The BlackRock Center for the Arts is the premier venue for the visual and performing arts in Maryland’s Upper Montgomery County. The Center provides the local community with high level quality performances, educational classes in the arts, and free gallery exhibitions in an intimate and welcoming environment close to home. The BlackRock Center presents various performances throughout the year, featuring international, national, and regional touring talents from the genres of classical, world, folk, blues, rock, roots, jazz, and pop music, in addition to contemporary theater, dance, and circus for visitors of all ages.
Inspiring visual and performing arts experiences are brought to the diverse audiences in the community by the BlackRock Center for the Arts in an intimate and welcoming setting, offering opportunities for visitors explore, engage, and celebrate many different forms of art. The main goals of the Center are to present the highest quality of artistic experiences and programs to attract and grow participation in the arts, and to provide opportunities for life-long learning, development, and engagement in a range of art disciplines. The BlackRock Center also strives to engage, celebrate, and reflect the diverse communities it serves through participation and programming at every level of the organization.
During the early 1990’s, a group of residents in Germantown in the state of Maryland started to advocate for the idea of an arts center for the local community. The concept turned into a rallying point for the active civic leadership of Germantown. Within just one year, the Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Inc. was established to develop, manage, and own BlackRock.
With the design for BlackRock, the idea was to include art as a component of the architecture, and not simply an afterthought. As a result of discussions by the committee, a thought emerged of Germantown being at a crossroads in the town’s history, as it had been a small town in the past, but was now quickly growing. BlackRock served as a symbol of such growth. The town was at a point in its existence to justify an arts center of quality.
The monoliths and lobby floor of the BlackRock Center for the Arts act as a tribute to the history of Germantown. The terrazzo floor reflects the town’s past clearly with its tiling that is symbolic of patchwork farm and cornstalk acreage, BlackRock Mill, the railroad, and Seneca Creek. The monoliths at the Center are “earth casts.” The idea behind them being that the monoliths come from the earth, so the farming heritage of Germantown is a part of the Center’s building through these monoliths. They represent the permanence and strength of Germantown.
BlackRock Center for the Arts offers gallery space for the engagement of all ages of visitors and the creative expression of many different artists. There are two galleries that present a diverse selection of exhibits and gallery educational activities for all guests. The nonprofit center provides the local community with many opportunities to explore and experience the visual arts. Gallery Receptions offer a chance to meet the featured artist of the exhibitions.
3303 Water Street NW, Germantown, Maryland, Phone: 301-528-2260