2019 Neighborhood Exchange: NEXweek

Weeklong series of events inspires residents with trainings, awards, tours and more
Leslie Blaser

The City of Charlotte is hosting the 2019 Neighborhood Exchange: NEXweek from April 23-30, 2019. This weeklong series of events encourages community leaders and residents to connect with each other, learn about available resources, and put local projects into action next week, next month, and next year for their neighborhoods.

The activities throughout the week will celebrate community work, teach residents new skills, spark ideas from successful local projects, and more. The events include the following:

  • Neighborhood Leadership Awards Breakfast
    Tuesday, April 23, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
    Levine Museum of the New South (200 E. Seventh Street)
    Strong and inspiring leaders help communities thrive. Charlotte's neighborhoods are proof of these individual's and group's dedication to improving our city. This breakfast honors Charlotte neighborhood leaders and recognizes excellence by their peers. Awards will be given in the following categories:
    • Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Neighborhood Organization of the Year
    • Rookie of the Year
    • Community Volunteer of the Year
    • Community Service (Business)
    • Community Service (Nonprofit)

Nominations for these awards are open through April 11. The application can be found here.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to explore the exhibits at the Levine Museum of the New South including the latest addition, #HomeCLT, which is a multifaceted exploration of the neighborhoods and communities in Charlotte.

  • Neighborhood Training Classes, in partnership with Skillpop.
    Thursday, April 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (600 E 4th Street)
    Residents can choose from four different classes for the neighborhood training portion of NEXweek. These workshops provide residents with new skill sets that can help their neighborhoods grow. Classes include:
    • Maximizing Your Team Efficiency, so neighborhood organizations can use their resources and time more effectively, and achieve big results.
    • Instagram Workshop, to help residents better understand how to brand and showcase their neighborhood's unique features.
    • Paint the Pavement Workshop, where communities can learn how to design and create public art on their streets.
    • Community Gardens Workshop, where residents will learn how to craft and care for community gardens.
  • Placemaking Bus Tour
    Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Starting location is Old City Hall (600 E. Trade Street)
    Creating a sense of place doesn't require a large budget, just great amounts of enthusiasm and imagination! This Placemaking Tour will showcase some of the most creative, quirky and inspiring spaces in Charlotte. Stops on the tour include a magic carpet, a growing village and a very large porch.

For more information and other events, visit charlottenc.gov/nex or call 704.336.3380.