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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

Takoma Park Arts Events at the Community Center

Please join us for these FREE Takoma Park Arts events at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue. Masks will be required, and you can sign up for our weekly e-newsletter for updates on all of our programs. We hope to see you soon! 

Vintage Movie Night: Whitewashing U.S. History

YouTube premiere at 8 pm on Thursday, Feb. 10 

In honor of Black History Month, archival film enthusiast Richard Hall will share his curated collection of mid-20th century classroom film clips from an era when the experiences of Black people and Native Americans were almost never seen or heard. Take a journey back to the not-so-good-old days when filmmakers and educators erased the history of minority groups and only celebrated white founders and pioneers.

Watch Takoma Park Arts Events Online

You also can watch many of our former events on our YouTube channel at artsevents.takomaparkmd.gov.

Sidewalk Poetry Online Map

A new online map provides a looping 4.2-mile walking or biking route to see seven poems by local residents which have been stamped into concrete sidewalks. The map includes photos and locations of the poems on a route by many popular destinations, including Sligo Creek Trail, Adventist University, the Takoma Park Community Center and library, and downtown. You can find more info here about this fun public art project.

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.

Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commttee

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

Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale

The 15th Annual Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale was held at the Community Center on Dec. 4, 2021 featuring 25 regional artists selling a wide range of fine art, photography, jewelry, and clothing. The art sale is held on the first Saturday in December, and there will be more details later about plans for the next art sale. You can see a sampling of work from former art sales here.

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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