301-203-6070; TTY 301-203-3803
At the Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, teens can attend musical concerts and art exhibitions. They can take classes in music, dance, theatre, digital photography and art. The center is also home to the Teen Performance Ensemble, a traveling summertime theatre group, which can be a great paying summer job for teens who enjoy dancing, acting and singing.
Located in the heart of the Gateway Arts District, the new Gateway Arts Center will feature a spacious art gallery, contemporary craft shop and class/meeting room on the street level operated by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. The fully accessible second floor, to be managed by the Gateway Community Development Corporation, will house gallery and studio space, with 24-hour access for resident artists. Gateway Arts Center will be the place for people of all ages to meet, shop, explore their creative talents, and experience the excitement of the local and international art world. The Center is scheduled to open during the winter of 2009/2010.
301-377-7800; TTY 301-490-2329
For over 30 years, Montpelier Arts Center has offered classes in all of the arts. Teens 16 years and older can take adult classes in areas as diverse as bronze casting and printmaking. Teens and pre-teens can learn about digital photography, animation and audio recording in the new state-of-the-art, Mac-based digital lab. Students who need service hours can volunteer at Montpelier events like art receptions and jazz concerts. And everybody can learn about art just by visiting the center, talking to the resident artists and seeing what’s on display.
301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312
Throughout the year, the Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts offers lots of opportunities for teens to gain exposure to the arts through theatre, music and dance. “Spring Break Stomp” is a dance camp where teens learn step dance, salsa moves, African dance, and hip-hop. The ever-popular “Making a Band” summer day camp allows teens to show off their musical talents. Teens can also participate in productions held at the Playhouse and organized by local art organizations, community centers and theatre groups.
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
301-446-3232; TTY 301-446-6802
When school lets out, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is in! Teens can attend fun performing arts camps and workshops here during summer and spring breaks.