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Arts and Humanities

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Arts and Humanities
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Arts and Humanities Coordinator Brendan Smith
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Hours & Location

8:30 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday
Takoma Park Community Center

Contact
Arts and Humanities
Phone Fax Email
Address

Arts and Humanities Coordinator Brendan Smith
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Hours & Location

8:30 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday
Takoma Park Community Center

Arts Events Returning to the Community Center

We're excited that our FREE arts events have returned to the Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue, including art exhibitions, film screenings, and concerts. Masks will be required.  Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter for updates on all of our programs. We hope to see you soon! 

15th Annual Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale

Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 am - 4 pm

The 15th Annual Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale will be coming to town on Dec. 4 at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue. The sale will feature 25 local artists selling their fine art, photography, jewelry, clothing and more gifts for everyone on your list. Admission is free, and masks will be required. Don't miss your chance to support local artists and get your holiday shopping done early! You can see a sampling of work from former art sales here.

Watch Takoma Park Arts Events Online

You can watch many of our former events on Youtube using the links below or on our YouTube channel at artsevents.takomaparkmd.gov.

Black Voices in Verse Poetry Reading

This timely poetry reading features three local Black poets whose powerful work challenges white privilege and pervasive racism in the United States. The poets include Saida Agostini, Kyle Dargan, and Emily Kombe. Open your heart, your ears, and your mind.

Vintage Movie Night: Immigrants and Refugees

Vintage Movie Night host Richard Hall shares his curated screening of short vintage films exploring America's history with immigrants and refugees. See how our views about immigrants have evolved, and how they haven't.

This Is What America Looks Like Poetry Reading 

Seven poets read their work from This Is What America Looks Like, a new anthology of poetry and fiction from the Washington Writers' Publishing House. Their poetry addresses contemporary issues, such as racial justice and the COVID pandemic.

Black History Music and Art Vintage Film Screening

The amazing talents of Black musicians and artists are featured in vintage short films spanning half a century.

Vintage Movie Night "Back to the Future" Films

Vintage Movie Night host Richard Hall opens the archival vaults to take us back to the future with short films from the 1930s to 1960s which tried to predict the future with hilarious or eye-opening results.

Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission

The Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission is a volunteer body that advises the City Council on all matters relating to the arts and humanities. The commission's 2020-21 annual report includes details about the Takoma Park Arts series and many of our public art projects.

Public Art

The Arts and Humanities Division has organized a wide range of public art projects located across Takoma Park, including a kid-friendly makeover of B.Y. Morrison Park, a sidewalk poetry contest, and even a 17-foot-tall crocheted octopus that lived atop the downtown clock tower until it was donated to a local preschool.  Visit our Public Art page to learn more about our public art program and see a map of City-funded public art projects.

Cultural Plan

Takoma Park's Cultural Plan, EMPOWERING A CREATIVE COMMUNITY:  A Vision for 2018-2023, was developed by the Takoma Part Arts and Humanities Commission and unanimously approved by the City Council. The Cultural Plan offers guidance on the City's role in providing arts programs and supporting the local artist community which helps knit Takoma Park's community together.   More history about the development of the Cultural Plan can be found on the Cultural Plan Project page.

TAKOMA PARK ARTS SERIES

Art Exhibitions

Bimonthly exhibitions feature work by a diverse range of artists in the galleries at the Takoma Park Community Center. There is more info on the Art Exhibitions page. We are not seeking submissions from artists at this time.

Performing Arts

Performances usually occur on Friday or Saturday evenings, including concerts, theater, dance, and even puppet slams.  All performances are free with a $10 suggested donation with all proceeds benefiting the performers. Past performances have featured a Balkan folk music ensemble, African music, singer-songwriters, a one-man Spanish-language play, and Appalachian storytelling. You can find more info here.

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.

Poetry Readings

Poetry readings feature selected poets from across the D.C. area. Some readings have focused on timely themes, including the experiences of immigrants, formerly incarcerated poets, and bilingual readings. The readings are free to the public and are held in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium.

ADA Statement

The City of Takoma Park is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are able to fully participate in our programs. Anyone planning to attend an event who wishes to receive auxiliary aids, services, or reasonable accommodations may contact Arts Coordinator Brendan Smith at least 72 hours in advance at (301) 891-7266 or through the Maryland Relay Service (1-800-725-2258 TTY/Voice) or by email at brendans@takomaparkmd.gov.

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

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