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Montgomery College's Cultural Arts Center is located on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus
7995 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910
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| mission |
Through the programs of the Cultural Arts Center, we seek to improve cultural literacy, encourage cross-cultural understanding, and to build bridges between the arts, cultural studies, and all disciplines concerned with the expression of culture. We seek to acknowledge the differences and similarities between our own cultures and those surrounding us.
In order to meet this mission, the CAC provides a comprehensive program focusing on the cultural intersection of performing the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences, and the influence of human culture on the natural and built environments. We examine traditional and contemporary indigenous, American, and international cultural expression through presentation of music, theatre, dance, cultural exhibitions, film, lectures, forums and cultural exhibitions. Through less formal gatherings we encourage opportunities for our students, the community, faculty, and staff to gather and engage in discussions about our own and other cultures.
The programs of the CAC, and the CAC facility supports all areas of the campus including student life, academic programs of all kinds, and external community use in the form of performances, workshops and conferences. We frequently provide opportunities addressing campus and college-wide initiatives related to diversity and multiculturalism.
Located on Montgomery College's Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus (7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD), The CAC complex was designed by The SmithGroup and opened in 2009. The complex consists of a 500 seat main multi-use concert hall & theatre space (Theatre I), a 116 seat lecture hall or laboratory theatre space (Theatre II), a dance studio (Dance Cube), the Cultural Arts Center Gallery, a film editing lab, and multiple classrooms for academic classes and workshops. All of these gathering spaces are immediately adjacent to our large main lobby, or atrium. A large marquee faces north at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East-West Highway and informs the community about events occuring in the Cultural Arts Center.
Theatre 2 Seating Chart Coming Soon
| programs |
The Cultural Arts Center staff launched several new initiatives during the 2011-2012 academic year to create a foundation and framework for our future programming.
Main Stage Guest Artist Series features artists representing different communities and cultures throughout the world.
Past & current performances: Nai Ni Chen Dance Company: Song of The Phoenix (US/China/Taiwan), Klezmatics, Teetotallers (Ireland) featuring Martin Hayes, Native Pride (Indigenous North American), Ensemble Espanol (Spain), Symphony of The Potomac (exploration of 20th c. American composer Chadwick), Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement (Malawi, Africa), Warner Williams (Maryland Piedmont Blues), Bach Sinfonia (Italian Renaissance classical music program), Pistolera (Mexican-American Latin dance, balladic music).
King Street Cultural Arts Celebration, a community celebration of the intersections between culture, arts, sciences, and humanities. Combines community and student performances with lectures with visual arts gallery openings, and receptions.
Around the World Passport, Fun, interactive opportunities for kids of all ages to learn about world cultures, geography, and folk traditions. Pick up a fact filled passport at our box office.
Culture Matters Forum, an exploration of the different facets of culture examined through the arts, sciences, and humanities often with multiple perspectives.
Journeys & Voices, a series of performances, lectures and workshops intended to explore different world and cultural perspectives to our college community and neighbors. Usually one presenter or artistic entity.
| gallery |
Walk-up Gallery Hours Monday- Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For Cultural Arts Center Gallery, please inquire with Ms. Priscilla Walker- tel. 240-567-5780. Gallery open 1.5 hours prior to evening event curtain, and through intermission of all performances.
| staff |
For all questions regarding potential rentals and tours, please contact Siobhán Quinn , Director of the Cultural Arts Center via email
For all questions regarding existing contracts, please contact Christopher Campanella, Production Manager via email
For all questions regarding publicity, please contact Maria Tsiolis or Siobhan Quinn
For all questions regarding public performances and ticketing, please contact The Box Office
| hours |
For your convenience, our box office is online 24/7. We are open for walk-up sales and reservations hours 2 hours prior to curtain for paid ticketed events, 1 hour prior to curtain for free events. To leave a voicemail for our box office, please call 240-567-5775 (you may also try our part time front of house staff at 240-567-5793).