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

 

Beatties Ford Road Corridor Preservation and History Project
Preserving Us: Workshop Series

Bring photographs and stories that help tell the past and present of the Beatties Ford Road Corridor. Archivists from JCSU will work with participants to scan their old photos and record their oral histories. These community records will be displayed in an interactive and visible representation of the area. All workshops are FREE. Register here.

Sunday, November 12 (2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)
Entertainment by A Sign of the Times. Guest Speaker: Dr. Pamela Grundy, author of Color & Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality

Thursday, November 16 (6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) at West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Dr, Charlotte, NC 28216)
Entertainment by QC Family Tree

Saturday, November 18 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) at Levine Museum of the New South (200 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Entertainment by QC Family Tree

 

 

Explore with the Bechtler: Community, Identity and History Art-Making Workshops
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Every Saturday in January, 2018 | Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)

This four day collaborative workshop is open to all ages, taught by a professional artist and focuses on community, identity and history. Once the project is completed there will be a celebration welcoming all community members. The artwork will remain on display at the Beatties Ford Road Regional Library for two months before moving to the Hickory Grove Library for two months. Finally the artwork will be taken to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to be exhibited. Opening Celebration dates are on February 3 and April 7, 2018.

 

 


North End Block

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

 

Cultural Dance Program presented by Charlotte Ballet
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. | every Wednesday from September 6, 2017 through May 2, 2018 | Sugaw Creek Recreation Center (943 W Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28213)

The dance class is drop-in, open to all ages and free of charge for participants. It also includes live accompaniment and a “Children’s Corner,” providing supervision and fun hands-on activities for children attending with their parent/guardian.

 

Charlotte Ballet’s Reach  

Reach is a community outreach need based dance scholarship program which makes quality dance training accessible twice a week, September– April, to students who demonstrate a natural talent for movement and the potential to be trained in dance. Thanks to Culture Blocks funding, Reach has expanded to its 6th class site at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center. Reach classes at this site will be conducted on Mondays from 5-6pm and Wednesdays from 5-7pm from September 2017 – May 2018. Auditions were conducted in August and registration is currently closed.

Contact Charlotte Ballet for more information on next year’s auditions.

 

 

A Visual Tale to Tell presented by Community School of the Arts
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Saturday, November 11 | Sugar Creek Library (4050 North Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206)

Join for a visual art workshop exploring the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. This workshop is for all ages.

 

Forget Us Not…We are the Links to Your Past presented by LATIBAH Tours
Sugar Creek Library (4045 North Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206)

LATIBAH Tours presents a life-size installation of The Door of No Return & The Middle Passage, accompanied by community programs. This emotionally moving exhibit, in combination with culturally enriched programs, pays tribute to those who endured the inhumanity of the Middle Passage and honors their courageous determination. All are encouraged to visit the exhibit and attend the culturally filled events December 2017 through January 2018. Programs are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
LATIBAH Tours Grand Opening, featuring African Dancing & Drumming, Theater, and more

Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
LATIBAH Learn

Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
LATIBAH Exhibit Tour

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
LATIBAH Talk

 


East Charlotte Block

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

 

African Drum Circle by Drums4Life
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | every Saturday through February 10, 2018 | Albemarle Road Recreation Center (5027 Idlewild Road, North, Charlotte, NC 28227)

There is a drum lesson for children ages 3-18 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., followed by a drum circle for all ages from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. For more info call: 914-419-6438

 

Youth Workshops in Clay by Clayworks
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | 3rd Tuesday of every month from September – May (September’s workshop will be on 9/26) | Independence Regional Library (6000 Conference Dr, CharlotteNC 28212)

Ceramic art series to engage East Charlotte youth in hands-on visual art projects that integrate science, nature, and multicultural heritage. The workshop will take place in the meeting room of the library, on occasion, during nice weather, the workshop could be held outside. Topcis will include Face Jugs in North Carolina, Dave the Potter, and Mexican ceramic artist, Juan Quezada, the science of clay and more.

 

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.

Adults/Seniors (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
October 12 & 31 / November 7, 16 & 28 / December 21 / January 4 & 23 / February 6 / March 6 / April 3 / May 1 & 29 / June 5

Family Days  (1 p.m. -3 p.m.)
October 28 / December 9 / January 13 / February 24 / March 24 / April 21 / May 19 / June 16

Special Needs Group (10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.)
December 15 / February 16

Teen Program Dates (5 p.m. -6:30 p.m.)
March 7 / April 4 / June 6

 

As Far As The Eye Can See (Sneak Preview) by Glorious Performance Team
2 p.m. | Saturday, November 18, 2017 | Hickory Grove Recreation Center ( 6709 Pence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

A drama that illustrates the African American experience from slavery to the election of Barack Obama. The full presentation is composed of six acts (pre Civil War, early 1920’s, 1940’s,  late 1950’s, 1968, and 2008). A free preview performance of three of the acts will be performed at the Hickory Grove Recreation Center on November 18. A second free performance of the other three acts will be presented in April 21, 2018 at the same location. The play is appropriate for patrons of all ages.

Free admission. For more information, contact Regina Dolphus at 704-968-4768 or rdolphus@yahoo.com.

 

A Sign of the Times at my Library
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Saturday, December 9, 2017 | Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

A Sign of the Times’ ensembles perform music from the African Diaspora, in-cluding Latin, Jazz, Classic Rhythm & Blues and Funk! Their repertoire swings and transports listeners to the days of Dizzy, Bird, Miles and Sassy as well as Earth, Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, the Stylistics, Etta James and James Brown. Each musical story is told with authenticity and reverence to the great ones that came before us. To RSVP call Hickory Grove Library at 704-416-4400.

 

 

Explore with the Bechtler: Community, Identity and History Art-Making Workshops
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Every Saturday in January, 2018 | Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

This four day collaborative workshop is open to all ages, taught by a professional artist and focuses on community, identity and history. Once the project is completed there will be a celebration welcoming all community members. The artwork will remain on display at the Hickory Grove Library for two months before moving to the Beatties Ford Road Regional Library for two months. Finally the artwork will be taken to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to be exhibited. Opening Celebration dates are on February 3 and April 7, 2018.

 

Red Calaca Mobile Art Studio
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | Washworld (4412 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205)

Rosalia’s Mobile Art Studio brings arts education and community engagement programming in the form of artist led activity workshops. Explore Arte Callejero (Street Art): A 2-hour workshop where participants work with Rosalia creating mixed-media artwork.

 

As Far As The Eye Can See by Glorious Performance Team
2 p.m. | Saturday, April 21, 2018 | Hickory Grove Recreation Center ( 6709 Pence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

A drama that illustrates the African American experience from slavery to the election of Barack Obama. The full presentation is composed of six acts (pre Civil War, early 1920’s, 1940’s,  late 1950’s, 1968, and 2008). Free admission. For more information, contact Regina Dolphus at 704-968-4768 or rdolphus@yahoo.com.

 


West Block

West of uptown between South End and the airport

 

Art & Music Workshops by Guerilla Poets
11 a.m & 12:30 p.m. | Every first Saturday of the month from Nov. 2017 through June 2018 | West Blvd. Library (2157 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208)
November 4, 2017
ART: 5 senses in color theory (11-12pm)
MUSIC: Guitar/Melodies and songwriting (12:30-1:30pm)
December 2, 2017
ART: Make your own scarves and ornaments (11-12pm)
MUSIC: The Science of 16 Bars (12:30-1:30pm)
January 6, 2018
ART: Figure drawing – your favorite feature (11-12pm)
MUSIC: Guitar/Melodies and songwriting (12:30-1:30pm)
February 3, 2018
ART: Black History Portraits (11-12pm)
MUSIC: Chorus (Breathing, Control, Pitch, Diction & Tonality) (12:30-1:30pm)
March 3, 2018
ART: Vision Boards (11-12pm)
MUSIC: DJ class – Learn how to use turntables! HipHop (12:30-1:30pm)
April 7, 2018
ART: Bottled up project painting bottles/poetry (11-12pm)
MUSIC: Improv and Freestyle Jam (12:30-1:30pm)
May 5, 2018
ART: PSA Collab Mural – addressing issues in neighborhoods (11-12pm)
MUSIC: Afro-Cuban Percussion (12:30-1:30pm)
June 2, 2018
ART: African American writing workshop (11-12pm)
MUSIC: Drum Circle with collab from arts/writing class (12:30-1:30pm)

 

Inspired by Guerilla Poets 

11:30 a.m. | Every first Tuesday of the month from Nov. 2017 through June 2018 | West Blvd. 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.

 


 Southwest Charlotte Block
Southwest Charlotte

 

Project Harmony presented by Community School of the Arts and Charlotte Symphony 
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Tuesdays and Wednesdays | St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church (1901 Archdale Dr., Charlotte, NC 28210)

Project Harmony is a new, free youth orchestra program starting in September 2017 after school. Learn rhythm, sing in a choir, and play your favorite instrument. Optional: Snack and Tutoring from 3:00 – 3:55 p.m.

 

 

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.

November 8, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m at CPCC Harper Campus (315 W Hebron St, Charlotte, NC 28273)
A 2-hour activity where participants create parking lot chalk art.  A collaboration with the CPCC Graphic Design Department.

March 29, 2018 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Arborgate Apartment Homes (9056 Arborgate Dr, Charlotte, NC 28273)
A 2-hour workshop where participants work with a guest artist in a creative activity with guest artist Cathay Dawkins.

April 5, 2018 at Compare Foods (900 E Arrowood Rd, Charlotte, NC 28273)
Arte Callejero (Street Art): A 2-hour workshop where participants work with Rosalia creating mixed-media artwork.

May 8, 2018 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Ashford Place Apartments (905 Pineville Point Ave, Charlotte, NC 28217)
Mother’s Day: A 2-hour workshop where participants work with Rosalia creating Mother’s Day crafts.

June 11, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at South Coin Laundry (6407 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28217)
Arte Callejero (Street Art): A 2-hour workshop where participants work with Rosalia creating mixed-media artwork.

 


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

 

Talk Series presented by LATIBAH Tours
University City Library (301 East W.T., Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262)

This series will focus on the Middle Passage, led by a panel of local leaders and historians who will engage the community as they discuss the importance and deep significance of remembering this tremendously pivotal period in African American history. This series accompanies the life-size installation of “The Door of No Return & The Middle Passage” located at Sugar Creek Library. All programs are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday January 20, 2018 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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