Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

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Grants to arts and humanities organizations, community groups and individual artists and scholars reach far and deep into Montgomery County. Learn more about the AHCMC's impact and that of our grantees by following these links.

Teaching Artists

Third-graders learn as they create plant-themed tiles with AHCMC Artist in Residence
by Jeanette Der Bedrosian, The Gazette, January 13, 2010
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When 8-year-old Fiona Haverland misses her former home of Alaska, all she has to do is look at a mosaic that will soon adorn the entrance of her elementary school. Fiona, a third-grader at East Silver Spring Elementary School, is among a group of students who worked with North Potomac artist Carien Quiroga to design and create "Many Little Seeds," a mosaic of the plant life cycle.

Using the arts as a guide through history
Artist in residence helps Glenallan Elementary students learn about leaders through collage project
by Amber Parcher, The Gazette, June 3, 2009
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As the students of Corinna Navas' second-grade class at Glenallan Elementary School glued down the final pieces to their art collage Friday, Navas gently urged them to wrap things up: They only had a few minutes before art class started. Although the students' hands were sticky and paint was smeared on their shirts, they were actually finishing a multiple-week history and civics lesson on what makes a leader.

Community Projects

Historical society reaches out to diverse audience
by Melissa J. Brachfeld, The Gazette, July 8, 2009
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The Montgomery County Historical Society is taking history out of museums and books and bringing it to the masses with a new multilingual education project. Montgomery Connections, which is funded through a $106,000 two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is designed to engage people of all races and backgrounds in an introduction to local history and create links to their daily lives, said Debbie Rankin, executive director of the historical society.

In bold brushstrokes, refugees tell their tales
New Silver Spring mural calls attention to those who fled their countries in fear hoping for a better life
by Jason Tomassini, The Gazette, June 10, 2009
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For three refugees living in Maryland, speaking out against the government in their native lands could mean prison time, physical injury or even death. But remaining silent could be just as harmful to countless others living in oppressive or war-torn countries.While the three still fear backlash against themselves and their families, they hope their stories of perseverance and survival, captured in a new mural on Bonifant Street in Silver  Spring, will illustrate the struggles of countless other refugees living in America and lead to change in their native lands.

Individual Artists & Scholars

Having his say: Poet has a story to tell
by Jordan Edwards, The Gazette, June 10, 2009
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In an era saturated with poetry slams, Henry Mills bucks the trend. "Performing poetry has been around longer than the written word," he says. "I'm glad that I came upon it before I knew what slam was so I could make my own ideas."