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A&E District

Wheaton Arts & Entertainment District

The Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District, designated by the State of Maryland in 2005, is one of three A&E Districts in Montgomery County.

Administered by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development through the Maryland State Arts Council, the A&E program provides tax benefits designed to boost economic development and create districts filled with artists and arts enterprises.

As part of the designation’s benefits, artists working in the districts can receive an income tax credit. Additionally, developers who create spaces for artists to live and work can apply for qualified property tax exemptions for up to 10 years.

View the following videos highlighting the arts in the Wheaton A&E District:

Meet Me at the Triangles Artist Presentation

Meet Me at the Triangles Art Installation

Preserving Our Cultures

Celebrating Traditional Arts

The Future of Wheaton

Local Attractions, including A&E Venues

Public Art in Wheaton

Wheaton A&E District Received an Achievement Award. View the press release.

To view the Wheaton A&E Strategic Plan, click here.

To view the Wheaton A&E Community Survey results, click here.

Artists residing in Maryland are exempt from paying taxes on their fee for performance in A&E Districts. Find more information here.

To view a map of the Wheaton Arts and Entertainment boundaries, click here.


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Arts and Entertainment District

Wheaton has been designated as one of the State of Maryland’s 24 Arts and Entertainment Districts (and one of three in Montgomery County). Potential benefits of operating within an A&E District include:

  • Local property tax credits for live-work artist space or other arts and entertainment facilities;
  • State income tax deductions for artists who create and sell their work within an A&E District;
  • An exemption from the Admissions & Amusement Tax for certified arts and entertainment activities.


For more information on A&E District benefits, click here