• Register Now for Summer Programs

    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

  • Potential Art Exhibit 2017

    The Neutral Zone is pleased to host the 35th annual Potential Art Exhibit in 2017; a juried exhibition that showcases the work of Washtenaw County high school artists. This year’s exhibit will be juried by Helen Gotlib. The… Read More

  • Congratulations to the 2017 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Winners!

    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

  • 24-Hour Teen Film Competition Winners

    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

  • Winter Fund Drive 2016

    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

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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