Bringing the Arts to People
The Arts Council continuously looks for ways to reach out to new audiences with the goal of making the arts accessible to all community members and, in doing so, making their lives fuller and richer through the arts.
Cultural Arts Showcase
Each year, the Arts Council hosts the Cultural Arts Showcase. The Showcase provides opportunities for PTA Cultural Arts representatives, Recreation & Parks representatives, and other cultural arts presenters to preview performances by local and national performing artists through an audition-style format. Participants can also meet with visual and literary artists about additional workshops and residencies.
(In response to the county's efforts to go 'green', we will put our 2014 Showcase Directory on disk format. A hard copy of the directory will be available for purchase at the event.)
Fabulous 50+ Players
The Fabulous 50+ Players, a musical theatre program for seniors, was developed to provide a creative outlet for active seniors in our community. The program provides Players with age appropriate, barrier-free, wellness-building activities that emphasize socialization, creativity, and service to the community. Whether interested in a starring role or working behind the scenes, all are welcome regardless of previous experience. To learn more about the Fabulous 50 + Players, click here. If you are interested in joining the troupe, please click on the link below.
Fabulous 50+ Players Interest Form
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Head StART in ART
Ensuring that children of all ages and abilities have access to enriching experiences in the arts is an important goal for the Howard County Arts Council. To that end, the Arts Council established Head StART in ART, a partnership with the Ellicott City Head Start Center that provides hands-on experiences in the arts to pre-K students from low-income families. This program provides students with opportunities to explore the arts and their own creativity under the guidance and inspiration of a visiting artist. In the 2012-2013 school year, the Head StART in ART program expanded to include a partnership with the Tubman Head Start Center in Columbia.
The Arts Council is currently seeking artists to conduct residencies at the Ellicott City and Tubman Head Start Centers during the 2014–2015 school year. Deadline to apply is August 15, 2014.
Head StART in ART Photo Gallery I
Head StART in ART Photo Gallery II
Spotlight on the Arts
The Arts Council celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006 - 25 years of service to the community!! To commemorate this benchmark in our history, we commissioned mosaic artist Ginger Peloquin to create a sculpture in the form of a bench.
Benchmark Public Art Project Photo Gallery