel Trio for a selection of your Holiday favorites. This one-hour interactive performance includes a conversation from the musicians and the opportunity to ask questions.


Small Space Sessions with Crown Keeper’s
When: Saturdays, starting December (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Where: Dupp&Swat’s Facebook Live

Small space sessions is an intimate set with your favorite (or soon-to-be) musicians and bands. Streamed live from dupp&swat, on the campus of Camp North End.


Dancing the Poem: A Virtual  Movement and Poetry Writing Workshop for Adults and Seniors
When: Wednesday, December 2 (10 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration Required. Register here.

Dancing the Poem is a 1 hour online movement and poetry writing workshop for Adults/Seniors that will explore a work of poetry through movement. Working with dance educator, Sarah Council, movers will make words come alive as we work together to create choreography inspired by poetic imagery. We will then respond to what was made by creating a collaborative original poem. Join us and experience both poetry and dance as powerful modes of expression that utilize imagery, emotion, and rhythm! Adults and Seniors. All levels of experience and ability welcome!


IGNITE Winter Dance Fest with Order My Steps
When: Wednesdays from December 2 through February 24 (6 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here or by calling 704-221-4787.

FREE community dance classes for everyone ages 6 – teens, live on Zoom. Join on Wednesdays 6 – 7 p.m. for different styles of dance such as Hip Hop, African, and Modern. Classes start December 2nd .

Once registration is complete the Zoom link will be emailed to you.


Virtual Bilingual Story-time and Music Series
When: Saturday, December 5 (11 a.m.)
Where: Criss Cross Mangosauce’s Facebook page

Join us for a FREE virtual bilingual story-time and music session, where the Criss Cross Mangosauce duo will share songs, rhymes, finger games, stories and more from Latin-America, in English and Spanish.

Contact Information: info@ccmangosauce.com

Los invitamos a una sesión virtual GRATUITA de cuentos y música para niños. El duo Criss Cross Mangosauce compartirá canciones, rimas, juegos, cuentos y mucho más de Latinoamérica, en Inglés y en Español.


Virtual Workshop: Bike Wheel Wreath with Upcycle Arts
When: Saturday, December 5 (2 p.m.)
Where: Live streamed via Upcycle Arts’ Facebook and YouTube channels. Register here.

Upcycle Arts is bringing you a Virtual Upcycled Art Workshop Series. All workshops have an “upcycle” element to it so that we all can learn creative ways to reuse our materials. We will distribute 10 kits by partnering with local nonprofits in the area. Not able to come to a materials distribution? Not a problem! We will post the materials list on our Instagram (@upcycleartsclt) so that you can join in. The workshops will live stream on our Facebook and YouTube channel, and videos will be posted two weeks after the workshop.

This workshop puts a unique “spin” on decorative wreaths. This shows you how to turn an old bike wheel into a unique and chic decoration. Whether you want to brighten up your front door year round, or bring cheer for the holidays, this workshop will show you how to make your porch pop.


BOOM Echoes
When: Saturday, December 5 (4 p.m.)
Where: Virtual. Register here

BOOM Echoes East is a collaboration between BOOM artists and organizers, Our Bridge, Refugee Support Services and Charlotte EAST.  Join on Saturday Dec. 5th at 4pm EST to celebrate the artistry and diversity of East Charlotte in an interactive, virtual experience.


CSO Healing Hands: Sounds of the Season Community Concert
When: Monday, December 7 (10 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. Register here.

Join the Healing Hands Laurel Trio for a selection of your Holiday favorites. This one-hour interactive performance includes a conversation from the musicians and the opportunity to ask questions.


Dancing the Poem: A Virtual  Movement and Poetry Writing Workshop for Adults and Seniors
When: Saturday, December 12 (10 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration Required. Register here.

Dancing the Poem is a 1 hour online movement and poetry writing workshop for Adults/Seniors that will explore a work of poetry through movement. Working with dance educator, Sarah Council, movers will make words come alive as we work together to create choreography inspired by poetic imagery. We will then respond to what was made by creating a collaborative original poem. Join us and experience both poetry and dance as powerful modes of expression that utilize imagery, emotion, and rhythm! Adults and Seniors. All levels of experience and ability welcome!


Virtual Workshop: Collage and Paint Project with Upcycle Arts
When: Saturday, December 12 (12 p.m.)
Where: Live streamed via Upcycle Arts’ Facebook and YouTube channels. Register here.

