Visting Artist Series
Photo by Geoff Sheil
The Visiting Artist Series serves as the cornerstone of the Artist Partner Program. Each season this series brings regional, national and international artists to the UMD campus through six performance series: Dance, Theatre, Chamber Music, Global Music, Jazz and the Speed of Sound Sessions, which champions the music of composers from the last 10 years. Beyond the stunning work these artists bring to the stage, they are also committed to extensive campus and community engagement creating exciting connections and opportunities for students and the community.
The Visiting Artist Series is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council.
National Orchestral Institute + Festival
Photo by Geoff SheilThe University of Maryland’s National Orchestral Institute + Festival brings together aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country for a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Chosen through a rigorous, cross-country audition process, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and in the College Park, MD community. In 2019, conductor David Alan Miller and the NOI+F Philharmonic received a Grammy nomination in the “Best Orchestral Performance” category for their Naxos recording “Ruggles, Stucky, Harbison.”
The Clarice’s NextNOW Fest is an inspiring arts experience that celebrates imagination, creativity and community. By amplifying the voices of intriguing, inventive artists from around campus and our community, NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art transforms our future and (re)connects us all.
In an effort to support student voice and action related to the Black Lives Matter movement, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion and UMD Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy in partnership with Black Terps Matter announced Vital Signs: Creative Arts for Black Lives Mini-Grants in Summer 2020.
These mini-grants are awarded each semester to artists in the UMD community who are creating projects that affirm Black life and vitality and interrogate white supremacy and anti-Blackness. Mini-grant funds are intended to support costs associated with the development of these projects.
Established in 2014 through a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by performing artists based in DC, Maryland and Virginia who want to understand how their audience can become a creative partner. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional DC/MD/VA arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay-what-you-wish.