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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.

Artist(s) Needed to Paint Little Library Boxes

We are seeking an artist or artist team to paint five Little Library boxes that will be placed in locations around Takoma Park. Artists need to submit two designs that are lively and colorful, and payment for the project is $1,200. Applicants don't need to be Takoma Park residents, and there is no fee to apply. The deadline is Sept. 29, and the application form is available at https://seam.ly/XJQZa6Rb

Vendor Applications for 2019 Holiday Art Sale

Applications are being sought for vendors for the 2019 Holiday Art Sale on Dec. 7 at the Takoma Park Community Center. Only original, handmade work made by the vendor is eligible for sale. Applicants don't need to be city residents, and there is no fee to apply. Accepted vendors will be charged a $25 vendor fee. The deadline is Oct. 6, and the online application form is available at https://bit.ly/33CpFVs.

Calling All Poets!

We are seeking poets to read their original work for our popular Third Thursday Poetry reading series at the Takoma Park Community Center. Poets don't need to be city residents, and there is no fee to apply. Please use the online submission form by the Sept. 3 deadline.

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 public art that may be viewed by everyone. Information about the process we use to accept, create, maintain and expand our public art collection can be found in the Takoma Park Public Arts Policy and Process Plan (2005).

More than 80 pieces of public art across Takoma Park have been catalogued for the Takoma Park Art About project.

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 will be held on Dec. 7, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue. The sale features original, handmade work from local vendors, including fine art, photography, jewelry, clothing, pottery, and crafts. You can see a sampling of former items 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.

Kathleen O'Toole, Takoma Park Poet Laureate

Takoma Park Arts Series

The City’s Takoma Park Arts cultural series (formerly We Are Takoma) offers a wide range of free events at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue, including art exhibitions, concerts, theater, films, lectures, poetry readings, and more. Please sign up for our weekly e-newsletter to learn more about upcoming events! There also are more details in the schedule below.

Sept. 5 at 7:30 pm 

John Fahey and the Old Blues Greats 

Sept. 8 at 1 pm 

The Art of Evolution Closing Reception 

Sept. 12 at 7 pm 

Altering the Future/Reshaping the Past Opening Reception 

Sept. 12 at 7:30 pm 

Vintage Movie Night: Immigrants and Refugees  

Sept. 19 at 7:30 pm 

Poems of Migration and the American Immigrant Experience 

Art Exhibitions

Experience the work of local artists in our bimonthly exhibitions in the Takoma Park Community Center. Attend one of the opening receptions and meet the artists.

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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