On Tour: Germantown, MD

11 Mar

March 8, 2015  | Still Dreaming | Germantown, MD

For my 5th stop, I’m in Germantown, MD at The BlackRock Center for the Arts. It is a beautiful multi-purpose arts facility that would be the envy of any town. It strikes me that it is an unusual place. It seems every municipality should have something like this, as it does a public library and a post office. Does your town have an arts center that is participation oriented, instead of solely performance oriented? Doesn’t it seem that this kind of arts learning hub for people of all ages and means should be ubiquitous? Instead, I think what’s more common is lots of little non-profit arts organizations trying to make it in their own pocket of town, if they even do exist.

BlackRock is bright and inviting, with a gallery, a beautiful and versatile theater/dance space, and many rooms for creating art of all types. There is a lively feeling of community, with folks of many ages and walks of life passing through. Today, there are classes going on, a gallery opening, and my film screening. Each activity lends energy to the other. This place really feels right to me.

One of the film’s guest panelists, Brandi Rose, Program Director for Arts for the Aging, based in Rockville, MD, said she loved the facility and wished that her organization had such a space. Serendipitously, Krista Bradley, ED for BlackRock said she loved AFTA and wanted to do more work such as they are doing. AFTA engages older adults in health improvement and life enhancement through the arts. They train working artists to work with elders throughout the DC area.

3-8 Group Photo

Karen Webber Gilat, AFTA artist, Krista Bradley, ED BlackRock Center for the Arts, Jilann, Brandi Rose, Program Director, Arts for the Aging

My fingers are crossed that perhaps another wonderful community alliance is in the making.

Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Jilann Spitzmiller.
To listen to a podcast interview with the filmmaker, click here.

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