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Getting Involved

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:

2014 Candidate Responses to Arts Questionnaire

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:

HCAC Board Interest Form

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:

Needs Assessment for Arts Facilities in Howard County – April 2015

ArtsVision: State of the Arts in Howard County 2003

ArtsVision 2003 Executive Summary

To learn more about arts advocacy and what you can do to support the arts contact the Maryland Citizens for the Arts and the Americans for the Arts.

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.

Howie Nomination FAQs

NOTE: The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Howie Awards has passed.

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:

Gallery and Programs Coordinator

The Arts Council is currently seeking a self-directed, outgoing individual for an entry to mid-level Gallery and Programs position in a small, fast-paced office environment. The successful candidate will report to the Deputy Director and will be responsible for administration of exhibits; scheduling and providing administrative support for class and summer camp programming; providing web and social media updates; ensuring print deadlines for invitations and brochures are met; coordinating mailings; taking committee minutes and handling related correspondence; administering The Gallery Shop; answering calls; and general office support.

Applications received by November 16, 2015 will be given preference; position open until filled. A job description with application instructions is available for download below.

Gallery and Programs Coordinator Job Description

2016 Summer Camp Assistants

The Arts Council is currently seeking camp assistants for its 2016 visual and performing arts summer camps at the Howard County Center for the Arts. Camp Assistants must be aged 18 by June 13, 2016, and must be able to commit to at least two full camp sessions, weekdays 8:45am - 3:45pm. Camps will run in 1 week sessions from June 20 - August 12, 2016. Deadline to submit applications is March 30, 2016.

2016 Summer Camp Assistant Application

Teaching Opportunities

2015–16 Classes

The Arts Council is currently seeking proposals from instructors interested in teaching classes and/or workshops during the  Fall 2015-Spring 2016 sessions. Proposal guidelines are available for download below.

Session Dates Proposal
Winter 2015–16 1/19/16–3/21/16 11/9/15
Spring 2016 4/11/16–6/6/16 2/8/16

FY16 Class/Workshop Proposal Guidelines

Volunteers and Interns

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!

Volunteer Application

Summer Camp Volunteers

The Arts Council is currently seeking volunteers for its 2016 visual and performing arts summer camps at the Howard County Center for the Arts. Volunteers must be aged 15 by September 1, 2016. Camps will run in 1 week sessions from June 20 - August 12, 2016. Deadline to submit applications is March 30, 2016.

2016 Summer Camp Volunteer Application


The Arts Council offers several internship programs throughout the year. To inquire about current internship opportunities, please contact us at development@hocoarts.org.

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.

Artist Database Registration Form

For information about Howard County Arts and Cultural Organizations that offer classes, meetings, performances and services, check out our directory:

Directory of Howard County Arts Organizations and Resources

If you are involved with a Howard County arts organization and would like to be included in the directory, download the application form below.

Download Arts Organizations and Resources Application Form 

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
Americans for the Arts
Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Association of Community Services and the Board Bank
PTA Council of Howard County
Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS)
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
Culture Fly Events Calendar
Maryland Nonprofits
National Endowment for the Arts
Howard County Public School System
Howard County Recreation and Parks
Howard County Government

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