Be a Part of Art
The arts touch our lives in many ways – they not only bring us wonder and joy, but they serve as a catalyst for civic engagement, community building, and academic success as well.
Experiences in the arts are vital to personal and community wellness, fulfillment, and success. If you are looking for ways to get involved in hands-on activities – browse through these pages and sign up for a program. If you are interested in providing leadership in the arts - one of the most important ways is to join an arts board and become active as an advocate for the arts.
Become an Arts Advocate
Personal involvement and community input are critical components of a healthy and vibrant arts community.
With that in mind, the Arts Council invited the 2014 candidates for Howard County Executive and Howard County Council to reply to a questionnaire about the role of the arts in Howard County. To view the submitted responses, click on the link below:
The Arts Council also encourages community members to volunteer to serve on a board or committee. To learn about Board opportunities at the Arts Council:
Another way to lend your support is to speak out on behalf of the arts – tell your friends and neighbors how valuable the arts are to you. Contact public officials and community leaders and let them know about your interest and involvement in the arts. Linking the arts to economic development, education, community building and health and wellness issues are important to making the case for the arts - but nothing is more vital than hearing about real-life stories or experiences. Take action now, enlist your friends and family, write letters, attend public hearings and get involved.
For more information on the arts in Howard County, read:
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:
Nominate someone you know who deserves recognition for their contribution to the arts. Nominations for the 2016 Howie Awards must be received by October 26, 2016.
The Howie Awards are presented each year at the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County. For more information, visit the Celebration page.
Looking for a career in the arts? The Arts Council hires teaching artists, seasonal employees for summer camps, part-time building attendants, and administrative staff. We also have volunteer and internship opportunities year round.
Current Employment Opportunities:
The Arts Council is currently seeking a self-directed, committed individual for the position of Deputy Director. The Deputy Director is responsible for programming and managing the day-to-day operations of a vibrant community arts center. Candidates should have experience that demonstrates leadership with an emphasis on diverse programming that brings the community together.
The Deputy reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for planning, implementing and marketing all programs; tracking and maintaining budgets; hiring and supervising 2 full-time program and 4 part-time building staff and 25 independent contractors; researching and writing grants, implementing and evaluating programs; and managing daily building operations, safety and maintenance, and other duties as assigned.
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position; occasional evening and week-end hours are required.
Applications received by July 20 will be given preference; position open until filled. Send cover letter with resume and 3 references to: Coleen West, Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043; Fax:410.313.2790; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are no Arts Council teaching opportunities available at this time.
Whether working in the public eye or behind the scenes, volunteers and interns are critical to a healthy and vibrant arts community. We are always looking for great volunteers and interns to contribute their time and talent.
Become an Arts Council volunteer and help us ensure a bright future for the arts in Howard County!
The Arts Council offers several internship programs throughout the year. To inquire about current internship opportunities, please contact us at email@example.com.
Arts Information and Resources
The Arts Council is a resource for information and advice. We share best practices and provide technical advice on fundraising, financial management, board development and other areas; compile and make available information on artists, arts organizations, exhibition and performance opportunities, funding, and regional arts events; and make referrals and offer advice on grant writing as well as audience, organizational and professional development.
We receive far too many calls for entries, announcements, invitations, newsletters, and other opportunities to post on this site; please stop by the Howard County Center for the Arts to learn more. Opportunities are posted on bulletin boards throughout the building - this information constantly changes, so drop by often to find out the most up to date information.
We often receive inquiries from businesses, patrons and the public about locating artists, dancers, and performers; these calls often result in exhibits, commissions, and paid jobs. In order to be able to refer artists and arts groups, we need to know who you are and what you do.
Interested? If you are an artist living, working or studying in Howard County, download the Artist Database Registration Form.
For information about Howard County Arts and Cultural Organizations that offer classes, meetings, performances and services, check out our directory:
If you are involved with a Howard County arts organization and would like to be included in the directory, download the application form below.
To be listed in the Maryland State Arts Council Visual Artists’ Registry, click here.
Below is a list of commonly referred to arts organizations and resources:
Maryland State Arts Council