We provide classroom space for music, art, theater, dance and more for children, teens and adults. If you're interested in teaching or starting other types of artistic endeavors at the Community Arts Center you will find that our rates here at the Center are very reasonable!

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The Hannah Block Community Arts Center in Wilmington, NC is truly a multi-use facility.  Five studios are available to nonprofit organizations for theatrical rehearsals, musicals, recitals and classes. We also have a kitchen, making our space ideal for weddings and receptions.

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From 1941 to 1945, the USO hosted 35,000 uniformed visitors a week. Recently renovated with sensitivity to its historic character, the Hannah Block Historic USO (HBHUSO) lobby serves as a museum where WWII memorabilia and other artifacts are displayed.

USO Museum Photo Gallery

Events & Announcements...

Creative Arts Camp - Summer 2018

Creative Arts Camp - Summer 2018

Creative Arts Camp 2018 will be 6 weeks full of creativity and fun for campers ages 4 and up. Throughout…

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TACT Youth Presents 2018-2019 Season

TACT Youth Presents 2018-2019 Season

Thalian Association Community Theatre | 2018-2019 Youth Season Youth Productions on the Second Street Stage at the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center Click…

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Orange Street Pottery

Orange Street Pottery

Orange Street Pottery has been a part of the Community Arts Center since 1982.  It is a non-profit teaching studio…

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120 S. Second Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910.341.7860
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Dance-a-thon 2017

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Gifted in Rhythm & Life (G.i.R.L.) 2nd Annual DANCE-A-THON

Saturday, February 4, 2017  3pm-7pm

Location: Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center- 120 S. 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Tickets are only $10 Click Here to Buy Tickets

We are excited to announce our annual fundraiser event, Dance-a-thon 2017! On Saturday February 4th, the doors open at 10am and our first dance activity begins at 11am. We are excited to have dance instruction from Zumba with Marchelle Nixon and Hip Hop instruction with a guest instructor! Our very own youth dance squad GiRL Dance! will take the stage! This event will be hosted and MC'd by Sharryse Piggott aka DJ Reese of Connect Like Minds and UNCW's HawkStream Radio. This event will include various vendors, $1 raffles and giveaways. Vendor tables are starting at $35 and event sponsor options are still available. Help us meet our goal to deliver a robust program for youth girls as well as continue our community services efforts such as Put on Purple for Lupus and the GiRLgiving Project.

Feel free to reach out to us regarding our current program goals and youth activities! Tickets are $10!

Please contact Cassandra McNeil, for more information at 202-421-2645 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Vendor applications can be emailed or submitted on our website www.wearegrl.com Please check our event page for more information.

This event is sponsored by Momo's Makin, The Dance Element and Make It Public, LLC!
Come dance with us!!! #girldance #danceathon2017 #danceathon #heywatchus

Our Management

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is managed by the staff of the The Thalian Association, the Official Community Theater of North Carolina.

The Thalian Association is a non-profit, membership organization founded in 1788 to provide arts education and bring the excitement of the performing arts to Wilmington. The organization has its offices and holds auditions at the Community Arts Center.  The Center also hosts the Thalian Children's Theater classes and performances.

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Parking Information



Patrons of the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center can park in the surface lot conveniently located next to the building.

Parking Rates:

- Hourly: $1.25
- Daily: $7.00
- Monthly: $50.00


Paid parking is enforced 24/7 unless otherwise noted.  Visit the City of Wilmington's website for more information about downtown Wilmington parking.