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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
Phone Fax Email
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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

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 this important amenity.

Takoma Park Cultural Plan

The City of Takoma Park's Arts & Humanities Commission outlines a cultural plan for the community which proposes ways to use the arts and humanities to engage residents and enrich the lives of all residents.

Help the Arts and Humanities Commission with the 2016 Cultural Plan by taking a short survey! Take our individual survey to tell us what kind of arts programming you'd like to see, and take our family survey to help guide our arts programming for children and families.

View the 2005 Cultural Plan. 

The arts and humanities are an important part of Takoma Park’s identity and are a source of great community pride. From house concerts and open mic performances, to poetry walks and intergenerational dance, hardly a day goes by without an opportunity to “celebrate the creative spirit of our community.” Join us at one of our upcoming events or apply to our series and present your own work! 

In additional to our rotating exhibit in the Community Center’s art gallery, monthly events in our “We Are Takoma” series include:

  • Humanities lectures (on the 1st Thursday of the month)

Experts share their insights on history, pop-culture, Americana, and world cultures. Recent lectures covered BDSM culture, brewing beer and Downton Abbey.

  • Film screenings (on the 2nd Thursday of the month)

Screenings feature completed documentaries, opportunities to give filmmakers feedback on their documentaries in progress, and experimental work.

  • Poetry readings (on the 3rd Thursday of the month)

Each reading features three or four selected poets from across the region.

  • Performing arts

Performances generally occur on Saturday evenings and have featured a Balkan chorus, improv theater as well as the City’s own classical orchestra, the Takoma Ensemble.

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.

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

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