Archive for September, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 Executive’s Awards recipients!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2012 Montgomery County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities:

  • Lifetime Impact Award – Eliot Pfanstiehl
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Carol Leahy
  • Patron Award – Robert Dohmen
  • Community Award – Honorable Jud Ashman, Gaithersburg Book Festival
  • Education Award – Claire Schwadron, Project Youth ArtReach of Class Acts Arts, Inc.
  • Emerging Leader Award – Jennifer Buzzell, Strathmore
  • Outstanding Artist or Scholar Award – Allan Stevens, the Puppet Co.
  • Volunteer Award – Alan Bowser, Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

These individuals will receive their awards at a special ceremony on Monday, October 22 at the Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring. Recipients of FY12 and FY13 grant awards from AHCMC will also be recognized. The event is free and open to all, and tickets are required. Tickets will be made available to the public on Monday, October 1 at

Congratulations again to this year’s award recipients, and we hope to see you at the ceremony on October 22!

Region’s Arts & Culture Generates $1.5 Billion in Economic Activity

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The reports are in and the numbers are stunning. In the Greater Washington Region the arts and culture industry pumps $1.5 Billion into the local economy. Not only that, the industry creates 29,003 jobs and generates $141Million in local and state government revenue. All over the region, government and arts and culture leaders are spreading this good news about one of the most stable and community rooted industries in America.

Listen to what leaders in the Greater Washington Region have to say:


In Montgomery County, we’re excited to announce that our arts and culture industry is an economic driver generating $151 Million in economic activity, producing 2,955 jobs and generating $10.3 Million in state and local revenues. Want to get the details? Check out our AEPIV micro-site by clicking here or listen to AHCMC CEO Suzan Jenkins in the video below.

Source: Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

But don’t take our word for how great this is.  Listen to what business leaders, government officials and chambers of commerce leaders have to say:

“The arts are good business.”
- County Executive Isiah Leggett

“Governor O’Malley recognizes the arts as a key business in Maryland. At the State level, the economic impact of arts and culture is $1 billion dollars and creates nearly 11,000 jobs. In tough times, we can justify support for the arts, because the arts are good for Maryland and Maryland business.”
- Secretary Christian Johansson, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development

“We need to bring the ability for arts and culture to create jobs front and center and move away from traditional discussions about the arts. It’s about jobs, jobs, jobs. Most employers in Montgomery County are small businesses, so the fact that cumulatively arts and culture generate 3,000 jobs is huge.”
- Steve Silverman, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development

“Arts organizations are businesses. Unlike other businesses, the arts generate event-related spending. A vibrant arts community is good for local businesses.
- Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts

“Arts are important to attract and retain a workforce.”

- Marilyn Balcombe, President and CEO of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce

“The arts and humanities [are seen] as takers rather than givers, but this study blows the lid off that. I feel I have strength in hand when we go to corporate donors, because we are an income generator.”

- Tom Kuehhas, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Historical Society

Go Behind the Scenes!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at museums, operas, concerts, ballets and on Broadway? Well, Do &Go’s Behind the Scenes can take you there–if your “there” is in Montgomery County.  This week, we’ve gone behind the scenes at Adventure Theatre MCT to discover how to prepare for Little Mermaid Junior auditions on Friday, September 7.

There is nothing like the thrill of looking out over a sea of smiling theater-goers and singing your heart out. I know. I was six years old when the theater bug bit me and to this day my favorite seat in the house is back stage, preferable from the wings while waiting to go on. But even for die-hards like me, auditioning can be nerve wracking and it can be especially hard on children.

As Adventure Theatre MTC gears up for auditions for its production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Junior, I thought a blog on audition preparation would be helpful to parents and young actors and actresses.

Last week, I visited with Michael J. Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director for Adventure Theatre MTC, and some of his campers to get their thoughts on how to prepare and what to expect at the September 7 audition. Hear tips and advice from the experts by clicking here  or on the Little Mermaid icon to see a short video.

Overwhelmingly, Bobbitt and the campers urged kids to have fun, be yourself, and be prepared. There are several ways you can prepare:
1.    Click here to learn about the audition date/times and requirements
2.    Click here to learn about the Broadway musical
3.    Click here to listen to some of the songs
4.    Click here to see a video about the Broadway musical

Bobbitt says if you don’t get chosen for the show—and that can happen—then sign up for a class and learn musical theater techniques: acting, singing and dancing. Adventure Theatre, located in the historic Glen Echo Park, recently merged with the Musical Theatre Center, one of Montgomery County’s premier musical theater training programs. Adventure Theatre MTC offer two locations, Rockville and Glen Echo, for classes and ensemble opportunities.

September 7 is right around the corner, so start practicing your music, strap on your dancing shoes, and shine up that smile!

For arts and cultural events in Montgomery County, go to, an online cultural calendar serving all of Montgomery County, MD. and Behind the Scenes are programs of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.