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Frederick Arts Council

Frederick Arts Council
11 West Patrick Street, Suite 201
301-662-4190

Office Hours:

Hours by appointment. Please contact the Arts Council via phone or email listed above to schedule an appointment.

The Arts are vital to the quality of life that all of us enjoy in Frederick County. Whether you’re engaged in the arts as an audience member, patron, educator, or artist, the Frederick Arts Council (FAC) is your arts ally. Our purpose is to foster an environment where the arts may flourish in our community through grants and scholarships, arts advocacy, and links to essential resources.

The Frederick Arts Council serves as the umbrella arts organization for Frederick County, Maryland. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds a better community through arts programs, services, activities, and events.

The Frederick Arts Council does not discriminate against any person on the basis of any characteristic described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act or on the basis of political opinion or affiliation in any of its policies, procedures or practices and prides itself on maintaining a facility that is accessible to all. From time to time, FAC may host programs such as workshops and lectures off site and will consider reasonable requests for accommodations if submitted to our offices two weeks in advance of this program or activity.

Our Vision:
Our vision for the Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County is to be an attractive, exciting arts venue for the county - a place where actors, dancers, musicians and artists of every discipline can affordably work, rehearse, perform, teach classes and conduct workshops.


Recent News

Frederick Arts Council Announces 15th Annual Art in the Park with the Frederick Keys on June 18, 2021

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council (FAC) will once again host the popular community event Art in the Park along with the Frederick Keys at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Art in the Park 2021 will take place on Friday, June 18th,…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces 27th Annual Frederick Festival of the Arts with Howard Alan Events

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Festival of the Arts will be held along Carroll Creek Linear Park in the heart of Historic downtown Frederick, Maryland on June 12 and 13, 10 am to 5 pm. This juried, fine art show features more than 100 artists…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces New Exhibition Featuring Baltimore Artist Lisa Dillin

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces a new exhibition featuring the work of Baltimore artist Lisa Dillin on view at the Frederick Arts Council Art Center, Frederick MD. The exhibition ‘Sorry we missed you’ features…

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Frederick Arts Council Adds Two New Board Members

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces that local artists Ted Robinson and Lusmerlin Lantigua have been elected to its board of directors, dedicated to advancing and investing in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces New Exhibition Featuring Frederick Artist Mike Shaffer

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces a new exhibition featuring the work of Frederick artist Mike Shaffer on view at both the 5 E. 2nd Street art center and FAC’s 11 W. Patrick Street gallery. The show will run from…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces New Mural at 69 S.Market Street

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces the commission of a new mural which will appear at 69 S. Market Street in downtown Frederick. The mural, designed and painted by artist Rafael Blanco, will feature jazz great and Frederick…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces FY21 Community Arts Development Grant Awardees

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces that it has awarded Community Arts Development (CAD) grants to 18 arts organizations and arts programs throughout Frederick County. The recipients include African American Resources-…

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Frederick/Gaithersburg/Rockville Ranked 9th Most Arts-Vibrant Large Community in the Country

Frederick, MD - The Frederick Arts Council announces that Frederick/Gaithersburg/Rockville has been ranked the 9th most arts-vibrant large community in the country, according to the 2020 Arts Vibrancy Index Report by Southern Methodist…

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Frederick Arts Council Unveils New Look and Identity

The organization has developed fresh branding and a new website to better support its mission and vision today. Frederick, MD -- The Frederick Arts Council, whose mission is advancing and investing in a vibrant and cohesive arts community, has…

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Frederick Arts Council Awards COVID-19 Artist Relief Funds

Frederick, MD - The Frederick Arts Council has launched a Frederick Artist Emergency Relief Fund for local artists facing financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic Grants of $250-$500 are being offered to local artists whose incomes have been…

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Frederick Arts Council Illuminates Windows in Blue to HonorCoronavirus Health Heroes as Part of Maryland’s Health Care Heroes Day

Frederick, MD - The Frederick Arts Council has illuminated the windows of all of its locations in bright blue light and installed thank you banners to mark Healthcare Heroes Day in Maryland, recognizing the dedication and bravery of frontline…

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Frederick Arts Council Artist-in-Residency Award Winner Returns From South Of France

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council congratulates Individual Artist Award Winner William Cochran for serving a productive artist-in-residency with the La Napoule Art Foundation in the South of France (outside of Cannes). Cochran was the…

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Frederick Arts Council Receives Grant From The National Endowment For The Arts

Frederick, MD - The Frederick Arts Council has been approved for an Art Works grant to support its public art program. Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support…

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Frederick Arts Council Purchases Historic Church To Serve As Center For Public Art

Frederick, MD - The Frederick Arts Council announces its purchase of the historic property located at 5 E 2nd Street. The building formerly served as a church and was built in 1871. The Arts Council’s intent for the property is to use it…

