Discover Creative Inspiration
Silver Spring has consistently been ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. And with a diverse population, an Arts & Entertainment District designation, convenient public transportation, and popular community celebrations—it’s easy to see why. Business is booming, and area residents have a myriad of things to do. Kids can come splash in the interactive fountain, while adults can sample fantastic international cuisine, a live music or local theater performance. It all adds up to an exciting and balanced lifestyle.
Easy access to the Silver Spring Metro station
Conveniently located just six miles from Washington, D.C.
A variety of ethnic restaurants and shops
Run, bike, roller blade in nearby Rock Creek and Sligo Creek Parks
The perfect launch pad for artistically driven residents
Local Treasures that Delight
Known to locals as “the wave pool,” Coastline is actually an educational tool from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Enjoy a picnic at the NOAA courtyard and watch the tide come in as the kids cool off. Or visit the Discovery Communications lobby and its audio kinetic ball machine by George Rhoades. This Rube Goldberg-like contraption has ringing bells, moving gorillas, video screens, and whirl-i-gigs galore.
AFI Silver Theater: a Shining Arts Jewel
The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is an area success story, bringing a little of Hollywood to downtown Silver Spring. With its state-of-the art facilities, it’s considered one of the best theatres in the United States. “The Silver” has become a mecca for entertainment in the region and hosts the annual AFIDOCS International Film Festival that attracts more than 15,000 filmmakers and luminaries from all over the world.
Soak up the Sounds at the Iconic Fillmore
Just across the street, The Fillmore brings first-class music and entertainment to downtown Silver Spring. For more than 40 years, the legendary Fillmore name has brought together influential artists in music with their devoted fans. Located in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, the Fillmore joins the American Film Institute and Discovery Communications as cornerstones of the neighborhood’s exciting arts and entertainment district.
Dance, Music and More at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center
Featuring a variety of cross-cultural performances and events for all ages, Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center provides a comprehensive program of music, theatre, dance, cultural exhibitions, film, lectures, forums and cultural exhibitions. The Center includes a 500-seat dance and music theatre with state-of-the-art stage and acoustics, as well as a 116-seat theatre that is used as a classroom and for performances.
If you ask anyone why they came here, from big developers to residents, their number one, two and three answer is diversity. Silver Spring is not that way by happenstance; it is intentionally diverse, and people come here for that.
Tax-Related Incentives Support the Arts
Benefits offered to designated districts includes property tax credits for new construction or renovation of certain buildings that create live-work space for artists and/or space for arts and entertainment enterprises. An income tax subtraction modification for income derived from artistic work sold by “qualifying residing artists,” and an exemption from the Admissions and Amusement tax levied by an “arts and entertainment enterprise” or “qualifying residing artist” in a district is also available.
A smart choice with above average number of residents with bachelor’s degrees
Diverse population mix of 46% Caucasian, 27% Latino, and 26% African American
Easy access to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, including three airports and the Metro
A thriving local community of artists and entrepreneurs
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With its vibrant mix of business and entertainment, Silver Spring is an easy choice for people inspired by creativity.