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Arts & Humanities
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Community Center
3rd Floor

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Arts & Humanities
Phone Fax Email
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Arts & Humanities
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Hours & Location

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Community Center
3rd Floor

Arts & Humanities

The arts and humanities are an important part of Takoma Park’s identity and are a source of great community pride. From house concerts and open mic performances, to poetry walks and intergenerational dance, hardly a day goes by without an opportunity to “celebrate the creative spirit of our community.”

Takoma Park Cultural Plan

The Cultural Plan serves a guide to the Takoma Park City Council as it continues to explore ways to use the arts and humanities to engage residents and enrich the lives of all community members. Originally developed in 2005, the Cultural Plan is being updated this year to reflect the changing needs of our community.

View the 2005 Cultural Plan. 

Public Art

Art abounds in Takoma Park – in neighborhood yards, on commercial buildings, along the sidewalk, and in public parks throughout the community.

Visit our Public Art page to learn more about the City's efforts to expand this important amenity.

Over 80 pieces of art in various front yards, and on commercial buildings, sidewalks, and retaining walls have been catalogued for the Takoma Park Art About project.

Poet Laureate Program

The Takoma Park Poet Laureate program honors the achievements of a local poet and is designed to provide literary leadership in the community. Our goal is to not only support and promote Takoma Park’s poets but to stimulate interest in poetry among residents of the city, encourage young and old to strive for greater expressive abilities, and encourage wider appreciation of poetry and literature.

Takoma Park’s current Poet Laureate is Merrill Leffler. Click here to read one of Merrill Leffler's poems "Together, We."

Call for Proposals for We are Takoma Series

We are currently soliciting proposals for the upcoming 2017-2018 Humanities Lecture Series, the Third Thursday Poetry Reading Series and the Performing Arts Series. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Additional information can be accessed using the links below.

Find out more about We Are Takoma’s Call for Proposals during our Facebook Live 1:30 pm Wednesday, May 3.

We Are Takoma Cultural Series

To learn more about specific events offered through the We Are Takoma series, please check the City of Takoma Park’s Facebook events page. Events are free with any donations that may be collected going to directly to the performer.

Galleries at the Community Center

Experience the work of local and regional artists in our rotating exhibits in the Community Center’s art galleries. Attend one of the opening receptions and meet the artists.

Humanities Lectures

Experts share their insights on history, pop-culture, Americana, and world cultures.  Lectures are held on the first Thursday of most months in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. They begin at 7:30 p.m.

Call for Proposals: 2017-2018 Humanities Lecture Series

Film Screenings

Screenings feature documentaries, providing filmmakers with direct feedback from the audience on work in progress. The series is offered in partnership with Docs in Progress.  Screenings are held on the second Thursday of most months at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium.

Poetry Readings

The monthly Third Thursday poetry reading series features three or four selected poets from across the region with the occasional open reading scheduled. Held in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium on the third Thursday of most months, the readings begin at 7:30 p.m. A light reception and opportunity to meet the featured poets typically follows the reading.

Call for Proposals: 2017-2018 Third Thursday Poetry Reading Series

Performing Arts

Performances generally occur on Friday or Saturday evenings and the occasional afternoon.  Past performances have featured a Balkan chorus, improv theater as well as the City’s own classical orchestra, the Takoma Ensemble.

Call for Proposals: 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series

 

Photo of Takoma Park Poet Laureate, and de facto Third Thursday Poetry emcee, Merrill Leffler in his back yard.
Photo of Takoma Park Poet Laureate, and de facto Third Thursday Poetry emcee, Merrill Leffler in his back yard.

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