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Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center

Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center Welcome to Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center page. We are home of the 2nd Street Stage. Please check back in as we add all of our upcoming events, classes, and volunteer opportunities!

The Community Arts Center is located at 120 South Second Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The facility includes five studios that are available to nonprofit organizations for rehearsals of plays, musicals, and recitals. Individuals may also apply to teach community outreach arts classes in the available studio space. Inquire today! The building is also home to the acclaimed Orange Stree

The Community Arts Center is located at 120 South Second Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The facility includes five studios that are available to nonprofit organizations for rehearsals of plays, musicals, and recitals. Individuals may also apply to teach community outreach arts classes in the available studio space. Inquire today! The building is also home to the acclaimed Orange Stree

Operating as usual

The Community Art’s Center will be closed tomorrow for Good Friday. See everyone Saturday!
04/14/2022

The Community Art’s Center will be closed tomorrow for Good Friday. See everyone Saturday!

Have you ever wished your child could learn another language but didn’t know how to begin? It will be easy thanks to a n...
04/13/2022

Have you ever wished your child could learn another language but didn’t know how to begin? It will be easy thanks to a new FREE workshop at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Let’s Play Loteria con YoCasa! will be offered once a month on Saturday for children ages 5 – 13 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Parents can register online using the website below or call 910-341-7860. Spanish speaking parents may also register at 910-777-4325.

Join us Wednesday, April 13th at 12 pm for a free Lunchtime Lesson! Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a presentation of Wilmin...
04/07/2022

Join us Wednesday, April 13th at 12 pm for a free Lunchtime Lesson! Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a presentation of Wilmington's World War II history with award-winning author and historian Wilbur D. Jones Jr. Fun fact - Wilmington was designated America's First World War II Heritage City in September 2020!

For more information call Kim Adams at 910-254-0907.

See you at the Historic USO Building!

We are so sad we missed our favorite Leilani’s birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday, Leilani! We are so glad you are part ...
04/01/2022

We are so sad we missed our favorite Leilani’s birthday yesterday!

Happy Birthday, Leilani! We are so glad you are part of our CAC family. Thank you for all you do to keep us all on track!

⁣We love hosting the North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Gallery here at the CAC! 🎨⁣⁣Congratulations to to all the ...
03/31/2022


We love hosting the North Carolina Azalea Festival Youth Art Gallery here at the CAC! 🎨⁣

Congratulations to to all the young talented artists on their beautiful work! 🎉

⁣Will we see you this summer? ☀️🕶⁣⁣Don’t miss out on the awesome things happening at camp this year! We still have a few...
03/30/2022


Will we see you this summer? ☀️🕶⁣

Don’t miss out on the awesome things happening at camp this year! We still have a few spots left, and plenty of room on the waitlists! ⁣

#creativeartscamp2022

🎉Appreciation post 🎉⁣⁣One of our awesome staff members, Logan, came in and helped us spiff up the art gallery for the Az...
03/25/2022

🎉Appreciation post 🎉⁣

One of our awesome staff members, Logan, came in and helped us spiff up the art gallery for the Azalea Festival Youth Art Gallery coming soon! ⁣

We would be lost without you! Thank you for all you do!

⁣⁣Happy Meet & Greet Monday! 🎉⁣⁣⁣⁣We are so excited to have Ms. Emy joining us again this summer! This time as our fun l...
03/21/2022

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Happy Meet & Greet Monday! 🎉⁣⁣
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We are so excited to have Ms. Emy joining us again this summer! This time as our fun loving intern!

⁣Happy #throwbackthursday! 🎉⁣⁣Today we are throwing it all the way back summer 2018, to our BOSS Camp production of Cind...
03/17/2022


Happy #throwbackthursday! 🎉⁣

Today we are throwing it all the way back summer 2018, to our BOSS Camp production of Cinderella! Where are our dreams came true 🎃🐭🪄⁣

If being in a full production is a dream you hope comes true, there is still space in Rainbow Fish the Musical 🐠 and Seussical Jr. 🐱 🎩

⁣Did you hear? Creative Arts Camp now has their own Instagram! ⁣🎨🎉🎭☀️⁣Go over to @creativeartscamp.ilm and give them a f...
03/15/2022


Did you hear? Creative Arts Camp now has their own Instagram! ⁣
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Go over to @creativeartscamp.ilm and give them a follow to see all the cool stuff they’re doing this summer!

