• Register Now for Summer Programs

    Our summer programs offer a week-long opportunity to dive into the most popular NZ programs we have to offer.  They begin the week of June 25, and go through August 18.  Click on the “+” sign below for… Read More

  • Arab Night

    A Night of Arab Dancing, Food and Poetry. For questions contact charlie@neutral-zone.org

  • Ann Arbor Poetry Slam Finals

    From 6-8pm on Thursday, April 12th, the highest scoring teens from the four high school preliminary bouts will grace the Neutral Zone stage to perform their poems in hopes of winning the opportunity to travel out of state… Read More

  • March Visiting Artist: Buddy Wakefield

    Come to NZ from 7:30-9 on Sunday, March 18th for our featured artist reading: world-renowned poet Buddy Wakefield! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-buddy-wakefield-tickets-43032311803. For more info, contact molly@neutral-zone.org. Bio: BUDDY WAKEFIELD is… Read More

  • 89.1 WEMU Creative Impact Program featured our Youth Owned Records with Adam Ruff and Charlie Reischl

    The Neutral Zone has been doing great work with Ann Arbor-area kids for a long time.  Did you know it has its own record label?  ‘Youth Owned Records’ is teaching kids the ins and outs of the music… 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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