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Local Sculptor Selected to Design New Public Artwork for Silver Spring Park
Silver Spring, MD (December,10 2014) — The Public Art Trust, administered by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, announces the selection of sculptor Michel Enn Sirvet for the design and creation of a public art work entitled Red Orchard Wall.  This art work will be placed in the public landscape near the intersection of Philadelphia Avenue and Fenton Street, in the Fenton Street Urban Park.  Red Orchard Wall is expected to be installed in summer of 2015. (View Details

The Arts and Humanities Council's Kramer Gallery Features Local Artists in "What Is Left Behind" 
Silver Spring, MD – (November 18, 2014) The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room is pleased to present What Is Left Behind, an exhibition of works by Casey Snyder and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin with a public reception on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 6:30pm until 8pm.  Organized by Kramer Gallery Curator Amina K. Cooper, What Is Left Behind will remain on view through February 27, 2015.(View Details)

Community and Cultural Leaders Honored at the 2014 county Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
Silver Spring, MD — (October 28, 2014)  On Monday, October 20, 2014, community and cultural leaders were recognized for their inspiring work in the local arts and humanities community at the 13th Annual County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities.  During a special ceremony at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center, County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett honored the eight award winners with the most prestigious awards conferred to individual artists, scholars, organizations and cultural patrons in Montgomery County. (View Details)

Winners of the 2014 County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Announced
Silver Spring, MD, USA (October 6, 2014) — The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.  Established in 2002, these awards honor community leaders whose work in the cultural and creative sector has made an impact in Montgomery County communities.(View Details) (Visit EA Page)

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and Plaza Artist Materials Launch Round Up for the Visual Arts
Silver Spring, MD (October 1, 2014) —The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is pleased to announce the launch of Round Up for the Visual Arts!™, a new charitable initiative created in partnership with Plaza Artist Materials. Round Up for the Visual Arts! is a cause marketing and fundraising campaign raising community support for Montgomery County's visual arts community through point-of-sales transactions. The launch of Round Up for the Visual Arts! kicks-off local celebrations of National Arts and Humanities Month, recognized across the country during the month of October. (Full Press Release) (Full Press Conference Remarks) (View Details)

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Announces Over $3.5 Million in Grant Awards for FY 15
Silver Spring, MD (July 17, 2014) —The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the award of 91 grants totaling more than $3.5 million for arts and humanities programs and activities in the county.  These grants support the wide range of cultural activities that are available to the county’s residents, including music, dance, theater, visual arts, literary activities and historical programs.   Funds to support these grants are provided by the Montgomery County Government and were included in the FY15 County Operating Budget proposed by the County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett and adopted by the Montgomery County Council.View Details

AHCMC's Kramer Gallery Features Montgomery County Artists in "Natural Origins" Exhibit
Silver Spring, MD (June 26, 2014) —The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, managed by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), is pleased to announce the opening of Natural Origins, an exhibition of recent  works by Len Harris and Ellen Kalin.   Both Harris and Kalin respond to organic and atmospheric elements in their artistic practices, presenting works that are divergent yet complementary.  View Details.

Montgomery County’s Political Candidates Unveil Their Platforms on Local Arts & Culture
Silver Spring, MD (June 13, 2014) —The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the results of its 2014 Survey of Political Candidates.  AHCMC invited each candidate in the County Executive and County Council race to participate in survey and share their plans for the arts, entertainment, and culture in the County with voters.View Details.

AHCMC Announces the 2014 Ida F. Haimovicz Exhibition at The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery 
Silver Spring, MD (June 12, 2014) —The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the opening of a solo exhibition by Malaika V. Temba, recipient of the 2014 Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award.  Malaika Temba confronts “zero-tolerance” school disciplinary policies that disproportionately impact minority students with a body of work influenced by historical propaganda imagery.  This exhibition of paintings and multimedia sculpture will be on view from June 10 until July 3, 2014.  View Details.

AHCMC Highlights Digital Photography in New Exhibit
SILVER SPRING, MD (March 29, 2014) —The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is pleased to announce the opening of Digital Impressions, a new exhibition at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room.  Digital Impressions will run from February 13, 2014 until May 23, 2014.  A reception for Digital Impressions, free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, March 29, at 2:00 p.m.View Details.

