• Riot Youth Presents: Teaching the Teachers

    This is a youth-driven educational series going beyond the safe space sticker. Friday, May 4th from 4-6pm join us for “Inclusive Classrooms” This is free and open to all interested members of the public. RSVP Here

  • LAUNCH: 8th Graders Explore the Neutral Zone

    On Tuesday, May 8, from 1:00 to 4:30 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

  • Queer Prom 2018

    Riot Youth’s annual Queer Prom, a prom for LGBTQ youth and their allies, will be held on Friday, April 27, from 7 to 10 p.m.  This year’s event is an abstract art themed event, and is for high… Read More

  • Potential Art Exhibit 2018

    The Neutral Zone is pleased to host the 36th annual Potential Art Exhibit in 2018; 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 21st from… Read More

  • 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

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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