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Frederick Arts Council Gallery to Feature Act III of Thomas Faison’s Installation, Phase Change

Frederick, MD -- The final act of Thomas Faison’s “Phase Change” will open Friday, October 11th at the Frederick Arts Council Gallery, 5:00 PM. The opening marks Faison’s three-act evolving installation “Phase…

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Frederick Arts Council Awarded Focus Grant by Ausherman Family Foundation

Frederick, MD -- The Frederick Arts Council announces that the organization has been awarded a $252,000 Focus Grant from the Ausherman Family Foundation. These grants are by invitation only and designed to be a three- to five-year commitment to help…

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Frederick Arts Council’s Sky Stage Opens for Spring/Summer 2019 Season

Frederick, MD – Sky Stage, the Frederick Arts Council’s award-winning public art project and outdoor amphitheater designed by artist Heather Clark with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has opened for its Spring/Summer…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces Carl R. Butler Individual Artist Grant Awards

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces the creation of the Carl R. Butler Individual Artist Grant Awards, in memory of beloved local artist Carl R. Butler who passed away in 2018. These awards will honor, support, and strengthen…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces Opening of 'Act II' of Thomas Faison's Three-Part Installation, Phase Change

Alongside the installation’s second act opening, Ashley Hoffman will exhibit a new photography series created in conjunction with Faison’s work. Act I of Phase Change (Jan-April) explored water in its liquid form and featured a large…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces 2019 Community Arts Development Grant Awardees

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces the awarding of $70,000 in Community Arts Development (CAD) grants to 22 arts organizations and arts programs throughout Frederick County. The recipients include Calvary United Methodist…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces 2019 Community Arts Development Grant Awardees

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces the awarding of $70,000 in Community Arts Development (CAD) grants to 22 arts organizations and arts programs throughout Frederick County. The recipients include Calvary United Methodist…

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Frederick Arts Council Selects Artist Thomas Faison To Create Pop-Up Gallery Installation

Artist Thomas Faison will be exhibiting a multimedia installation called "Phase Change" in the Frederick Arts Council's 11 W Patrick Street gallery over the course of 2019. Frederick, MD — Artist Thomas Faison was selected to create a…

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Frederick Arts Council Unveils Public Art Master Plan Final Draft for Frederick County

Frederick, MD—The Frederick Arts Council unveiled “Connections,” its Public Art Master Plan for Frederick County recently. After an 18-month-long process of discovery and creation, the plan is in its Final Draft stage. The Public…

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Frederick Arts Council Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

An Arts Engagement in American Communities Award will fund a year-long installation at an 11 West Patrick Street pop-up gallery. Frederick, MD— The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding the Frederick Arts Council a $10,000 grant to…

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Frederick Arts Council Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

An Arts Engagement in American Communities Award will fund a year-long installation at an 11 West Patrick Street pop-up gallery. Frederick, MD— The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding the Frederick Arts Council a $10,000 grant to…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces Recipients of the Eleanor Harper, Thelma Gross, and Michael Campagnoli Memorial Music Scholarships

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council has awarded fifteen students of Frederick County Public Schools scholarships to pursue private music instruction in 2018. Two of the scholarships, from The Eleanor Harper Music Scholarship Fund and…

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Frederick Arts Council Adds New Board Member; Elects Paula Rubin-Wexler Secretary

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces that Dr. Peter Kremers has been added to its board of directors, and board member Paula Rubin-Wexler has been elected Secretary of the organization dedicated to advancing and investing in a…

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Frederick Arts Council to Partner on Veteran Spotlight Exhibition at VOLT Restaurant and New Spire Spaces

Frederick, MD –The Frederick Arts Council will partner with New Spire Arts, the Asian American Center of Frederick, VOLT Restaurant, Platoon 22, and The Arts & The Military to hold an April 13th - June3rd exhibition in VOLT’s dining…

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Frederick Arts Council’s Sky Stage Opening for Spring/Summer 2018 Season on Saturday April 7, 2018

Frederick, MD – Sky Stage, the award-winning public art project and outdoor amphitheater designed by artist Heather Clark with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and managed by the Frederick Art Council, is opening once again in…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces Results of 2017 Public Art Survey

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces that the results of the Public Art-related survey the organization conducted in fall 2017 have been analyzed and released to the public. The survey was conducted as part of a fact-finding…

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Frederick Arts Council Announces 2018 Community Arts Development Grant Awardees

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces the awarding of $76,800 in Community Arts Development (CAD) grants to 20 arts organizations and arts programs throughout Frederick County. The recipients include Calvary United Methodist…

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Frederick Arts Council Adds Three New Board Members

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Arts Council announces the addition of three new board members who have joined the organization dedicated to advancing and investing in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for Frederick County. The new board…

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