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BlackRock Center
Address 12901 Town Commons Dr.
Germantown, Maryland
United States
Coordinates 39°10′56″N 77°16′04″W / 39.18214°N 77.267725°W / 39.18214; -77.267725
Capacity 200 seats
Construction
Opened September 2002; 18 years ago (2002-09)
Architect Bowie Gridley Architects

The BlackRock Center for the Arts, officially the Germantown Cultural Arts Center (d.b.a. BlackRock Center for the Arts), is a cultural, visual and performing arts center in Germantown, Maryland. The center is named after the nearby historic Blackrock Mill.

Overview

BlackRock Center for the Arts was founded in 2002 after the developer of Germantown town center donated land for the facility. It has an annual budget of $1.1 million. Since 2019 Lynn Arndt has served as Chief Executive Officer.

The 30,000 sq ft (2,800 m2) facility includes an art gallery, a 210-seat proscenium theater, a dance studio, a black box studio theater, a second-floor display gallery, music rooms, and visual art classrooms. It has 10 full-time and 20 part-time staff members. The center provides a range of music, dance, and arts classes, and camps, and presents a season of music, dance, and family-oriented performances.

In April 2013 it was announced that blues singer and guitarist John Hammond would provide a guitar workshop at the center.

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