Head StART in ART students
Hua Sha Chinese Dance Company
Aline Feldman,

Special Projects

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

The Cultural Arts 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.  

The 2016 Cultural Arts Showcase will be held at Howard County Center for the Arts at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City on Friday, October 14, 2016.

To register to attend online, click here. To register by mail or in person, please download the form below.The deadline to register to attend the Showcase is October 7, 2016.

2016 Cultural Arts Showcase Attendee Registration Form

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 for residencies for the Head StART in ART program for the 2016-17 school year. Residencies will take place at the Ellicott City Head Start Center or the Old Cedar Lane Head Start Center in Columbia.

Applications are available below or at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The deadline for proposals is August 17, 2016.

FY17 Request for Proposals – Head StART in ART

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

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Paint and Brushes
Ann Aves Martin, 'Grand ole Gran,' Acrylic Painting
Orange Block
Joel Holmes, Pianist, Rising Star Finalist
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