AHCMC FY18 Grantees Receive “Best Local Nonprofits” Honors

June 21st, 2018 by Ceylon

Congratulations to several AHCMC FY18 Grantees who have been selected by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington for its Class of 2018-19 Catalogue Charities.

Each of these nonprofits has been chosen, from 200+ applications, as “one of the best” local nonprofits in the region. The charities listed below have successfully passed a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field.

See all regional winners

Enjoy June with Free Summer Concerts, AFI Docs, Pride Month, and Heritage Days

June 14th, 2018 by Suzan

Dear Colleagues,

Summer’s here and the time is right for free summer concerts! Want to be in the know?  Check out our Free Summer Concert Guide 2018 from CultureSpotMC.com. You’ll see our favorite picks from Gaithersburg to Wheaton and all over Montgomery County. Whether you are young or old, lively or low-key, now is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with our creative voices and cultural happenings. The month of June also affords us the opportunity to celebrate advances made in civil rights, racial equity, and inclusion as we recognize LGBTQ Pride Month, Caribbean American Heritage Month, Juneteenth, and the 21st Annual Heritage Days. So get out and go play in Montgomery County!

As our richly diverse community prepares to exercise its most cherished civic duty in the 2018 elections, you can make informed choices about your vote as you peruse the results from our 2018 Political Candidate Survey. AHCMC invited each candidate in the County Executive and County Council races to participate in the survey and share their platforms for the arts and humanities in the county with voters. The 39 participating candidates’ responses are available online at www.creativemoco.com/2018Election. Whether they serve as ushers, volunteer at festivals, perform as artists, or simply attend local events, all participating candidates realize the joy, inspiration, innovation and quality of life that the arts and humanities provide to residents and businesses in our county.

Unanimously, all candidates surveyed agree that, “appropriating local tax-dollars to advance Montgomery County’s cultural and creative industries is important in supporting the success of a strong local economy,” and outlined their ideas to stimulate the local economy through public-private partnerships between the arts and cultural sectors and the local business and philanthropic communities. Candidates shared views on arts education in Montgomery County Public Schools, public art and creative placemaking in the county, and workforce development. Of the candidates who participated in the survey, 97% strongly agreed that public funding of the arts and humanities is important for sustaining the nonprofit cultural and creative sector in Montgomery County, and nearly 90% of candidates support the incorporation of the arts and humanities into STEM programs, expanding from a STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) philosophy.

That’s GREAT NEWS for our creative sector!

The time is NOW to hold candidates’ accountable for their words so GET OUT AND VOTE! Early voting begins TODAY Thursday, June 14 and runs until Thursday, June 21. Registered voters can vote early at any of the 11 early voting centers the county is running this year. As the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approves increased FY19 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $155 million and our County Council supports our creative and cultural sectors with $5.3 million, I hope you will join me this election season and make your vote count for the arts and humanities!

Sincerely,
Suzan Jenkins,
AHCMC CEO

Montgomery County’s Political Candidates Vow to Continue Legacy of Local Support for the Creative Economy, Cultural Sectors, and Arts Education

June 7th, 2018 by Ceylon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2018

CONTACT:

Ceylon Mitchell

240-839-4520

Ceylon.Mitchell@creativemoco.com

SILVER SPRING, Md. (June 7, 2018) — The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the results of its 2018 Political Candidate Survey. AHCMC invited each candidate in the County Executive and County Council races to participate in the survey and share their platforms for the arts and humanities in the county with voters. The 39 participating candidates’ responses are available online at www.creativemoco.com/2018Election. The survey includes responses from five of the seven candidates running for County Executive and thirty-four candidates from the six County Council races.

Unanimously, all candidates surveyed agree that, “appropriating local tax-dollars to advance Montgomery County’s cultural and creative industries is important in supporting the success of a strong local economy,” and outlined their ideas to stimulate the local economy through public-private partnerships between the arts and cultural sectors and the local business and philanthropic communities. Candidates additionally shared views on arts education in Montgomery County Public Schools, public art and creative placemaking in the county, and workforce development.

AHCMC believes these results will be informative and impactful as residents head to vote in the June 26 primary election. “The results of this year’s election survey demonstrates the overwhelming support and understanding that our future political leaders have for our vibrant local arts and humanities sectors,” said Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. “Whether they serve as ushers, volunteer at festivals, perform as artists, or simply attend local events, all participating candidates realize the joy, inspiration, innovation and quality of life that the arts and humanities provide to residents and businesses in our county.”

Supporting the views of many candidates, recent data provided by the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study from Americans for the Arts show that Montgomery County’s arts and humanities sector contributes $183 million to the local economy, supports 3,805 full-time local jobs and serves 3.5 million cultural event attendees annually. Of the candidates who participated in the survey, 97% strongly agreed that public funding of the arts and humanities is important for sustaining the nonprofit cultural and creative sector in Montgomery County, and nearly 90% of candidates support the incorporation of the arts and humanities into STEM programs, expanding from a STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) philosophy.

