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

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.

 

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


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 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.

 

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 through January 2018. Programs are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.

 

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

 

Visual Art Workshop presented by Community School of the Arts
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Saturdays | 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.

January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9


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 through May | 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. Topics 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.)
January 23 / February 6 / March 6 / April 3 / May 1 & 29 / June 5

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Youth Showcase of 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)

This youth showcase 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 through June 2018 | West Blvd. Library (2157 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208)
February 3, 2018
ART: Black History Portraits (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
MUSIC: Chorus (Breathing, Control, Pitch, Diction & Tonality) (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
March 3, 2018
ART: Vision Boards (11 a.m. -12 p.m.)
MUSIC: DJ class – Learn how to use turntables! HipHop (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
April 7, 2018
ART: Bottled up project painting bottles/poetry (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
MUSIC: Improv and Freestyle Jam (12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.)
May 5, 2018
ART: PSA Collab Mural – addressing issues in neighborhoods (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
MUSIC: Afro-Cuban Percussion (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
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 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 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.

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.

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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