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March 2017: Frederick Arts Council Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Historic Event at Weinberg Center
Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council commemorated its 40th Anniversary with a “Celebration of the Arts” on Saturday, March 11th at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. The event’s program featured remarks by keynote speaker David Rubenstein, Board Chairman of the Kennedy Center, a performance by Sally Taylor, accomplished musician and daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, with her band Something Underground, and bonus performances by Sam Vitale of the Sicilian Tenors and FCPS student pianist/composer Alex Hayes. Photo by Andrew Morrell Photography
Mr. Rubenstein, Board Chairman of the Kennedy Center, one of the principal philanthropists, businessmen, arts advocates, and humanitarians in the United States, spoke on the necessity of giving to the arts (as he has so generously done) and of educating our youth about the arts.
Ms. Taylor spoke about her arts initiative ConSenses, which she started as a vehicle for connection, understanding, and peace using art as a lens and a language through which to see ourselves, each other, and our world more clearly, compassionately, and expansively.
As Frederick Arts Council President Michael Campagnoli remarked as he opened the program, “Tonight we are celebrating the Frederick Arts Council’s 40-year- long history, its partners in the community, and our collective future as one creative Frederick… I hope you’ll reflect on the roles each one of us has played to bring us to the thriving state we find ourselves in today, as well as the opportunities for us to build even further on our success into the future.”
The Frederick Arts Council received citations for 40 years of service from the Governor’s Office (presented by Steven Skerritt-Davis of the Maryland State Arts Council), the Frederick County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly (presented by Delegate Kathy Afzali), Frederick County (presented by County Executive Jan Gardner), and the City of Frederick (presented by Mayor Randy McClement).
Another important contribution surrounding the event was made by the Frederick Art Club, whose artists displayed their work during the pre-reception. The Art Club represents 120 years of Frederick’s vested interest in the arts, and like many organizations represented that night, was celebrating a significant anniversary.
The Frederick Arts Council will commemorate its 40th Anniversary with a “Celebration of the Arts” on Saturday, March 11th at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. The event’s program will feature remarks by keynote speaker David Rubenstein, Board Chair of the Kennedy Center, and a performance by Sally Taylor, accomplished musician and daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon.
The evening will begin at 7 pm, when there will be a ticketed VIP reception where guests can mingle with Mr. Rubenstein and Ms. Taylor. Following the reception, the program will begin at 8 pm, and from 9:30 to 10 pm will be a brief post-program reception for all in attendance.
The year 2017 marks important anniversaries for a number of foundational arts organizations in Frederick, such as the Maryland Ensemble Theatre and the Frederick Art Club, and the March 11th event will celebrate the strength of the arts community in Frederick as well.
Keynote speaker David Rubenstein, Board Chairman of the Kennedy Center, is one of the principal philanthropists, businessmen, arts advocates, and humanitarians in the United States. His generosity has allowed the restoration of the Washington Monument, Monticello, and the Lincoln Memorial, among other national treasures. He purchased one of the last privately owned originals of the Magna Carta so that it could be displayed at the National Archives. He has long been an active proponent of the importance of the arts to a vibrant society and speaks eloquently on topics ranging from American history to the Citizen Artist.
Scheduled performer Sally Taylor is an accomplished artist and musician as well as the daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Her albums include Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S and Shotgun. She has done a TEDX talk on her arts education initiative ConSenses, an effort dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception. She has also established a record label.
Tickets for the pre-program VIP reception (which include program admission) are $125 and can be purchased through the Frederick Arts Council’s Eventbrite linked at frederickartscouncil.org. General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the Weinberg’s website at weinbergcenter.org.
About the Frederick Arts Council
The Frederick Arts Council invests in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County. The organization fosters an environment where the arts flourish in the community through grants and scholarships, arts advocacy, and links to essential resources. FAC is responsible for large-scale programming such as the Frederick Festival of the Arts, Art in the Park, and Frederick County’s Arts in Education grants. For more information about the Frederick Arts Council, visit www.frederickartscouncil.org.
ABOUT THE WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The Weinberg Center for the Arts is one of the region’s premier performing arts presenters, offering film, music, dance, theater, and family-focused programming. Located in the historic Tivoli movie theater in downtown Frederick, Md., the Weinberg Center strives to ensure that the arts remain accessible and affordable to local and regional audiences alike. Weinberg Center events are made possible with major support from the City of Frederick, the Maryland State Arts Council, Plamondon Hospitality Partners, and other corporate and individual donors.