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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
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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.

OCTO-GONE CONTEST!

What would you do with a giant 17-foot-tall crocheted octopus? We're giving ours away in the Octo-Gone contest! You just need to submit an essay of 200 words or less or a video of two minutes or less explaining why you want the octopus, what you will do with it, and what its new name will be. Contestants must live or work in Takoma Park or within three miles of the city limits.

There is more info here, and the online application form is available here. The deadline has been extended to April 8 so ignore the March 25 deadline on the application form.

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 13th annual Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale was held at the Takoma Park Community Center on Dec. 8, 2018. The next art sale will be held on Dec. 7, 2019 so stay tuned for future developments. We aren't currently accepting vendor applications but will post a call for applications in the We Are Takoma e-newsletter. You can sign up for it here. The art 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

Upcoming Arts and Cultural Events

We Are Takoma events are free and are held at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue. Please sign up for our weekly e-newsletter to learn more about our upcoming events! You also can click on the links below.

March 30 at 8 pm 

“The Revolution Is In Your Head” Documentary Screening 

April 7 at 5 pm 

Encuentro Poético Spanish Poetry Reading

April 11 at 7:30 pm 

Vintage Movie Night: Films About Food and Nutrition 

April 18 at 7:30 pm 

Third Thursday Poetry Reading 

May 9 at 7:30 pm 

“Throw Like a Girl” Documentary Screening 

We Are Takoma Cultural Series

Art Exhibitions in the Takoma Park Community Center

Experience the work of local and regional artists in our bimonthly exhibitions 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, politics, Americana, and world cultures.  Lectures are held on the first Thursday of most months at 7:30 pm in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium.

Film Screenings

Screenings feature documentaries on a wide range of topics, providing filmmakers with 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 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 Poetry Reading Spring 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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