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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

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Join us for an evening of energetic, contemporary American country dancing. It’s exercise that's actually FUN, done to l...
09/22/2022

Join us for an evening of energetic, contemporary American country dancing. It’s exercise that's actually FUN, done to live music by the band Contra Force. The caller, Kenny Greer will lead the dancers through a sequence of moves. People are friendly and beginners are always welcome, no experience necessary! It's fun for all ages, teenagers through seniors. You don't need a partner.... we promise you'll get to dance. In fact, you'll dance with everybody there! Recommended dress is cool and casual, with soft-soled shoes.

Beginner lessons start at 7:00pm & the dance starts at 7:30pm.

Here are our 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners for this years ARTFall! Come by the Community Arts Center between now and Sep...
09/19/2022

Here are our 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners for this years ARTFall!

Come by the Community Arts Center between now and September 24th to see these in person, along with the rest of the WONDERFUL works of art!

We are open everyday 10a-5p at 120 S. 2nd Street. See you soon!

🖼 Artist drop is tomorrow!         ⁣⁣🎨We can wait for you to see all the AMAZING pieces at this years Show and Sale!
09/11/2022

🖼 Artist drop is tomorrow! ⁣

🎨We can wait for you to see all the AMAZING pieces at this years Show and Sale!

Calling all artists! Whether you are an established artist or an emerging artist looking for a place to show your work -...
08/16/2022

Calling all artists! Whether you are an established artist or an emerging artist looking for a place to show your work - ARTfall is ready for you!

Visit our website to find the artist submission forms and all the info you need to join us at the 7th annual ARTfall Show and Sale!

The summer is over which means The Worlds Best Intern is leaving us! Thank you for spending your summer with us answerin...
08/14/2022

The summer is over which means The Worlds Best Intern is leaving us! Thank you for spending your summer with us answering all the questions, being a ray of sunshine everyday, and suppling our coffee needs! We will miss you Emy! ⁣

Tell us something Ms. Emy did yo make you smile this summer!

What a bittersweet day! It was our LAST showcase of the summer! What a crazy 8 weeks it’s been. Thank you for sharing yo...
08/12/2022

What a bittersweet day! It was our LAST showcase of the summer! What a crazy 8 weeks it’s been. Thank you for sharing your summer with us! 🎉

Time Travelers Art Around the World is have a blast this week making all the memories with new friends!
08/11/2022

Time Travelers Art Around the World is have a blast this week making all the memories with new friends!

The 7th Annual ARTfall Show and Sale is right around the corner! Have you submitted anything yet?Visit www.wilmingtoncom...
08/10/2022

The 7th Annual ARTfall Show and Sale is right around the corner! Have you submitted anything yet?

Visit www.wilmingtoncommunityarts.org to find more information and the artist submission form.

08/08/2022
💜 It’s National Purple Heart Day! Check out our friend Eddie Abbey on the cover of the StarNews Online! Eddie is a Purpl...
08/07/2022

💜 It’s National Purple Heart Day! Check out our friend Eddie Abbey on the cover of the StarNews Online! Eddie is a Purple Heart recipient and Adjunct for the Wilmington chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a nonprofit group that meets monthly at the Community Arts Center.

Did you know we offer free rentals for nonprofit group meetings? 😉

We LOVE Disney week at camp as much as we LOVE showcase Fridays! Only one more week left of summer - we will see you the...
08/05/2022

We LOVE Disney week at camp as much as we LOVE showcase Fridays! Only one more week left of summer - we will see you there?

BOSS Camp’s final summer production is in full swing! ☀️⁣⁣We know it’s going to be FABULOUS! 🎶
08/04/2022

BOSS Camp’s final summer production is in full swing! ☀️⁣

We know it’s going to be FABULOUS! 🎶

Summer Camp friends are the BEST FRIENDS! 🎉
08/03/2022

Summer Camp friends are the BEST FRIENDS! 🎉

Today in Art Around the World: Disneyworld Showcase -  our Old Pros spent the day with the characters of Tangled, while ...
08/02/2022

Today in Art Around the World: Disneyworld Showcase - our Old Pros spent the day with the characters of Tangled, while our Rising Stars visited Hercules and his friends in Greece to make Greek pottery!

