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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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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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  • 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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Stacey T. Ormsby, Esq.

Board Chair

Montgomery County Public Schools

Bob Weishaar

Vice Chair

McNees, Wallace & Nurick, LLC

AJ Nwoga


M&T Bank

Frank Trezza


Montgomery College

Steve Barber

Supporting Strategies

Marilyn Balcombe

Montgomery County Council

Rebecca Castillo

Multimedia Journalist

Radio Exitos Inolvidables

Carolina Clavijo

Visionary Eye Doctors

John Coliton

Montgomery College

William Roberts, Esq.

Center for American Progress

Jennifer Russel

Rodgers Consulting, Inc. (Retired)

Rachel Sowards

Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

Jerry Therrien

Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Dale Tibbitts

Montgomery County Government

Upcounty Regional Center

Greg Wims

Montgomery County Government

Sandy Wright

Locals Farm Market

Katie Hecklinger


Chief Executive Officer

Board of Trustees
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