Get Involved

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There are many ways to get involved and make a difference in your community through the performing arts. Our ability to bring national and international artists to our campus and community, as well as create life changing arts experiences for young people, is because of caring and committed people like you!

Donate and Make a Difference

A part of the UMD College of Arts and Humanities, the performing arts at Maryland are uniquely poised to build the future of the field through the advancement of the arts. The Artist Partner Program at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is the NextNOW of experimentation and possibility, educating, training, mentoring and presenting the next generation of artists and creative innovators.

We are not only advancing the performing arts but creating singular experiences for both audiences and artists. These experiences reflect innovative collaborations that cross disciplines and experiment with merged art forms. We are building new audiences and we are redefining how we experience and participate in the arts. These are NextNOW experiences.

Help us build the future now. Donor support is what makes us one of the leading university performing arts centers in the country.

Give Now and Make an Impact:

  • The Clarice Fund: Your gift enables us to sustain our commitment to innovation, creativity and curiosity in art-making and audience experience as we build the future of the arts today.
  • National Orchestral Institute: For over a generation, the National Orchestral Institute has nurtured the development of America’s finest young orchestral musicians. Members are selected from a rigorous cross-country audition tour and paired with an international cast of conductors and faculty mentors. Performances are held at The Clarice and in the community with a series of free and engaging concerts at schools, community centers and retirement villages. Your support helps us to build the future of the arts at Maryland and enrich the lives of many young musicians.

Community Action People

The Community Action People (CAP) is a group of community members from The Clarice’s creative radius who bring their expertise, insight, familiarity and perspective to inform The Clarice’s planning in marketing and branding, fundraising and artistic programming. CAP collaborates with Clarice management staff, Clarice Satellite Arts Partners and each other to achieve its goals.


IGNITE is the volunteer friends group of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F). This group gathers during the Festival—held in June—and throughout the year to work on projects to bring energy, excitement and support of NOI+F. This group ignites the passion for music and the next generation of orchestra professionals by cultivating relationships, creating community and having fun! For information on how you can become part of IGNITE, contact Yarina Conners at or 301-405-5974.

Maryland Students for the Arts (MSA)

The Maryland Students for the Arts Advisory Council (MSA) is comprised of UMD undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who provide feedback to the administration of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on experience, budget, policy, and student outreach. MSA forums bring together students and arts administrators for conversations about performance initiatives, financial strategy and arts advocacy at UMD. For more information, please contact Emma Baker at

Jobs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Be a part of a creative team making a difference on our campus and in our community. Whether you are a student, a community member or an emerging arts professional there are plenty of opportunities to share your talent and experience. Current openings are listed here (coming soon)

For volunteer opportunities, contact Yarina Conners, Artistic Administrator at