Early voting begins on June 14 and runs until June 21. Registered voters can vote early at any of the 11 early voting centers the county is running this year.

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About the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)
Established in 1976, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is the county’s designated local arts agency. Our vision is to provide leadership that sustains arts and humanities organizations, artists and scholars, and inspires participation in Montgomery County’s rich cultural assets. For more information about AHCMC, visit www.creativemoco.com or connect with AHCMC on Facebook and Twitter.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2018

CONTACT:

Ceylon Mitchell

240-839-4520

Ceylon.Mitchell@creativemoco.com

Montgomery County’s Political Candidates Vow to Continue Legacy of Local Support for the Creative Economy, Cultural Sectors, and Arts Education

SILVER SPRING, Md. (June 7, 2018) — The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

(AHCMC) announces the results of its 2018 Political Candidate Survey. AHCMC invited each candidate in the County Executive and County Council races to participate in the survey and share their platforms for the arts and humanities in the county with voters. The 39 participating candidates’ responses are available online at www.creativemoco.com/2018Election. The survey includes responses from five of the seven candidates running for County Executive and thirty-four candidates from the six County Council races.

Montgomery County Council Approves $5.3 Million Budget for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

May 30th, 2018 by Suzan

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Montgomery County Council approved the budget of $5,356,943 for the arts and humanities. The resolution for FY19 is as follows:

  • Operating Support Grants: $3,374,941 (flat over FY18)
  • Small/Mid-Size Organizations, Creative Projects, Arts Education, and Individual Artist/Scholar Grants: $854,574 (flat over FY18)
  • Advancement Grants: $295,094 (flat over FY18)
  • AHCMC Administration: $540,519 (flat over FY18)
  • Arts and Humanities Matching Fund:  $200,000 (flat over FY18)
  • Grants to Support Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District: $91,815 (flat over FY18)
Congratulations to the entire arts and humanities sector. We thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the field. Our lives are richer and more creative as a result.
Onward!
Suzan

Celebrate Spring with National Preservation Month, National Chamber Music month, and Jewish American Heritage Month

May 14th, 2018 by Suzan

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome Spring! May provides us with many opportunities to celebrate our local arts, history and culture as we recognize National Preservation Month, National Chamber Music Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. These designations remind us to cherish our past and embrace the accomplishments of Americans working across the multidimensional, multicultural fields and sectors in the arts and humanities. With a plethora of offerings at our fingertips through CultureSpotMC.com, I invite you to get involved with these commemorations through inspiring programming throughout Montgomery County! Read the rest of this entry »

FY19 Budget Testimony with County Council

April 16th, 2018 by Suzan

On Thursday, April 12, 2017, I testified in support of the County Executive’s FY19 budget proposal of $5.36 million in funding for the arts and humanities, representing stable funding from FY18. Many of our FY18 grant recipients attended the public hearing and the preceding advocacy potluck, providing wonderful dishes and company for our councilmembers.

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Montgomery County High School Seniors Receive County-Wide Recognition for Creative Excellence

April 4th, 2018 by Ceylon

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) proudly invites you to an awards presentation & reception celebrating the recipients of the Ida F. Haimovicz Award for Visual Arts & The Fran Abrams Award for Creative Writing for High School Seniors.

Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Featuring:

An exhibition by Astrid Dong
Recipient of the 2018 Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award

Literary readings by Amal Haddad
Recipient of the 2018 Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award

Literary readings by Tara Campbell
Professional writer, Abrams awards panelist, author of TreeVolution

RSVP!


About the Haimovicz Visual Arts Award
The prestigious Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award is given to one Montgomery County high school senior who intends to pursue a career in the visual arts. The award winner is selected through a juried process based on the artistic merit of the applicant’s work and the applicant’s potential for a visual arts career.

Learn more about the Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award

About the Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award
The Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award for High School Seniors honors both a high school senior who excels in creative writing and Fran Abrams, who worked tirelessly throughout her career to support the arts and humanities in Montgomery County. The Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award is a competitive award open annually to all Montgomery County high school seniors. The award includes a cash prize and an award reception featuring a reading by the winner.

Learn more about the Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award.

Montgomery County Contemporary Works on Paper Collection – Call for Art 2018

March 28th, 2018 by Ceylon

 Montgomery County Contemporary Works on Paper Collection Call for Art 2018

Deadline: Friday, April 20 by 11:59PM

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The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) and the Montgomery County Public Art Trust are issuing a call for art to reactivate The Contemporary Works on Paper Collection with new acquisitions from artists living in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington area. Artwork in this collection is owned by Montgomery County under the County’s Public Art Trust program and loaned to County agencies for display in public buildings.

