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 more information on 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:
Nominate someone you know who deserves recognition for their contribution to the arts. Nominations for the 2015 Howie Awards must be received by October 28, 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:
There are no Arts Council employment opportunities available at this time.
The Arts Council is currently seeking proposals from instructors interested in teaching classes and/or workshops during the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 sessions. Proposal guidelines are available for download below.
FY16 Class/Workshop Proposal Guidelines
2016 Visual & Performing Arts Summer Camps
The Arts Council is currently seeking qualified visual and performing arts instructors to propose 2016 summer camps for grades K–7. 2016 summer camp sessions run from June 20–August 12, 2016. Deadline to submit proposals is October 1, 2015.
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!
2015-16 Arts Development Internship
The Arts Council is seeking an energetic individual with an interest in the arts to volunteer as an Intern during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. The internship can be used for either high school or college graduation requirements and will require 3-6 hours per week as needed.
As there is only one internship slot to fill, placement is competitive. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (including one teacher) no later than Friday, July 24, 2015 via mail to the Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043 or email to Justin Barclay at email@example.com.
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