Programs and Workshops

Common Ground on the Hill offers a wide variety of programs, ranging from jams to classes and master workshops during the program year (September - April) to weekend-long workshops to our flagship program, Traditions Weeks: three individual weeks of classes, concerts and jams each July. Visit each page below to find out more about our individual programs! Be sure to scroll down to see everything!

Common Ground on the Border

January 2024 - Dates TBA
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM + Evening Events
The Good Shepherd UCC, Sahuarita, AZ
Tuition starts at $100
The Borderlands is the perfect place to explore the arts, touch the culture and have deeper conversations about the complicated issues that collide here. Common Ground on the Border & Border Issues Fair in Sahuarita, Arizona, features classes in art, music and a variety of lectures.

Traditions Weeks

Week 1: June 26-30; Week 2: July 2-7
9:00 AM- 5:30 PM + Evening Events
Virtual and In-Person at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
Tuition starts at $117
Two individual weeks of in-depth courses in art, dance, a variety of musical instruments, film, writing, songwriting, spoken word and literary arts, and a broad range of discussion courses. Evening art lectures, concerts, dances and jams round out this extraordinary experience! College credit available.


Week 2: July 2-7, 2023
9:00 AM- 5:30 PM + Evening Events
McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
Tuition starts at $117
The  DCBU Bluegrass & Old-Time Camp boasts a top flight teaching staff who offer five separate class periods of instruction every day, Monday - Friday. Wake up Monday morning and dive into your classes, enjoy evening concerts and dances and informal playing into the wee hours....for five days and nights!  Consider attending as a family.

Zepp Center

Dates TBA
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi - Itinerary TBA
Cost TBA
The Ira & Mary Zepp Center for Nonviolence and Peace Education promotes the practice and study of nonviolence and peacemaking through workshops, courses, training, presentations, music, art, and participation in community affairs.


1st Wednesdays Monthly
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157
FREE; donations accepted
Three separate jams in bluegrass/old-time, blues/folk, and Celtic. Leaders will assist all to participate. All ages and skill levels welcome! Free, but donations are welcome. Sponsored by Common Ground Downtown, a partnership of Common Ground on the Hill and the Carroll County Arts Council.