Exploring Identity:  Artist and Policy Maker Panel Discussion

Silver Spring, MD (January 17, 2014) — In connection with Cultural Exchanges, currently on view at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, and in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County will  host a panel with artists, policy makers, and community members to explore the issue of cultural identity within American society.  This event is free & open to the public. View Details

The Nonprofit Energy Alliance (NPEA) and Groundswell Announce a Dynamic New Partnership Which Will Expand Opportunities for Nonprofits to Acquire Green Energy at a Reduced Cost and with Enhanced Consumer Protections
SILVER SPRING, MD (November 21, 2013) —The partnership brings together NPEA and Groundswell’s group purchasing efforts. With greater collective buying power for Maryland and DC-based nonprofits, Groundswell will increase its ability to negotiate favorable contracts with clean energy suppliers chosen via a competitive bidding process. Organizing for the first combined group purchase will begin in December. View Details

Nonprofit Energy Alliance’s Innovative Clean-Energy Purchasing Initiative Saves Local Businesses a Half Million
 SILVER SPRING, MD (November 5, 2013) —The Nonprofit Energy Alliance (NPEA) – an initiative of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Nonprofit Montgomery, and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington today announced the results of NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE VIII.  Since 2010, NPEA has organized nonprofit businesses in Montgomery County and its neighboring jurisdictions to negotiate for cheaper and greener electricity.  NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE VIII represents the eighth cohort of local nonprofits to participate in this innovative cooperative energy purshasing program.  In this round, 14 participating organizations reached an aggregated total savings of approximately $2,357 in comparison to current Standard Offer Service (SOS) rates.  Collectively, they purchased a total of 1.99 million kWh in wind power, which is equivalent to offsetting 3,088,676 pounds of carbon dioxide or to taking 292 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year. View Details

AHCMC & Kramer Gallery Announce New Exhibition-
"Cultural Exchanges"
SILVER SPRING, MD (October 25, 2013) —The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is pleased to announce the opening of Cultural Exchanges, a new exhibition at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room. Cultural Exchanges will run from November 7, 2013 until February 7, 2014, with the opening reception to be held on Thursday, November 7, at 5:30pm. View Details

Arts & Humanities Leaders Celebrated At The 12th Annual Montgomery County Executive's Awards For Excellence in the Arts & Humanities
SILVER SPRING, MD (October 25, 2013)—The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, County Executive Ike Leggett, and Catherine Leggett presided over an evening of performance, celebration and honors during the 12th Annual Montgomery County Executive’s Awards ceremony, held on Monday October 21, 2013 at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring.  Highlights of the evening included the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to dancer and choreographer Nilimma Devi and the Lifetime Impact award to long-time arts advocate Busy Graham. View Details

AHCMC Announces the Recipients of the 2013 County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
SILVER SPRING, MD (September 26, 2013)  The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the winners of the 12th Annual Montgomery County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.  These awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by Montgomery County on individual artists, scholars, organizations and cultural patrons.  The winners will receive their awards from County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett and Mrs. Catherine Leggett at a special ceremony that will take place on Monday, October 21, 2013 beginning at 7:00 pm  View Details

AHCMC Receives $20,000 NEA Grant To Provide Tenchnology Services To Cultural Community
SILVER SPRING, MD (January 17, 2013)—The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) will soon be providing even more marketing and fundraising services to the County’s arts and humanities sector thanks to a $20,000 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). As the County’s designated local arts agency, AHCMC provides grants opportunities and marketing, operations and capacity-building services to the cultural sector which is comprised of 450+ cultural organizations and 1500 artists and scholars. The NEA award allows AHCMC to expand its current constituent services in marketing and to add a new fundraising cooperative for grantee organizations. View Details

Recent High School Graduates Receive County-Wide Recognition for Artistic Ability
SILVER SPRING, MD (May 31, 2012) — Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces a joint Awards Presentation & Reception to celebrate the work of 2012 Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award recipient Ruthie Prillaman and 2012 Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award recipient Samantha Ritchie. The event will take place at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room in Silver Spring, MD on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The evening will feature an exhibit of work by Ritchie and readings of work by Prillaman and fiction writer SUSAN COLL. View Details

Montgomery County Council President Berliner and County Council Honor Non-Profit Energy Alliance For Environmental Leadership
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (December 12, 2011) - The Non-Profit Energy Alliance (NPEA) will be recognized for environmental leadership by the Montgomery County Council and Council President Roger Berliner. View Details

Announcing participants of Non-Profit Energy Alliance IV
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (October 12, 2011) - Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, The Nonprofit Roundtable, and Nonprofit Montgomery today announced NON-PROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE IV, the fourth group of nonprofits in Greater Washington convened expressly to assist non-profit organizations in Montgomery County and its neighboring jurisdictions organize and negotiate as a group for cheaper and greener electricity. This marks the first full year of the NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE. View Details 

Cultural Leaders and Organizations to be Celebrated at the 2011 County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities
SILVER SPRING, MD (September 27, 2011) - Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the winners of the 10th Annual Montgomery County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. The winners will receive their awards from County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett and Mrs. Catherine Leggett at a special ceremony that will take place on Monday, October 24, 2011 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda. View Details

Montgomery County Residents to Discover Public Art through Where's Ike?
SILVER SPRING, MD (September 26, 2011) — Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the launch of Where’s Ike?, an online campaign to increase awareness of and appreciation for the amazing public art pieces located around Montgomery County. View Details

