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.

 

Virtual Block Parties

Join us on YouTube Live to enjoy music and dance performances and learn about upcoming public art projects happening in your neighborhood. You’ll get to tell us about your cultural priorities and enter for a chance to win gift certificates to local restaurants! Find your “block” and register below.

  • Northwest & West Charlotte Block Party
    March 24, 2021 (6 p.m.)
  • North End, Sugar Creek, Hidden Valley, Mallard Creek, Prosperity Church & University City Block Party
    April 8, 2021 (6 p.m.)
  • Southwest Charlotte, Pineville & Steele Creek Block Party
    April 28, 2021 (6 p.m.)
  • East Charlotte, Mint Hill & Matthews Block Party
    May 13, 2021 (6 p.m.) Register here.
  • Cornelius, Davidson & Huntersville Block Party
    May 20, 2021 (6 p.m.) Register here.
Questions? Contact the Culture Blocks team at cultureblocks@artsandscience.org.

Upcoming Virtual Programs

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

 

Using Your Unique: Artist Branding Workshop
When: May 8 – 29 (Saturdays at 1 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here. Pre-registration required.

Dear Soul Music Co. Presents the Using Your Unique: Virtual Artist Branding Workshop. Here, participants learn healthy marketing and branding skills to aid them in identifying their unique positioning within the marketplace. This virtual workshop is a four-week workshop for independent artists of all mediums via ZOOM. Instruction by Arsena Schroeder.


Adult/Senior Pottery Workshop
When: Tuesday, May 11 (10 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. 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. See details below.

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.

Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and passcode to access the workshop a few days before the event.


CSO Healing Hands “Timeless Tunes”
When: May 11 (7:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Join the Healing Hands Laurel Trio for a selection of timeless tunes you’re sure to recognize.


Family Pottery Workshop
When: Wednesday, May 12 (10 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. 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. See details below.

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.

Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and passcode to access the workshop a few days before the event.


Family Pottery Workshop
When: Thursday, May 13 (5 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. 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. See details below.

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.

Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and passcode to access the workshop a few days before the event.


Virtual acoustic performance – Uplifting Latin-American Songs
When: Saturday, May 15 ( 4:30 p.m.)
Where: Facebook Live broadcasted from Café Amaretto Music Facebook page.

Slow down, sip your coffee or tea and enjoy an acoustic performance featuring the Café Amaretto duet (Ana Lucia Divins-Vocals and Carlos Crespo – Guitar). They will share smooth, uplifting and relaxing Latin-American songs while exploring the diversity behind the genres, countries of origin and timeframe of these tunes.


Your Neighborhood Orchestra – from the depths to the sky, YNO
When: Sunday, May 16 (1 p.m.)
Where: Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and CharlotteNewMusic.org

Ever wonder how you would combine classical musicians with R&B/Soul and Pop Metal? The concerts will be streamed for free on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and www.CharlotteNewMusic.org, and will allow audience interaction and live Q&A with the artists.
Other dates:
May 30, 1pm ET (Pete Lents & YUNG Citizen)
June 13, 1pm ET (Mercury Carter & Lisa De Novo)

Family Pottery Workshop
When: Monday, May 17 (5:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. 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. See details below.

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.

Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and passcode to access the workshop a few days before the event.


Family Pottery Workshop
When: Wednesday, May 19 (5:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. 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. See details below.

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.

Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and passcode to access the workshop a few days before the event.


Family Pottery Workshop
When: Saturday, May 22 (11 a.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. 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. See details below.

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.

Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and passcode to access the workshop a few days before the event.


Unplugged+Live: Lunchtime Edition Concert Series
When: Saturday, May 22 (12 – 2 p.m.)
Where: Eastway Regional Recreation Center

Join us outdoors and socially-distanced with live DJ’s, food trucks, and acoustic sets by your favorite local talent at the brand new Eastway Regional Recreation Center!

The Line Up of Live Performers:
May 22nd | 12-2pm: DJ Tone | Featuring: Lisette + Eden Fiore
June 5th | 12pm-2pm: DJ Tone | Featuring: Tiffany J + Rashida Z
June 19th | 12pm-2pm: DJ SHOWOUT | Featuring: Tiffany Marie + Kyle Capricorn


The Rainbow Fish presented by Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts
When: Saturday, May 22 (7:30 p.m.)
Where: Matthews Playhouse’s YouTube channel

Matthews Playhouse will produce a virtual production of the musical The Rainbow Fish, based on a popular book of the same name.  The story is about friendship, kindness, inclusion and understanding. We will add an interactive component, (a kit that can be picked up at our Matthews Community Center) that allows us to engage our audiences and allow them to participate in the production from their homes via youtube and streamyard. The production will air Saturday May 22 at 7:30 pm and will be free and open to the public. More information is available at our website: matthewsplayhouse.com.


Family Pottery Workshop
When: Thursday, May 27 (5:30 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Pre-registration required. 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. See details below.

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.

Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and passcode to access the workshop a few days before the event.


Unplugged & Live: Virtual Music Festival
When: Friday, June 11 (7 p.m.)
Where: Online. Register here. Pre-registration required.

Dear Soul Music Co. Presents the Unplugged+Live: Virtual Music Festival. Featuring full band performances from Emanual Wynter, Tamra, Persona Bell, Aftanci, Arsena Schroeder, and special guests. Tune in for live music, giveaways, and more!


