BlackRock Center for the Arts

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

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]


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]


  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