2017 Semifinalist
County of Montgomery, MD
January 1, 2017

The Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza is the community's gathering place, and for citizens, serves as their communal living room and patio. In that space, people from all walks of life, different parts of the world, and across the age spectrum come together to celebrate the intersection of culture and commerce. Today, the space is truly the premier place in the region for community celebrations, festivals, and gatherings of all sorts. There are over 20 festivals a year on the plaza, with community celebrations and gatherings almost every weekend in the great hall and hundreds of community meetings for public discourse. Only a handful of these events are programmed, produced, or funded by the county, with the majority organized and funded by community members.