Guide to Children's Arts Activities

School Year 2021-2022

Locations

Location

Activity Key

Dance
Dance
History
History
Media Arts
Media Arts
Music
Music
Theater
Theater
Visual Arts
Visual Arts
literature:Writing
Writing/Literature

Countywide

Artivate

Programs Throughout Montgomery County, MD
www.goartivate.org | (301) 588-7525

Dance
Theater
Music
Visual Arts

Artivate provides high quality performances, workshops, and residencies to schools, libraries, and other community organizations throughout the region, including all of Montgomery County. Our programs educate, foster creativity, and connect communities through interactive experiences, working with professional artists who represent a wide range of artistic disciplines and cultural traditions. We can assist PTA reps or school administrators in creating virtual, in-person, or hybrid programs to fit your goals, audience, schedule, logistical needs, and budget.

Classes/Workshops

  • Music, dance, theater, visual arts; small groups, all grade-levels

Performances

  • For all ages: our roster includes over 32 professional musicians, dancers, storytellers, theater and visual artists, many of whom embody their cultural heritage, including artists from Argentina, Ghana, Ecuador, India, Egypt, Ukraine, South Africa, Japan, Quebec, as well as the US.

Creative Adventures, Inc.

Programs Throughout Montgomery County, MD
www.artinyou.com | (301) 943-4659

Visual Arts

Creative Adventures after-school programs introduce kids to classic and contemporary artists from around the world as they work with a variety of techniques and mediums. Kids will be inspired to create with fresh eyes, to experiment with art, and most of all, to trust their extraordinary imaginations! 

Classes/Workshops

  • Creative Adventures hosts six-week, 90-minute long classes in 20+ elementary schools as well as on Zoom on Wednesdays.

Camps

  • Creative Adventures teachers lead summer art camps at Strathmore. 

Community Outreach

  • Creative Adventures artists work with groups of children to develop their imagination, creative spirit, and talent through custom-designed goodwill projects ranging from murals to books to exhibition installations. artinyou.com/communityoutreachprograms

Levine Music

5301 Tuckerman Lane, N. Bethesda, MD 20852
900 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.levinemusic.org 
(301) 897-5100 
(301) 328-5335

Theater
Music

TWO Montgomery County locations: The Music Center at Strathmore and the Silver Spring Library! Levine Music offers outstanding music instruction to students of all ages, interests, and skill levels. Join us for lessons, classes, and ensembles this fall!
Instruction is available online and in-person.

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

Classical and contemporary instruction in 23 instruments and voice

  • Chamber Music
  • Musical Theater
  • Beginning and Intermediate String Orchestras
  • First Music (4 months – 8 years)
  • Group Piano 
  • Jazz, Rock, Improvisation
  • Music Theory, Composition
  • Music Therapy
  • Suzuki Programs (Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Flute, Guitar)

Montgomery Parks

Programs throughout Montgomery County, MD
www.montgomerycountyparks.org 
(301) 495-2595

History
Theater
Media Arts
Visual Arts

Glide across the ice, photograph nature, marvel at raptors and flying squirrels, create crafts using natural items, discover gardens…all without leaving Montgomery County.   

Montgomery Parks offers a variety of activities, educational classes, camps and events that inspire fun. 

*Programs and Dates to be announced soon* 

Events  

  • Pawpaw & Pollinators
  • Monarch Fiesta Month
  • Garden of Lights
  • Maple Sugaring Days 
  • Waterfowl Festival
  • Movies in the Parks 

Bethesda

Artworks Fine Art Studio

7740 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 
10020 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854 
www.artworksclasses.com | (301) 656-0044 

History
Media Arts
Theater
Visual Arts

Artworks is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of fine art. The focus is on drawing and painting while, at the same time, building self-esteem. Artworks uses a unique step-by-step process which helps produce beautiful works of art. Classes take place in a highly creative, instructive environment. Daily classes are offered for students ages 6+. Two locations: Bethesda and Potomac. 

Classes/Workshops

  • Classes ages 6-12 
  • Teen Classes ages 13-18 

Camps

  • Spring Break Camp
  • School’s Out Day Camps 
  • Summer Camp ages 6-12

Events

  • Virtual Parties
  • Private Painting Parties for all ages 
  • Birthday Parties 

Special Promotion
* Receive $20 off a party of your choice by mentioning this publication!

