The Performing Arts facilities are housed in the Cultural Arts Center at the corner of King Street and Georgia Avenue.
A 500 seat multi-use concert hall and theater space.
A 116 seat lecture hall or laboratory theater space in the black box format.
A spacious dance cube that overlooks Georgia Avenue.
Film Editing Lab
Music Practice Rooms
The Visual Arts facilities are housed in The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz
Foundation Arts Center in the former Giant Bakery on King Street on the
west side of the Takoma Park Silver Spring campus. This facility, which
opened in 2007, is home
to large, gracious studios with state-of-the-art equipment.
Drawing and Painting
The Cafritz Art Center includes two large dedicated studios for painting
and drawing that blend original red quarry tile floors and yellow brick
walls from the former Giant Bakery with a contemporary architectural style.
Exposed infrastructure, smart stations, high-tech lighting, and exhaust
systems all add to the loft like atmosphere.
A spacious sculpture studio with covered outdoor work yard faces Jessup
Blair Park. It is equipped for woodworking, plaster, wire, assemblage,
welding and casting and includes state-of-the-art technology and equipment
for making sculpture!
The ceramics studio contains generous space
for hand-building, sixteen electric potters wheels, a slab roller, extruder,
large wedging table, and clay mixer. A separate glaze lab provides space
for glazing including two spray booths and full compliment of glaze chemistry,
while the glass-block kiln shed houses both gas
and electric kilns.
The print studio includes equipment for both traditional and contemporary
printmaking. The studio features
large, spacious room with high ceilings, two electric hot plates; spacious
glass topped tables and counters, three lithography presses (one new electric),
three etching/monotype presses (one electric), etching cabinet , grinding
sink, and silicone intaglio lab. These facilities make it possibile to do
black and white stone lithography; woodblock and linocut relief printing;
intaglio printmaking including drypoint, softground, hardground, and aquatint;
and monotype printing. Contemporary applications include silicone intaglio,
digital printing, and mixed media.
This studio features floor looms for weaving, spacious tables for creating
quilt squares, crafts projects, and two dimensional design projects. Large
critique boards and state of the art equipment provide a wonderful atmosphere
in which to work.
The traditional black and white photography darkroom is fully equipped
with 20 enlargers and separate areas for developing film, washing prints,
and classroom lectures.
Cafritz Arts Center houses two digital graphics Mac computer labs. The
labs include iMac computers with cinema screens, each equipped with all
the software needed for web and graphic design, including the Adobe Creative
Suite, Microsoft Office, and more. Each lab contains a black and white
laser printer and a smart station for projecting demonstrations. Courses
offered in these labs include Digital Tools,
Graphic Design 1, and Digital Photography.
Tiered Lecture Hall
The art history lecture hall provides the latest technological advances
for seeing and hearing lectures, performances, videos and films.
Spacious comfortable tiered seating allows everyone to have an excellent