Bowie State University has inked a partnership with Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission that aims to let Maryland residents take advantage of arts programming at the school’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Bowie State University’s Arts Center.
Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The partnership, which the school announced on Oct. 31, means both institutions will design cultural activities that will include small-group classes, camps, master workshops and professional performances. Classes are open to Maryland residents who are at least 16 years old.

Officials say the collaboration will help the school’s performing arts center – with its main stage, recital hall, black box theaters studio and classrooms – become a valuable community asset.

“Bowie State University would like to expand [the] audience for the university’s arts offerings,” said Damita Chambers, a university spokeswoman. “The university also wants to create more opportunities for the community to visit the Fine and Performing Arts center as well as meet a need for additional arts programming in the community.”

As part of the deal, an existing staffer at the commission will support program development and management, said Kira Calm Lewis, a spokeswoman for the planning commission.

According to Lewis, a winter concert series will begin next month and winter classes will commence in January. Family activities are scheduled for the spring and summer. Chambers declined to confirm that account. “Stay tuned for announcements for joint arts programming offered at Bowie State Fine Performing Arts Center,” she said.