Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

About Us


Our mission is to promote, support, and expand a vibrant arts and humanities presence woven into the fabric of our diverse and inclusive community.  


Our vision is to provide leadership that sustains arts and humanities organizations, artists and scholars and inspires participation in our County’s rich cultural assets.


 In Montgomery County, Maryland, the arts and humanities are a vibrant and vital part of our community. That's why Montgomery County was named one of the most attractive places to live in the nation (CNN Money "Best Places for a Long Life," 2008). Since 1976, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) has been the County’s designated local arts agency. Through our programs and services, AHCMC provides the infrastructure and support necessary to maintain a robust creative community that includes over 450 cultural organizations and 1,500 artists and scholars.

AHCMC annually distributes over $4 million in grants to organizations and individuals to help fund enriching cultural activities in our County (see past grant awards). Funding is provided by the Montgomery County Government, the Maryland State Arts Council, corporations, organizations and individuals.

We coordinate and manage the following programs, services and resources:

  • Grants
  • Arts and Humanities Advocacy
  • Public Arts Trust
  • Montgomery Traditions, a Multimedia Experience on Folk & Traditional Arts
  • Arts Education
  • Non-Profit Energy Alliance
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Do & Go, Montgomery County's Cultural Events Calendar
  • Field Trip Directory

Download our Organizational Overview (updated 2012)

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801 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
T: 301-565-3805 | F: 301-565-3809

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