Be a Part of Art
The arts touch our lives in many ways – they not only bring us wonder and joy, but they serve as a catalyst for civic engagement, community building, and academic success as well.
Experiences in the arts are vital to personal and community wellness, fulfillment, and success. If you are looking for ways to get involved in hands-on activities – browse through these pages and sign up for a program. If you are interested in providing leadership in the arts - one of the most important ways is to join an arts board and become active as an advocate for the arts.
Become an Arts Advocate
Personal involvement and community input are critical components of a healthy and vibrant arts community.
With that in mind, the Arts Council invited the 2014 candidates for Howard County Executive and Howard County Council to reply to a questionnaire about the role of the arts in Howard County. To view the submitted responses, click on the link below:
The Arts Council also encourages community members to volunteer to serve on a board or committee. To learn about Board opportunities at the Arts Council:
Another way to lend your support is to speak out on behalf of the arts – tell your friends and neighbors how valuable the arts are to you. Contact public officials and community leaders and let them know about your interest and involvement in the arts. Linking the arts to economic development, education, community building and health and wellness issues are important to making the case for the arts - but nothing is more vital than hearing about real-life stories or experiences. Take action now, enlist your friends and family, write letters, attend public hearings and get involved.
For an overview of the arts in Howard County, read:
Each year, the Arts Council honors individuals and businesses for making significant contributions to the arts in Howard County. Nominations can be made in three categories:
The nomination period for the 2014 Howie Awards has ended. Information on the 2015 Howie Award nomination process will be available beginning in the summer of 2015.
The Howie Awards are presented each year at the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County. For more information, visit the Celebration page.
Looking for a career in the arts? The Arts Council hires teaching artists, seasonal employees for summer camps, part-time building attendants, and administrative staff. We also have volunteer and internship opportunities year round.
Current Employment Opportunities:
Arts Center Building Attendant
The Arts Council is currently accepting applications for a part-time Building Attendant to work Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Weekday shifts as well as before/after hour shifts may also be available.
Building Attendant shifts are Monday–Thursday, 4:30pm–10:00pm; Friday, 4:30pm–8:00pm; Saturday, 10am–4pm; Sunday, 12pm–4pm. Building Attendants open and close the Center, provide event set-up, greet visitors, respond to public inquiries, communicate with cleaning and facilities crews, prepare mailings, and assist in monitoring building activity (gallery exhibits, theatre events, meetings, classes, etc.).
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a qualified candidate is selected. Submit a cover letter and resume, including references, to: Kimberly Jensen, HCAC, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043 or email to email@example.com.
Summer Camp Assistant
The Arts Council is currently seeking camp assistants for its 2015 visual and performing arts summer camps at the Howard County Center for the Arts. Camp Assistants must be aged 18 by June 15, 2015, and must be able to commit to at least one full camp session, weekdays 8:45am - 3:45pm. Camps will run in 1 week sessions from June 22 - August 14, 2015. Deadline to submit applications is March 30, 2015.
There are no teaching opportunities available at this time.
Whether working in the public eye or behind the scenes, volunteers and interns are critical to a healthy and vibrant arts community. We are always looking for great volunteers and interns to contribute their time and talent.
Become an Arts Council volunteer and help us ensure a bright future for the arts in Howard County!
Summer Camp Volunteers
The Arts Council is currently seeking volunteers for its 2015 visual and performing arts summer camps at the Howard County Center for the Arts. Volunteers must be aged 15 by September 1, 2015. Camps will run in 1 week sessions from June 22 - August 14, 2015. Deadline to submit applications is March 15, 2015.
The Arts Council offers several internship programs throughout the year. To inquire about current internship opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts Information and Resources
The Arts Council is a resource for information and advice. We share best practices and provide technical advice on fundraising, financial management, board development and other areas; compile and make available information on artists, arts organizations, exhibition and performance opportunities, funding, and regional arts events; and make referrals and offer advice on grant writing as well as audience, organizational and professional development.
We receive far too many calls for entries, announcements, invitations, newsletters, and other opportunities to post on this site; please stop by the Howard County Center for the Arts to learn more. Opportunities are posted on bulletin boards throughout the building - this information constantly changes, so drop by often to find out the most up to date information.
We often receive inquiries from businesses, patrons and the public about locating artists, dancers, and performers; these calls often result in exhibits, commissions, and paid jobs. In order to be able to refer artists and arts groups, we need to know who you are and what you do.
Interested? If you are an artist living, working or studying in Howard County, download the Artist Database Registration Form.
For information about Howard County Arts and Cultural Organizations that offer classes, meetings, performances and services, check out our directory:
If you are involved with a Howard County arts organization and would like to be included in the directory, download the application form below.
To be listed in the Maryland State Arts Council Visual Artists’ Registry, click here.
Below is a list of commonly referred to arts organizations and resources:
Maryland State Arts Council