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June 2018

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of local artist and community activist Carl Butler. He gave so much of himself and his art to the Frederick community and he will be greatly missed.

Individual Artist Awards in Memory of Carl Butler

We will be hosting a fund for Individual Artist Awards in memory of Carl Butler, as supporting local individual artists was something he was passionate about. You can make a donation by sending a check to the Frederick Arts Council at 11 W Patrick Street, Suite 201, Frederick, MD, 21701, with a note saying that the donation is for the Carl Butler Individual Artist Fund, or by donating using the “Donate Now” button at left, putting your “Individual Artist Fund” note under “Special instructions.” We look forward to allowing his memory to continue to serve the community!

May 2017: Frederick Arts Council Announces Partnership with Ausherman Family Foundation to Develop Public Art Planning Process for Frederick County

Frederick, MD—The Frederick Arts Council announced an initiative in partnership with the Ausherman Family Foundation and numerous community stakeholders to develop a public art planning process for Frederick County today.

The process, under the guidance of public art planning consultant Todd Bressi, will allow Frederick to continue deepening its sense of place through public art, develop a coherent set of procedures for placing public art throughout the county, and help create a set of sustainable funding streams for the construction and maintenance of the county’s public art.

“This is an enormously exciting prospect for everyone in Frederick who believes in power of art to strengthen communities” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the Frederick Arts Council.

Todd W. Bressi, whom the Arts Council and the Ausherman Family Foundation have engaged as a facilitator and guide in this process, leads an innovative design practice that explores the intersection of city design, place planning, and public art. He has received accolades for the planning processes he helped initiate in Athens, GA; Montgomery County, MD; Santa Rosa, CA; and Alexandria, VA, among others.

“It’s time to be purposeful and strategic about public art in Frederick,” said Marvin Ausherman, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Ausherman Family Foundation. “With the right procedures in place, we will be able to collaborate to use public art as a way to express our community’s identity, making Frederick even more of a special and unique place.”

This initiative builds on an established tradition of public art in Frederick which is already well known for pieces such as the Community Bridge, the array of murals downtown, and Sky Stage public art and ampitheater that attracts visitors from near and far.

“We are looking forward to engaging with the community on this which is a first step toward a comprehensive public art plan,” said Michael Campagnoli, president of the Frederick Arts Council.

The process will take place over the next 10 months in which the consultant and the Arts Council will survey community needs and construct planning procedures based directly on that feedback. The development of the process and the final process itself is intended to be a collaborative effort, with checkpoints for public engagement at every stage.

March 2017: Frederick Arts Council Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Historic Event at Weinberg Center

17361982_985678401568421_8776815290914002071_nFrederick, 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.

Check out photos from the event!


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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 General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the Weinberg’s website at


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


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.