Center Hours
Monday – Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 11am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm
The converted church and  Arts Center at 5 East Second Street houses resident organizations, public art projects, offices for Team members, and also serves as a venue to hold events and exhibitions. The Arts Center provides the Arts Council with further downtown street-level space and community presence.

The space functions as a place for public arts experiences both inside and outside the building and will complement the gallery program at 11 West Patrick. The first floor includes the FAC Shop, information about FAC members, and resident organizations such as Endangered Species (theatre) Project. The first floor also currently features a flat file exhibition and holiday pop-up (see pop-up dates here).

FAC’s exhibition, ‘Creative Gateways: Expressing Frederick’s Distinct Identity–An Ideas Exhibit’ is housed on the 2nd floor.

About ‘Creative Gateways: Expressing Frederick’s Distinct Identity–An Ideas Exhibit’:

Roundabouts and Gateways pose an opportunity to transform important and highly visible areas into distinct zones that facilitate unique and memorable experiences. This exhibition brings together the creative vision of over 20 individual artists who have contemplated the potential of these zones to activate the county’s distinct cultural, historical, and ecological identity.

The exhibition was inspired by the French term, charrette, which is defined as a collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to inform an initiative that represents transformative community change. The goal of this charrette is to raise awareness about the potential for artwork surrounding the county’s gateways to establish Frederick’s unique identity.

The exhibition includes local, national, and international artists contributing their ideas for engaging ways to activate these key welcoming spaces. The works cover a variety of styles, from mosaic-like sculptural pieces to light-infused metal lanterns; and includes numerous themes such as spreading awareness about endangered species of the area as well as types of agricultural products; and includes a variety of materials such as wood and modeled earth art. Audiences are encouraged to give feedback to the showcase to help direct the next step of this long term project by leaving their critique and ideas in the Ideas Boxes placed throughout the exhibit.

Past Installations

Lisa Dillin ‘Sorry we missed you’ August-October 2021

Mike Shaffer ‘Intersections’ February – August 2021

‘A Community Story‘- September 2020-February 2021

The third floor is open as a Creative Lab inviting artists and creatives to utilize the space filled with drawing tables, easels, armchairs, an art library, artist editions and monographs, and more along the balcony.

Apply to show in the 2nd floor exhibition space here: CALL TO ARTISTS



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