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.

 

Check out our (FREE) virtual 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.


NC Roots Music Series by Music Maker Relief Foundation
When: Every 3rd Thursday starting August 20 (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.


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.


Timeless Latin American Tunes: Kick-off Concert
When: Saturday, September 26 (5 p.m.)
Where: Cafe Amaretto Music Facebook page.

You are invited to a VIRTUAL community concert to kick-off the “Timeless Latin American Tunes” series, a program engaging the community in an exploration of music, memories and stories behind the most traditional Latin songs. This concert will feature the duo Cafe Amaretto composed of Colombian singer, Ana Lucia Divins and guitar player, Carlos Crespo, accompanied by percussionist, Trevor Cook.


Guerilla Poets’ Free Art Workshops
When: Every 1st Saturday (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 (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 (11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.)
Where: Zoom.
Meeting ID: 816 3149 5542
Passcode: 835612


UYU: Virtual Artist Branding Workshop
When: Saturdays, from October 3 – 24 (1 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Register here.

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


Capoeira Saturdays with Queen City GINGA Project
When: Every Saturday from October 3 – 31 (11 a.m.)
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.


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.


Timeless Latin American Tunes: Virtual Workshop
When: Saturday, October 3 and 17 (4:30 – 6 p.m.)
Where: Zoom. Registration is required (Via Eventbrite or by calling 704-975-6015). Limited capacity.

Colombian singer Ana Lucia Divins, accompanied by Ecuadorian guitar player Carlos Crespo, will take you on a journey exploring music from Latin America. During this session you will enjoy listening to a performance while exploring feelings, memories and stories connected with the most traditional and timeless Latin American tunes.


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.


Unplugged + Live Concert Series by Dear Soul Music Co.
When: Thursday, October 15 (7 p.m.)
Where: Register via Eventbrite to receive the broadcast link sent 24 hours prior to the show.

Dear Soul Music Co. Presents the Unplugged+Live: Virtual Concert Series! This virtual concert experience features solo-acoustic and duo-acoustic singer-songwriters. Hosted by Arsena Schroeder.


Dope Jazz Music Series by Dapper Street
When: Sunday, October 18 (6 p.m.)
Where: Register via Eventbrite.

A virtual jazz series featuring Charlotte’s finest musicians, paying tribute to jazz greats. Streaming Live from The Cube.


Timeless Latin American Tunes: Final Concert
When: Saturday, November 7 (5 p.m.)
Where: Cafe Amaretto Music Facebook page

You are invited to a VIRTUAL community concert to conclude the “Timeless Latin American Tunes” series, a program engaging the community in an exploration of music, memories and stories behind the most traditional Latin songs. This concert will feature the duo Cafe Amaretto composed of Colombian singer, Ana Lucia Divins and guitar player, Carlos Crespo, accompanied by percussionist, Trevor Cook.

 

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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.

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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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