Connecting People through Arts Experiences: At its heart, CPAE is about community. The College Park Arts Exchange seeks to build community by promoting the arts and cultural activities throughout Greater College Park. CPAE brings together people from different neighborhoods, ethnic groups, and generations. CPAE makes nearby artistic, cultural, creative, and educational resources available to local residents of all ages and backgrounds, enhancing their quality of life and strengthening relations among the University of Maryland, the City of College Park, public schools, and other community institutions. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the College Park Arts Exchange is supported by grants from the City of College Park and the Prince George's Arts Council.

Storytelling workshop

Storytelling Workshop with Cathy Smith

Transform and polish your personal stories into works of performance art! Storyteller Cathy Smith has told stories on numerous stages around the DMV, including at Story District, Perfect Liar's Club and Better Said Than Done, among others.

Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm, 2/27/17 to 4/17/17, Emack Room, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4512 College Avenue, College Park. $95.

Culminating in a public performance on Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm, at City Hall Council Chambers, 4500 Knox Road, College Park.

Seniors Art Show May 12

Call for Artists: Seniors Arts Show
at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4512 College Avenue.
Show and Reception Friday May 12 from 4 - 8 pm.

Seniors 50 and over are invited to display their art at St. Andrew's on the evening of Friday, May 12, 2017.
Please fill out our Call for Artists application (below) by April 10 in order to display your artwork.
This exhibit has been supported by a 2016 grant from the College Park Community Foundation.

Return the application below by email to, or by mail to College Park Arts Exchange, PO Box 784, College Park MD 20741. Artists are invited to show their work on a first-come basis (not juried). Two or three-dimensional work, including paintings, photographs, pottery and sculpture, textiles, needle and fabric art, will all be accepted. Artists are asked to reserve an easel or table space for their display; table top easels and standing floor easels will be acquired as needed. The Art Exhibit will bring Seniors together to celebrate their arts and to build a more robust and lively community in College Park.


State the number of pieces would you like to show:

Please let us know which display format you prefer:
Standing easel (limit one)
Number of table top easels required (up to three)
Table or floor space without easels (please describe your display need)
One standing easel or table space with up to three table top easels will be provided for each participant on a first come, first serve basis. (If you would like to make a small donation to CPAE toward the cost of the easels, or if you have easels to share, please let us know.)

What type of art will you display: painting, photography, pottery or sculpture, textiles, needle and fabric art, or other?

Please list the title(s) of your art pieces (if applicable):

If you wish to include an artist’s philosophical statement, include it here.

Is your work fragile?
Please note: College Park Arts Exchange will take care with your art, but will not guarantee its safety against possible accident.

Please Note: You MUST bring your work to St. Andrew's, on May 12 between 1 - 3 pm, to be set up for display.

Photo Gallery

Visit the College Park Arts Exchange Photo Gallery at to see photos of CPAE events, music groups, art in schools and much more!

If you have taken photos at a CPAE event and would like to publish them on our website, please email them to

Yoga Classes

CPAE is very pleased to host Yoga classes with Geneva Moss. Check calendar for details.

Yoga meets from 8:15-9:15pm on Thursdays -- check our calendar for specific dates. Bring your own mat and any props you like to use and make Thursday night all about taking care of you. There is a $12.00 drop in fee. Thursday night yoga will have a focus on poses and movement to help relieve stress and tensions from the week, rejuvenate the mind, body and energy and restoratives to nourish a good night's sleep.

Parking permits are available, as well as waivers that need completing prior to starting the class. The class will aim to cater to mixed ability levels for adults age 16 and up.

The Monday morning class is not meeting at this time, but please let us know if you are interested.

Connect the Dots Dance

Connect the Dots Dance offers weekly ballet classes:

Wednesdays- 4:15-4:45 creative movement (age 3) and 4:45-5:30 pre-ballet (ages 4-6)
Thursdays- 4:30-5:15 pre-ballet (ages 4-6)
Fridays- 3:45-4:30 ballet 1 (ages 6-7)

Fee for the 10 week class is only $45, so please let us know if you are interested. See the calendar for dates.

Irish dance classes - CANCELED

Slideshow of Lantern Event

Our St. Martin's Day Lantern Festival, led by volunteer Birgit Meade, is one of our most successful annual events. On the second Sunday in November, families come to make paper lanterns and then walk with them in the twilight while singing traditional songs of St. Martin's Day.

This year, Tami Le from newsline umd made a photodocumentary of the 2010 event, and has provided us this link, with beautiful photographs and informative text.

Old Parish House Renovated

The Old Parish House, an historic meeting house owned by the City of College Park, has been renovated and is in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

The renovations include a ramp accessing the building through the back addition, new bathrooms, and a reconfigured kitchen. The main hall has also been spruced up with a new paint job.

Because of the historic value of the building, the City and its contractors took care to design improvements that would not impact the old main structure of the building, yet still provide universal access.

The Old Parish House was originally a dairy barn built in the early 1700s as part of the Calvert estate. It was the first home of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. During much of the twentieth century, it was the meeting place for the College Park Women's Club, who donated the building to the City of College Park in the late nineties. Now, the City makes the building available to those who wish to reserve a large, comfortable meeting space, with kitchen and bathrooms.

College Park Arts Exchange holds many events monthly in the Parish House, and is thrilled that the Old Parish House is accessible, helping us fulfill our mission of making arts programming available to everyone in College Park.

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