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Arts and Humanities

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

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 FREE Takoma Park Arts events in the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue. You can get more details below and by signing up for our weekly e-newsletter. We hope to see you soon! 

Cirque du Cambodia Film Screening

Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm

From Cambodia to Canada, the Cirque du Cambodia documentary follows two Cambodian teenagers on their inspiring journey to run away and join the circus. Filmed over eight years, filmmaker Joel Gershon captured the amazing talents and ongoing challenges for two Cambodian teenagers who travel from the rice fields and dusty roads of their rural village to the other side of the world to train at the prestigious National Circus School of Montreal in Canada. Their ultimate dream is to perform with the prestigious Cirque du Soleil, whose headquarters is located across the street from the school.

Healing Power of Poetry Reading

Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 pm

Please join us to hear the powerful work of four local poets, including Melanie Figg, Neha Misra, Yvette Neisser, and Katherine J. Williams. The poets will share their diverse range of work branching across subjects both personal and global, revealing the power of poetry to provide healing and encourage growth and resilience.

One Day My Soul Just Opened Up Art Exhibition

On View Until March 15 at the Takoma Park Community Center

Four Black female artists will share their diverse range of work exploring the spiritual world views of African heritage in a new exhibition titled One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: African-American Women and the Black Sacred Cosmos. The featured artists include Debra Jean Ambush, Nikki Brooks, Joan M. E. Gaither, and Anike Robinson.

Watch Takoma Park Arts Events Online

You can watch many of our former events on our YouTube channel at artsevents.takomaparkmd.gov, including concerts, film screenings, poetry readings, theater, and art exhibitions.

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 program, 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.

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.

Takoma ARTery Online Artist Directory

The Takoma ARTery arts group has launched an online artist directory featuring artwork and info about local artists. The directory, which was supported by a City grant, is a great place to find original art and crafts so shop for some art and support our arts community!

Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Committee

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. You can learn more about the Committee's work and our arts programs in the 2021-22 annual report. You also can read the 2020-21 annual report here.

Cultural Plan

Takoma Park's Cultural Plan, EMPOWERING A CREATIVE COMMUNITY:  A Vision for 2018-2023was 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 Thursday or Friday evenings, including concerts, theater, dance, and even puppet slams.  All performances are free with cash donations accepted to support the performers. Past performances have featured Balkan folk singers, the Silk Road Dance Company, guitarist Yasmin Williams, a one-man Spanish-language play, and Appalachian storytelling. You can find more info here.

Lectures

Experts periodically share their insights on local history, politics, world cultures, and other subjects in lectures at the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium.

Film Screenings

Documentaries, dramas, comedies, and short films spanning a wide range of topics are shown in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium. Film directors often hold a Q&A with the audience after the screening.

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 2022 Holiday Art Sale has been cancelled because of disruptions from the library renovation. 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 Poet Laureate is Taylor Johnson. You can learn more about him on his website and read his poem Trans Is Against Nostalgia here.

Takoma Park Poet Laureate Taylor Johnson

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