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    Neutral Zone Closed for Mid-Winter Break Feb. 15-19

    The Neutral Zone will be closed for the Ann Arbor Public Schools’ mid-winter break from February 15 through February 19.  There will be no drop-in or weekly programs.  Programs and drop-in will resume on Monday, February 22.

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    Wine, Word & Song – March 12, 2016

    Join us on Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m. for an evening of poetry and musical performances from the best of Ann Arbor’s creative youth. Wine, Word and Song is a Neutral Zone tradition featuring fabulous appetizers and… Read More

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    Visual Artist in Residency Program

    The Neutral Zone is kicking-off a Visual Artist in Residency Program beginning in February 2016.  The program is being funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.  The Artist in Residence will provide teens with… Read More

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    Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 2015 a Success!

    Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 2015 was a great success!  The event featured Ann Arbor’s spectacular youth poets sharing the stage with nationally renowned superstars Nate Marshall and Mahogany Browne.  Held in November at UM’s Rackham Auditorium, the… Read More

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    Training Helps to Build Leadership Skills

    Teen facilitators and emerging leaders of Neutral Zone’s programs, recently participated in a workshop on active planning and reflections strategies.  The workshop was the third in the Lead Team series of workshops designed to help build teens’ leadership… Read More

About the Neutral Zone

The mission statement of the center was written by youth and continues to be the voice and heart which drives the center’s creative program and opportunities.

The mission
The Neutral Zone is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas.

A brief history
In 1998, a group of Ann Arbor teens gathered to discuss the need for a place where teens could congregate after school and on weekends. From the very beginning, they felt this place should be more than just a hangout; that is could be a safe place to make new friends, mix with youth from different backgrounds, explore new ideas, learn new skills and do it all in a setting that was teen friendly and teen driven. Teens wrote the mission statement and the first grant proposal to the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and, with seed money in hand, enlisted parents and friends to turn an old brick and timber warehouse into a teen center.

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Rent NZ

Do you need a cool space to host your next private party or event?  The Neutral Zone can meet your needs! We are available for rental: Daytime rates on: Monday- Sunday 8am to 2pm Premium rental rates: Friday-… Read More

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Shop NZ

Our talented teens have there very own youth owned enterprises that you can support by shopping online. Just visit our store at www.shopneutralzone.com!

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Visit NZ

The best way to find out about the Neutral Zone is to visit us! We are happy to show around visitors and show you what a youth driven space is all about. To schedule a visit,  please complete… Read More

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