• Yalie Kamara & Marlin Jenkins Poetry Reading

    From 6-8pm on Friday, February 9th, Yalie Kamara and Marlin Jenkins will be reading poetry in B-Side at the Neutral Zone. This event is free and open to the public! Yalie Kamara is a Sierra Leonean-American writer and native of Oakland, California…. Read More

  • Winter Fund Drive 2017-18

    I Didn’t Set out to Change the Community Clarence Collins, III, Community High School 2018 I didn’t set out to change the community. I just set out to make music. But at Neutral Zone, I learned that those… Read More

  • DIY Zone: Arts & Technology Showcase, January 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Every year the Neutral Zone’s visual and media arts department sets out to explore new events and programs that will further engage and share innovation to the youth population of our community. We also aim to strengthen and… Read More

  • freNZ & the Last Word Beefsteak 2018

    January 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Our 3rd Annual Beefsteak Dinner revives an almost-lost 19th century American tradition. Eat and drink with abandon. A finger-fed feast of choice meats, craft beer and revelry among friends to raise… Read More

  • Register now for Neutral Zone’s 2017-18 programs!

    This year, Neutral Zone is offering 22 programs in the areas of Music Technology, Education, Visual and Media Arts, Leadership, and Literary Arts.  All programs are open to any high school-aged teen and we encourage teens to try… 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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