Columbia Art Center offers a broad menu of exhibits, tours and special events. These include free monthly Salon Series presentations that feature artists, writers and musicians sharing their craft (co-sponsored by Little Patuxent Review); exhibits featuring local and regional artists in the main and window galleries; and, most recently, the Wilde Reading Series, which explores how the craft of writing can inspire and fuel the imagination in this free monthly series, which is followed by an open mic.

Teen Open Mic Night

Friday, March 22, 7-9pm
Ages 12-17

Now is the time for your voice to be heard! Join other area teens in sharing your poetry or spoken word. The night’s theme is “Choose Civility,” so bring work centered on increasing kindness, empathy and understanding in our community. A cash prize will be awarded to the winning performance. This event is free but registration is encouraged.


Choose Civility 2019 Poster and Video Contest: We Are All Welcome Here

Reception and awards ceremony: April 10, 6:30-8pm, awards ceremony at 7:30

Choose Civility 2019 Poster and Video Contest: We Are All Welcome Here

Design a poster or create a video illustrating the theme. Use your imagination, creativity, and artistic talent to show how everyone is welcome in our school, neighborhood and the entire community. Learn more at

Entries accepted February 1-March 1, 2019

Blossoms of Hope 2019

April 12-May 5, 2019
Reception: Friday, April 12, 6-8pm
Awards ceremony: 6:30pm10th Anniversary of Blossoms of Hope Invitational Theme Show
One More Than Nine: 10 Years of Hope Through ArtFeaturing art and written words that incorporate the number 10 literally or symbolically.

Proceeds from this show will go to the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital.

Learn more about the enduring spirit of the resource center and Blossoms of Hope — exemplified by perseverance, hope, courage, strength, and thriving!
Juror for art:Victoria Goodman, Blossoms Theme Show Creator, Artist, and Community Activist

Jurors for written words:
Tara Hart, Ph.D., Coordinator of Fine Arts and Creative Writing at Howard Community College and Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) Co-Chair, Board of Directors.

Ryna May, Professor of English and Literature at Howard Community College.

Sponsors: The Columbia Art Center Galleries, Blossoms of Hope, Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) and the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County

Attention artists: Are you interested in renting one of our gallery spaces for one-to-two-week shows? For a small rental fee, you set up your own show and coordinate your own reception and artist talks. For more information, please call 410-730-0075, email or visit All events held at Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia.

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Columbia Art Center (CAC) accepts proposals from individual artists, curators, small groups and arts organizations. Artists working in all media and styles, including installation, are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information and to download an application. If you have further questions, please call 410-730-0075 or email

Columbia Art Center is a Columbia Association facility.