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    Queer Prom 2016 happening on April 29th

    Riot Youth’s annual Queer Prom, a prom for LGBTQ youth and their allies, will be held on Friday, April 29, from 7 to 11 p.m.  This year’s event “The Final Front-Queer” is a space themed event, and is… Read More

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    2016 Potential Art Exhibit Opening Reception April 23

    Neutral Zone’s Visual Arts Council hosts the 34th annual Potential Art Exhibit; a juried exhibition that showcases the work of Washtenaw County high school artists. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 23, … Read More

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    Congratulations to the 2016 Poetry Slam Winners!

    The 2016 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Finals were held at Neutral Zone on Thursday, April 14.  Winners of the three semi-final rounds held at local high schools competed for one of the five coveted spots on the… Read More

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    As We Go On: Queer Story

    Please join us for a rare evening of true stories told live by members of our local LGBTQ community.    Directed by Margaret Smith, a diverse ensemble will gather at the Neutral Zone to perform stories that emerge from… Read More

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    LAUNCH: 8th Graders Explore the Neutral Zone

    On Wednesday, May 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., current 8th grade students are invited to visit the Neutral Zone for a chance to see what we have to offer. LAUNCH, will give you the opportunity to check… 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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