Welcome to the Community Arts Center

For more than half a century, the Hannah Block Historic USO Building has facilitated the coming together of generations, providing children with programs that challenge them creatively, and enhance the quality of life for residents throughout the region.

Located in the Hannah Block Historic USO at 120 South Second Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC, our multi-use facility features five studios (including dance studios) that are available to nonprofit organizations for rehearsals of plays, musicals and recitals.

The studios are also used for classes in a variety of artistic disciplines. The building is home to the Orange Street Potters and the Hannah Block Second Street Stage, an auditorium with a stage and technical loft used for rehearsals and performances. The facility includes a kitchen and may also be rented for corporate and private functions.

The HBHUSO/CAC is owned by the City of Wilmington and managed by the Thalian Association Community Theatre. The City Council appoints a seven person volunteer Advisory Board to oversee the building activities and make recommendations to the management and the City of Wilmington.

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

For more information about Wilmington and the arts, please visit The Arts Council of Wilmington, another organization dedicated to helping establish our area as an arts destination and to promote arts-driven economic development.

USO Swing Dance

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Hannah Block Historic USO Building in style! Dance the night away with the Duke Ladd Orchestra with a special tribute to The Andrews Sisters. All proceeds will benefit the building preservation fund.

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Voices the CAC Choir Holiday Concert

Voices, the CAC Choir, will ring in the holiday season with a caroling style concert outside the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Sunday Dec. 5th. The choir will perform at 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm with free cookies and hot chocolate in the Historic USO Building lobby museum.

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Teach A Class

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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80th Anniversary of the USO

This December 2021, help us celebrate the USO turning 80 years old with a week of events...

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TACT Youth Presents Around the World 80 Days

Thalian Association Community Theatre presents the Youth Production of Around the World in 80 Days, January 14-23, Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm

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Home of Creative Arts Camp

(Registration is now open!) Creative Arts Camp is full of creativity and fun for campers ages 4 and up. Throughout…

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