A thriving arts community requires collaboration
Partnership is foundational to Strathmore’s work and mission. Our programs are greatly enhanced by the unique expertise and authentic connections that our partners bring to them. After years of weaving together a vast network of connected artists and organizations, we are fortunate to work regularly with some of the most remarkable groups in the region.
Below is a list of major Strathmore collaborators with whom we have developed dynamic, committed, ongoing relationships with deep impact. They support us through content creation and expand the audiences we reach in meaningful and authentic ways. As you browse our website, you will also find dozens of other essential collaborators listed alongside programs they have helped make possible. We value each of our partners and are grateful for the bridges they build!
MUSIC CENTER RESIDENT PARTNERS
These organizations have a home in The Music Center at Strathmore. They work, rehearse, and perform on site and are also frequent collaborators with Strathmore on many artistic and educational programs.
Music Center Founding Partner
With Strathmore’s administrative and operational support, these organizations are growing and building stronger infrastructure for performance.
Baila4Life After School Dance Fund
PRIMARY ARTISTIC & PROGRAMMING PARTNERS
Strathmore has deep, ongoing, multifaceted partnerships with these organizations to develop and deliver artistic and education programs both at Strathmore and throughout Montgomery County.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)
Strathmore and MCPS work closely together on a broad range of programs that serve over 30,000 students per year. Before the Music Center opened to the public, Strathmore opened our Concert Hall doors to MCPS 2nd graders for our Student Concerts. The partnership has expanded vastly to include annual concerts for 5th graders, after-school music programs for middle- and high-schoolers, customized multi-disciplinary programs for individual schools, and Think Big Café, an innovative experience created by MCPS, Strathmore, and Glenstone.
Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional African dances, and contemporary dance into compelling artistic experiences that have earned the company a reputation as one of the most successful African American dance companies in the country. Their high-quality performances are matched by exceptional educational programs and Strathmore is pleased to continue building on years of collaborative work through performances, commissioned new works, and extensive education engagement.
Montgomery Department of Recreation
The mission of Montgomery County Recreation is to provide high quality, diverse, and accessible programs, services and facilities that enhance the quality of life for all ages, cultures, and abilities. This works hand-in-hand with Strathmore’s commitment to fostering informed appreciation of and involvement in the arts. From co-designing a new arts-integrated community center at Good Hope to delivering arts session to Rec summer camps, the two institutions work closely to leverage each other’s resources to provide arts programming for the families of Montgomery County.
Boulanger Initiative is an exciting new addition to the DMV arts ecosystem with their laser sharp focus on making the music of female composers more accessible for audiences, performers and teachers. Strathmore was proud to co-present the organization’s inaugural WoCo Fest in 2019, and continues to support subsequent festival programming. Strathmore utilizes Boulanger’s curatorial services to support programming decisions, particularly in the Mansion concerts. And, Strathmore staff are proud to serve in leadership and advisory capacities as the organization navigates its path to greater stability and impact.
We also work with dozens of additional community partners that support our content creation and expand our reach every day. You’ll find them listed throughout the program pages on this website.
PROTECT THE ARTS
While our stages may be dark, our core commitment to you—and to our artists, students, and teachers—does not change. Together, we will nourish the creative soul of our community.