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By partnering with arts organizations both large and small, we are able to provide resources and opportunities to Prince George's County residents. These cooperative working partnerships allow both organizations to better serve the larger community, share responsibility for achieving a specific goal, and provide a sustained "win-win" relationship for everyone involved.

B-Roll Media and Arts

B-Roll is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free-of-cost media and arts training to underserved youth ages 13 through 21. Their goal is to provide youth with a positive recreational and educational experience while they learn skills that will allow them to enter the media arts workforce. The Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to partner with B-Roll Media and Arts to provide more opportunities for teens in our county by providing free office space and access to classroom spaces in our community centers.

The B-Side Experience at Bowie State University

The partnership between Bowie State University and the Maryland-Capital Parks and Planning Commission brings two powerhouses together at one of the region’s newest state of the art performing arts centers. Working together with the Fine and Performing Arts department at Bowie State University, our programming at the BSU FPAC will educate through innovative courses and lectures led by distinguished faculty; elevate through the presentation of world-class performing artists; and, entertain through immersive and inclusive performances.

Bowie Center for the Performing Arts

The M-NCPPC entered into a Joint Use Agreement with the City of Bowie, the Board of Education of Prince George’s County, and the Bowie Regional Arts Vision Association to fund and support the construction of the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. The M-NCPPC maintains a seat on the Center’s Governance Board to assist with oversight and consultation. Through the agreement, we are allocated $21,000/year in rental credit, which we use to offer affordable performing arts programs to area residents, including Seniors on Stage, and the at-risk youth mentorship program Expressions, Talk Up, Not Down.

The Clarice at the University of Maryland

In 1994, The M-NCPPC entered into an agreement with the University of Maryland College Park to provide funding for construction of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, beginning a long history of collaboration, including:

The Prince George's County Suite 

The Prince George’s County Suite is a large dance studio operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation within The Clarice, equipped with a sprung floor, mirrors, portable barres, and an upright piano. It is available for free use by non-profit, community-based arts organizations based in Prince George’s County. The studio is suitable for dance and drama rehearsals, auditions, and workshops. Community use is limited to performing arts activities and is permitted between Labor Day and Memorial Day, contingent upon availability. The Community Room is not available during University of Maryland holidays, and it is not available during University of Maryland football game days due to parking restrictions. For more information about access to the Prince George’s County Suite for county-based arts non-profits, email Christel Stevens 

Community Access Rent Credit Program

The Department of Parks and Recreation manages a program of providing rental credits at The Clarice, of up to $70,000 per year. The program serves to make rental events at this premier site accessible to non-profits and municipal partners located in Prince George’s County, and also to enable us to provide affordable performing arts education programs to youth in our county. For more information about the rent credit program county-based non-profits and government partners, email Phil Davis.

Joe’s Movement Emporium

Over the past two decades, Joe’s Movement Emporium and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division have worked together on numerous collaborations to connect our communities with meaningful experiences in the arts. Highlights among initiatives at Joe’s we’ve worked to support are Creative Works, NextLook (a partnership between Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice), a co-presentation of the One Mile Radius Project, the Theater Tech Program, internship programs, and Art Lives Here programs presented under Joe’s Movement Emporium’s leadership.

Nepal America Film Festival 

The Nepal America International Film Festival (NAIFF) is an annual film event organized by the Nepal America Film Society. Every year, it brings together more than three thousand film enthusiasts from Maryland and the greater Washington DC region, including filmmakers, volunteers, community leaders, film and community organizations and businesses. The festival showcases all genres of films, including features, documentaries, animation, experimental films and shorts from Nepal, the United States, and other countries.The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division is an in-kind sponsor of this Festival.

Prince George’s Philharmonic

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division has enjoyed a decades-long relationship in support of the Prince George’s Philharmonic. In addition to managing their project charge contract, we provide the Philharmonic free office space in order to make classical music accessible to our residents and provide opportunities for professional training in music to musicians living in the county.

Prince George’s Community College

Prince George's Community College's annual Bluebird Blues Festival returns in September 2019. We are pleased to contribute to the much-anticipated event once again by providing free, hands-on arts activities for all ages, as well as support through in-kind equipment loans.

Riverdale Public Art Initiative

Coordinated by Public Art staff in the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, The M-NCPPC supports the Riverdale Public Art Initiative through by providing use of our land as public art sites within the Riverdale Area. The ongoing initiative was launched in 2015 as a collaborative program sponsored the Town of Riverdale Park and managed by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation.

Project Charge Contracts

Each year, through the M-NCPPC budget approval process, the Prince George’s County Council apportions M-NCPPC funds to be set aside to establish program service contracts with a number of arts organizations. The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division works closely with each of these organizations to ensure that county residents enjoy quality, accessible arts programs. Totaling $453,000 in FY19, these contracts include those with Art Works Now, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, College Park Arts Exchange, Gateway Community Development Corporation, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, Prince George’s Philharmonic, and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.