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    Alumni Family Reunion

    Hello, beloved parents of Neutral Zone alumni.  This one’s for you. Remember all those other parents you used to see when your kids went to the Neutral Zone?  The cool, fun, smart, hip ones, like yourselves?  Neutral Zone… Read More

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    A New Youth Driven Spaces Cohort Kicks-Off

    On August 12 and 13th, 7 schools with adults and high school students gathered at the Howell Nature Center to kick off the third year of Neutral Zone’s Youth-Driven Space work with the Safe and Supportive Schools (S3)project…. Read More

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    Digital Photo Captures Summer in Ann Arbor

    The week before the Ann Arbor Art Fair came to town, 15 teens participated in the Neutral Zone Digital Photography Summer Institute.  From trees to train tracks, they honed their snapping skills and had a great time in… Read More

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    Neutral Zone Wins Think Local First Indie Award

    On July 3rd, the Neutral Zone won the first ever Community Cares Indie Award from Think Local First.  The award, which was sponsored by People’s Food C0-op and Cafe Verde, recognized the Neutral Zone for excellence in serving… Read More

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    Teens Paint the Town

    Our Mural Meets Street Art Summer Program took to the streets June 23- 27 to paint a beautiful piece of public art under the Huron Dr, railroad pass.  The teen artists went from conception to finished mural during… 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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Venue

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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