The Clarice + University of Maryland

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is the thriving center for the performing arts at the University of Maryland. In the building are creative partners presenting arts that reflect our evolving cultural landscape, championing the creation of new work and engaging audiences in unique experiences – ultimately building the future of the arts.

Located on a 17- acre site, The Clarice is one of the largest and best-equipped performing arts venues on any university campus. The building houses a performing arts library, lecture halls, seminar rooms, rehearsal spaces and sound-isolated practice rooms. The Clarice's six world-class performance venues offer diverse ways in which to engage with orchestral performance and audience engagement:


University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is the State of Maryland's flagship academic institution and one of the nation's leading public research and innovation universities. The University as a whole is dedicated to serving its state, the nation and the world. Its expansive campus of 1,250 acres is adorned with red-brick Georgian architecture centered around the picturesque McKeldin Mall. On-campus residence halls for NOI+F participants are a 12-15 minute walk from The Clarice.

Area Highlights

Conveniently located just nine miles from the heart of Washington, DC, College Park is fast-becoming a hub of creative redevelopment. Recent years have seen a total transformation of the Baltimore Avenue corridor from the Mount Rainier/Hyattsville Arts District to downtown College Park’s burgeoning restaurant and retail offerings. The area's extensive mass transit systems allows reliable access to a vibrant cultural scene filled with historic venues and world-class performers: