Frederick County has the Delaplaine Arts Center and Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts. Howard County has the Howard County Center for the Arts. Baltimore County has Oregon Ridge Center.
Now the Carroll County Arts Council wants its own multi-disciplinary arts center.
The arts council will have a community forum on the future of the arts in Carroll at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College to discuss a possible center for Carroll.
Many people from the government and arts-related organizations have been invited, and the meeting is open to anyone interested in the arts. Those who want to attend should call the Arts Council at 848-7272 for a reservation, because seating is limited.
"The Arts Council has been talking about a center since its inception, so the concept has been an ongoing process," said Hilary Hatfield, Carroll County Arts Council executive director. "In the past year we've taken a more direct approach to screening the community and getting the consultants together on this project.
"And the climate has certainly changed in Carroll County to be more receptive and positive for the arts."
The program for tomorrow's meeting is being funded through a technical assistance grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Two arts administrators from Prince George's County will speak.
Mrs. Hatfield will give an audio-visual presentation on the Carroll County Arts Council. Then Al Maitland, executive director of the Prince George's County Arts Council, and Barbara Funk, arts division manager of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will take over.
The Carroll County and Prince George's County arts councils are similar in that they are supervised by their respective county Department of Recreation and Parks, but are private agencies, Mr. Maitland said.
He will explain the Prince George's Arts Council's relationship with Recreation and Parks and how he obtained grant and private money for projects and programs.
"Prince George's County is very advanced in development," he said. "We get grants, raise money, run festivals. We also have many ties to the community."
One thing he will emphasize is the importance of any arts center being the community's, not the government's, facility.
"Private sector support helps nurture community groups," he said. "You want to try not to become dependent on seed money from the government. We will discuss partnerships that can be developed and will ask questions to try to get people to realize what they can do with whom."
He will note three points for the Carroll County Arts Council board of directors to focus on:
* The structure of the arts council and what it should be doing.
* Facilities and their relationship with the arts council.
* How to determine the community's needs, what the facility should do for the community and who determines it.
Ms. Funk, who also works with the Volunteer Action Center, will present her expertise in board development, structure and management at the meeting, Mr. Maitland said.
On Saturday, the Carroll County Arts Council board will meet with Mr. Maitland and Ms. Funk for an all-day retreat at the New Windsor Conference Center.
"We will glean as much information as we can from the community on what it wants in the way of the arts, then use that at the retreat," Mrs. Hatfield said.
Carroll board members will have workshops on membership development, long range planning, program marketing and development and fund-raising, Mrs. Hatfield said.
Participants will have an open discussion and form an action plan from what they have learned.