CityDance School & Conservatory

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
1570 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852
www.citydance.net | (240) 242-3646

Dance

Dedicated to developing the next generation of dance artists and innovators, CityDance School & Conservatory offers training for introductory to pre/professional students of all ages.

Classes

  • The School offers a well-rounded curriculum of Vaganova-based ballet training and contemporary dance techniques, as well as jazz, hip hop, Sri Lankan and Afro-Fusion
  • The Conservatory is a pre/professional training program that prepares young dancers for professional careers.
  • Registration is open for the Fall session!

Camps

  • CityDance Summer Camps offer learning and fun through culture and creativity. Dancers take classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and culturally specific dance forms and learn choreography in multiple styles.
  • CityDance is bringing professional artists from around the world to Bethesda and online platforms for their summer intensives, June through August 2022!!

International School of Music

North: 11325 Seven Locks Rd #255 Potomac, MD 20854
South: 4701 Sangamore Rd., L-03 Bethesda MD 20816
www.ismw.org | North: 301-365-5888 | South: 301-320-4400

Music

The International School of Music provides students of all ages & abilities with nurturing music instruction in all instruments and voice. Fun performances and recitals as well as optional certificate programs are available for those interested. Preschool music classes are available for toddlers & preschoolers. Music classes are available in classical, jazz, pop, rock, etc. to students of all ages. 

Classes/Lessons

Private lessons in Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Bass, Harp for children and teens (all levels)

Toddler & Preschooler Music Classes ongoing

Performances

Student Recitals: Kennedy Center, Dec. 18

Special Promotion

*50% off Registration before Oct. 15

Strathmore

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
www.strathmore.org/kids | (301) 581-5100

Music

At Strathmore, kids experience the arts from every angle! We offer experiences that inspire our littlest audience members to learn, explore, and connect to their world and each other in new ways. Students can sing along and make music as part of Strathmore Children’s Chorus or Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras or bring the entire family to a world-class performance in the Music Center.

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

  • Strathmore Children’s Chorus, for grades 2–12.
  • Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, for grades 2–12.

Performances

  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas December 4, 2021
  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker December 20–22, 2021
  • Dinosaur World Live January 9, 2022
  • Step Afrika’s Drumfolk March 3–4, 2022

Young Artists of America

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
www.yaa.org | (301) 272-8604

Music

Named “Best Performing Arts Education for Young Artists” by MD Theatre Guide, Young Artists of America (YAA)™ trains young performing artists to present fully-orchestrated musical theatre productions at state-of-the-art venues. The only program of its kind, YAA offers mentorships with leading, professional artists, some of them direct from Broadway. For all levels, starting at 5th grade through post-collegiate.

Classes

Year-round training in acting, voice and dance. 

Workshops

Special virtual and in-person training sessions with leading, professional artists.

Events

Fully-symphonic music theatre productions at state-of-the-art venues.

Special Promotion

* $100 off registration for YAAjunior, YAACompany, YAAOrchestra with code MOCO100.

Gaithersburg

Arts on the Green & Arts Barn​

311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
www.gaithersburgmd.gov | (301) 258-6394

Music
Theater
Visual Arts

Celebrate the performing and visual arts at the Arts Barn and Arts on the Green. Featuring a Just for Families performance series and classes, workshops and camps in the visual arts and performing arts to ignite your imagination and inspire your creativity!

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

  • A variety of classes including painting, drawing, mixed media, acting, musical theatre, and more!
  • Free storytime for ages 2 – 6
  • Family Workshops

* Scholarships available

Camps

  • Spring Break Mini-Camps
  • Creativity Kids Schools Out Day Camps (Apr. 1 and May 2)
  • Visual Art and Theatre Summer Camps

Performances

  • Pinot and Augustine (Oct. 8)
  • The Christmas Express (Weekends Nov. 26 – Dec. 12)

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre
& Academy

220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
25530 Gateway Center Drive, Suite 200, Clarksburg, MD 20871
www.mbtdance.org | 301-762-1757

Dance

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s (MBT) mission is “Providing arts opportunities for all through exceptional dance education, community outreach, and inspiring performances.” Founded in 1989, MBT offers dance education in core disciplines of classical ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, and jazz at two studio locations in Clarksburg and Gaithersburg.

