Jeff Kass, NZ’s long-time literary arts director, was honored by former teens, poets, and community members at an event held on June 24, to celebrate his “retirement”. The day-long celebration included poetry workshops with alumni teens, a dinner… Read More
Neutral Zone’s summer programs in music, art, theater and literary arts, offer a week-long opportunity to dive into some of our most popular academic year programs. NZ programs begin the week of June 26, and go through August… Read More
The winners of the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam who will be representing Ann Arbor at the Brave New Voices competition in San Francisco this summer are: (L to R) Dea Chappell (senior at Pioneer), Sam Kass (sophomore… Read More
The entries for the 24-Hour Teen Film Competition were screened and the winners announced at the DIY Zone event held on Saturday, February 4. First prize went to Longhand by Sylvia Gabriel and second place went to Purgatorio… Read More
Tales of a Neutral Zone Fanatic by Illyana Balde, Skyline High School, 2016 It looked like an old office building. I walked past it without a care for what was going on inside. I was still in eighth… Read More
By donating to the Neutral Zone, you help make the dreams of our community’s youth turn into a vibrant reality. The Neutral Zone relies upon the generous support of individuals, businesses, and the community. It is a non-profit… Read More
During the school year, the Neutral Zone offers more than 20 weekly, after-school programs open to any high school-aged teen. Daily drop-in times and tutoring are free. Start your own program or project at Neutral Zone! Contact Lori Roddy… Read More
About What it means to be youth run: The Orpheum is staffed by a group of 8 high schoolers, with the support of two Neutral Zone staff members. Between them they manage the scheduling, the budget, marketing, and… Read More
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 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.
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
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