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Frederick Arts Council

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Uploaded on Nov 15, 2010

For over 30 years the Frederick Arts Council (FAC) has fostered the growth of the arts, artists, and arts organizations in Frederick County through grant and scholarship programs, workshops and arts education forums, and advocacy. Since its inception in 1976, the Frederick Arts Council has played a major role in the renaissance of Frederick as a city of culture and artistic ambiance. The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, the Weinberg Center for the Arts, and the Frederick Festival of the Arts all had early associations with the Arts Council and have matured to become cultural cornerstones of the county.

As the officially designated arts funding organization in the county, The Frederick Arts Council receives funding from the Maryland State Arts Council and Frederick County for grants to nonprofit arts organizations. Each year, over 20 organizations serving children and adults in all arts disciplines receive Community Arts Development grants through the Frederick Arts Council.

In 1998, the FAC launched a bold new initiative when it acquired an historic 14,000 square foot facility that was originally a McCrory's five and dime store from 1926 until 1996. The building was named the Cultural Arts Center and was developed to serve as a community arts center where actors, dancers, musicians, and artists of every discipline can affordably work, rehearse, perform, teach classes, and conduct workshops. The Cultural Arts Center is located in the heart of downtown Frederick and is centrally located in the Frederick Arts and Entertainment District, across from the Weinberg Center for the Arts and next to Maryland Ensemble Theatre forming a small but bustling theater district for the community.

The Cultural Arts Center features a 100-seat flexible black box theater, a 1,400 square foot visual art gallery, a large community event hall, as well as office and meeting spaces for artists and arts organizations. On any given day the CAC is bursting with activities ranging from meetings, classes and workshops, gallery exhibits, music/theater/dance performances, and special events. On average, more than 2,000 people visit and utilize the CAC each month through these various activities. The CAC serves as a vital and integral part of many Frederick County residents' lives and as a home for many artists and arts organizations through the County.

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