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Managing Philosophy 

With a sense of urgency, MC Cultural Arts Center will be a national model of community college cultural and performing arts centers. Through the lens of arts and culture, MC Cultural Arts Center creates radically inclusive communities, and seeks to empower our students and enrich our community.

The Arts and Entertainment sector has been as guilty as any sector of historic and systematic misrepresentation. It must be an active, intentional and ongoing effort to correct the balance for the future.

Pluralism and Intersectionality:

Creativity and innovation do not happen in a vacuum. Our world, our community is plural, not singular. Differences are not just celebrated but are essential to our success.

The MC Cultural Arts Center leadership must have the courage to innovate, experiment and make the concepts of IDEALS a priority in programming. The principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, Leadership and Social Justice must inform our every action, from programming to customer service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Cultural Arts Center located?

The CAC is located on Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. The address is 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

When is the Box Office open fro Montgomery College events?

Our Box Office is open 2 hours prior to the start of the show.

Guest User groups will have separate contact information. The CAC Box Office contact information is not valid for any Guest Users. Please see the Guest’s web page for more information.

Do I have to pay for my child if they can sit on my lap?

Yes. All patrons regardless of age must have a ticket and a seat of their own.

What type of performance spaces are available within the Center?

We have two performance spaces; Theater 1 and Theater 2.

Theater 1 is a 500 seat concert hall

360 seats on the ground

140 seats in the balcony

Theater 2 is a 116 seat “black box”

How much does it cost to rent space within the center?

Depending on availability, the Center is available on a five hour minimum. Additional hours are available depending on your requirements. Additional fees based on the requirements are assessed by the Center Director and are not negotiable.

Concert Hall (Theatre 1) $1,820.00 ( initial 5 hr minimum).

     $260 each additional hour (covers base rental hour)

  Studio Theater (Theatre 2) $ 1,010.00 (initial 5 hr minimum).

   $150 each additional hour.

**technical packages, hospitality packages, ticketing packages, and other fees will apply as additional charges**

How do I go about finding out if my event could be held within the Center?

Please fill in our request form.

***A request form must be submitted for consideration***

Is parking available?

During any event on the Montgomery College TP/SS campus, parking is free. Spaces are normally “permit only”. One hour prior, up through one hour after a scheduled performance time you may park in any open student space. Spaces marked as RESERVED are not available without proper permits.

Event staff and performers will be given parking passes for rehearsal or load-in hours.

This includes both the West Garage and the W1 lot directly behind the Center.

Is the the theatre handicap accessible?

The Cultural Arts Center features wheelchair-accessible parking, entrances, restrooms, and seating. Theatregoers may enjoy our free infrared system for the hearing-impaired from any seat during any performance. Receivers are available on a first come, first served basis at the Box Office.

May I purchase unclaimed tickets from Will Call?

No – we can not sell someone else’s tickets.

Is there a calendar of open dates for availability?

Unfortunately we do not currently list open dates online. You will have to complete a event request form before Center Staff will begin any processes.

Can we have an event catered and can we bring our own caterer?

The Cultural Arts Center has one in-house caterer which clients must use for all food and beverage.   The Cultural Arts Center is committed to the highest food quality and presentation, and clients have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of menu options.

Are there decorating restrictions?

Yes.  To protect the integrity of the building and the safety of guests decorating requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

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