⁣Happy Tuesday! Did you know you can learn how to build a set at camp?! ⁣👷🏼‍♀️🔨🪚🧰🎨⁣Well you can! Come join us for this s...
03/15/2022


Happy Tuesday! Did you know you can learn how to build a set at camp?! ⁣
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Well you can! Come join us for this special pre-camp workshop with instructor Benedict Fancy, where you will learn all the basics of building a set! ⁣

#creativeartscamp2022

It’s time for our first ⁣ 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 & 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲! 🎉⁣⁣We are so excited to introduce you to our Camp Director & Assistant Ca...
03/14/2022

It’s time for our first ⁣ 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 & 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲! 🎉⁣

We are so excited to introduce you to our Camp Director & Assistant Camp Director! ⁣

Stacie & Logan are ready for all the fun, coffee, & memories that #creativeartscamp2022 will bring! ⁣

☀️See you this summer

03/11/2022

We are getting HYPE for camp this year… so we had to preface it with a #flashbackfriday to one of our previous camp memories!! Get ready for the summer of a lifetime 🎉🎭☀️🤩

Our Camp Director and Summer Camp Intern are ready to see you! ⁣🎨🎭⁣Come visit us from 10a-3p out at Mayfair next to H&M.
03/05/2022

Our Camp Director and Summer Camp Intern are ready to see you! ⁣
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Come visit us from 10a-3p out at Mayfair next to H&M.

Tonight at the Community Arts Center!⁣🎸⁣Pierre Bensusan will be performing with Forward Motion Dance Company.⁣🩰⁣Show tim...
03/03/2022

Tonight at the Community Arts Center!⁣
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Pierre Bensusan will be performing with Forward Motion Dance Company.⁣
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Show time is 7:30pm and you can buy tickets at the door! ⁣
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For more info visit PierreBensusan.com

Bonus Week Added! ⁣🪴 ⁣Due to popular demand we have added an extra week of Orange Street Pottery Camp! ⁣🏺⁣This camp is f...
02/23/2022

Bonus Week Added! ⁣
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Due to popular demand we have added an extra week of Orange Street Pottery Camp! ⁣
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This camp is for our Rising Stars - ages 7-10. Find more info on our website link in our bio!

354 registrations and it’s only been open for 12 days! ⁣🎉⁣If you haven’t signed yept, there are still spaces left! ⁣🎉⁣We...
02/15/2022

354 registrations and it’s only been open for 12 days! ⁣
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If you haven’t signed yept, there are still spaces left! ⁣
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We can’t wait to see all of you this summer!

⁣Creative Arts Camp registration opened this morning and we already have 130 registrations! ⁣⁣☀️☀️☀️⁣⁣Check out the awes...
02/02/2022


Creative Arts Camp registration opened this morning and we already have 130 registrations! ⁣

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Check out the awesome BOSS Camp shows we have planned for this summer and find the full summer schedule on our website. ⁣

#bestsummeryet #creativeartscamp2022 #rainbowfishthemusical #seussicaljr #HighSchoolMusical2

🌼Spring has sprung at the CAC! 🌸⁣⁣Classes, Rehearsals, and so much more - come join in on the fun!
02/01/2022

🌼Spring has sprung at the CAC! 🌸⁣

Classes, Rehearsals, and so much more - come join in on the fun!

01/29/2022

It’s a winter wonderland downtown but we are still open! As of now, auditions for Children of Eden are still on!

01/25/2022

We will be closing at 5pm this evening. See everyone tomorrow at 9am!

01/22/2022

Update- Tonight’s performance of Around the World in 80 Days has been cancelled due to icy road conditions.

As of now, Sundays matinee show will continue as scheduled.

Stay safe and warm!

01/21/2022

Due to the upcoming inclement weather, we will be closed to studio and classroom rentals on Friday, January 21st at 3pm - Saturday, January 22nd at 5pm.

Around the World in 80 Days Friday, January 21st performance has been cancelled.

01/03/2022

Thalian Association Community Theatre announces that Stacie Smith will become the new Director of the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, effective January 21. Longtime Community Arts Center Director Samantha Chappell has accepted a position as the Regional Program Director for Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines. Thalian Association, the Official Community Theatre of North Carolina, has managed the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington since 1994.

Smith has extensive experience in youth education as a teacher and after school program coordinator at First Baptist Preschool, Saint Andrews Covenant Preschool, and New Horizons Elementary School. She has been Assistant Director of Creative Arts Camp at the Community Arts Center since 2017 and affiliated with Thalian Youth Theatre as a director and stage manager for more than a decade. Her career includes event management with Design Perfection, specializing in wedding coordination and design.

“Stacie comes to the association with vast experience in youth education, camp programming, and event management as well as personal history and love for the historic building,” stated Thalian Association Executive Director Susan Habas. “Stacie has been involved in youth arts programming at the Community Arts Center for many years, first as a participant, later a teacher and Creative Arts Camp Assistant Director, and now Director of the building. We are delighted to welcome Stacie and excited for the future of the building!”

“The Community Arts Center has been an important part of my life for the last fifteen years,” said Smith. “While the people have changed over the years, that same wonderful feeling you get when you walk into the building is always there. I look forward to continuing building traditions and welcoming new faces to this unique facility!"

