Free ASC Culture Blocks Events

Culture Blocks celebrates the cultural life and desires of Mecklenburg County resident by partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to provide cultural experiences closer to where people live.

Northwest Block
Northwest Charlotte bordered by Rozzelles Ferry and Beatties Ford roads and Freedom Drive and State Street
North End / Sugar Creek / Hidden Valley Block
North of uptown Charlotte along North Graham and North Tryon streets, Statesville Avenue and Sugar Creek Road
East Charlotte Block
East Charlotte along the Central Avenue corridor, Independence Boulevard and Hickory Grove Road
West Block
West of uptown between South End and the airport
Southwest Charlotte Block
Southwest Charlotte
Mallard Creek / University City North Block
Mallard Creek and University City North area bordered by Ridge Road, I-85, W. Mallard Creek Church Road, N. Tryon St., W.T. Harris Boulevard and Mallard Creek and Prosperity Church roads
Pineville Block
Town of Pineville

 

Northwest Block

Northwest Charlotte bordered by Rozzelles Ferry and Beatties Ford roads and Freedom Drive and State Street

Photo and Document Scanning Services at JCSU
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Every Tuesday and Wednesday | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216)

3 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Every Saturday | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216)

The community is invited to bring old photographs and documents for scanning at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at the Beatties Ford Road branch. This is a partnership between Culture Blocks and JCSU Library to preserve and tell the history of the Beatties Ford Road Corridor. For more information contact Monika Rhue (Nooma), project manager at mrhue@jcsu.edu.

West End Community Cinema Series by Charlotte Black Film Festival
West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

We will screen films that relate to the challenges happening in Charlotte –Mecklenburg and more specifically target the demographics located within the west corridor. These screenings are educational, entertaining, focused on community issues and help spark ideas on how the community can work together to increase neighborhood empowerment, community activism and cross culture engagement. More information here.

White Beach/Black Beach | 7 p.m – 9:30 p.m | Saturday, June 2 | Mosaic Village (1601 W Trade St Charlotte, NC 28208)

The Art of the Journey | 6 p.m – 8 p.m | Thursday, July 19 | Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center (2921 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Short Film Showcase | 7 p.m – 9 p.m | Saturday, September 14 | Mosaic Village (1601 W Trade St Charlotte, NC 28208)

Community Holiday Party & Film Screening | 6 p.m – 8 p.m | Thursday, December 6 | Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center (440 Wesley Heights Way Charlotte, NC 28208)

Steppin’ Into Health by Purple Charlotte Steppers
West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

‘Steppin’ Into Health’ is a 12 week workshop series which introduces participants to ballroom dance as a form of exercise and encourages participants to integrate ballroom into their lifestyles, in efforts to yield long-term results and most importantly to have fun! This class does not require a partner to participate. Water will be provided at each class.

Ages 15 and Up Classes
Every Tuesday through June 19 | 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

All Age Classes
Every Thursday through June 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Moving Our Spirits: Celebrating Black Dance presented by Moving Spirits
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | June 12, 13, 14,19, 20, 21 | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Dance forms of the African Diaspora were generated out of the mixture of traditional African dances with New World culture, and were created through resistance to racial oppression and political unrest in these regions. These workshops will offer intense studies in traditional and contemporary African Diaspora dance forms and will utilize live music to accompany the movement sessions.The series is aimed for children and teens, ages 10-18.

 

Visual Art Workshop with Live Music presented by Community School of the Arts
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | June 2 | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Visual art workshop series at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library, with a different project activity each workshop. Accompanying the art-making experience will be live music. These workshops are free, intended for families, and appropriate for all ages.

 

Motown & More presented by DNAMuzic
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | June 7 and September 6 | West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Come out to this musical journey of one of America’s cherished genres—the music of Motown and the journey of the Great Migration. We’ll also share the connections of musical forms that influenced the Motown sound with some interesting cross-cultural connections! This is 50-60 minute program is for all ages.

