Bloom by Strathmore

Expanding access to the arts

Bloom captures the essence of Strathmore’s role in the community—helping the arts to thrive and making sure that everyone has the opportunity to experience them. We do this by providing free and low-cost events, extending our resources throughout the county, and collaborating with partners who make an impact.

Bloom programs are designed with the specific intention of expanding access to the arts. 70% of Bloom programs take place out in our community, and nearly all include creative partnerships with local organizations, schools, and artists.

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Students from Briggs Chaney Middle School participating in a Step Afrika! assembly.

Over 100 talented string music students participated in Strathmore's first East County Strings Program. 


Bloom History

Arts access has been an intentional and important part of Strathmore’s mission since its founding. Many programs, such as our Step-Up program in MCPS schools, have been in place for many years. In 2016, we expanded our commitment to taking the arts beyond our walls, particularly in the eastern part of Montgomery County – we briefly called that expansion the “East County Initiative.” As community programming and school initiatives grew, we needed to create an umbrella for all of our work specifically focused on expanding access to participating in the arts, and Bloom was born.

Who We Are

Strathmore is a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center and presenting organization based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland. Best known for performances and events at the Music Center at Strathmore, the organization has been presenting accessible, affordable visual and performing arts in the smaller Mansion at Strathmore and all over its 16-acre site since 1981. Strathmore also presents throughout the community and at a new 250-seat venue, AMP, at Pike & Rose.  We’re excited to have you join us in our newest venture—helping the arts to thrive out in the community. 

Support Arts For Everyone

We rely on charitable gifts from individuals to sustain and expand our visual and performing arts experiences and arts education programs. Your gift will foster incredible social impact by allowing Strathmore to remain a strong and vibrant resource in your community.