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.

Connect the Dots Dance

Connect the Dots Dance Company led a wonderful Nutcracker event at the Old Parish House on December 15, 2013. Connect the Dots will be offering ballet classes for ages 8 and under starting on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 3:30. Fee for the 10 week class is only $45, so please let us know if you are interested.

Donate to support the Old Parish House Piano

College Park Arts Exchange is proud to announce that we have purchased a Kawai KG-5 grand piano for the Old Parish House. The Kawai grand will encourage more concerts, recitals, rehearsals and performances, and will bring an upscale air to more parties and receptions at the Old Parish House.

In order not to let a great deal slip away, CPAE paid for the Kawai grand out of pocket. Please help us make back our costs with your generous donation. Our initial goal is to raise $3500 by 31 Dec. 2013.

To learn more about how you can help, click on "Donate to College Park Arts Exchange" in the sidebar, or follow this link. http://www.cpae.org/node/515

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.

http://www.newsline.umd.edu/etcetera/lantern-festival-111410.htm

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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