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 16th annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County will be held from 6–10 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Howard Community College's Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center.
A limited number of tickets are still available. Please call 410-313-2787 for more information.
(Photo: Guests sample culinary delights from over 20 local Howard County vendors at the 2012 Celebration of the Arts in Howard County)
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!
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 2013 Rising Star Award winner, Margaret Kudirka.
(Photo, courtesy of James Ferry: 2013 Rising Star winner Margaret Kudirka accepts the $5,000 Rising Star Award)
2013 Rising Star Finalist Video
Video courtesy of Pixel Workshop
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:
Each year the Celebration showcases delectable edibles from over 20 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 2012 awards were given to Biddle Street Catering & Events, Absolutely Perfect Catering, and Putting on the Ritz.
(Photo, courtesy of Lee Waxman: Biddle Street Catering & Events received first place in the Outstanding Food Presentation Awards at the 2012 Celebration of the Arts in Howard County)
Silent AuctionThe 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 – 2012's Auction included over 105 pieces from 82 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.
Click Here to see a sampling of items from 2012's Silent Auction!
(HCAC Photo: 2012 Celebration guests peruse the Silent Auction offerings)