On August 12 and 13th, 9 schools with adults and teens gathered at the Howell Nature center to kick off the third group to start the Neutral Zone’s Youth Driven Spaces cohort program. As a part of the Safe and… Read More
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
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
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
On May 15th, we honored our hard working SCORE interns for their work this year. SCORE (school and career opportunities are endless program) selects 7-10 interns each year to help run the drop-in space as well as earn… Read More
By donating to the Neutral Zone, you help make the dreams of our community’s youth turn into a vibrant reality. The Neutral Zone relies upon the generous support of individuals, businesses, and the community. It is a non-profit… Read More
During the school year, the Neutral Zone offers more than 20 weekly, after-school programs open to any high school-aged teen. Daily drop-in times and tutoring are free. Start your own program or project at Neutral Zone! Contact Lori Roddy… Read More
Our summer programs that run from June 16 to August 1st offer a week long program to dive into what NZ academic year programs have to offer. Click on the “+” sign below for a particular camp… Read More
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 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.
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
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