 

Family Friendly Creative Clay Workshops presented by Clayworks
10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | June 21, July 19 | Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center (440 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Ever wanted to learn to throw on the potter’s wheel or wondered how to manipulate clay to create a masterpiece? If so, come an join on for one of our Saturday workshops! Teaching artists from Clayworks will teach participants how to pinch, roll, flatten and attach clay to create their own clay project. Participants will also have the option to take a turn on the potter’s wheel. All projects will be taken back to Clayworks to dry and go through the 2 step firing process. They will be returned fired and glazed to the recreation center for pickup within 3 weeks of the program.

Open to all ages, families or individuals. Space is limited, so please sign up by calling 980-314-1121. *Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center is connected to Bruns Academy*

 

What Happened Here? An Urban Bike Tour and History Talk presented by QC Family Tree
Five Points Plaza (1601 W. Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28216)

“What Happened Here?” will explore neighborhood planning and identity in Charlotte. On a 5.5 mile route through Historic West End neighborhoods, and through Uptown Charlotte, participants will see and imagine how Charlotte was developed, and what policies and programs contributed to the racial and economic segregation of the city. The highlight of the tour will be a stop at the site of former Second Ward High School. There, alumni from Second Ward HS will meet the group for a talk about the history of Second Ward, also called “Brooklyn,” and a discussion of how Urban Renewal destroyed that community, and how the legacy of Urban Renewal continues to impact neighborhoods today.

This event begins and ends at Five Points Plaza, adjacent to Mosaic Village (which is part of JCSU). The ride is appropriate for most levels, though parents may want to consider whether children under 10 will be physically able to handle the length. Riders should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the ride.

Bikes are available through Charlotte B-Cycle if needed. Helmets are required for all participants. Questions? Call 704-654-6546

Friday, June 29 | 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Register here

Sunday, July 22 | 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Beatties Ford Library Culture Blocks Tour
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | June 11, July 9, August 13 | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Experience interactive arts and science programs. Explore genetic experiments and activities, create a community artwork piece and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place and Brighter Days Arts Education. For all ages.

 

Visual Tale to Tell Follow Up Art Workshop presented by Community School of the Arts
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Saturday, June 9 | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

The follow-up workshops for our Visual Tale to Tell program will further engage community members in the fairy tale pieces created and installed by Jonathan Grauel and Emily Andress. Using the permanent pieces as inspiration, we will provide a visual art workshop based on the fairy tale chosen by each library. Each participant will get to take home their individual pieces created. These workshops are intended for families and appropriate for all ages.

 

Jazzin’ & Bluzin’ with the Seniors presented by Dapper Street Productions
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | October 4, 2018 and April 4, 2019 | West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

An hour of live jazz, blues and storytelling by the Dapper Street Jazz Band. Attendees are encouraged to cut a strut if the music moves ya. You dig? Ages 55 and up.


North End / Sugar Creek / Hidden Valley Block

North of uptown Charlotte along North Graham and North Tryon streets, Statesville Avenue and Sugar Creek Road

 

 

Visual Art Workshop presented by Community School of the Arts
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | June 9 | Sugar Creek Library (4045 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206)

Visual art workshop series at Sugar Creek Library, with a different project activity each month. Participants are welcome to attend one, a few, or all of the workshops. These workshops are free, intended for families, and appropriate for all ages.

 

Conversation Courses presented by Crownkeepers
Camp North End (1824 Statesville Ave., Charlotte, NC 28206)

The Conversation Course is a monthly program created to support community and art-driven conversations, all the while encouraging attendees to convene over a natural bonding agent–locally prepared cuisine.

Saturday, June 30 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | The Life Saver: How Art Sustains + Saves Lives

Culture Blast! Community Gathering & Lunch presented by ASC
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Saturday, June 9 | Sugaw Creek Recreation Center (943 W Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28213)

Enjoy a musical performance by A Sign of the Times, Latin American dance, arts activities, and a conversation about arts, science, history and heritage opportunities you want to see in your parks, libraries and recreation centers. RSVP required, call 704-817-3697.