This call is specifically for the purchase of original and unframed two-dimensional works of art that are contemporary and modern in style. These works may include but are not limited to paintings in various media, drawings in various media, photographs, mixed media, and limited edition prints.  These artworks should help create inspiring spaces that foster innovation, creative excellence and personal reflection. The Public Art Trust is especially interested in artworks that reflect the unique and diverse character of Montgomery County.

Required Application Materials

  • Artist Information: full name, current address, contact information, Artist Information: full name, current address, contact information
  • Artist Statement: 1 page maximum
  • Artist Resume: 1 page maximum
  • Images: High quality JPEG image files are preferred; professionally taken photographs of the artwork may be submitted.
  • Exhibition List: a document that includes the title, year, medium, dimension, price and edition number (if applicable) for each uploaded work of art. Listed price shall reflect a 20% discount.

AHCMC Welcomes Ceylon Mitchell

February 5th, 2018 by Ceylon

Ceylon Mitchell, a communications specialist with a background in music performance, recently joined our staff as the communications and public relations manager. We sat down with him to learn about his background in the arts, his first few weeks at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and more!


AHCMC: So tell us about yourself.

Ceylon: I am a native of Anchorage, Alaska and very excited to work with AHCMC. I have a Master of Music Education from Boston University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Journalism and Master of Music in flute performance from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining AHCMC, I served as the Communications & Media Coordinator in the University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement, an organization committed to facilitating connections, networking opportunities, and partnerships between the University of Maryland and surrounding communities. In this position, I managed press relations, creative assets, social media strategy, and web content while sharing knowledge and promoting the many engagement efforts in “Greater College Park.” While I have greatly enjoyed making a difference for my alma mater, I am excited to learn more about the local arts and humanities sectors in Montgomery County.

AHCMC: What led you to the arts field?
Ceylon Mitchell

Ceylon Mitchell, AHCMC Communications & Public Relations Manager

Ceylon: I play the flute! As an active artist and educator, I am the co-founder and flutist of Potomac Winds, a local chamber music collective. We engage in performances, collaborations, private instruction, and educational outreach, all very important to me. As a private consultant, I support performing arts individuals and organizations with digital media marketing strategies, multimedia content, and tailored services in order to ensure their artistic success. My mission is keeping the arts alive, authentic, and accessible in our communities!

“I’m looking forward to reading, listening, and sharing all of the wonderful cultural news, events, and opportunities happening in Montgomery County…”

AHCMC: What interested you to come work for AHCMC?

Ceylon: During my graduate studies at the University of Maryland, I learned about the arts communities, individuals, and institutions in the Washington D.C. metro area. Specifically, I have worked as the flute choir conductor with the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra in Montgomery County for the last three years. This opportunity allowed me to learn about the diversity, community involvement, and wealth of cultural assets in the county. Upon discovering AHCMC, I was truly inspired by the organization’s mission and interested in learning more about the arts, grants, and nonprofits on a local level. With a unique experience in the performing arts, journalism, and advocacy, working with the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County felt like the perfect fit!

AHCMC: Tell us a fun fact!

Ceylon: I grew up playing four sports – soccer, track, cross-county running, and cross-county skiing.

AHCMC: What are you most looking forward to as the CPRM?

Ceylon: I’m looking forward to reading, listening, and sharing all of the wonderful cultural news, events, and opportunities happening in Montgomery County for the community to enjoy. So send me those press releases at communications@creativemoco.com!

AHCMC joins the global #GivingTuesday movement!

November 24th, 2017 by Michael

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate humanity worldwide. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, and one of the best ways to get involved is in your own community.

#GivingTuesday donations will provide significant assistance to AHCMC as we work to keep the arts and humanities alive in communities across Montgomery County. The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County is asking for you to support us in our goal of raising $10,000 by December 31st by donating on #GivingTuesday (November 28) at www.creativemoco.com/support.

In Montgomery County, we are truly fortunate to have a robust arts and humanities community that offers rich cultural experiences and drives our local economy. Our programs help advance this economic and cultural growth!

  • Arts in Education – Partnering with local teaching artists to bring unique arts education programs to 9 Montgomery County Public Schools, one library and one senior care facility focusing on underserved students and community members.
  • CultureSpotMC – Montgomery County’s premiere online cultural calendar and only dedicated arts and culture publication.
  • The Public Art Trust – Managing the county’s public art collection and placemaking initiatives in partnership with the county and developers.

We know that #MontgomeryCountyGives! So, how will you support on #GivingTuesday?

Your contribution of $10, $20, $50 or $100 will help us reach our $10,000 goal!  These funds will be used to support our operations, drive our programs, and help us build a new creativemoco.com! A contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for supporting the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County!

Support AHCMC this #GivingTuesday.