New Spire Arts is a new performing arts education and performance center in Frederick, the second largest city in Maryland and about an hour's drive northwest of Washington, DC. Two downtown properties are being renovated into the New Spire Stages and New Spire Studios, performance and education venues, respectively. New Spire Stages, the city's former Cultural Arts Center, will be an arts performance and information focal point for the community, and will include a 250-seat black box theatre and small amphitheater/gathering space. New Spire Studios, a former Department of Education facility, will be an education and creative hub, with classrooms and suites designed to serve current and future forms of performing arts presentation and instruction. New Spire Arts will anchor the Frederick theater district with cutting edge performances and transformational educational programs. The organization was created as a response to Frederick's need for exceptional arts programming and as a catalyst to support local artists.