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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 and 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

The arts and humanities are an important part of Takoma Park’s identity and a source of community pride. From house concerts and art exhibitions to film screenings and poetry readings, we celebrate our creative spirit.

Call for Art and Film Submissions

We are seeking submissions from artists and artist groups for group exhibitions in 2020-2021 at the Takoma Park Community Center. Applicants don't have to be Takoma Park residents and there is no fee to apply. Please use the online application form before the Jan. 20, 2020 deadline. There also is more info about our art series on the Art Exhibitions link.

We also are seeking submissions for films for future film screenings at the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium in 2020-2021. Applicants don't have to be Takoma Park residents and there is no fee to apply. Please use the online application form before the Jan. 20, 2020 deadline. 

Public Art

Art abounds in Takoma Park on commercial buildings, sidewalks, yards, and public parks throughout the community. Visit our Public Art page to learn more about the City's efforts to expand public art that may be enjoyed by everyone. You also can check out this map of City-funded public art projects.

Cultural Plan

Takoma Park's cultural plan, EMPOWERING A CREATIVE COMMUNITY:  A Vision for 2018-2023, serves as a guide on ways the Council Council, Council Committees, and City staff can use the arts and humanities to engage residents and support the local arts community.  The history, development and final adoption of the Plan can be found on the Cultural Plan Project page.

Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale

The 14th annual Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale was held on Dec. 7, 2019 at the Takoma Park Community Center. The sale features original work from local vendors, including fine art, photography, jewelry, clothing, pottery, and more. There will be more details about the call for vendor applications for the next art sale in the summer of 2020. There is a sampling of work by former vendors here.

Poet Laureate Program

The Takoma Park Poet Laureate program honors the achievements of a local poet who provides literary leadership in the community. Our goal is to not only support and promote Takoma Park’s poets but also to stimulate interest in poetry among city residents and encourage their own expressions of poetry and literature. You can learn more about the program here.

Takoma Park’s current Poet Laureate is Kathleen O'Toole. Click here to read her poem Starlings.

Takoma Park Poet Laureate Kathleen O'Toole

Takoma Park Arts Series

The City’s Takoma Park Arts cultural series sponsors many free events at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue, including art exhibitions, concerts, theater, film screenings, poetry readings, and more! Please sign up for our weekly e-newsletter to learn more about our upcoming events and click on the links below.

On view until Jan. 2 at the Takoma Park Community Center

Nature Revisited Art Exhibition

Jan. 9 at 7 pm 

ABSTRACTED Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Jan. 16 at 7:30 pm 

Poetry From Behind Bars Poetry Reading

Jan. 24 at 8 pm 

A Balkan Journey by the Orfeia Vocal Ensemble 

Jan. 31 at 8 pm 

Power of Music: By the People, For the People by Patagonia Winds  

Art Exhibitions

We are seeking submissions from artists and artist groups for group exhibitions in 2020-2021 at the Takoma Park Community Center. Applicants don’t have to be Takoma Park residents and there is no fee to apply. Please use the online application form before the Jan. 20, 2020 deadline. There also is more info about our art series on the Art Exhibitions link.

Humanities Lectures

Experts share their insights on local history, politics, world cultures, and many other topical subjects.  Lectures are held on the first Thursday of most months at 7:30 pm in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium.

Film Screenings

Documentaries and other films on a wide range of topics are shown in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium at 7:30 pm on the second Thursday of most months. Film directors often are available for a Q&A with the audience or to seek feedback about a rough-cut documentary. The series is presented in partnership with Docs in Progress.

Poetry Readings

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

2019-2020 Poetry Reading Schedule

Performing Arts

Performances usually occur on Friday or Saturday evenings or occasionally on weekend afternoons.  Past performances have featured a Balkan chorus, improv theater, and the City’s own classical orchestra, the Takoma Ensemble.

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