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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

Arts & Humanities

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 intergenerational dances, hardly a day goes by without an opportunity to celebrate the creative spirit of our community.

WE ARE TAKOMA SEEKS ARTISTS AND POETS

Call for Proposals from Artists 

The We Are Takoma cultural series is seeking proposals from artists who wish to participate in group exhibitions in 2019 in the galleries of the Takoma Park Community Center. Artists do not need to be Takoma Park residents. Individual artists working in any visual art medium are encouraged to apply, as well as independent curators or artist collectives with proposals for their own cohesive group exhibitions. Artists aren't paid but are welcome to sell their work with no commission. Please use the online application form below.

Visual Artists Application Form - Deadline June 4, 2018 

Call for Poets for Poetry Readings 

The Third Thursday Poetry Reading series is seeking poets for readings later this year and in 2019. Readings are held on the third Thursdays of most months and feature three or four poets. Applicants don't have to be Takoma Park residents or have published work. Please use the online application form below.

Poetry Reading Application Form - Deadline May 4, 2018

Call for Poet Laureate Applicants

The City of Takoma Park seeks applications from local poets who wish to become the city's next poet laureate. The poet laureate participates in readings at public meetings and events and completes a project that promotes poetry during his/her two-year term. The poet laureate also may coordinate the Third Thursday Poetry Reading series and help select poets for future readings. Applicants must be Takoma Park residents with a well-established body of published work and a history of community service. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else for the volunteer position that includes an honorarium. Please use the online application form below.

Poet Laureate Application Form - Deadline May 4, 2018     

More details about the poet laureate program are available here:

Poet Laureate Program 

Cultural Plan

The Cultural Plan is developed by the Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission and serves as a guide to the Takoma Park City Council  on ways to use the arts and humanities to engage residents and support the local arts community. The Cultural Plan is being updated this year with new goals. Many of the goals of the previous Cultural Plan adopted in 2006 have been achieved.      View the 2006 Cultural Plan here.

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.

Poet Laureate Program

The Takoma Park Poet Laureate program honors the achievements of a local poet and is designed to provide literary leadership in the community. Our goal is to not only support and promote Takoma Park’s poets but to stimulate interest in poetry among residents of the city, encourage young and old to strive for greater expressive abilities, and encourage wider appreciation of poetry and literature.

Takoma Park’s current Poet Laureate is Merrill Leffler. Click here to read Merrill's poem "Together, We."

Photo of Takoma Park Poet Laureate, and de facto Third Thursday Poetry emcee, Merrill Leffler in his back yard.

Takoma Park Poet Laureate and Third Thursday Poetry emcee, Merrill Leffler in his back yard.

Upcoming Arts and Cultural Events

We Are Takoma events are free and are held at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue. You can stay up to date on all of our upcoming events by signing up for the We Are Takoma weekly e-newsletter. To read the newsletter online, click here.

Thursday, May 3 – 7:30 p.m.

FILM SCREENING OF BURKINABE RISING 

Thursday, May 10 – 7 p.m.

FLUID DYNAMICS ART EXHIBITION OPENING  

Thursday, May 10 – 7:30 p.m.

FILM SCREENING OF HIT & STAY 

Thursday, May 17 – 7:30 p.m.

THIRD THURSDAY POETRY READING with the authors of In the Margins: A Conversation in Poetry

 

WE ARE TAKOMA Cultural Series

To learn more about events offered through the We Are Takoma series, please check the City of Takoma Park’s Facebook events page. Events are free with any donations going directly to the performers.

Art Exhibitions in the Takoma Park Community Center

Experience the work of local and regional artists in our rotating exhibits 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 or the occasional open reading. Held in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium on the third Thursday of most months, the readings begin at 7:30 p.m. A light reception and opportunity to meet the featured poets typically follows the reading.

Poetry Reading Schedule 2017-2018

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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