¡Explosión Cultural- Reunión Comunitaria y Almuerzo Gratis! Únete con tus amigos, familiares y vecinos para un almuerzo gratis, actividades artísticas, danza latinoamericana, música en vivo y una conversación sobre las oportunidades de arte, ciencia e historia que deseas ver en tus parques, bibliotecas y centros de recreación. Se requiere hacer reservaciones. Llamar a 704-817-3697.

 

Digital Arts Summer Camp presented by SimplisticPhobia
Camp North End (1824 Statesville Ave., Charlotte, NC 28206)

For high school to young college age students (ages 15-20). This 8 week digital arts camp is all about developing a career in the digital arts, with a focus on photography and videography. Upon the completion of the 8 weeks students will work together to put on their own community art show.

June 10 | Open House

June 16, June 30, July 7, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18 | Camp

July 15, July 29 | Open Studio Time

Classes will start on June 16th and run through August 18. Space is limited, you must register here.

 

Multi-Cultural Dance Festival presented by Charlotte Repertory Dance Theatre
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Saturday, June 23 | Ivory Baker Recreation Center (1920 Stroud Park Court, Charlotte, NC 28206)

Come out and enjoy this multicultural dance festival featuring dance, music, visual art, live drumming, music, and more. For all ages.

 

Using Your Unique Songwriter’s Workshop presented by Dear Soul Music Co.
7 p.m. | August 10, 17, 24, 31 | Sugaw Creek Recreation Center (943 W Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28213)

Join us Fridays on August 10 – 31 for weekly intro to songwriting sessions! These free, interactive and collaborative workshops are open to the public ages 18+. Hosted by Charlotte-based singer-songwriter, Arsena Schroeder.
Week 1: Intro to Songwriting
Week 2: Key Songwriting Components
Week 3: Songwriting Structure
Week 4: Protecting Your Songs – Copywrite Law

On September 7, our Unplugged + Live Songwriters Showcase will feature local songwriters – Dexter Jordan and Emily Sage. Interested participants are encouraged to share their work as well.

Contact Arsena Schroeder with questions info@arsenamusic.com

Unplugged+Live Songwriters Showcase presented by Dear Soul Music Co.
Doors at 7 p.m., Show starts at 7:30 p.m. | Friday, September 7 | Sugaw Creek Recreation Center (943 W Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28213)

Founded in 2013 by singer-songwriter Arsena Schroeder, The Unplugged+ Live Series is a touring concert series in support of independent artists. The series was initially a house concert with the idea of a listening-room experience in mind. Each show features 2-3 hand selected acts for an intimate show allowing listeners to engage with their original work. Featuring local songwriters – Dexter Jordan and Emily Sage. Interested participants are encouraged to share their work as well.

Contact Arsena Schroeder with questions info@arsenamusic.com


East Charlotte Block

East Charlotte along the Central Avenue corridor, Independence Boulevard and Hickory Grove Road

 

Hickory Grove Library Culture Blocks Tour
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | June 19 | Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

Experience interactive arts and science programs. Explore genetic experiments and activities, create a community artwork piece and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place and Brighter Days Arts Education. For all ages.

 

Creative Clay Workshop Series by Clayworks
Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd., Charlotte, NC 28215)

Each workshop will have a different topic to reflect the history and cultural influences of clay and the ceramic arts.

Tuesday, June 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | For Seniors/Adults | Fun with Pinch Pots: Make a Piggy Bank | Free but preregistration is required. Call 704-416-4400

Wednesday, June 6 from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | For Teens | Fun with Pinch Pots: Make a Piggy Bank | Free but preregistration is required. Call 704-416-4400

Saturday, June 16 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | All ages | Take a Spin on a Potter’s Wheel | Does not require registration

Motown & More presented by DNAMuzic
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | December 6 | Methodist Home Recreation Center/Shamrock Senior Center (3200 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215)

Come out to this musical journey of one of America’s cherished genres—the music of Motown and the journey of the Great Migration. We’ll also share the connections of musical forms that influenced the Motown sound with some interesting cross-cultural connections! This is 50-60 minute program is for all ages.