Classes

MBT offers programs for ages 3-adult. Please reach contact@mbtdance.org for a schedule of classes or see www.mbtdance.org
Genres: Creative Movement, Early Ballet, Mini Hip Hop, Mini Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, and more!

Performances

MBT looks forward to presenting the Nutcracker and Nutcracker Suite (an abbreviated version of the classic for younger audience members), December 4-12 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville, MD.

Special Promotion
*$20 off the registration fee by using code Fall21

Germantown

BlackRock Center for the Arts

12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
www.blackrockcenter.org | 301-528-2260

Dance
Theater
Music
Visual Arts
Media Arts
History
literature:Writing

BlackRock Center for the Arts brings inspiring performing and visual arts experiences to diverse audiences in a welcoming and intimate setting, providing opportunities to explore, celebrate and engage in the arts. Our programming for elementary students spans a wide array of arts including theater, visual art, music, and traditional arts.

Elementary Classes

Fall Session: Late Registration going on now!

  • Theater: Imagination Stage’s Superhero Adventures and Acting 101
  • Music: Piano and Violin Group or Private Lessons
  • Dance and Fitness: Ballet Levels 1-3 plus Youth Yoga
  • Visual Arts: Falling for Fall, Painting without Brushes, STEAM Power
  • Traditional Arts: Beginner Macrame

*Additional arts classes for preschool, teens, and seniors

Exhibits

Quotable Quarantine: Place your order today for copies of the Quotable Quarantine Book, a special limited edition art book featuring full-color images of 156 artworks created by local youth artists in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Special Promotion

*Scholarships available. Apply online today!

Glen Echo

Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc.

7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812
www.glenechopark.org | (301) 634-2222

Dance
Theater
Music
Visual Arts
Media Arts
History
literature:Writing

Glen Echo Park presents classes for all ages in ceramics, drawing & painting, dance & movement, fused glass, blown glass, music, photography, mixed media, silversmithing, stone carving, theater, and writing. We also offer weekend family activities, including special events and festivals, nature programs, theater, concerts. Some classes are in person, some are virtual.

Classes/Workshops

  • Visual arts, music, dance, and theater classes – both online and in-person
  • Saturday Art Explorers parent/child drop-in art activities

Camps

  • Children’s camps in fine arts, animation, mixed media, Irish dancing, music, musical theater, photography, aquatic life & nature
  • Teen camps/workshops in art glass, ceramics, photography, mixed media, silversmithing, & stone carving

* Winter Break 2021 camps, TBD virtual or in person.

Events

  • Children’s theater
  • Summer concerts

* Various events & activities are in person or online; some are still on hold due to COVID-19.

Washington Conservatory of Music

One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20815
7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812
www.washingtonconservatory.org | (301) 320-2770

Music

One of the 15 nationally accredited community music schools in the US, serving children, teens & adults in a nurturing environment since 1984. An international faculty of professional artists & educators help students of all levels reach their musical goals. No audition necessary. Monthly student recital opportunities. Online and in-person options are available.

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

  • Private lessons (30, 45 or 60 mins.) in 25+ areas of music study. Piano, guitar, drums, voice, strings, brass, woodwinds, music theory, ear training, composition, jazz improvisation, more
  • Classes & Ensembles in voice, ukulele, guitar, Irish instruments
  • Suzuki String Academy (viola, violin, cello)
  • Early Childhood Music (3 mos-7 yrs)

Camps

Summer: Mon.-Fri. 9:00am-3:00pm (ages 4-12)

Events

Professional & Family Concerts, Student Recitals, Master Classes, Seminars

Rockville

Glorystar Children’s Chorus

15800 Crabbs Branch Way Suite 300 Rockville, MD 20855
www.glorystar.org | (240) 277-7629

Music

Glorystar Children’s Chorus nurtures and provides excellent music education to children and youth (5-18 years old) in the joy of Choral Art. With a rich repertoire of Asian and Western music, GCC increases appreciation and builds bridges within our diverse community.