Upcycle Arts is bringing you a Virtual Upcycled Art Workshop Series. All workshops have an “upcycle” element to it so that we all can learn creative ways to reuse our materials. We will distribute 10 kits by partnering with local nonprofits in the area. Not able to come to a materials distribution? Not a problem! We will post the materials list on our Instagram (@upcycleartsclt) so that you can join in. The workshops will live stream on our Facebook and YouTube channel, and videos will be posted two weeks after the workshop.

Collage is a classic way to upcycle books and magazines that everyone is familiar with. In this workshop, our featured artist, Michael Lewis, will teach you how to make it even more unique by combining oil painting with collage. You won’t want to miss this one!


CSO Healing Hands: Sounds of the Season Community Concert
When: Monday, December 14 (11 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. Register here.

Join the Healing Hands Laurel Trio for a selection of your Holiday favorites. This one-hour interactive performance includes a conversation from the musicians and the opportunity to ask questions.


Hands-on* / Virtual Clay Workshop
When: Wednesday, December 16 (5:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

*Kit Pickup: *Kits with air dry clay, simple clay tools and paint to finish the dried projects will be available for pickup South Boulevard Library, 4429 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28209, October 9th-13th from 9am-7pm. You must register before picking up the kit. Social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn during pickup.

Join Clayworks via Zoom for this hands-on clay making workshop. 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, you will be given paint to finish your project once the piece dries.


NC Roots Music Series by Music Maker Relief Foundation
When: Thursday, December 17 (6 p.m.)
Where: Facebook Live and YouTube Live

The NC Roots Music Series features live stream performances by North Carolina musicians: Lakota John, The Hamiltones, Dedicated Men of Zion, Martha Spencer, and Big Ron Hunter. The shows will be aired live every third Thursday of August, September, October, November, and December at 6pm via Facebook Live and YouTube Live.


Virtual Bilingual Story-time and Music Series
When: Saturday, December 19 (11 a.m.)
Where: Criss Cross Mangosauce’s Facebook page

Join us for a FREE virtual bilingual story-time and music session, where the Criss Cross Mangosauce duo will share songs, rhymes, finger games, stories and more from Latin-America, in English and Spanish.

Contact Information: info@ccmangosauce.com

Los invitamos a una sesión virtual GRATUITA de cuentos y música para niños. El duo Criss Cross Mangosauce compartirá canciones, rimas, juegos, cuentos y mucho más de Latinoamérica, en Inglés y en Español.


Jazz N Soul Inspirations: A Virtual Concert Series streaming LIVE from The Cube
When: December 27 (7 p.m.)
Where: Online. Registration required. Register here

This LIVE virtual concert series features vocalist Jackie O’ and The All of Us Band and The Mahue Bostic Group, representing the best Jazz, Soul, & Funk vocalists and musicians in the Piedmont region! Hosted by Jazz N Soul Music’s Dr. Zapp along with Charlotte area poets and performance artists.

You must register to see the LIVE show, but registration is FREE! Please register via Eventbrite to receive a pass and the broadcast link which will be sent to all registrants 24 hours prior to the show.


The Art of Sound: Music Production For Beginners
When: Saturdays from January 9 – February 20, 2021
Where: Pre-registration Required. 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. The Art of Sound is sponsored by ASC Culture Blocks, a community partnership with Mecklenburg County. This FREE workshop is a chance to develop your creativity as a Music Producer.

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

 

Project Harmony
When: Mondays and Wednesdays (4 p.m.) and Tuesdays and Thursdays (4:30 p.m.)
Where: Online. Enroll here.

Project Harmony is a free after school orchestra program for 2nd through 5th grade students. An intensive afterschool youth program focused on Charlotte communities with the fewest resources, Project Harmony is a music and leadership program aimed at expanding the vision of what’s possible in the lives of area youth. Students attend free virtual group music classes two days per week (depending on location) after school. Beginners will have the opportunity to learn about string and wind instruments. Returning students will continue their journey on their instrument from last year.


Smart Black Girl Book Club Digital Teen Series
When: December 2020 – February 2021
Where: Online. Enroll here.

