GLEN ECHO PARK PARTNERSHIP FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. manages Glen Echo Park, one of the most lively visual and performing arts sites in the Washington area.
Each year, more than 350,000 people come to the Park to renew their creative spirit through arts classes, festivals, exhibitions, dances, children’s theater, music performances, nature programs, and more.
Established by Montgomery County in 2002, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization charged with managing Glen Echo Park’s arts programs and facilities, including its historic buildings. The Partnership's mission is to present vibrant artistic, cultural, and educational offerings at the Park and to promote the Park as a unique destination for the region’s diverse population.
In collaboration with Montgomery County and the National Park Service, the Partnership works with resident artists and organizations to develop distinctive arts programming; operates the historic Dentzel carousel and the Spanish Ballroom; presents an extensive social dance program; produces festivals and special events; conducts fundraising and marketing; and manages and maintains all facilities.
The Partnership office is located on the second floor of the arcade building and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am - 4pm, and closed on Sundays (updated for Covid-19, 6/14/21).
The Partnership presents vibrant artistic, cultural and educational offerings at Glen Echo Park and promotes the Park as a unique destination for our region's diverse population. We inspire creativity and offer shared artistic experiences in a welcoming historic and natural setting within a National Park.
Glen Echo Park fosters creativity and community well-being through the power of the arts and nature. We seek to:
- Become a premiere arts and cultural destination in the region and a national model
- Increase our capacity to serve a broad and diverse population reflecting the demographics of our region
- Develop and maintain Glen Echo Park to be economically and functionally sustainable
- Offer and support innovating programs that serve the greater community
These values guide our working relationships and operations:
- Inclusion and access for all individuals in the life of the Park
- Collaboration with various partners to enhance and sustain programs
- Creativity in fostering the artistic production of community and resident artists
- Innovation in providing opportunities for experimentation and change
- Excellence in serving as a model of best practices in all areas of our operations
The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture's most recent annual reports are available in PDF format:
2007 Annual Report ("Five-Year Retrospective") | 2008 Annual Report | 2009 Annual Report | 2010 Annual Report | 2011 Annual Report | 2012 Annual Report ("Celebrating 10 Years!") | 2013 Annual Report | 2014 Annual Report | 2015 Annual Report | 2016 Annual Report | 2017 Annual Report (Celebrating 15 Years!") | 2018 Annual Report
The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org) and also by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (creativemoco.com). All programs are produced in cooperation with the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland.