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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 great community pride. From house concerts and open mic performances to poetry walks and inter-generational dances, hardly a day goes by without an opportunity to celebrate the creative spirit of our community.

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. It will return again next December so stay tuned for future developments. 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 art sale 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 about all of our upcoming events or check the City of Takoma Park’s Facebook page.

Dec. 14 at 7:30 pm 

“The Liberation” Documentary Film Screening 

Jan. 10, 2019 at 7 pm 

“The Beauty of Decay” Art Exhibition Opening Reception 

Jan. 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm 

Rough-Cut Documentaries Screening

Jan. 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm 

Third Thursday Poetry Reading 

Feb. 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm 

Third Thursday Poetry Reading 

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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