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.

The Addam's Family Young@Part

Wilmington Academy of Arts and Science presents The Addams Family Young@Part Edition on Monday and Tuesday October 25-26 at 7pm.

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TACT Youth Presents Charlotte's Web

Thalian Association Community Theatre presents the Youth Production of Charlotte's Web November 12-21 Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm

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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

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Voices the CAC Choir

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Home of Creative Arts Camp

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