WHO: The Frederick Arts Council and Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design with the National Endowment for the Arts
WHAT: Walking Tour
WHERE: Frederick Arts Council’s Art Center 5 East Second Street followed by a walking tour throughout downtown Frederick
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 9:30-3:30
The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD)’s Design Learning Cohort is coming to Frederick, MD on October 24 for a walking tour in collaboration with the Frederick Arts Council (FAC). CIRD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts carried out in partnership with the Housing Assistance Council and TBD Studio. CIRD seeks to enhance the quality of life and economic viability of rural America through design.
About 15 members of CIRD’s 2024 Design Learning Cohort from as far away as Alaska will join CIRD, staff from the National Endowment for the Arts, Housing Assistance Council, and TBD Studio in a walking tour of Frederick’s downtown and arts walk hosted by the Frederick Arts Council.
Frederick is a national model for tapping arts, creative placemaking, and design to enhance quality of life and promote economic vitality and CIRD is eager to explore Frederick as a national model for arts-rooted development. With the CIRD group traveling to Washington, DC for the National Rural Housing Conference later in the week, CIRD’s team wanted to take advantage of Frederick’s proximity to highlight excellent local design and partnerships.
Most of the Cohort members are town officials ranging from city managers to economic development directors, to volunteer leaders of downtown organizations. CIRD staffers taking part in the trip include rural-focused architects, National Endowment for the Arts design and placemaking lead staffers, and rural development professionals from the Housing Assistance Council. FAC Public Art Program and Studios Manager, Emma Sandler, is leading the tour from 9:30am to 3:30pm.
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, Sky Stage, Frederick Public Art Initiative, Artist Studios, Art in the Park, and Arts in Education grants. For more information about the Frederick Arts Council, visit www.frederickartscouncil.org.
For more information contact:
Emma Sandler: firstname.lastname@example.org