Columbia Portraits

Columbia Portraits


  • Columbia Portraits
    June 18, 2017 - August 12, 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!

Merriweather Movie Night “Moana”

Merriweather Movie Night “Moana”


  • July 26, 2017
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Follow Moana on her action-packed voyage across the sea as she tries to save her village and fulfill the quest of her ancestors. With songs from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana is an all-ages crowd pleaser not to be missed. About Merriweather Movie Nights: Utilizing Merriweather’s high-definition video screens and featuring food and beverage choices

River Romp

River Romp


  • July 30, 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

National Night Out

National Night Out


  • August 1, 2017
    5:00 pm

A celebration of Columbia’s first streets, residents, neighborhoods. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while fostering a true sense of community. The Police Department will

Family NatureSphere Night


  • August 4, 2017
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The NatureSphere is a digital planetarium that seats up to 50 people. You may book a presentation in the NatureSphere in conjunction with birthday parties or field trip programs at the Robinson Nature Center. Presentations can also be seen during our public planetarium programs. Ages 7 years and up with an adult. $6 per person. This program

Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere


  • August 4, 2017
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The NatureSphere is a digital planetarium that seats up to 50 people. You may book a presentation in the NatureSphere in conjunction with birthday parties or field trip programs at the Robinson Nature Center. Presentations can also be seen during our public planetarium programs. Ages 18 years and up. $6 per person. This program is for adults

River Romp

River Romp


  • August 20, 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

Merriweather Movie Night “School Of Rock”

Merriweather Movie Night “School Of Rock”


  • August 30, 2017
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

School’s almost back in session, so what better way to cap-off summer than with this film about a down-on-his-luck musician who teaches a group of prep school students about the ways of rock-and-roll? Full of laughs and classic rock songs, School of Rock is great fun for fans of music and comedy. About Merriweather Movie

Selections from The Rouse Company | The Howard Hughes Corporation Art Collection: An Exhibit in Celebration of Columbia’s 50th Birthday

Selections from The Rouse Company | The Howard Hughes Corporation Art Collection: An Exhibit in Celebration of Columbia’s 50th Birthday


  • September 1, 2017 - October 13, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

An exhibit celebrating the pivotal role the arts have had in advancing Columbia’s ideals and inspiring our community. Select artwork from The Rouse Company | Howard Hughes Corporation art collection – originally on view at the Rouse headquarters building but largely tucked away in storage since the company’s relocation in 2013 – will once again

HCAC Exhibit Reception for Selections from The Rouse Company | The Howard Hughes Corporation Art Collection

HCAC Exhibit Reception for Selections from The Rouse Company | The Howard Hughes Corporation Art Collection


  • September 6, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a special reception for this exhibit featuring lively discussions and presentations reflecting on art’s role throughout Columbia’s past, present and future. Former Rouse Company employees will serve as guest docents, reminiscing and sharing insights about the collection. Featured artists Vicki Scuri and Mary Ann Mears – who have, or who are creating,

Plein Air Paint Out

Plein Air Paint Out


  • September 9, 2017
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Presented and hosted by Columbia Art Center in celebration of Columbia’s 50th Birthday. Come watch the creative process of artists painting Lake Kittamaqundi, its surroundings and surrounding architecture. The resulting artworks will be featured in an exhibition and awards ceremony held Saturday, Sept. 16, 3-5pm at Columbia Art Center.