BCC Student Wins Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award
SILVER SPRING, MD (June 13, 2011)—The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces that HANNAH JOHNSTON, a 2011 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, MD, is the 2011 recipient of the Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award. Johnston will receive a $1,000 cash award on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 at the award presentation and reception. She and acclaimed fiction writer and NEA Literature Program Officer, Amy Stolls, will present a reading together. View Details

Einstein Student Wins Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award
SILVER SPRING, MD, May 27, 2010 — Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces that DANIEL TORETSKY, recent graduate of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, MD, is the 2011 recipient of the Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award. Toretsky will receive a $3,000 cash award on Tuesday, June 7 at 5:00 PM at the reception for his solo exhibition at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery. View Details

Montgomery Traditions to Launch May 24, 2011
SILVER SPRING, MD (May 10, 2011)—The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) in conjunction with McGinty’s Public House announces the launch of www.MontgomeryTraditions.org, a new multimedia website featuring personal narratives of Montgomery County folk and traditional artists. The opening reception will be held Tuesday May 24, 2011 from 6:00 - 7:00PM at McGinty’s Public House. View Details

Free Forms & Faces Opens at Kramer Gallery
SILVER SPRING, MD (May 4, 2011)—The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the opening of “Free Forms & Faces,” a new exhibition at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room inside the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring. The opening reception will be held Tuesday, May 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Gallery. The public is invited to this free event. View Details

Sixteen Non-Profits Slash Carbon Footprint With Green Energy
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (April 19, 2011) ―The Nonprofit Roundtable, Nonprofit Montgomery, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light announced today that sixteen Greater Washington nonprofits are drastically reducing energy costs by participating in the NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE III, a cooperative purchasing alliance. View Details

Call To Visual Artists Residing in Montgomery County
SILVER SPRING, MD (January 5, 2011)— The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) and BlackRock Center for the Arts have entered into a collaborative arrangement to jointly seek artists who reside in Montgomery County for exhibits in their respective galleries.  This Call to Montgomery County Artists is for the purpose of creating shows in two new galleries: the Terrace Gallery at BlackRock Center in Germantown and the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room in the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. View Details.

Mixing it Up at the Kramer Gallery
SILVER SPRING, MD January 3, 2011—The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the opening of “Mixing it Up,” a new exhibition at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room inside the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring. The opening reception will be held Sunday, January 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Gallery. The public is invited to this free event. View Details.

Dedication of Kramer Gallery
SILVER SPRING, MD December 7, 2010 — On Wednesday December 15, 2010, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Mrs. Leggett, joined by former County Executive Sidney Kramer, will formally dedicate the gallery inside the newly-opened Silver Spring Civic Center as the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room as a tribute to the former First Lady of Montgomery County.  View Details

 Kramer Gallery Launches Inaugural Exhibtion
SILVER SPRING, MD (October 19, 2010)—The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the opening of the first exhibit at Silver Spring’s newest art gallery—the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room inside the Silver Spring Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring.  Titled “Three Visions of Nature,” the exhibit presents three outstanding photographers who are residents of Montgomery County.  The featured photographers are Nikhil Bahl, Montgomery Village, Joanne Miller, Silver Spring, and Bert GF Shankman, Olney. View Details

Non-Profit Energy Alliance II
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD -- The Nonprofit Roundtable, Nonprofit Montgomery, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County today announced NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE II, the second group of nonprofits in the Greater Washington Regional Area convened expressly to assist non-profit organizations in Montgomery County and its neighboring jurisdictions organize and negotiate as a group for cheaper and greener electricity.
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2010 County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Winners Announced
SILVER SPRING, MD -- Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the winners of the 9th Annual Montgomery County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. The winners will receive their awards from County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett and Mrs. Catherine Leggett at a special ceremony that will take place on Monday, October 18, 2010 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.
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Gallery Honors Former First Lady of Montgomery County
SILVER SPRING, MD — On Thursday July 8, 2010, the Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced that the gallery inside the newly-opened Silver Spring Civic Center at Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring will be named the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room as a tribute to the former First Lady of Montgomery County.  The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), the non-profit arts agency designated to distribute County funds for arts and humanities, will manage the Gallery and Music Room.
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Non-Profit Energy Alliance Helps Montgomery County Non-Profits Purchase Green Energy 
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD -- Nonprofit Montgomery,  Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light today announced the first ever NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE. The NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE was created expressly to assist non-profit organizations in Montgomery County and its neighboring jurisdictions organize and negotiate as a group for cheaper and
greener electricity.
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Arts & Humanities: A Mayorga Coffee Special Blend Debut
SILVER SPRING, MD, December 9, 2009 — The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) today announced a dynamic new partnership with the Montgomery County-based business, Mayorga Coffee LLC. The partnership, including the development of a specialty coffee, The Arts & Humanities Blend, made its