The SBG Book Club is a Digital Teen Reading Series running through February 2021 for high school students with a focus on foundational Black literature. Reading Octavia Butler, Yaa Gyasi and Toni Morrison, SBG curates reading guides that include discussion topics and activities to help foster reading comprehension and dialogical education through reading as a community. The SBG Cohort of graduate level researchers will be hosting live discussions for each book over the course of the series and all participating students will receive a free syllabi workbook that acts as a reading guide for all books being read in this series. Students can sign up and join in at any time but the reading officially starts Dec. 7th! *All books will be provided via PDF.* Questions can be directed to smartbrowngirls+clt@gmail.com.


Senior Adult Class with Charlotte Ballet
When: Tuesdays through January 19 (1 p.m.)
Where: Online. Register here.

Join us digitally with teaching artist Amber Johnson for a free Senior Dance class open to Senior adults of all skill levels. Classes can be accommodated for sitting and or standing. TO JOIN CLASS: First Time Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal/video-reg then select my virtual/live classes. Returning Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal, once logged in select video channel then select my virtual/live classes and enjoy! For more information please contact education@charlotteballet.org.


Latin Dance Class with Charlotte Ballet
When: Tuesdays through January 19 (6 p.m.)
Where: Online. Register here.

Join us digitally with teaching artist Lorraine Crittendon for a free virtual Latin Dance class open to dancers of all ages and skill levels. TO JOIN CLASS: First Time Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal/video-reg then select my virtual/live classes. Returning Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal, once logged in select video channel then select my virtual/live classes and enjoy! For more information please contact education@charlotteballet.org.


West African Dance Class with Charlotte Ballet
When: Wednesdays through February 3 (5 p.m.)
Where: Online. Register here.

Join teaching artist Javonne Spearman for a free virtual West African Dance class open to dancers of all ages and skill levels. TO JOIN CLASS: First Time Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal/video-reg then select my virtual/live classes. Returning Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal, once logged in select video channel then select my virtual/live classes and enjoy! For more information please contact education@charlotteballet.org.


Senior Adult Class with Charlotte Ballet
When: Thursdays through February 11 (10:30 a.m.)
Where: Online. Register here.

Join us digitally with teaching artist Amber Johnson for a free Senior Dance class open to Senior adults of all skill levels. Classes can be accommodated for sitting and or standing. TO JOIN CLASS: First Time Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal/video-reg then select my virtual/live classes. Returning Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal, once logged in select video channel then select my virtual/live classes and enjoy! For more information please contact education@charlotteballet.org.


Jazz Dance Class with Charlotte Ballet
When: Thursdays through February 11 (7 p.m.)
Where: Online. Register here.

Join us digitally with teaching artist Robin Gray-Bishop for a free virtual Jazz Dance class open to dancers of all ages and skill levels. TO JOIN CLASS: First Time Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal/video-reg then select my virtual/live classes. Returning Participants: Go to cbaportal.org/portal, once logged in select video channel then select my virtual/live classes and enjoy! For more information please contact education@charlotteballet.org.


Guerilla Poets’ Free Art Workshops
When: Every 1st Saturday through May 2021 (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom.
Meeting ID: 856 7536 9440
Passcode: 818323


Guerilla Poets’ Free Music/Poetry Workshops
When: Every 1st Saturday through May 2021 (12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Where: Zoom.
Meeting ID: 817 5274 4089
Passcode: 988625


Guerilla Poets’ Inspired Sessions (Spoken word + Live Painting)
When: Every 1st Tuesday through May 2021 (11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.)
Where: Zoom.
Meeting ID: 816 3149 5542
Passcode: 835612


MidDay Soul Line Dance with Purple Charlotte Steppers
When: Mondays and Tuesdays through December 28 (12 p.m.)
Where: Purple Charlotte Steppers’ YouTube page


Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Life Skills Through Theatre Skills
When: Fridays from October 9 through March 26 (10 a.m.) 
Where: Zoom

This online program will allow students to explore the artist within by utilizing theatre and art activities. Students participate in a variety of activities, including: ensemble/team building, theatre games, improv basics, group storytelling, craft and prop creation and public speaking exercises.


Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Life Skills Through Theatre Skills
When: Tuesdays from October 6 through March 16 (9:30 a.m.) 
Where: Zoom

This online program will allow students to explore the artist within by utilizing theatre and art activities. Students participate in a variety of activities, including: ensemble/team building, theatre games, improv basics, group storytelling, craft and prop creation and public speaking exercises.

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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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