West Block

West of uptown between South End and the airport
Art & Music Workshops by Guerilla Poets
11 a.m and 12:30 p.m. | Every first Saturday of the month through June 2018 | West Boulevard Library (2157 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

June 2, 2018
ART: African American writing workshop (11 a.m – 12 p.m.)
MUSIC: Drum Circle with collab from arts/writing class (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

 

Inspired by Guerilla Poets
11:30 a.m. | Every first Tuesday of the month through June 2018 | West Boulevard Library (2157 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Join Guerilla Poets on your lunch break for 30 minutes of spoken word, art and music inspired by the book of the month. Always new, always inspiring.

 

Visual Art Workshop with Live Music presented by Community School of the Arts
Visual art workshop series with a different project activity each workshop. Accompanying the art-making experience will be live music. These workshops are free, intended for families, and appropriate for all ages.

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | June 9, June 23 | Scaleybark Library (101 Scaleybark Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209)

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | June 7 | Southview Recreation Center (1720 Vilma St, Charlotte, NC 28208)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | May 26 | West Boulevard Library (2157 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

 

West Boulevard Library Culture Blocks Tour
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | June 5 | West Boulevard Library (2157 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Experience interactive arts and science programs. Build a story about your pet super hero, explore genetic experiments and activities, create a community artwork piece and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place, Red Calaca Studio and Brighter Days Arts Education. For all ages.

Learning Arts Barre presented by Sycamore Project
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Every Saturday from July 7 to November 17 | Arbor Glen Outreach Facility (1520 Clanton Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Join your West Side neighbors in an inter generational creative space. In these series of workshops, you will explore colors, textures, images and text to create small quilts representing your life.Choreographed dance, poetry and sketches will be used as another form of expression. These workshops are appropriate for all ages. For more information email sycamore.project194@gmail.com

Jazzin’ & Bluzin’ with the Seniors presented by Dapper Street Productions
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | November 1, 2018 and May 2, 2019 | Southview Recreation Center (1720 Vilma St, Charlotte, NC 28208)

An hour of live jazz, blues and storytelling by the Dapper Street Jazz Band. Attendees are encouraged to cut a strut if the music moves ya. You dig? Ages 55 and up.

 


 Southwest Charlotte Block
Southwest Charlotte

 

Community Gathering & Dinner presented by ASC
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Friday, June 15 | Nations Ford Elementary School

Enjoy Latin American dance, an interactive cultural performance by Charlotte Capoeira, and a conversation about arts, science, history and heritage opportunities you want to see in your parks, libraries and recreation centers. RSVP required, call 704-900-2594.

Reunión Comunitaria y Cena Gratis. Únete con tus amigos, familiares y vecinos para una cena gratis, una demonstración de capoeira, danza latinoamericana, música en vivo y una conversación sobre las oportunidades de arte, ciencia e historia que deseas ver en tus parques, bibliotecas y centros de recreación. Se requiere hacer reservaciones. Llamar a 704-900-2594.

Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio
Rosalia’s Mobile Art Studio brings arts education and community engagement programming in the form of artist led activity workshops to Southwest Charlotte residents.

Saturday, June 16 from 3 p.m – 5 p.m. | Compare Foods Supermarket (818 E. Arrowood Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217)
Arte Callejero (Street Art): A 2-hour workshop where participants work with Rosalia creating mixed-media artwork.

 

Arborgate Culture Blocks Tour
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | September 15 | Arborgate Apartments (9056 Arborgate Dr, Charlotte, NC 28273)

Experience interactive arts and science programs. Build a story about your pet super hero, explore genetic experiments and activities and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place and Red Calaca Studio. For all ages.

 

Lake Mist Culture Blocks Tour
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | August 18, November 17 | Lake Mist Apartments (1120-A Lake Mist Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217)

Experience interactive arts and science programs. Build a story about your pet super hero, explore genetic experiments and activities and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place and Red Calaca Studio. For all ages.

 

 

 

Ashford Place Culture Blocks Tour
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | July 2, September 3, November 5 | Ashford Place Apartments (905 Pineville Point Ave, Charlotte, NC 28217)

Experience interactive arts and science programs. Build a story about your pet super hero, explore genetic experiments and activities and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place and Red Calaca Studio. For all ages.

