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the Frederick Arts Council.

We advance and invest in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County and for our visitors.

Aid for the Arts in light of COVID-19:

The Frederick Artist Relief Fund

The Frederick Arts Council is closely following the updates regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Frederick County, the State of Maryland, and further abroad.

As a result of the likely impact to our local creative community, we are launching a GoFundMe page to provide grants to Frederick artists in need. If you love the arts in Frederick, please consider pitching in to our relief fund. The arts have been very good to this community. If you take care of the arts, the arts will take care of you.

The Frederick Artist Relief Fund will award grants of $250-$500 to individual artists who live in Frederick County and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). This fund is for individual artists only, not organizations or nonprofits.

With events of all types being cancelled to reduce spread of COVID-19, people who make income partially or fully through gigs and freelance work are losing critical opportunities to support their well-being in our community.  We want to help as many people as possible, this means that we will likely be unable to provide the full amount of larger requests.  Requests cannot exceed $500.  The amount we can provide is based on our donations received, the amount of requests we have, and the requests we project will come in the future.

We urge community members who are able to be generous.
Please follow this link to donate to the fund and find eligibility details and funding application.

FAC’s Festival of the Arts 2020 Update

Dear Members, Friends and All Arts Lovers,

The Arts Council Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2020 Frederick Festival of the Arts, formerly scheduled for June 5-7. This decision is in keeping with Governor Larry Hogan’s most recent recommendations announced today regarding large convenings, which have an uncertain reopen date within Phase III of the Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery.

We recognize that we must put the health and safety of our artists, performers, vendors, visitors and sponsors first. As we’ve watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold, with all the uncertainty it holds for the near future, we could not hold a festival that would bring artists and visitors from many states and more than 40,000 people over the course of one weekend, within close proximity to each other on the Carroll Creek Linear Park

We realize this decision must be disappointing, not just to the artists who depend on the Arts Festival to make money, and the vendors selling concessions, but to the people who look forward to the Festival of the Arts each year.

For the people on the committee who create the Festival of the Arts and all the other many volunteers, this is especially difficult because producing the Festival brings joy and comradery –along with a tremendous amount of work–each year.

We will miss the many performances and surprising festival finds. But we made this decision to help ensure that we all remain healthy and able to enjoy wonderful experiences at next year’s Festival. Next year’s Festival of the Arts is scheduled for Jun 4-6, 2021.

We are grateful to our sponsors including Hood College; Kaiser Permanente; Frederick County Bank; Restoration Family Chiropractic; Marketing and Research Resources (M&RR); Research for Good; Rakuten Insight; Daynata; and Prodege MR.; Luxury Bath and others whose financial assistance remains in place.

We are grateful to the group of outstanding artists our jury chose for the 2020 Arts Festival [see list of artists here]. We are also grateful to all of our sponsors, community partners and vendors whose partnership we value deeply.

We look forward to moving past this global crisis when we can gather in person again.

Golden Mile in Focus

Submit Your Photos!

Photographer Wing Young Huie on Frederick’s Golden Mile


The Frederick Arts Council has launched a public art project on the Golden Mile with award-winning photographer Wing Young Huie along with many local photographers, including nationally recognized photographer Ira Wexler.
Young Huie is known for innovative photography projects which actively engage the community portrayed. He has received national and international recognition for his work and he was featured in two major exhibitions at the Walker Art Center. In 2018 the artist was awarded the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award by the McKnight Foundation.
Last week Young Huie led a master class in Frederick for fellow photographers, guiding participants in taking photographs of people,
places and events on the Golden Mile. He also conducted interactive workshops at schools, cultural centers, ESL classes, and other locations throughout the Golden Mile of Frederick, MD.
Local photographers are encouraged to send their Golden Mile photos in to info@frederickartscouncil.org or upload them to https://tinyurl.com/photo-project. Please also fill out and submit the Nonprofit Media Consent Form.
Even if you were not at one of the workshops or the master class, we invite you to send in your images of people and places on the Golden Mile for “Golden Mile In Focus,” an exhibit that will take place in many locations on the Golden Mile.
In Young Huie’s workshops the artist asked participants to photograph neighbors, family members, and students, and share their stories and images about culture. He asked about the lives we aspire to have – and asked the question ‘What is something someone would not know by looking at you?’; The goal of his artistic approach is to enhance understanding of others and to connect people.
The photographs taken at these workshops along with the photographs sent in to the Frederick Arts Council will be exhibited in Golden Mile In Focus, which will take place throughout the Golden Mile.
If you are business or property owner on the Golden Mile and would
like to partner on this project by offering space as part of this
community-wide exhibition, please contact info@frederickartscouncil.org.
The deadline for submitting images is April 20, 2020.
Golden Mile in Focus will open in June, 2020.
For more information on Wing’s practice please visit his blog at http://www.wdys.blog.

Support the Frederick Arts Council’s Center for Public Art

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The Frederick Arts Council’s historic property located at 5 E 2nd Street formerly served as a church and was built in 1871.
The Arts Council’s intent for the property is to use it as a home base for the County’s Public Art Program, as outlined in “Connections,” Frederick’s Public Art Master Plan; as a location for resident organizations; as an artist in residence site; as an indoor location for the variety of community arts programs and performances such as those found at Sky Stage.
The converted church and community arts center will house public art projects as well as administrative offices for many of the arts council’s programs.

Nomination Form for Public Art Projects in FAC Annual Plan

Public Art Master Plan

We are delighted to announce the completion of our Public Art Master Plan for Frederick!
Check out the  Public Art Master Plan here!


 Visual Arts  Scholarship applications are now being accepted!

Application Guidelines & Dates

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Many local businesses and organizations have joyfully offered their space for rent. Check out a list of available space here!

If you have space available for rent or for free and would like to have it included, please send details to info@frederickartscouncil.org.

Check out what’s happening at Frederick’s newest public artwork and outdoor arts venue!



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