Community Tributes

Community Tributes

You’re invited to be part of a Big Celebration in 2017!

Community organizations, academic institutions, churches and professional entities are invited to participate in special tributes and celebrations.

Columbia will turn 50 on June 21, 2017 (the Summer Solstice) and the entire week will be dedicated to a time of celebration under the People Tree.

The Birthday year begins earlier with special events and activities—March 20 (the Vernal Equinox) and continue through September 22, 2017.

Six months of celebration—a wonderful opportunity to honor an amazing 50 Years of Columbia, Maryland.

Appreciate the past. Imagine the future


  • June 9, 2017 - July 22, 2017
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  Art for the people, collected in retrospect from the people. Rouse Company Foundation Gallery


  • Columbia Portraits
    June 18, 2017 - July 29, 2017
    9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Mary Jo Messenger transforms the everyday into vibrant, inspirational works of art. For “Columbia Portraits,” the realist painter will feature Columbia residents as her subjects of inspiration. Storytelling will accompany the portraits displayed. It’s sure to be a night of fun and appreciation for Columbia’s past, present and future. You don’t want to miss it!


  • June 23, 2017
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular event the Baltimore area in which 7 people get 7 minutes each to tell a true, personal tale on a shared theme in front of a live audience. Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has featured the stories of close to 1,000 Baltimoreans. These stories are now


  • June 24, 2017
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented in Partnership with the Arc of Howard County and Howard County Autism Society Poignant, beautiful, humorous and thought provoking short films created by, for and about individuals with disabilities. Sprout showcases films related to the field of developmental disabilities, fulfilling its mission to make the invisible visible.  The Arc of Howard County is the


  • June 24, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Created in 1975 for the bicentennial, this unique ensemble of talented youth have performed their Spirit of America, Broadway and Christmas shows at many prestigious events. Venues include The White House, Wolf Trap, Disney World, The Kennedy Center and Merriweather Post Pavilion. Each Young Columbian performance has a polished innocence and freshness rarely seen in


  • June 24, 2017
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Manual Cinema may be the most fascinating theater experience you will have in 2017!  Acted as a drama with lights, shadows, actors, cinematic techniques, live music, and puppets, The End of TV weaves together the stories of three women: a union factory worker, an aspiring filmmaker, and a QVC-style TV sales host.  Together, they tell a distinctly


  • June 25, 2017
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Come celebrate summer by cooling off at the nature center with an afternoon at the Middle Patuxent River! Bring your own picnic and join a Robinson Naturalist at the river for lunch followed by fun, family-friendly river games. Search the stream for big and small animals! Make boats and race them downstream! Come dressed to


  • June 25, 2017
    1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

5 Films About Technology Written and directed by Peter Huang. 2016, Canada, 5 minutes. Take a satirical look at the dumber side of technology.               And The Whole Sky Fit In The Dead Cow’s Eye Short Film Jury Award: International FictionWritten and directed by Francisca Alegría. 2016, Chile, U.S.A.,


  • June 28, 2017
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at The Longest Table to share a meal and engage in meaningful conversations. The first of its kind in Maryland, guests will have the opportunity, to exchange stories about life in our diverse community and gain a better understanding of how we can find common ground. We provide the dinner, you provide the conversation. Tickets available beginning


  • July 2, 2017
    8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Columbia 5.0 mile race is a one-time special event celebrating Columbia Maryland’s 50th Birthday! It also celebrates the contribution of The Howard County Striders and similar all volunteer non-profit organizations have made to helping Columbia realize the vision of Columbia’s founder, Jim Rouse. The Striders will be donating at least 10% of the race