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Arts and Humanities

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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

Contact
Arts and Humanities
Phone Fax Email
Address

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 Division organizes many free events in the Takoma Park Arts cultural series and public art projects. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter for updates on all of our programs. 

Watch Takoma Park Arts Events Online

All upcoming  events at the Takoma Park Community Center have been postponed due to coronavirus restrictions, but we are organizing new online events! Check out the details below. You also can watch many former events on YouTube at artsevents.takomaparkmd.gov, including concerts, theater, poetry readings, art exhibitions, and more.    

Voices of Woodlawn Poetry Reading

Premiere on Zoom at 8 pm on Oct. 15 

Three Black poets and a white poet will share their moving poetry about Woodlawn, a former 2,000-acre plantation in Alexandria owned by George Washington where more than 90 enslaved people were forced to work. The poets include Diane Wilbon Parks, Patrick Washington, Sylvia Dianne “Ladi Di” Beverly and Hiram Larew, accompanied by harmonica player Cliff Bernier.

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.

Latin Guitar Concert with John W. Warren 

Performing from the rich musical traditions of Latin America, local guitarist John W. Warren will play classical, folk, and popular music from Brazil, Cuba, Paraguay, and Argentina, as well as his own original compositions.

Virtual Vintage Movie Night: Travelogue Films

Take a time-traveling trip around the world without leaving home! Film historian Richard Hall has curated a fun collection of vintage travelogue films dating from 1902 to the 1950s. Join us on planes, trains, ships, and automobiles to experience exotic locales and different cultures.

Confronting Difficult Truths Poetry Reading

In a live poetry reading, four local poets shared their timely work which challenges our preconceptions about immigrants, the marginalized, and our conflicted history as a nation. The poets include Randy Bridgeman, Christine Higgins, Bonnie Naradzay, and Maggie Rosen.

Virtual Vintage Movie Night: Propaganda Cartoons

Vintage Movie Night host Richard Hall has organized an online film screening of propaganda cartoons filmed over the past century with political, social, or commercial messages. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the cartoons!

Speaking Our Truths Online Poetry Reading 

Our first online poetry reading features four local female poets whose work addresses themes of identity, place, and community. The poets include Marti Pates, Sosha Pinson, Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez, and Susan Scheid.

Arts and Humanities Commission Report

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 2019-2020 annual report includes details about the Takoma Park Arts series and many of our public art projects, including a 17-foot-tall crocheted octopus named Oct O'Clock!

Public Art

Art abounds in Takoma Park on businesses, sidewalks, yards, and public parks across the city. Visit our Public Art page to learn more about the City's public art projects that may be enjoyed by everyone. You also can check out this 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

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.

2019-2020 Poetry Reading Schedule  

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.

Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale

The 14th annual Takoma Park Holiday Art Sale was held on Dec. 7, 2019 at the Takoma Park Community Center. The sale features original work from local vendors, including fine art, photography, jewelry, clothing, pottery, and more. There will be more details about the call for vendor applications for the next art sale in the summer of 2020. There is a sampling of work by former vendors 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.

Takoma Park Poet Laureate Kathleen O’Toole

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