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Celebration of the Arts in Howard County

Enhance our Quality of Life

The Celebration of the Arts gala is one of Howard County’s premier fundraising events and an important showcase for local performing and visual artists.

As the Arts Council’s main source of corporate and foundation funding, the Celebration helps to support the Arts Council’s grants and education programs for children and adults throughout the year which are vital to the quality of life in Howard County.

The 2015 Celebration of the Arts will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 6–10 p.m. at the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College.

(Photo, courtesy of Lee Waxman: Guests sample culinary delights from local Howard County restaurants and caterers at the 2014 Celebration of the Arts in Howard County)

As of noon on Friday, March 27, the Arts Council office is no longer processing ticket orders for tomorrow's Celebration gala. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Horowitz Center box office beginning at noon tomorrow on a first come, first served basis.


Each level of sponsorship offers its own set of benefits from tickets to marketing initiatives to networking opportunities for sponsors and their guests. Contact the Arts Council at 410.313.ARTS (2787) to determine which sponsorship level is right for you!

Rising Star Competition

The Arts Council established the Rising Star award in 2003 to provide opportunities for emerging performing artists with roots in Howard County and to assist them in the development and practice of their art. Selected applicants will be auditioned and 10 artists will be selected as finalists. Each finalist performs at the Celebration of the Arts gala. Audience members then vote to decide the winner and the announcement is made on stage!

Congratulations to the 2014 Rising Star Award winner, Steven Eddy.

Click here to watch a video of the 2014 Rising Star finalists, courtesy of Pixel Workshop.

NOTE: The deadline to apply for the 2015 Rising Star Competition has passed.

(Photo, courtesy of James Ferry: 2014 Rising Star winner Steven Eddy accepts the $5,000 Rising Star Award)

Howie Awards

Each year, the Arts Council honors individuals and businesses for making significant contributions to the arts in Howard County. Nominations can be made in three categories:

  • Outstanding Artist — presented to a person who has contributed a high level of talent and vision to the artistic life of the community.
  • Outstanding Arts Educator — presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to arts education in Howard County.
  • Outstanding Business or Community Supporter — presented to a business (large or small) or individual that demonstrates a record of commitment to the arts in Howard County.
  • Legacy in the Arts Award — recognizes an individual or group for their life-time achievements in the arts in Howard County and is presented at the discretion of the Howie Committee. 

The 2013 recipients were Bruce Casteel for Outstanding Artist, Raissa Howera for Outstanding Arts Educator, and Toba Dobkin Barth for Outstanding Community Supporter of the Arts.

The nomination period for the 2014 Howie Awards has ended. Information on the 2015 Howie Award nomination process will be available beginning in the summer of 2015.

Fabulous Food

Each year the Celebration showcases delectable edibles from area restaurants and caterers. Our Food Sponsors are encouraged to create an artistic display table that promotes their business and adds to the excitement of the evening. Each year we honor three food sponsors with outstanding presentation awards. The 2014 awards were given to Absolutely Perfect Catering (1st), Putting on the Ritz (2nd), and Wegmans (3rd).

(Photo, courtesy of Lee Waxman: Absolutely Perfect Catering received first place in the Outstanding Food Presentation Awards at the 2014 Celebration of the Arts)

Silent Auction

The Silent Art Auction is the visual arts component of the Celebration. The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery provides the perfect setting to showcase the stunning work of artists who live, work or study in Howard County. The breadth of style and medium of the two- and three-dimensional artwork in this exhibit is amazing – 2014's Auction included 120 pieces from 89 artists! Proceeds from the Auction are split 50-50 with the artists, providing bidders with a unique opportunity to purchase a beautiful piece of art while supporting the arts of Howard County.

NEW ONLINE AUCTION:  A new feature of the Silent Auction this year is an online bidding option prior to the live event. Online bidding ends on March 22. Online bids will be transferred to the Celebration of the Arts event on March 28 for continued bidding.

Click HERE to visit the online Silent Auction

(Photo, courtesy of Lee Waxman: 2014 Celebration guests peruse the Silent Auction offerings)

Thank You!

2014 Celebration of the Arts $10,000 Title Sponsor:

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Ann Aves Martin, 'Grand ole Gran,' Acrylic Painting
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Joel Holmes, Pianist, Rising Star Finalist
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