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The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, MilkBoy Open Performance Venue and Restaurant Near University of Maryland

April 27, 2017
Contacts: 

Katie Lawson, 301-405-4622

Part of the Greater College Park initiative, MilkBoy ArtHouse will include two live performance venues, gallery space, dining and drinks

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – MilkBoy ArtHouse, a new dining, art and performance venue, will open its doors in College Park on May 2. A partnership between the University of Maryland Foundation Board of Trustees, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and MilkBoy, a Philadelphia restaurant group and entertainment company, MilkBoy ArtHouse is part of the Greater College Park initiative, a $2 billion public-private investment to revitalize Baltimore Avenue, enhance the academic campus, and further strengthen university-city partnerships.
 
Image of milkboy arthouse"On behalf of the entire University of Maryland Foundation Board of Trustees, I am so pleased to see the opening of MilkBoy ArtHouse. This project is a terrific example of the strategic investments made by the foundation to support the mission and priorities of the University. This amazing venue will bring arts and culture to the thriving and growing Greater College Park area," said V. Raymond Ferrara, Chair of the Board of Trustees, University of Maryland College Park Foundation.
 
MilkBoy ArtHouse’s offerings range from classical, contemporary, cabaret, global pop, indie rock and jazz music to film, performance and spoken word, with the intent to feature UMD students, as well as local, national and international artists. The venue will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., with a full performance line-up to begin in fall 2017.
 
“We’re proud to team up with The Clarice to enhance the arts and entertainment offerings currently available to the University of Maryland campus and surrounding community, and bring a unique dining experience to the area,” said Jamie Lokoff, partner at MilkBoy. “We’re glad to be part of Greater College Park.”
 
UMD students played a key role in the development and design of MilkBoy ArtHouse. Undergraduate students in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation helped identify design proposals for the space, and two graduate design students in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies worked with The Clarice and MilkBoy to determine the interior design, including furniture, lighting, seating layout and permanent wall art. MilkBoy ArtHouse also plans to employ more than 50 students for a variety of jobs.
 
“At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, we are building the future of the arts. Partnering with MilkBoy gives our campus and community a newImage of milkboy arthouse option for both dining and participating in the arts,” said Martin Wollesen, Executive Director of The Clarice. “By bringing adventurous, dynamic performances to College Park, coupled with terrific food and beverage, MilkBoy ArtHouse will nourish imaginations.”

MilkBoy ArtHouse’s first floor includes a restaurant serving elevated American comfort food, as well as an intimate lounge for performances that seats up to 100 guests, while offering food and beverage service. The second-floor performance venue, at nearly 3,200 square feet, can accommodate up to 400 guests for both standing and seated performances.
 
A gallery space on the second floor includes a rotating display of curated visual art from regional artists, and a seating area for guests to look out over Baltimore Avenue. Up to four bars are positioned throughout the space, and a set of large garage doors on the front of the building can be opened to bring the outside in.
 
MilkBoy ArtHouse is located at 7416 Baltimore Avenue in College Park. The university and MilkBoy plan to celebrate the opening of the venue at an afternoon event on May 17, 2017.

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