Still thinking about how impressed we were by our ALL CAMPER tech crew for Seussical Jr. for our last BOSS camp show!
08/02/2022

Still thinking about how impressed we were by our ALL CAMPER tech crew for Seussical Jr. for our last BOSS camp show!

Even our Creative Munchkins are getting in on the Hogwarts fun!
07/28/2022

Even our Creative Munchkins are getting in on the Hogwarts fun!

Happy opening to Seussical jr! 🎉 so proud of these campers putting on such a big show in only 2 weeks!
07/22/2022

Happy opening to Seussical jr! 🎉 so proud of these campers putting on such a big show in only 2 weeks!

We love matching with campers!🎉⁣⁣Ms. Stacie and Addison were so excited to both be wearing their Junie B Jones shirts to...
07/20/2022

We love matching with campers!🎉⁣

Ms. Stacie and Addison were so excited to both be wearing their Junie B Jones shirts today! 🍋⁣

If your camper has LOVED camp, they should audition for Thalians next youth theatre show - Disneys Descendants! Find more info at thalian.org 🎉🎭

Today while BOSS Camp production of Seussical Jr. rehearsed, our Behind the Curtains campers started working on the set!...
07/20/2022

Today while BOSS Camp production of Seussical Jr. rehearsed, our Behind the Curtains campers started working on the set! ⁣

This show is so good, you don’t want to miss out on the fun!

CALL FOR ARTISTS JULY 2022Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Seeks Artist Submissions For ARTfallA Juried S...
07/18/2022

CALL FOR ARTISTS JULY 2022

Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Seeks Artist Submissions For ARTfall

A Juried Show & Sale for Emerging & Established Artists

Deadline August 31, 2022



WILMINGTON, NC - The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is seeking 2D and 3D artists for the 7th Annual ARTfall Juried Art Show and Sale to be held September 16 – 24, 2022. ARTfall will be one of the events during American Craft Walk Wilmington, a celebration of visual and performing arts at various locations in downtown Wilmington culminating in the walk on Saturday September 17, 2022.



The show will be open daily Mon. – Sat. Sept. 16th – 24th from 10 am to 5 pm and the public is invited to attend the Artists Award Presentation and Reception Thurs. Sept. 15th 6 – 8 pm in the lobby museum of the Historic USO Building. Awards will be presented for First, Second, and Third Place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice with cash prizes totaling $525.00.



Only original artwork completed within the last two years will be considered for exhibition. Original artwork is the artist’s sole creation and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any other person’s work or photograph. Preference is given to artists from the Lower Cape Fear region.



ARTfall will be juried by award-winning artist Madison Creech. Madison Creech holds an MFA in fibers from Arizona State University and a BFA and BS in textile, merchandising, and fashion design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently, she teaches in the Art and Art History Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and co-runs Fried Fruit Art Gallery in Wilmington's cargo district.

Application Guidelines

There is a $15.00 non-refundable registration fee. The Review Panel will consider up to a maximum of 5 digital images. Images must be in a JPEG or TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi not to exceed 1080 pixels in any one direction. Additional support material including resume, exhibit history, and artist’s website will aid in the selection process. Due to space limitations, we may not be able to hang or exhibit all accepted work, but all work will be juried. Artists who will not be dropping off their work in person are responsible for all costs associated with the shipping to and from the HBHUSO/CAC. Applications must be received by August 31st with the JPG or TIFF artwork images. Artists will be notified September 2, 2022.



Work must be suitable for viewing by the public. The participating artist must be the one who conceived of and executed the finished product. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable. It must be limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. By submission of an application, the artist accepts all conditions set forth in this prospectus.



Exhibition Guidelines

All two-dimensional works must be framed, or gallery wrapped and wired for hanging. Exposed edges and beck must be clean. The HBHUSO/CAC reserves the right to refuse the installation of items with faulty framing, wiring, or hanging devices. Glass clip frames or saw tooth hangers will not be accepted.

The three-dimensional category contains any art which must have length, width, and depth. High relief, pottery, sculpture, kinetic, and 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, found objects or any other material which can be used to create three-dimensional art.



Three-dimensional work must not require special installation or assembly and are limited to available pedestals. Jewelry will not be considered for exhibition.



At the time of installation, the artist is responsible for completing a consignment agreement with a member of the HBHUSO/CAC staff including a complete inventory of work.



