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Bethesda A&E District

From award-winning theatre and independent films to galleries and public art, Bethesda's Arts & Entertainment District is filled with inspiring artists and arts venues. Unique galleries and public art fill the streets throughout the downtown. The Art & Soul of Bethesda arts publication details all arts information available within downtown Bethesda's Arts & Entertainment District.

The state of Maryland designated downtown Bethesda as an Arts and Entertainment District effective July 1, 2002. The Bethesda Urban Partnership is the manager of Bethesda's Arts & Entertainment District.

In 2004, the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District Board was granted 501 (c) (3) status by the IRS; This allows the Board to fundraise, as a not-for-profit organization, and build awareness for new arts & Entertainment projects in downtown Bethesda. Our Mission Statement is: "The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District Board shall create and implement arts and entertainment projects that contribute to the artistic, cultural and economic growth of downtown Bethesda".