Location: Convention Center Atrium
Salsa dancing is back. All are welcome, beginners and old pros. Don’t know how to salsa? No worries…the first hour will be primarily teaching the steps, then the party starts. This is a great way to meet new friends and hang out with friends you haven’t seen for a while on the opening night of the conference.
Location: Various; meet in Convention Center atrium
Downtown Raleigh is home to some incredible restaurants. The Supper Club is perfect for anyone attending the conference alone or those who want to share a meal with others and experience a bit of Raleigh foodie culture. Sign up at the Info Booth and meet fellow CCDA folks to walk together to the predetermined restaurant. Participants are responsible for their own food costs.
Open Mic Night and Hip Hop Concert
Location: Ballroom B
Friday evening’s Open Mic Night offers attendees the chance to display skills of poetry, prose, and verse, alongside scheduled performances. Sign up at the Information Booth. You must be a registered CCDA National Conference attendee in order to participate (show your name tag). Performances have a strict 4-minute time limit. This year’s Open Mic Night will feature local Hip Hop talent from the Raleigh/Durham area.
Run with Noel
Location: Meet in the Marriott Hotel Main Lobby
Running with Noel is now a CCDA tradition. Start your day off with an early morning run/walk led by the CEO of CCDA, Noel Castellanos.
Organized Pick Up Basketball
Location: Neighbor to Neighbor, 1200 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601
5 on 5 full court basketball at Neighbor to Neighbor running on two courts from 7:00-8:00am. It’s a 10-15 minute walk from the Convention Center or hop on van leaving from the Marriott Hotel entrance at 6:45am. Rides provide to and from. Bring you’re A game and rep CCDA.
Fitness to Help Your Week Flourish
Location: Marriott Hotel Congressional Room
We will be offering a variety of 30-min. fitness workouts each morning during the conference to rev up your metabolism, keep your fitness level sharp while away from home, and refresh your body, mind, and spirit for a flourishing conference experience. All workouts have adaptations for your specific fitness level. No equipment is required. Bring a towel and be ready to get a good sweat going.
Location: Convention Center atrium
Stage II was introduced at the 2013 National Conference in an endeavor to fulfill our mission to inspire, train, and connect. This year, Stage II will feature live music and readings, with art scattered around the convention center. Check the Stage II schedule in the Convention Center atrium for a list of live performances.
CCDA Mass Choir Rehearsal
Location: Ballroom stage
The choir is back! You are invited to sing in the CCDA Mass Choir during the Saturday AM Plenary Session. Attend a rehearsal to be a part of the choir.
Discover the City
With dozens of historic and cultural sites, plus an array of year-round events and celebrations, North Carolina’s capital city area is rich in history and culture. Many of the Raleigh museums are free and open to the public. Take an afternoon to explore the city’s unique areas of history and culture on your own time.
Start at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens (free), the only public park in the United States devoted to the civil rights movement. Spend some time exploring our historically black colleges and universities–Shaw University (free) and Saint Augustine’s University (free). Shaw University is the oldest historically black university in the South. Visit the African American Cultural Complex (free) and see hundreds of objects representing the contributions made by African Americans to the development of North Carolina and America.
Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the South,” Greater Raleigh is home to three state museums and is the center of the state government. Tour the N.C. State Capitol (free) and learn the story of the sculpture of George Washington wearing a Roman toga; ask to hear about the ghost stories and the legend of the secret rooms. Visit the N.C. Executive Mansion (free) and get a sneak peek at how a governor lives. Lifelong Learners will love the N.C. Museum of History (free). Tour the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences (free), the Southeast’s largest natural history museum. Tour the newly redesigned N.C. Museum of Art (free) and enjoy the country’s largest outdoor Art Park.
Galleries & Art Centers
The Raleigh area is home to numerous galleries and arts centers, many of which allow visitors not only to view art of different mediums–from oil paint to pottery, metal sculpture and papier-mache to everything in between–but also to interact with artists while they are creating their masterpieces. Be sure to check out Amplified Art, 311 West Martin Galleries & Studios, Adam Cave Fine Art, Artspace, Designbox, and Litmus Gallery & Studios.