About the Artist Partner Program

The Artist Partner Program at The Clarice curates a multi-arts performances and festivals with artists and creative innovators program from around the corner around the world. We are dedicated to creating performance and learning opportunities for students and our community through artist residencies workshops, master classes, K-12 student matinees and artistic exchange. We believe artists can be a catalyst for community change, leadership and empowerment.

As part of a major public research university, the Artist Partner Program is committed to the creation and investigation of new work and new ways of participating in the performing arts.

The Artist Partner Program has three primary missions:

  • To supplement and extend the academic learning and investigation of the classroom for UMD students;
  • To provide artistic and cultural opportunities as part of the UMD experience for students, faculty, staff, alumni and university friends;
  • To enhance and develop the artistic and cultural ecology of the community that surrounds and supports the university.

The UMD School of Music and The Clarice Artist Partner Program are now accepting proposals for New Opera! Learn more here.

Visiting Artist Series

The Visiting Artist Series at The Clarice curates a multi-arts performance series with regional, national and international artists and creative innovators. 





NextNOW Fest

The NextNOW Fest is the university’s creative welcome and welcome back to new and returning students, as well as an open invitation to our friends and community. The multi-day, multi-arts festival of fun and discovery features music, theatre and dance performances, as well as immersive, technology-driven installations by artists from around campus and the country. 




National Orchestral Institute + Festival

For more than a generation, the National Orchestral Institute has nurtured the development of America’s most gifted, young orchestral musicians.





Maryland Day

Maryland Day has become one of the most popular annual events in the region as the University of Maryland opens up its campus offering more than 400 free events.






Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally based performing artists. This program is a Satellite Arts Partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD.





MilkBoy ArtHouse

A partnership with MilkBoy Philadelphia, MilkBoy ArtHouse will be a local crossroads for dynamic entertainment, inspired social gathering and creative dining.





Choreographer’s Showcase

Choreographers’ Showcase celebrates 35 years of rich history as one of the longest-running showcases of new and established choreographers in the country.  






Creation Residency

As part of a major public research university, we are committed to developing opportunities for the creation and development of new work in the performing arts that addresses the challenges and opportunities we face as a campus and community.