• Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 2017

    Joy, Despite: Poetry Night in Ann Arbor Join us for an evening of spoken word poetry and music by Ann Arbor/Ypsi youth! Our teen artists (including headliners Kyndall Flowers, Dylan Gilbert and Zaphra Stupple) will work together for… Read More

  • 24-Hour Teen Film Competition

    Ready, Set, Shoot! The Teen 24-Hour Film Competition is a collaborative effort between the Neutral Zone, Community Television Network (CTN), and Ypsi 24 Hour Shootout for the purpose of supporting the teen independent filmmaking community.  The competition offers… Read More

  • “Youth Driven” Destination: Toyota

    Thank you to those who attended, bought tickets, made donations, sponsored tables and reached out to fill the event with so many valuable community members who deeply care about our youth. The teens did an extraordinary job connecting and… 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

  • Jeff Kass Honored

    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

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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