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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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,


  • 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.