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Through active listening and meaningful support, The CU serves both artists and audiences who seek to see their stories reflected on our stages.

About THE CU

THE CU cultivates learning, artistic practice, and community engagement through a programming series including music, dance and theatre, as well as college programs and community arts partners. The artist’s experience is the highest priority. THE CU contributes to the field through commissions and residencies of new work, and organizes projects with local, national, and international collaborators.

Located on the southside of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District and housed on the campus of Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring, THE.  CU reflects the values of Montgomery College: Empowerment, Enrichment, Radical Inclusion, and Representation (EERR).

THE CU Cultural Arts Center opened its doors in 2009 with a performance by Aretha Franklin. It awakened pride in our center as a place for talent, virtuosity, impact, and resonance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current CAC Covid-19 Policy?

Montgomery College prioritizes the health and safety of its students and employees above all else. Masks are encouraged but not required for entry into public spaces, however due to the intimacy of the theatre spaces, all audience members attending will be asked to wear a mask.

Any questions can be directed to the Cultural Arts Center’s management at

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 from 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.

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 theatre disabled parking accessible?

The Cultural Arts Center features wheelchair-accessible parking, entrances, restrooms, and seating. Theatre-goers 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. 

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 on the balcony

Theater 2 is a 116 seat “black box”

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