Sky Stage has transformed 59 South Carroll Street, a boarded building in the heart of Frederick’s downtown historic district, into a center for arts and culture. This pre-Revolutionary War building was damaged by a major fire in 2010 and has no roof. Now, the plywood boards on the doors and windows have been removed to reveal a green public art installation and interactive community art space. Sky Stage offers free and low-cost arts and cultural activities for children and adults including drama, music, children’s story time, art classes, folklore, history, naturalists and film. To learn more, please visit skystagefrederick.com.
The spirit of creativity and ingenuity has been at the heart of Frederick from its earliest beginnings until today. A new public art project in the Fall of 2012 captured the important role arts play in the community through the placement of Pink Ribbons sculptures with an array of artistic interpretations by local artists.
Eighteen artists were chosen and finished sculptures were displayed throughout the heart of Downtown Frederick during the month of October 2012, with special emphasis on locations within the Arts and Entertainment District. The Ribbon sculptures were auctioned in November 2012, with proceeds going to benefit the Frederick Arts Council and the FMH Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund in Frederick County.
Thank you to all of the artists who donated their time and talent to this important project.
PILLARS OF FREDERICK MURAL
The Pillars of Frederick mural project, which was dedicated in September 2011, celebrates Francis Scott Key and visionary leaders from Frederick’s past. The unprecedented public art project conceived by artist Yemi has received support from business leaders and residents who were motivated to preserve the area’s rich history and bring local attention and tourism to Frederick.
The Pillars of Frederick mural, located on the building exterior of the McCutcheon’s manufacturing facility in downtown Frederick, features 40 colorful portraits of individuals from Frederick’s past that have made significant contributions in business, education, the arts, health, and other sectors.
Now, a companion book is available for purchase for $44.95. Only 1,000 copies were printed of this commemorative book, published by Great State Publishing. The book features a chapter on each of the forty pillars, including an artistic portrait rendering by Yemi, as well as a bio written by one of 22 local writers and other photos and images that provide historical context to that individual.
“I’m very pleased to see this project come to life after working closely with prominent business leaders in the Frederick area and Frederick Arts Council to marry the history of the past with the present and to make the Pillars of Frederick an art history centerpiece for the town,” said artist Yemi. He continued, “The contributions made by people like Francis Scott Key, William McCutcheon, William Delaplaine, Dr. Ulysses Bourne, Claire McCardell and others will continue to inspire the community.”
You can purchase the book through the Frederick Arts Council or other locations throughout the region. The book makes a great collector’s item, unique gift, or addition to your coffee table. For an order form, click here:
In celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary, the Frederick Arts Council launched a public art project that featured thirty fiberglass keys on the streets of downtown Frederick. The six-foot tall pieces of artwork were placed throughout the city’s Arts and Entertainment District from August through October 2007.
Keys were selected in recognition of the city’s ties to Francis Scott Key, the author of the Star Spangled Banner. Over thirty artists had their hands in creating the artwork, which ranged in themes from whimsical and abstract to historical and participative. Artists were primarily from Frederick County, but also drew participation from Washington, Allegany, and Howard Counties in Maryland as well as Pennsylvania.
Throughout the two-month public display period, several special events and activities encouraged participation by local residents, including walking tours, scavenger hunts, photography contests, and other unique activities. At the end of the project, the keys were auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting the Frederick Arts Council. Over $50,000 was raised in support of the arts.
Out of public demand and interest, a poster has been created which features images of all thirty fiberglass keys. Posters are available to purchase for $10 each.
ART’S A BALL PROJECT
Following the success of the Keys to Frederick project, the Frederick Arts Council embarked on another public art project featuring baseballs. Over 850 baseballs were distributed to the community. Professional and amateur artists, as well as students, local businesses, and community leaders participated in decorating the baseballs. The artist-decorated baseballs were put on public display at various locations in Frederick County from July 1 to August 15, 2008.
BECKY THE CALF
In June 2009, a new piece of public art was installed along Carroll Creek Linear Park, near the intersection of Patrick and Bentz Streets in downtown Frederick. Becky the Calf is a bronzie calf sculpture by Frederick artist Adam Lubkin and pays tribute to Frederick’s past and current agricultural contributions. Frederick County is the number one dairy producing county in the State of Maryland. This permanent public art installation was made possible by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and supported by the Frederick Arts Council.
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