The Community Arts Center is sending the warmest wishes to you and yours during this holiday season. The HBHUSO/CAC will...
12/23/2021

The Community Arts Center is sending the warmest wishes to you and yours during this holiday season. The HBHUSO/CAC will close December 23 at 5pm and will reopen on January 3, 2022.

Marcia will be teaching Saturday classes at the Community Arts Center starting in January 2022! More information about t...
12/20/2021
Dance & Movement - WILMA magazine

Marcia will be teaching Saturday classes at the Community Arts Center starting in January 2022! More information about the classes will be on our website soon.

Marcia's Dance Journey brings active expression

It’s the first day of Wartime Wilmington Week. Today until 4pm come down and visit the WWII Living History & Book Signin...
12/04/2021

It’s the first day of Wartime Wilmington Week. Today until 4pm come down and visit the WWII Living History & Book Signing in the Lobby!

11/24/2021
11/23/2021

Stop by after Thanksgiving to grab an Angel Card from our Angel Tree! All gifts go to Wilmington families in need.

Also, check out the White House ornament collection donated by one of our fabulous supporters!

11/11/2021

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120 S 2nd St
Wilmington, NC
28401

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

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(910) 341-7860

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Wilmington Art Association 40th annual Azaela Festival WAA Spring Show at Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center from April 2nd through April 10th *Photos provided by Mark B. Steelman
Congratulations to all our winner’s at the #WAASpringshow2022 stop by this week at Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center
Hollywood Java will be on-site for Day 2 of the North Carolina Black Film Festival at the Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center from 9am-12pm. #NCBFF2022 #ncbff #indiefilm #artist #wilmington #nc #docs #blackfilm #documentary #features #shorts #filmmaker #filmmaking #filmfestival #coffee #java #tea
Online registration has closed but you can purchase ticket and passes at the door. Join us for DAY 2 at the Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center starting at 10:00 AM! #NCBFF2022 #ncbff #indiefilm #wilmington #nc #docs #shorts #narrative #artist #features #blackfilm
For the first time in about 5 years we are back at the Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center Thank you for being a sponsor for the NC Black Film Festival and we look forward to being in the building all day Saturday of the Festival.
TONIGHT - WILMINGTON! Great thanks to Cheril Lee and WHQR Public Media NPR for this short interview (on-air on her show "Allegro" yesterday) & article, below Re: Pierre's Concert this evening @ 7:30pm with Forward Motion Dance Co at Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center. Get your tickets NOW @ https://www.pierrebensusan.com/store_viewproduct.asp?ID=566 cc NPR Music https://www.whqr.org/2022-03-02/acoustic-guitar-virtuoso-pierre-bensusan-performs-a-concert-collaboration-with-the-forward-motion-dance-company-thursday-march-3rd
RADIO ALERT - THIS MORNING Tune in to NPR WHQR Public Media just after 10am (EST) when "ALLEGRO" host Cheril Lee interviews Pierre abt his concert TOMORROW (Thurs) with Forward Motion Dance in Wilmington NC's Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center! Order your Tickets now at: https://www.pierrebensusan.com/store_viewproduct.asp?ID=566 Listen from anywhere in the world at: https://www.whqr.org/show/allegro cc NPR Music
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA ~ Thurs, March 3rd at 7:30pm! Thanks to BroadwayWorld for their feature (below) on Pierre's 1st date of his 2022 North American tour, a wonderful concert collaboration with Wilmington's Forward Motion Dance Co and choreographer Tracey Varga - together again, bringing the art of dance together with Pierre's unique and inspired sound. Location: Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center, 120 South 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 Tickets: $21 in advance; $25 day of show Online Ticket ordering: https://www.pierrebensusan.com/store_viewproduct.asp?ID=566 or phone 910-793-6675 More in the article: https://www.broadwayworld.com/raleigh/article/World-Renowned-French-Guitarist-Pierre-Bensusan-Will-Return-to-Wilmington-20220211
Today is February 1st! Let the clock begin…deadline to enter is February 12th!!! Largest Juried ArtShow in #WilmingtonNC $3,000 in Awards! Held each year Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center and the Official Art Show of the The Azalea Festival #artshow #calltoartist #juror #uncw #cfcc #waa #artist #painters #sculpture #photography #wilmingtondowntown The ArtWorks-Wilmington Acme Art Studios Gallery Citrine
New classes are forming. Thursday 1/20 7pm Beginners - no experience necessary 8 pm Intermediate/Choreo - yrs exp required Call or email to reserve your spot 917-446-8517 Marina or 410-8987-2754 Charmiss Farha [email protected] Ages 13 and up. Wear comfortable clothes, bring water
What’s next in the Wilmington Art World? We have Art in Bloom LLC reception Sept 18th, 5-8 pm at their Mayfaire Town Center location. Next on September 24th it’s 4th Friday in downtown Wilmington and the start of #artfall2021 at Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center Then on Saturday the 25th we have the American Craft Walk Wilmington NC.
Coming soon to Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center is the Orange Street ArtsFest.