Call for Performing Artists

The City of Takoma Park is seeking performing artists for the Winter/Spring 2016 We Are Takoma series. The goal of the series is to provide the community with an affordable cultural experience and the opportunity to engage with performers. The series provides performers a unique opportunity to present new and developing work.

Events are held in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium and may include concerts, dance, theater and more. We are especially eager to find artists featuring music and dance from other cultures as well as programming for children.

Deadline for Proposals

Submissions are due at 12 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Proposals must be submitted electronically using the webform below.

Proposals will be considered based on artistic merit, feasibility, relevancy to community, and audience engagement. Selected performers will be notified by December 2015.

Any submissions after this date will be considered for our Fall series.


The following general terms and conditions apply to all We Are Takoma events.


The City of Takoma Park will provide an honorarium in the amount of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) to the Performer for participating in the We Are Takoma series.

Performers may solicit “free will” donations at the door on the date of the event, with a maximum suggested donation of Ten Dollars ($10.00) per person. Individuals electing not to make a donation cannot be refused entrance to the event.  Performers soliciting donations must make arrangements for the collection and safekeeping of any donations.

Advance ticket sales or the set aside of reserved seating is strictly prohibited.

Performers may sell merchandise at the event. The City assumes no responsibility for the display, storage or safe keeping of any merchandize or the collection of any sale proceeds.


The City promotes all events on the City of Takoma Park website, City TV, Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and/or the We Are Takoma arts e-newsletter. Additional promotion efforts may include the distribution of fliers and announcements in the Takoma Park Newsletter, We Are Takoma Guide, and City Guide.

Performers are encouraged to assist in the promotion of the event, providing and authorizing the use of requested copy, images and video clips if available, and generally promoting the event using available marketing and social media outlets.

Video Recording and Photographic Images

The City reserves the right to record the event and, without limits or additional compensation, to broadcast, cablecast or in any other way display the video or photographic record of the event, including the use of social media outlets such as You Tube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The event may be broadcast live on City TV (Comcast Channel 13 / Verizon Channel 28) and web streamed at

Rehearsal Space

Performers may rehearse once in the venue prior to the event.

Technical Support – Lighting and Sound

The City will provide technical support for the event including a sound engineer/lighting technician. The use of a stage manager familiar with the performance is strongly encouraged. This is especially true for performances with complicated lighting or sound cues.

Reception – Food and Beverages

Performers are encouraged to host a reception in the Atrium Gallery before or after the event, or during a scheduled intermission. In the event a reception is held, the Performer is responsible for providing all food, beverages, serviceware, napkins and table clothes. 

Venue Information

The Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium provides raked seating of 154 fixed seats (with two aisles) and room for 4 wheelchairs. The auditorium can be entered from the central reception area and from the Atrium Gallery. A loading ramp and access doors are located to the right of the stage. The area backstage kitchenette and bathroom can be used by the Performer as a green room. Performer agrees not to block or restrict access to any designated fire exits.

The floating wood stage is approximately 18 inches off the floor and is 30 feet wide and 19 feet deep at the center. Two sets of two steps provide access to the stage from the audience.  Clearance from stage floor to the lowest set of lights is about 12 feet. A black drape for the back of the stage is available upon request.

The auditorium is ADA accessible and LEED certified.

The Takoma Park Community Center is Metro accessible via the Red line Takoma Station and is served by the following bus lines: WMATA F4, F6 and RideOn 16, 17, 18, 25.

Limited free parking is available behind the Community Center building.


For questions contact Sara Daines at (301) 891-7266 or


Call for Performing Artists

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Past performances have included a Q&A session or a post-performance discussion, audience suggestion, instrument petting zoo, etc.
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