If you’re looking for an outlet to express your creative side, you’ll be impressed by all of the activities that College Park Arts Exchange (CPAE) has to offer. Funded by the City of College Park, the M-NCPPC, Maryland State Arts Council, the College Park Community Foundation, Maryland Milestones, the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, Gaile’s Violin Shop, and the donations of individuals, this nonprofit has been bringing art to the people of College Park for over 20 years.
The AHA! Cultural Connections series is one of CPAE’s core programs, offering free lectures, dance workshops, and concerts that explore a diverse range of cultures through music, art, history, and literature. Coming up next Friday, on September 20th, is the Shen Yun Presentation, where speaker Dong Xiang will “present on the art and history of Chinese culture.” A similar series of programs calle
d AHA KIDS! Cultural Programs includes events geared toward children, such as the Jack and the Beanstalk puppet show that took place earlier this week. Each of these series has at least one event every month, and they can be found on the Full Calendar.
CPAE also offers multiple other free children’s activities each week at the historical Old Parish House, College Park’s second-oldest building, located at 4711 Knox Rd. Homeschoolers Art Club, Youth Choir and Vocetti, and ballet classes meet weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Children who love music can also get involved with the Youth Orchestra and Youth Band, and Youth Music Traditions. Finally, another program that families might enjoy is Arts Drop-in, where children aged 5-8 and their parents can come to the Old Parish House and participate in arts and crafts projects, such as Halloween mask-making in October and Thanksgiving turkey centerpieces in November.
The opportunities for adults to get involved are equally as numerous, with CPAE Book Club at the College Park Community Library, College Park Chorale and Chamber Singers at St. Andrew’s, and many (fee-based) writing courses and arts workshops led by highly-certified professionals at the Old Parish House.
Overall, the organization has over 150 events every year; with each program being independently run by an individual director. If the community shows interest in a certain new program, such as the Children’s Multicultural Book Club, which has yet to be added to the calendar, CPAE will likely welcome the idea! To read a more detailed description of each of these programs and events, visit the CPAE website, and keep an eye out for their seasonal brochure, which they send out to all residents of College Park.