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 17th annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County will be held from 6–10 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Howard Community College's Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center.
(Photo, courtesy of Lee Waxman: Guests sample culinary delights from local Howard County restaurants and caterers at the 2013 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.
Applications for the 2014 Rising Star Competition are now available. Deadline to enter is November 1, 2013.
(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:
The 2012 recipients were Bruce Nelson for Outstanding Artist, Shawn Costello for Outstanding Arts Educator, and Kevin Kelehan for Outstanding Community Supporter of the Arts. Pat and Steve Teller were honored with the Legacy in the Arts Award.
Nominate someone you know who deserves recognition for their contribution to the arts. Nominations for the 2013 Howie Awards must be received by November 1, 2013.
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 2013 awards were given to Wegmans, Absolutely Perfect Catering, and Iron Bridge Wine Company.
(Photo, courtesy of Lee Waxman: Wegmans received first place in the Outstanding Food Presentation Awards at the 2013 Celebration of the Arts)
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 – 2013's Auction included over 122 pieces from 93 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 2013's Silent Auction!
The Arts Council is currently seeking artists to take part in its 2014 Juried Silent Auction Art Exhibit, an essential part of the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County. Deadline for entry is February 3, 2014. Click here for more information.
(Photo, courtesy of Lee Waxman: 2013 Celebration guests peruse the Silent Auction offerings)
2014 Celebration of the Arts $10,000 Title Sponsor: