ABOUT THE

Carroll County Arts Council

The Carroll County Arts Council is located in the magnificently renovated Carroll Arts Center, formerly the Carroll Theatre in downtown Westminster. The art deco building now houses a 263-seat theatre, the Tevis Gallery, Community Gallery, Director’s Hall Gallery, Gift Shop, two art classrooms, and offices.

Our Mission

The Carroll County Arts Council’s mission is to enrich our community, both culturally and economically, by presenting, promoting and supporting a wide variety of arts opportunities for our residents, visitors, and artists.

History

The Carroll County Arts Council was formed in 1969 by a group of volunteers who wanted to make the arts part of the everyday fabric of Carroll County life. In the 1980’s they hired a professional director and gradually played a larger role in the life of this community. About that time the Arts Council also became formally affiliated with Carroll County as one of the officially recognized Recreation Councils. While no longer a Recreation Council, the CCAC maintains an active partnership with the County through the Office of Tourism and the Recreation and Parks Department. The Arts Council is a private 501© 3 non-profit corporation which enables us to raise additional private funds to augment our public support.

The creation of the Carroll Arts Center was the result of a partnership between the City of Westminster, Carroll County Recreation & Parks Department and the Arts Council. Together we purchased and renovated the 1937 movie theatre on Main Street. It’s one of only two art deco structures in this county…the other being East Middle School. The original 850-seat Carroll Theatre opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1937 and was “the” place to go. The renovated facility opened in April of 2003 with 263 seats as well as space devoted to galleries, classrooms and visitor amenities. The building is now owned by the City of Westminster and leased to the Arts Council for $1 per year.

History

The Carroll County Arts Council was formed in 1969 by a group of volunteers who wanted to make the arts part of the everyday fabric of Carroll County life. In the 1980’s they hired a professional director and gradually played a larger role in the life of this community. About that time the Arts Council also became formally affiliated with Carroll County as one of the officially recognized Recreation Councils. While no longer a Recreation Council, the CCAC maintains an active partnership with the County through the Office of Tourism and the Recreation and Parks Department. The Arts Council is a private 501© 3 non-profit corporation which enables us to raise additional private funds to augment our public support.

The creation of the Carroll Arts Center was the result of a partnership between the City of Westminster, Carroll County Recreation & Parks Department and the Arts Council. Together we purchased and renovated the 1937 movie theatre on Main Street. It’s one of only two art deco structures in this county…the other being East Middle School. The original 850-seat Carroll Theatre opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1937 and was “the” place to go. The renovated facility opened in April of 2003 with 263 seats as well as space devoted to galleries, classrooms and visitor amenities. The building is now owned by the City of Westminster and leased to the Arts Council for $1 per year.

Funding

The Arts Council receives major funding from The Maryland State Arts Council, Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks and the City of Westminster. The membership support of individuals and businesses in the community provides additional funding and is deeply appreciated. Our many cultural programs also generate important earned income such as classes, camps, bus trips, and art sales. Special events, such as the annual Festival of Wreaths, and PEEPshow, are also sources of contributed income. We offer a host of discounts and benefits at a variety of giving levels. Memberships are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Carroll County Arts Council Team

Judy Morley, PhDExecutive Director
Andy WoodardDirector of Programs
Will AbbottDirector of Operations
Moriah TylerEducation & Visual Arts Coordinator
Lindsay SierTheatre Coordinator
Claudia RogersFinancial Coordinator
JoAnna CroneCommunity Engagement Coordinator
Rosalyn SmaldoneRetail & Marketing Coordinator

Board of Directors

Officers/Executive Committee

Board Members

Kathy Mayan, President Ray Arnold Vickii Engel Amber Harte Maurer Farran
Thomas Sterner, Vice President Barbara Harden Carol A. Kolb Margaret (Peggie) Kozo
Kendra Hart, Secretary Robert Lemieux Cindy May Jeannie Nichols
Mike Rittase, Treasurer Angela Nickolas Harold Scott Ethan Seidel
Karen Soisson, Officer at Large Kimberlee Schultz Bernard C. Vogel Lynn Wheeler
Anne Blue, Past President Sharon Yingling Jeff Degitz (Carroll County
Government Liaison)
Kevin Dayhoff (City of
Westminster Liaison)

Board of Directors

Officers/Executive Committee

  • Kathy Mayan, President
  • Thomas Sterner, Vice President
  • Kendra Hart, Secretary
  • Mike Rittase, Treasurer
  • Karen Soisson, Officer at Large
  • Anne Blue, Past President

Board Members

  • Ray Arnold
  • Vickii Engel
  • Amber Harte Maurer Farran
  • Barbara Harden
  • Carol A. Kolb
  • Margaret (Peggie) Kozo
  • Robert Lemieux
  • Cindy May
  • Jeannie Nichols
  • Angela Nickolas
  • Harold Scott
  • Ethan Seidel
  • Kimberlee Schultz
  • Bernard C. Vogel
  • Lynn Wheeler
  • Sharon Yingling
  • Jeff Degitz (Carroll County Government Liaison)
  • Kevin Dayhoff (City of Westminster Liaison)

Employment

The CCAC is an equal opportunity employer and accessible to those with disabilities or special needs.

The Arts Council maintains an active list of experienced sound engineers and stage lighting technicians to work at our many theatrical events. In addition to technical work, these hourly employees also assist with set-up, clean-up, facility maintenance and other tasks. Applicants must be able to work independently, lift heavy equipment and stand for several hours. Hourly salaries range from $8 – $15 depending on experience level. Hours are sporadic and are mostly at night or on weekends. Interested applicants should contact Lindsay Sier for more information.

The Arts Center needs your help!

For information on how to volunteer, click below, or to contact our volunteer coordinator, JoAnna Crone, email joanna@carrollcountyartscouncil.org or call 410-848-7272.

Learn More

Media

Here you will find press releases for our upcoming events. Please let us know by email if you would like to be added to our distribution list or if you would like a high-resolution photo to accompany any of these releases.

Rosalyn SmaldoneRetail & Marketing Coordinator

Media

Here you will find press releases for our upcoming events. Please let us know by email if you would like to be added to our distribution list or if you would like a high-resolution photo to accompany any of these releases.

Rosalyn SmaldoneRetail & Marketing Coordinator

Rent the Arts Center

Theatre

Weekdays:

$175/ hour

Weekends:

$225/ hour

Classroom

Weekdays:

$25/ hour

Weekends:

$30/ hour

Theatre

Weekdays:

$175/ hour

Weekends:

$225/ hour

Classroom

Weekdays:

$25/ hour

Weekends:

$30/ hour

Weekend rate takes effect at 4PM Friday through 6AM Monday.

All rates hourly. Fees are based on total occupancy time, including setup and cleaning. 3-hour minimum for all rentals. Rentals subject to availability.

(Cumulative, applied to base rate; not applied to ticketing or additional services)
Nonprofit: 15%
Arts or Cultural Program: 15%
Arts Alliance Member: 10%
High Volume (20+ hours): 10%

Ticket Sales / Box Office Services*:
8.5% of gross sales

*Carroll Arts Center ticketing services mandatory for ticketed events. See ticketing policy.
Theatre Specifications
Rental Guidelines
rental request

For more information about renting the Arts Center, contact Andy Woodard.