Virtual Performance – Uplifting Latin-American songs
When: Saturday, June 12 (4:30 p.m.)
Where: Facebook Live broadcasted from Café Amaretto Music Facebook page.

Welcome the summer with live music! Enjoy a repertoire of traditional, fun and uplifting Latin-American songs shared by the Café Amaretto band (Ana Lucia Divins – vocals; Carlos Crespo – Guitar; Carlos Baez – Bass; Jorge Martinez & Juan Carlos Genao – Percussion; Zack Morel – Piano)


 

Ongoing Programs

 

 

Bloco Afro Ayédùn: Black Arts of Dance & Music Workshops presented by Moving Spirits
When: Saturdays and Sundays (12 pm) from March 20 through June 27
Where: Zoom. Email BlocoAfroAyedun@gmail.com to register.

Bloco Afro Ayédùn honors Black heritage in the Charlotte community through dance and music workshops. During the workshops, participants will learn the historical and cultural contextualization of Black arts as they practice an array of movements and rhythms. A variety of dances and music will be taught, starting with Samba. All dances and music have been staples of resistance and resilience in Black communities globally.

Workshops will be led by Master Percussionist, Luciano Xavier, and dance artist, Tamara Williams-Xavier.


Virtual Visual Arts & Journalism Program
When: Saturdays (12 p.m.) from March 27 through June 26
Where: Zoom. Register here

The program will teach young creatives ages 16 – 22 various aspects of photography, graphic design, and journalism during virtual meetings via Zoom. The collective project at the end of the program will include images, creative designs and writing samples that will be posted to the Creating Exposure Through The Arts website and social media platforms. This will provide the ability to share techniques and lessons learned as we teach them how to perfect their craft. Questions? Email creatingexposure@gmail.com.


Let’s Make Music: Virtual Program for Individuals with Disabilities presented by Piedmont Music Therapy
When: Monday, April 19 through Monday, May 24
Where: Online. Register here.

Attendees of this virtual music program will be encouraged to socially connect with others while expressing themselves musically through a variety of music genres, mostly accompanied by live music provided on the guitar or ukulele.

Family members are encouraged to participate with their loved one during these interactive events to assist with new memories together. Singing, instrument play, music based games and song writing will be facilitated by a music therapist who is trained and experienced working with individuals of all ages with intellectual & developmental disabilities and mental health conditions.

Take-home kits will be provided via curbside pick-up at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – West Boulevard for registrants. There is limited size for this interactive program – registration will be capped at 25 participants due to size of the virtual offering. We will meet on a closed link provided through GoogleMeet on Mondays, 4:00 – 5:00pm (EST). GoogleMeet is a free platform that can be accessed on a computer or by downloading free GoogleMeet app.


Capoeira Saturdays (Adult Series)
When: Saturdays (10 a.m.) from May 1st through May 15th (Classes 5/1, 5/8, & 5/15)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

Capoeira Saturdays Adult/Teen Series is an intro-class series offered by the Queen City GINGA Project for ages 12 years old and up as part of the Arts & Science Council Culture Blocks program.

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.

For any questions, email info@tacfoundation.org. Registered participants will receive the Zoom link for the classes.


Guerilla Poets’ Free Art Workshops
When: Every 1st Saturday through May 2021 (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81454643674?pwd=eGo2dGlxWWgxN2cwVkdRRHloWkRpZz09
Meeting ID: 814 5464 3674
Passcode: 110227

Learn about a new artist and art technique each month! Free art supply bundles for those who need it. Pick up at Derita Dairy Bar + Grill.


Guerilla Poets’ Free Music/Poetry Workshops
When: Every 1st Saturday through May 2021 (12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81959904405?pwd=eDNZMEkzcnVlZWhYMEtsNFFCVklnQT09
Meeting ID: 819 5990 4405
Passcode: 992589

Music and Poetry workshops focused on a monthly genre, community impact or artist. Learn about musical histories, poetry revolutions and how to write your own poems and play different instruments and styles.


Guerilla Poets’ Inspired Sessions (Spoken word + Live Painting)
When: Every 1st Tuesday through May 2021 (11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.)
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84089330165?pwd=M0l6TVI3OEZYN2t0bzBUdlg2OFdodz09
Meeting ID: 840 8933 0165
Passcode: 887550

Join us to share poetry and live art based on themes found in the book of the month selected by the West Blvd Library book club.


Capoeira Saturdays (Youth Series)
When: Saturdays (10 a.m.) from May 22nd through June 5th (Classes 5/22, 5/29, & 6/5)

Where: Zoom. Register here.

Capoeira Saturdays Youth Series is an intro-class series offered by the Queen City GINGA Project for kids aged 4-11 years old as part of the Arts & Science Council Culture Blocks program.

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.

For any questions, email info@tacfoundation.org. Registered participants will receive the Zoom link for the classes.


Capoeira Saturdays (Adult Series)
When: Saturdays (10 a.m.) from June 12th through June 26th (Classes 6/12, 6/19, & 6/26)

Where: Zoom. Register here.

Capoeira Saturdays Adult/Teen Series is an intro-class series offered by the Queen City GINGA Project for ages 12 years old and up as part of the Arts & Science Council Culture Blocks program.

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.

For any questions, email info@tacfoundation.org. Registered participants will receive the Zoom link for the classes.


Drum Circles on LIVE with Drums 4 Life
When: Every Saturday through June (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.


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.

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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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