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ABOUT US

BlackRock Center for the Arts, the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County, MD,  provides the community with the highest level of quality performances, free gallery exhibitions, and arts education classes in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home.

Reaching more than 40,000 people per year, BlackRock presents performances featuring top regional, national, and international touring talent from the worlds of jazz, blues, Celtic, folk, world, and bluegrass, as well as a contemporary theater for audiences of all ages.

Envisioned and established through a grassroots effort, BlackRock has been operating in a beautiful building completed in 2002. We’ve come a long way since then, and the best is yet to come! Thank you for your interest in learning more about who we are and what we do—we hope you will visit us for a performance, in a class, or at a gallery exhibit soon.

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Mission

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.

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Goals

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  • Present programs and artistic experiences of the highest quality to attract, retain and grow participation in the arts.
     

  • Facilitate opportunities for engagement, development and life-long learning in the range of artistic disciplines.
     

  • Reflect, celebrate and engage the diversity of our communities through programming and participation at all levels of our organization.
     

  • Ensure the future of the arts in our community through sustainability of programs and resources.

 
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THE TEAM
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES

AJ NWOGA

Treasurer 

M&T Bank

STACEY TERRY ORMSBY

Secretary

Terry Legal Solutions

BOB WEISHAAR

Vice Chair

McNees, Wallece & Nurick, LLC

TRACI ANDERSON

Department of Recreation

Montgomery County Government

FRANK G. BOSSONG IV

P.E. LEED-AP

Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

YOLANDA GAINEY

Holiday Inn Express

Germantown

STEPHANIE GRAVES

Clarksburg Chamber of

Commerce

CATHERINE MATTHEWS

Upcounty Regional Office

Montgomery County Government

MICHAEL ROBERTS

U.S. Department of Energy (Retired)

GRACE RIVERA-OVEN

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Co-Founder

JENNIFER RUSSEL

Rodgers Consulting, Inc. (retired)

JERRY THERRIEN

Therrien Waddell, Inc.

CRYSTAL CARR TOWSEND

Healthcare Initiative Foundation

FRANK TREZZA

Montgomery College

CAROL WILLIAMS

ICMA-RC

MELANE KINNEY HOFFMAN

Immediate Past Chair

LYNN ANDREAS ARNDT

(Ex-Officio) 

Chief Executive Officer