The HBHUSO/CAC will collect 25% on all sales during the exhibition. Artists whose works are selected own the pieces until it is sold by the HBHUSO/CAC. All work will be handled with professional care.



The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, the City of Wilmington, and Thalian Association Community Theatre limit liability for damage of artwork from handling, viewing and exhibition use during the consignment period. The Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center nor any of its subsidiaries are not responsible for damage or loss that occurs prior to, during or after expiration of the consignment period. Artist shall always maintain appropriate property and loss insurance coverage on any consigned items to protect Artist against damage or loss to such consigned goods.



All accepted artists may provide a black folding fabric bin and display up to 10 works. Artwork needs to be clean, properly backed (foam core or mat board), protected with shrink wrap or crystal bags, and labeled with title, artist name, medium and price. 4 X 6 inventory cards with title, price, artist name, email and phone number are required at delivery.



For more information or to download complete submission guidelines, application, and exhibition details, please visit our website www.wilmingtoncommunityarts.org or email Stacie Smith, Community Arts Center Director at [email protected]. Complete details about American Craft Walk Wilmington can be found at americancraftwalkwilmington.com.



The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is owned by the City of Wilmington and managed by Thalian Association Community Theatre. The Historic USO Building is a cultural treasure that has been the center of recreation and art for generations of local children. Today the HBHUSO/CAC continues to be the home for children, art and recreation while serving as a mini museum of the Wilmington and New Hanover County WWII home front. For more information, please visit www.wilmingtoncommunityarts.org.

Finished off week 4 in Galaxy Far Far Away!
07/16/2022

Finished off week 4 in Galaxy Far Far Away!

Still 2 more chance to see Dogfight the Musical here at the CAC!
07/16/2022

Still 2 more chance to see Dogfight the Musical here at the CAC!

The Historic USO Building is open with free coffee and doughnuts now through 6:00 pm. We hope to see you soon!
07/04/2022

The Historic USO Building is open with free coffee and doughnuts now through 6:00 pm. We hope to see you soon!

See you all this afternoon for free coffee & doughnuts, 5 cent soda, and a vocal performance from Voices Community Choir...
07/04/2022

See you all this afternoon for free coffee & doughnuts, 5 cent soda, and a vocal performance from Voices Community Choir!

Our first #photoboothfriday sure was cute!
07/02/2022

Our first #photoboothfriday sure was cute!

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120 S 2nd St
Wilmington, NC
28401

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

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Wilmington's Thalian Association Community Theatre is running this musical at the Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center through Sunday. Our reviewer says it's a must-see.
Theatre buffs! This new monologue series premiers Thursday with Lemetrius Nolan portraying visionary artist Minnie Evans and Harkeem Brantley Sr. as pioneering physician Charles Drew. The program is a partnership between Port City Playwrights' Project, Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center, and the City of Wilmington, NC Government.
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
HOT OFF THE PRESS!!! Do enjoy reading this excellent indepth interview (below) with France's guitar master Pierre Bensusan, thanks to Robert Anthony Workmon at the StarNews Wilmington NC where they discuss his concert THIS Thursday with Forward Motion Dance Co at @ Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center as well his past 2 years since last touring the USA. Order your Tickets NOW at: https://www.pierrebensusan.com/store_viewproduct.asp?ID=566 or phone the Community Arts Center @ 910-341-7860 cc Wilmington Today Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) Downtown Alive Wilmington NC
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.
Playingod Films & Techmoja Present "WHAT THE RIVER KNOWS", the 1898-Inspired Stage Play! will hold OPEN-CALL AUDITIONS, 16-17 August, with CALL-BACKS on 18-19 August, Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center, 6p-9p. Written by Alicia Inshira-Du and directed by Kevin L. Green, the two-act drama will be performed at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.'s main stage, 4-6 November 2021, 7:30p; and 7 November, 3p. A large cast of individual and doubling roles are specifically available for 11 black females, ages early teen-60s; 7 white females, ages teens-60s; 11 black males, ages 8-60s; 11 white males, ages 10-60s; 3 bi-racial males & females, ages 8-40s. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Please bring a head shot and resume. Sides for suitable roles will be available for review before auditioning. PLAY DESCRIPTION: Intergenerational story of romance, murder, ghosts, greed, jealousy, and racial strife set against a backdrop of the Wilmington massacre of 1898. Please send an FB message to Techmoja Dance and Theater Company or email [email protected] for more information.