Auditions
By appointment only. Please visit our website or email info@glorystar.org

Classes/Lessons
Weekly Saturday rehearsals online

Performances
Virtual winter concert – Dec.12 at 2 PM on YouTube live (link on glorystar.org)

Events
Sing with Me – May 1, 2021 Open rehearsal for young singers interested in GCC
Spring Concert – June 5, 2021

Bender JCC of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852
www.benderjccgw.org | (301) 881-0100

Dance
Theater
Music
Visual Arts
literature:Writing

The Bender JCC offers enrichment classes in music, dance, and visual & literary arts for children of all ages. Everyone is welcome!

Classes

  • After School Enrichment Programs: Culinary, Drawing, Painting, Ceramics and Crafts
  • Youth dance classes in a variety of disciplines
  • Private music instruction for a variety of instruments
  • JPlay programs (crafts, music, storytelling)
  • Bender-Dosik Parenting Center
    Club J Virtual School day program
  • After School programs and School Out Days, K-6
  • Sports and Rec: Swimming, Basketball, Soccer, and Multi-sports

*Bender JCC Early Childhood Center uses a play-based curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, which enables children to become active learners and engaged classroom participants, and interest-based topic studies invite students to explore the world around them. Applications open in Jan.

Camps

  • Camp JCC offers specialty camps for visual and theater arts; Applications open in Jan.

VisArts

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850
www.visartscenter.org | (301) 315-8200

Visual Arts
Media Arts

Our art classes and camps spark creativity! Everyone at any experience level is welcome to join our creative community for high-quality online and onsite classes taught by professional artists/instructors.

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

  • K-12
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Family Art Workshops
  • Fiber Glass
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography

Camps

Year-Round Art Camps

  • Ceramics
  • Digital Art
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Wheel

*Scholarships available

Events

  • Art Add-Ons for Special Occasions
    Children’s Painting Parties
    CREATE Summer art Workshops
    Exhibits
  • Contemporary Art Exhibitions – Free and Open to the Public
    355 POD Space Gallery – Walk by Our Outside Gallery on Rockville Pike
    Student and Faculty Exhibitions


Special Promotions

* Apply code VisArtsKids10 for $10 off any children’s class or camp (one-time use)

Silver Spring

CREATE Arts Center

914 Silver Spring Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.createartscenter.org
(301) 588-ARTS (2787)

Visual Arts

CREATE Arts Center, in downtown Silver Spring, has been bringing high-quality arts programming to children and families for 35 years. We offer a wide variety of ONSITE and ONLINE art classes & camps for all ages and levels of experience.

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

  • Art classes (online and onsite) offered weeknights and weekends
  • Drawing, Painting, Pottery & Ceramics, Comics & Cartooning, Mixed Media, Art Immersion, family art programs, and more!

Camps

  • Art camps when school is out for holidays, parent-teacher conference days, and professional development days (kindergarten through age 12)
  • Onsite and online options available
    Camps follow calendars for MCPS, DCPS, and a variety of private/charter schools
  • Fall/winter/spring art camps during holiday breaks
  • Summer camps June through August!

Events
Host an art birthday party at CREATE! 

Lumina Studio Theatre

620 Pershing Drive Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.luminastudio.org | (301) 565-2281

Theater

Lumina Studio Theatre’s mission is to provide unique opportunities for young actors of any level of experience who seek to perform Shakespeare, other plays of the classical repertory theatre, and modern plays that focus on the beauty of language.

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

  • Actors ages 8-16 collaborate on high-quality productions
  • Rehearsal process includes in-depth vocal and character coaching, improvisation, and stage combat training, detailed costumes, live music, choreography and occasionally special elements such as masks!
  • Rehearsals take place on weekdays after school
  • Registration for the Spring Mainstage Session opens November 2021

Camps

  • Summer camps for ages 8-16
  • Registration opens January 2022
  • Performances
  • OLIVER TWIST: The world premiere of a brand-new adaptation!
  • December 10th and 11th at the Silver Spring Black Box (8641 Colesville Rd)

Maryland Youth Ballet

926 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.marylandyouthballet.org | (301) 608-2232

Dance

MYB provides exceptional training for beginning intermediate and advanced students at one of the region’s finest schools of classical ballet. Classes offered for ages 2-adult with emphasis on love of dance, personal enrichment, and pre-professional achievement.