 


Mallard Creek / University City North Block

Mallard Creek and University City North area bordered by Ridge Road, I-85, W. Mallard Creek Church Road, N. Tryon St., W.T. Harris Boulevard and Mallard Creek and Prosperity Church roads

 

Visual Art Workshop with Live Music presented by Community School of the Arts
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | June 9, June 16 | University City Regional Library (301 E W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262)

Visual art workshop series at University City Regional Library, with a different project activity each workshop. Accompanying the art-making experience will be live music. These workshops are free, intended for families, and appropriate for all ages.

 

Senior Creative Clay Workshops presented by Clayworks
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | June 21, July 19 | Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)

Seniors, adults and adults with disabilities are all welcome for a fun time of creating in clay. Two teaching artists will lead participants in making a project using a variety of hand building techniques. Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to dry, be fired, glazed and fired again before being returned to Mallard Creek Recreation Center for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for the whole process. Free, but you must preregister by calling 980-314-1121.

Preschool Creative Clay Workshops presented by Clayworks
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | June 4 | Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)

Clay is a wonderful medium for the developing motor skills of our young friends! Parents will accompany their child and help them to complete a project presented by one of Clayworks’ teaching artists. This workshop is designed for preschool age children and is best suited for children 2 1/2+ (past putting everything in the mouth). Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to dry, be fired, glazed and fired again before being returned to Mallard Creek Recreation Center for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for the whole process. Free, but you must preregister by calling 980-314-1121.

Family Creative Clay Workshops presented by Clayworks
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | June 9 | Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)

Our Teaching artists will lead participants in making a project using hand building techniques. Clayworks will also have a potter’s wheel onsite where participants can learn to throw on the wheel. Workshops are open to all ages (age 4+). Projects will be taken back to Clayworks to dry, be fired, glazed and fired again before being returned to Mallard Creek Recreation Center for pickup. Please allow 3 weeks for the whole process. Free, but you must preregister by calling 980-314-1121.

 

Motown & More presented by DNAMuzic
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | October 4 | Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)

Come out to this musical journey of one of America’s cherished genres—the music of Motown and the journey of the Great Migration. We’ll also share the connections of musical forms that influenced the Motown sound with some interesting cross-cultural connections! This is 50-60 minute program is for all ages.

Jazzin’ & Bluzin’ with the Seniors presented by Dapper Street Productions 
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | June 7, December 6 | Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)

An hour of live jazz, blues and storytelling by the Dapper Street Jazz Band. Attendees are encouraged to cut a strut if the music moves ya. You dig? Ages 55 and up.

 

Jazz on The Green presented by Dapper Street Productions
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday, May 11, 2019 | Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)

Dapper Street Presents the 2nd Annual Jazz on The Green 2019! A live jazz event with local, seasoned musicians gracing the stage. Take a load off, bring a friend, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the spring air, live music and community engagement.


Pineville Block

Town of Pineville

Unplugged + Live Concert Series presented by Arsena
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | June 7, 14, 21, 28 | Unwind Tea & Coffee  (109 Dover St, Pineville, NC 28134)

Come out, enjoy live music, and share your input on free cultural events in your area with ASC. Hosted every Thursday in June by Singer-songwriter Arsena Schroeder.

Visual Art Workshop with Live Music presented by Community School of the Arts
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Thursday, June 7 | Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Dr., Pineville, NC 28134)

Community School of the Arts welcomes senior citizens and community members to participate in a 2-hour visual art workshop, led by one of CSA’s teaching artists. Alongside the visual art activity, participants will be entertained by live music.

More Thank Conquerors Summer Dance Presentation by Order My Steps
10:30 a.m. | Thursday, July 5 | Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Dr., Pineville, NC 28134)

Dance works that cover various genres: Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, and Afro-Jazz.

Jazzin’ & Bluzin’ with the Seniors presented by Dapper Street Productions 
10:30 a.m. | August 2, 2018 & February 7, 2019 | Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Dr., Pineville, NC 28134)

An hour of live jazz, blues and storytelling by the Dapper Street Jazz Band. Attendees are encouraged to cut a strut if the music moves ya. You dig? Ages 55 and up.

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