In 1996, community leaders in Germantown founded BlackRock, knowing that a cultural institution in the heart of the new Town Center would be integral to the community’s growth. They were right: since opening in 2002, the Center has grown into a destination for art, music, and theater lovers and is the cultural anchor of Germantown. The only multidisciplinary arts center in upper Montgomery County, BlackRock presents 35 performances from September to May and a free summer concert series, featuring everything from jazz to classical ballet to children’s theater. Dubbed “one of the most beautiful and dramatic” spaces in the region, BlackRock’s gallery features over 100 artists a season and is free and open to the public; the education department offers creative and affordable classes for county students and a full summer of theater, drama, and dance. Any family that qualifies for financial assistance from county agencies also qualifies for a 70% scholarship at BlackRock. Leaping into its 10th anniversary season, BlackRock is poised to become a great arts center ... and cultural cornerstone.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County

Age Groups Served: All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Watkins Mill Elementary School; Whetstone Elementary School ; Poolesville Elementary School; Matsunaga Elementary School; Roberto Clemente Middle School; The Barnesville School

Awards & Recognition

October 26, 2009
Former Board Chair David H. Langstaff receives the Executive’s Individual Patron Award from Montgomery County Council President Ike Leggett for setting exemplary standards of support for the arts.

February 12, 2010
Former Board member Mark Friis of Rodgers Consulting receives Business Honoree Award from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.


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Budget (FY2011)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for BlackRock Center for the Arts is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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