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.

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Events & Announcements...

Orange Street ArtsFest 2018

Orange Street ArtsFest 2018

    Call for Artists (Only a few spots pending) - Orange Street ArtsFest 2018 is now accepting applications to…

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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

TACT Youth Presents

YOUTH THEATRE on the 2ND STREET STAGE at the HBHUSO/COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER Click above to purchase your tickets    Hairspray…

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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
Fax: 910.341.7862
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NOTICE: Parking Changes During Lot Upgrade

As of September 29, 2014, the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Parking Lot will be closed for an estimated 15 weeks for paving and refurbishing.  In the meantime, we suggest parking in the lot or the parking deck at 2nd & Market Streets while visiting us. On-street parking is also available at a cost of $1.00 per hour and enforced Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6:30 pm. We are very excited about these parking lot improvements and apologize for any inconvenience.

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.