Through the programs of the Cultural Arts Center, we seek to improve cultural literacy, encourage cross-cultural understanding, and to build bridges between the arts, cultural studies, and all disciplines concerned with the expression of culture. We seek to acknowledge the differences and similarities between our own cultures and those surrounding us.
To meet this mission, the CAC provides a comprehensive program focusing on the cultural intersection of performing the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences, and the influence of human culture on the natural and built environments. We examine traditional and contemporary indigenous, American, and international cultural expression through presentation of music, theatre, dance, cultural exhibitions, film, lectures, forums and cultural exhibitions. Through less formal gatherings we encourage opportunities for our students, the community, faculty, and staff to gather and engage in discussions about our own and other cultures.
The programs of the CAC, and the CAC facility supports all areas of the campus including student life, academic programs of all kinds, and external community use in the form of performances, workshops and conferences. We frequently provide opportunities addressing campus and college-wide initiatives related to diversity and multiculturalism.
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?
Our Box Office is open 2 hours prior to the start of the show.
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.
The signs say "permit only", so where can I park?
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.
Can I purchase unclaimed tickets from Will Call?
No – we can not sell someone else’s tickets.
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**
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.
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***
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.