>  African Art Museum of Maryland Housed at Columbia’s Historic Oakland for the past 20 years, it offers a rare collection of African artifacts and folk art. Relocation is in progress. For updates, go to www.africanartmuseum.org.

Columbia Art Center Since 1987, the center in the village of Long Reach has provided resources for ceramic artists, photographers, calligraphers, woodworkers and others. 410-730-0075 or www.columbiaartcenter.org.

Howard County Center for the Arts houses some 30 artists and arts groups and is the seat of the Howard County Arts Council and three art galleries. 410-313-ARTS or www.hocoarts.org.

Howard County Center of African American Culture houses African-American memorabilia and artifacts, an art gallery and a library with more than 2,000 publications and exhibits. The center also sponsors a monthly book club called Book Ends. 410-715-1921 or www.hccaac.org.

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>  Local artists also exhibit at the Artists’ Gallery in the American City Building, The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College, Slayton House Gallery in Wilde Lake Village, Margaret Smith Gallery in Ellicott City, Board of Education Professional Gallery, and more informal exhibit spaces at the Bain Center and elsewhere. Visual artists and craftspeople share a handsome and historic complex at Savage Mill.


Howard County Poetry and Literature Society Since 1974, “HoCoPoLitSo” has been bringing imaginative literary events, workshops and distinguished writers to student and adult audiences. Such first-rate authors and poets as Saul Bellow, Edward Albee, Seamus Heaney and Lucille Clifton have given public readings under the auspices of HoCoPoLitSo. 443-518-4568 or www.HoCoPoLitSo.org.


Columbia Film Society An annual subscription series that brings the latest in distinguished foreign films to Columbia. www.columbiafilmsociety.org

Marvelous Movies: A Classic Film Series at Columbia’s Slayton House shows four films each year including rare British and American gems. 410-730-3987.

Jewish Film Series This annual series offers four movies with Jewish themes in English,  Hebrew and foreign languages with subtitles. 410-997-0694 or www.columbiajewish.org/film_series.shtml.

United Artists Theatres Snowden Square, 410-872-0670.

AMC Columbia Mall 14, 888-262-4386.


Local dance troupes present regular showcases, and a variety of commercial dance studios provide training for a new generation:

Arabesque Dance Company

Arthur Murray Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio

b.Funk Dance Company

Backstage Dance Studio

Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland