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.

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)

 

 

Motown & More presented by DNAMuzic
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | 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 Workshop presented by Clayworks
10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | 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. | 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.

 

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.

 

Raptors Inspire! for Seniors by Carolina Raptor Center
10:45 a.m. | December 6, 2018 & May 2, 2019 | West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

Come and meet these big birds of prey that you might find in your own backyard here in Charlotte. These birds are from your neighborhood, but you rarely get to see them nose to beak. Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure. For seniors.


North End / Sugar Creek / Hidden Valley Block

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

 

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

 

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

Raptors Inspire! for Seniors by Carolina Raptor Center
10:30 a.m. | September 6, 2018 & February 7, 2019 | Methodist Home Recreation Center/Shamrock Senior Center (3200 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215)

Come and meet these big birds of prey that you might find in your own backyard here in Charlotte. These birds are from your neighborhood, but you rarely get to see them nose to beak. Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure. For seniors.

 

Raptors Inspire! for Seniors by Carolina Raptor Center
10:45 a.m. | November 1, 2018 & April 4, 2019 |  Grier Heights Community Center (3100 Leroy St, Charlotte, NC 28205)

Come and meet these big birds of prey that you might find in your own backyard here in Charlotte. These birds are from your neighborhood, but you rarely get to see them nose to beak. Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure. For seniors.

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

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 23 | Scaleybark Library (101 Scaleybark Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209)

 

 

 

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.

 

Raptors Inspire! for Seniors by Carolina Raptor Center
10:45 a.m. | February 7 & June 6, 2019 | Southview Recreation Center (1720 Vilma St, Charlotte, NC 28208)

Come and meet these big birds of prey that you might find in your own backyard here in Charlotte. These birds are from your neighborhood, but you rarely get to see them nose to beak. Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure. For seniors.

 


 Southwest Charlotte Block
Southwest Charlotte

 

 

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 Tale to Tell Follow-Up Workshop presented by Community School of the Arts
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | June 23 | University City Regional Library (301 E W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262)

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.

 

Senior Creative Clay Workshop presented by Clayworks
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | 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.

Raptors Inspire! for Seniors by Carolina Raptor Center
10:45 a.m. | September 6, 2018 & January 3, 2019 |  Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269)

Come and meet these big birds of prey that you might find in your own backyard here in Charlotte. These birds are from your neighborhood, but you rarely get to see them nose to beak. Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure. For seniors.

 

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. | 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 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.

 

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.

 

Raptors Inspire! for Seniors by Carolina Raptor Center
10:30 a.m. | October 4, 2018 & March 7, 2019 |  Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Dr., Pineville, NC 28134)

Come and meet these big birds of prey that you might find in your own backyard here in Charlotte. These birds are from your neighborhood, but you rarely get to see them nose to beak. Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure. For seniors.

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