Classes 

Offering a full schedule of in-person classes. Strict COVID-19 safety protocols in place  

  • 8-week Early Dance sessions (ages 2-4) 
  • School-year classes for Children, Youth, and Pre-Professionals (ages 5-20)
  • Separate program for boys & young men
  • Full-day conservatory classes for advanced dancers 
  • Electives and Teen classes in Modern, Jazz, West African, and Flamenco   

Performances

LIVE performances Dec 2021

  • The Nutcracker at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville   
  • The Mini-Nut at the Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring 

Round House Theatre

Education Center: 925 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Theatre: 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814
www.roundhousetheatre.org | (301) 585-1225

Theater

Round House Theatre encourages students to develop their artistic voice through a multi-disciplinary approach to theatre that includes acting, design, and playmaking. With health and safety guidelines in place, we’re committed to safely continuing the fun and interaction with young artists!

Classes

Theatre Classes – An exciting array of classes for students during the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters. (grades K-8) 

Camps 

  • Days Off! Play In A Day – Theatrical fun when MCPS takes a day off. (grades K-5) 
  • Summer Camps – Inspire creativity, exercise imaginations, and bring stories to life! (grades K-12) 

Performances 

  • Free Play – FREE tickets for teens and students to Round House productions
  • Teen Performance Company – A production directed, designed, and performed by high school students 

*Purchase tickets online or call (240) 644-1100 

National Capital Trolley Museum

1313 Bonifant Road Silver Spring, MD 20905
www.dctrolley.org | (301) 384-6088

History

Take a trip through history and experience trolley rides, watch silent movies, and more…

Open Saturdays from noon to 5 PM.

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

  • Check out our web site for NEW offerings starting in late September
    Events
  • Monthly special events, continually check our web site for details
    Exhibits
  • Rotating monthly exhibits with a hands-on activity at our Children’s Desk

Takoma Park

The Loft Collective

7007 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912
www.theloftcollective.org | (240) 292-9325

Visual Arts

The Loft is a neighborhood art space, offering art classes, school day off camps, summer camps, and workshops for kids: toddlers to teens. Starting with the belief that we are all born makers, we provide a workshop and a sanctuary for making art, making change, and making meaningful connections.

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

  • Art Exploration for 2-4 year olds: Wed, Thu, 10-11am, Sat 9-10am
  • Emergent Artists for 5-8 year olds: Sat 1-2:15pm, 2:30-3:45pm
  • Art Foundations for 9-12 year olds: Sat 4-5:15pm
  • Beginning Fiber Arts for 9-12 year olds: Fri 4:30-5:45pm
  • Fiber Art for Good Troublemakers, ages 11-15: Sat 10:30-11:45am
  • Halloween Mask-Making Workshop: Oct. 23, 3-5pm
  • Holiday Gift Making Workshop:  Dec.11, 3-5pm

Camps

  • School day off camps for DC (Oct 7-8, Nov 2 and 5) and Montgomery County (Sept 7, 16), grades K-5
  • Summer camps for incoming grades K-5

Exhibits

Art Show & Open House: Oct. 23 and Dec. 18

Wheaton

InterAct Story Theatre

11510 Georgia Avenue, Suite 140, Wheaton, MD 20902
www.interactstory.com
(301) 879-9305

Theater

Arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts!

InterAct Story Theatre is a multidisciplinary arts-in-education organization

And touring theatre for young audiences.

Classes/Lessons/Workshops

Classroom workshops

Out of School Time and extended learning

Parent-child workshops and family literacy

Performances/Events

Wheaton Family Theatre Series 2021-22

All events FREE, All Times: Sat. at 11 a.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m.

  • Oct. 16 & 17– Alex and Olmsted “Milo the Magnificent”
  • Nov. 25 & 26 – Urban Artistry “Let the Rhythm Hit Em”
  • Dec. 4 & 5 – Synetic Theater “The Miraculous Magical Balloon”

The season continues in 2022 January through May!  https://www.interactstory.com/wheaton

Visit our website for latest information

Disclaimer & Credits

These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Board of Education of Montgomery County, the superintendent, or this school. There are fees for these programs, although scholarships may be available. For more information about these programs, or to register, please contact the organization directly. Front cover photos courtesy of Creative Adventures (top image), Adventure Theatre (lower left), and Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (lower right)

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