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

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.

 

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 from April 5 to June 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. p.m.

 

African American and Afro-diaspora Dance Workshops by Moving Spirits
Tuckaseegee Recreation Center (4820 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208)

This workshop series offers studies in traditional and contemporary African Diaspora dance forms over a four-­week period, including Afro-­Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and African American dance forms. The series is open to all ages.

April 10, April 17, April 24 and May 1 | 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Purlie presented by Brand New Sheriff Productions
Purlie is a comedy/musical is set in an era when Jim Crow laws still were in effect in the American South. Its focus is on the dynamic, traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson, who returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community’s church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s plantation. For all ages.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Saturday, May 5 | West Charlotte Recreation Center (2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Saturday, May 19 | Tuckaseegee Recreation Center (4820 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208)

 

Visual Art Workshop with Live Music presented by Community School of the Arts
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Saturdays | 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.

May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2

 

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. 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.

 

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. | Thursday, October 4 and Thursday, 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

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.

 

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.

April 14, May 12, June 9

 

Howie Acres Cultural Arts Festival
12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Saturday, April 14 | Howie Acres Neighborhood Park (4200 Redwood Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205)

Come out to this family friendly festival at Howie Acres Neighborhood Park. Activities include Super Cool Science presented by Discovery Place and a Capoeira Demonstration & Lesson by American Capoeira Foundation.

 

Sugar Creek Library Culture Blocks Tour
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | May 10 | Sugar Creek Library (4045 N Tryon St Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28206)

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.

 

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

Community and art-driven conversations all while coming together over locally prepared cuisine.

Saturday, May 26 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | The Starving Artist: Uncovering ‘Unknown’ Artists, Knowing Your Worth, Charlotte’s Creative Economy

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

 

Purlie presented by Brand New Sheriff Productions
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Saturday, May 12 | Sugar Creek Library (4045 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206)

Purlie is a comedy/musical is set in an era when Jim Crow laws still were in effect in the American South. Its focus is on the dynamic, traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson, who returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community’s church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s plantation. For all ages.


East Charlotte Block

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

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.

 

Hickory Grove Library Culture Blocks Tour
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | May 15, June 19 | Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215)

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.

 

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.)
May 1 & 29 / June 5

Family Days  (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
April 21 / May 19 / June 16

Teen Program Dates (5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
June 6

 

Purlie presented by Brand New Sheriff Productions
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Friday, May 11 | Methodist Home Recreation Center (3200 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215)

Purlie is a comedy/musical is set in an era when Jim Crow laws still were in effect in the American South. Its focus is on the dynamic, traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson, who returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community’s church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s plantation. For all ages.

 

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 and 12:30 p.m. | Every first Saturday of the month through June 2018 | West Boulevard Library (2157 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

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 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. | May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23 | Scaleybark Library (101 Scaleybark Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209)

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | May 3, 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. | May 1, 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.

 

 

Visual Tale to Tell Follow Up Art Workshop presented by Community School of the Arts
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Saturday, May 19 | Scaleybark Library (101 Scaleybark Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209)

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.

 

Visual Tale to Tell Follow Up Art Workshop presented by Community School of the Arts
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Saturday, May 26 | West Boulevard Library (2157 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208)

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. | Thursday, November 1 and Thursday, 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

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.

April 5, 2018 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Compare Foods Parking Lot (818 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. | 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. | 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.

 

Arborgate Culture Blocks Tour
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | April 21, 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, create a community artwork piece and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place, Red Calaca Studio and Brighter Days Arts Education. For all ages.

 

Lake Mist Culture Blocks Tour
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | May 19, 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, create a community artwork piece and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place, Red Calaca Studio and Brighter Days Arts Education. 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, create a community artwork piece and more. Programs provided by Discovery Place, Red Calaca Studio and Brighter Days Arts Education. 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. | Saturdays | 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.

May 12, May 19, June 9, June 16

 

Jazzin’ & Bluzin’ with the Seniors presented by Dapper Street Productions 
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Thursday, June 7 and Thursday, 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.


Pineville Block

Town of Pineville

Mr. Popper’s Penguins presented by Children’s Theater of Charlotte
Children’s Theater of Charlotte presents Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Run time is 60 minutes. Appropriate for ages 4 and older

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Sunday, April 8 | Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC 28134)

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Thursday, May 3 | Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC 28134)

The Imaginators presented by Children’s Theater of Charlotte
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Sunday, April 22 | Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC 28134)

Children’s Theater of Charlotte presents The Imaginators. Run time is 60 minutes. Appropriate for ages 7 and older.

 

 

Culture Blocks Community Gathering
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Thursday, April 26 | The Hut (413 Johnston Dr, Pineville, NC 28134)
Do you live in the Pineville area? Join your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy a free meal, music by Tosco Music, a dance performance by Kurma Murrain, and a conversation about the arts, science, history and heritage opportunities you want to see in your parks, libraries and recreation centers. This event is free but registration is required. Call 704-900-2594.

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