The Birthday Party: Washington County Arts Council Celebrates 39 Years of Nurturing the Arts in our Community

The Birthday Party
Washington County Arts Council Celebrates 39 Years of Nurturing the Arts in our Community

Board of Directors, staff, membership and friends of the Washington County Arts Council will celebrate the WCAC's 39th birthday at the WCAC Gallery from 6-8pm on November 14.
This informal celebration will include perspectives on the past year, visions and goals for the coming year, and also announcement of the WCAC Community Arts Development Grants awards for 2007.
The Washington County Arts Council was born in the fall of 1967, when citizens interested in the arts met at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts to discuss ways to encourage and nurture the arts locally. The Arts Council thus was formed to aid and advise the cultural arts in Washington County, and to integrate the arts into the total life of the communities it serves.
Maryland was one of the first states in the nation to create a state council for the arts, when the General Assembly enacted legislation declaring it the policy of the State to strive to create a nurturing climate for the arts and recognizing that the arts are a vital part of Maryland's culture and heritage. Shortly thereafter, the Washington County Arts Council was formally incorporated in 1968, making it one of the very first such agencies in the State of Maryland.
Kevin Moriarty, executive director, oversees the WCAC's community arts development efforts and advocates for support of the arts in Washington County. His daily task is to further the WCAC's mission of enriching the cultural, educational, economic and social life through nurturing the arts.
Stephanie Ostmann is the executive assistant and is responsible for the daily operations of the WCAC's administrative offices and Gallery in historic downtown Hagerstown.
Michael Maginnis, as the education programs manager, is also an art teacher at the Antietam Academy. Throughout the year he works on planning and fine-tuning the WCAC's popular Art Camp at Doub's Woods. His responsibilities include managing instructional staff, overseeing the operation of the camp, and advising the WCAC's executive director and board of directors on curriculum for the program.
The Washington County Arts Council provides and sponsors programs such as Music by the Lake, Gospel Music in the Park, and University Plaza Parties.
Contact the Arts Council by stopping by 14 West Washington Street in Hagerstown or by calling 301-791-3132.