Sky Stage is both a large-scale public art installation and outdoor amphitheater, located at 59 South Carroll Street in downtown Frederick. Its design, which repurposes a Revolutionary War-era building, is the work of artist Heather Clark, with assistance from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Digital Structures research group. Its operations and programming are managed by the Arts Council.

59 South Carroll had suffered a major fire in 2010 (in which it lost its roof), and it stood empty for years, but thanks to Clark’s vision and the generosity of property owner Rusty Hauver, it is now a popular center for arts and culture. Programming ideas come mainly from the community, and it serves as a quality performance and exhibition space for rising artists and community groups. 

At Sky Stage, one can experience anything from salsa under the stars to yoga to independent film to children’s storytime. The venue can also be rented for weddings and corporate events.

Installation at Sky Stage by Lusmerlin Lantigua, 2020/2021

Installation at Sky Stage by Larry Cook, Jr. 2020

For more info and our season calendar, check out Sky Stage’s official website at (updates are also available through Facebook). 

To submit a programming idea, fill out our Google form here.

Honors & Awards

  • Received an “Our Town” creative placemaking grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Designated as a Public Art “Year in Review” 2016 award winner by Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network, for the top 50 public art projects in the country
  • Featured by Public Art Review, The Washington Post, Dwell Magazine, and others
  • Placed in the top 100 entries for the CODAawards international art and design competition
  • Received a Historic Preservation Award for Community Leadership from the City of Frederick’s Historic Preservation Commission
  • Featured at the National Governors Association Annual Meeting and NGA publication Rural Prosperity Through the Arts and Creative Sector (2019)

More questions? Contact our Sky Stage Curator at