The HUB for Culture & Democracy

The Hub for Culture & Democracy is a brand-new space for community building, civic engagement, and social action in Olney-Sandy Spring.
Hosted at Sandy Spring Museum, The Hub will serve as a unique mid-county center for engagement with contemporary social justice and equity issues, bringing together neighbors, residents, and change-makers from across our diverse community.

The inaugural program will present a series of three documentary screenings, each followed by a panel-led dialogue featuring local community leaders, professionals, artists, and activists.

Join us for this exciting new program – share perspectives, develop new connections, and meet together to help foster a more vibrant, inclusive, and equitable community for us all.

May 28 – Immigration and Refugees
Film: Tomorrow’s Children
Tomorrow’s Children follows six Syrian children who escape the war in Aleppo only to become caught in a cycle of child refugee labor in neighboring Turkey.  An official 2018 selection of the Global Peace Film Festival and and the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films. The discussion panel will be led by the filmmaker and feature perspectives from local Latin American, West African, and Middle Eastern immigrant communities. Click the button below to learn about the moderator and panelists, watch the trailer, and register.
Tomorrow’s Children


June 11 – Gun Violence, Race, and Activism
Film: Incompatible Allies
Incompatible Allies features local Black students’ perspectives on gun violence and community safety, highlighting the role that race plays in the national conversation about guns and youth activism.  An official 2019 selection of the Global Peace Film Festival. Discuss the film’s themes and perspectives with local student leaders and activists, including some of those whose voices are featured in the film. Click the button below to learn about the moderator and panelists, watch the trailer, and register.
Incompatible Allies


June 25 – Racial and Criminal Justice
Film: Ava DuVernay’s 13th
Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th explores the history of race and criminal justice in the United States, tracing the relationship between the amendment that ended slavery and mass incarceration in modern America.  A 2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, and winner of the 2016 BAFTA, Peabody, and Critics’ Choice awards for Best Documentary. A discussion of this groundbreaking film with local political, community, and returned citizen leaders, including activists and artists. Click the button below to learn about the moderator and panelists, watch the trailer, and register.
Ava DuVernay’s 13th

The HUB is in need of support from individuals, local businesses, and organizations who would like to help get this innovative grass-roots program off the ground. With a minimum $50 donation, you will be listed as a Community Partner. With a minimum $150 donation, you will be identified as a Community Sponsor. Make a tax-deductible donation HERE. Please be sure to enter “HUB” in the “Purpose of Donation” field.

This series is brought to you in part by Community Sponsors: Islamic Center of Maryland, Shaare Tefila Congregation, and St. John’s Episcopal Church Olney, and Community Partners: Debbie Amster, Marc Elrich, Josephine Garnem-Torbay, Candace Groudine, Alan Sachs, Adileh Sharieff, and Mahvash Sheikh.