The Arts and Science Council is bringing art and culture into the community with Culture Blocks. These are free performances, classes and workshops that take place all around the Charlotte area.
Here’s what’s coming up, but keep checking back for more details. The programs are organized by geographic area. Also, some require registration, so make sure to look for that. For updates, visit the Culture Blocks website. Some details are still being filled in.
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. Featuring live music by Greg Jarrell Band at all three events.
Tuesday, October 17 (6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) at West Charlotte Rec. Center (2401 Kendall Dr, Charlotte, NC 28216)
Sunday, November 12 (2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216)
Saturday, November 18 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) at Levine Museum of the New South (200 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Color of Jazz Music Series
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center (Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, NC 28208)
Live Performance by Jemini June. An Evening of Soul & Funk. Light Refreshments. Community Mingle. Presented by Dapper Street Productions. For more info call: 980-314-1111
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.
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, Charlotte, NC 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 and will integrate Science and Nature, Multicultural and African American Heritage learning through hands on Visual Art projects.
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
Color of Jazz Music Series
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Albemarle Road Recreation Center (5027 Idlewild Road, North, Charlotte, NC 28227)
Live Performance by Jemini June. An Evening of Soul & Funk. Light Refreshments. Community Mingle. Presented by Dapper Street Productions. For more info call: 980-314-1101
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 email@example.com.
To preserve the legacy of the African Diaspora through music, dance and the spoken word
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Project Harmony presented by Community School of the Arts and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
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.
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