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 summer programs:
“Baldwin & Wilson” Black Playwrights – Theatre Workshop by GM Productions
When: June 30 – August 13
Where: Online. Register here.
Using the plays of African American playwrights James Baldwin and August Wilson, this virtual theatre workshop will guide participants in learning theatrical elements including character development, contextualizing a setting, creating and perfecting monologues, and choreographing thematic dance pieces. The culminative and final activity will include performance pieces from participants in the form of a monologue or choreography which will be included in a private YouTube Playlist for all to see. After registering for the workshop(s), a Google Meet link will be sent to you of where the workshop(s) will take place.
Inspire Inclusion Dance Camp with Dance Director Camerin Watson
When: July 6 through August
Where: Zoom and Instagram & Facebook Live. Check out the schedule and register here.
This free virtual dance camp invites dancers with and without disabilities to inspire one another through creative exploration and community building. No prior dance training required. All are welcome.
Cardboard Play City by Community Education Project
When: July 6 – 17 (9a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Where: Online. To register, email email@example.com
Build your own play city from the comfort of your home. Daily instructions and supplemental materials will be provided; parental supervision required. To prepare, collect recyclable cardboards. Ages 7 – 11.
Social Entrepreneurship Academy by Hack & Hustle
When: July 13 – August 7
Where: Online. Register here.
A 4-week program that includes software programming, video demonstrations of the technology projects, a Hip Hop Challenge, Entrepreneurial Challenge, along with mentoring, meditation, and the Inventor of the day. They will get a chance to build a solar kit and an electronics kit which we will send them along with the laptop. Ages 15 – 24.
STEAM Summer Camp by PowerUp USA
When: July 13 – 23 (Session 1), August 3 – 13 (Session 2)
Where: Online. Register here.
This STEAM Summer Camp is divided into two: Digital Movie and Coding. The first will teach kids various skills, such as the art of acting, screenwriting, camera operation, and digital editing. The Youth coding camp covers the basics of HTML, CSS, and Cyber-Security. Each student will design a personal website and work in a group to create a corporate site for a local non-profit. Students are provided an encouraging and supportive arena in which to explore their creativity, improve communication, and learn scientific research skills.
Unplugged + Live Concert Series by Dear Soul Music Co.
When: Thursday, July 16 (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.
Bilingual Story-time and Music with Criss Cross Mangosauce
When: July 17 (10 a.m.)
Where: Facebook Live
Join the Criss Cross Mango Sauce duo as they share songs, rhymes, finger games, stories and more from Latin-America, in English and Spanish. A perfect way to entertain your little ones at home this summer with a fun educational program.
Capoeira Saturdays with Queen City GINGA Project
When: July 18 (10 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culture Blocks is made possible thanks to the generous financial support of Mecklenburg County.