BlackRock Center for the Arts

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BlackRock Center
Address 12901 Town Commons Dr.
City Germantown, Maryland
Country United States
Coordinates 39°10′56″N 77°16′04″W / 39.18214°N 77.267725°W / 39.18214; -77.267725Coordinates: 39°10′56″N 77°16′04″W / 39.18214°N 77.267725°W / 39.18214; -77.267725
Architect Bowie Gridley Architects
Capacity 200 seats
Opened September 2002
Website
www.blackrockcenter.org

The BlackRock Center for the Arts (full name Germantown Cultural Arts Center d.b.a. BlackRock Center for the Arts) is a cultural, visual and performing arts center in Germantown, Maryland.[1] The center is named after the nearby historic Blackrock Mill.[2]

Overview[edit]

BlackRock Center for the Arts was founded in 2002 after the developer of Germantown town center donated land for the facility. It has an annual budget of $1.1 million. Since 2008 Charlotte Sommers has served as executive director.[1][3]

The 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) facility includes an art gallery, 210-seat proscenium theater, dance studio, a black box studio theater, a second floor display gallery, music rooms and visual art classrooms. It has 7 full-time and 4 part-time staff members.[4] The center provides a range of music, dance and arts classes, and camps,[5] and presents a season of music, dance, and family-oriented performances.[6]

In April 2013 it was announced that blues singer and guitarist John Hammond would provide a guitar workshop at the center.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History". BlackRock Center for the Arts. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Other Germantown Historic Sites", Germantown Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-04-19
  3. ^ Beck, Joe (July 2, 2008). "BlackRock gets new executive director". Montgomery County Gazette. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  4. ^ "Blackrock Center for the Arts - Staff". Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  5. ^ "Blackrock Center for the Arts - Upcoming Performances". Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  6. ^ "Blackrock Center for the Arts". Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  7. ^ Terhune, Virginia (April 16, 2013); "Blues Hall of Famer John Hammond to visit BlackRock Thursday", The Gazette, Maryland. Retrieved 2013-04-19
  8. ^ "Music Box: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires to play at Rams Head On Stage", The Capital (April 11, 2013), Maryland. Retrieved 2013-04-19