Germantown’s BlackRock Center Aims to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

BlackRock Center

Keys to success: BlackRock is your source for live jazz and classical acts in Germantown. The versatile arts center hosts music education classes, as well. (PBoGS via Flickr)

Last month, we highlighted two grand houses of art: North Bethesda’s classy Strathmore and that national treasure in Vienna, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Today, we’ll venture a little farther outside the I-495 Capital Beltway and take a look at Germantown’s BlackRock Center for the Arts.

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BlackRock Center for the Arts may not have the prestige of Strathmore or the buzz (and prestige, let’s be fair) of Wolf Trap, but BlackRock has its own cachet, and that’s to inspire “the community to explore, experience and engage in the arts by providing artistically excellent programs,” thereby “creating the opportunity for lifelong participation in the arts.”

That’s a pretty good standard in its own right.

The BlackRock Center hosts live performances in four venues. These include its main stage theater, a 209-seat proscenium-style stage; a multipurpose studio theater; a 1,500 square-foot art gallery; and an outdoor stage, which hosts the center’s free summer concert series.

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Free upcoming Saturday performances include Mambo Combo (July 16), U.S. Navy Cruisers (July 23) and Melanie Mason (July 30). The art gallery is currently showing “Wasteland,” a mixed-media exhibit from Eric Celarier.

BlackRock Center not only hosts workshops but is actively seeking artists as well.

In its education department, BlackRock offers classes in theater, dance, visual arts and music for all ages, from tots up to renters like you.

Finally, proving that this is a community arts organization, you can also rent it out.

The BlackRock Center’s art gallery is open Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Saturdays, when classes are in session, it’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s also open during performances that aren’t taking place in the gallery.

Visit the site for ticket information and updates, then jump on I-270 and check this place out. You won’t have to drive far at all if you check out Apartment Showcase and end up  renting an apartment in Germantown.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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