March 7 gala earns $50,000 for arts groups

March 17, 1998|By Erika D. Peterman | Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF

An article last week in the Howard County edition of The Sun incorrectly stated that arts organizations in Baltimore supported by the Howard County Arts Council would receive funds raised by the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County gala. The money will benefit only county arts organizations.

The Sun regrets the error.

The first Celebration of the Arts in Howard County gala netted about $50,000 for local arts organizations and Columbia's Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, organizers estimate.

Held March 7 in the 750-seat theater on the Wilde Lake High School campus, the event drew more than 600 people and showcased local talent in the performing and visual arts.


The money will go into the council's grant pool, which helps fund county arts groups and Baltimore City cultural organizations -- such as the Baltimore Museum of Art -- which are heavily attended by Howard County residents, said Coleen West, executive director of the Howard County Arts Council.

West said the arts council donates $200,000 to such organizations annually.

"We would like to make [the gala] annual," West said. "It was really, really successful. I heard people say it was the best gala they'd ever attended."

West said 34 paintings and sculptures were purchased in a silent auction, bringing in $13,000. Half of the money will go to the artists and the other half will go to the arts council, she said.

Pub Date: 3/17/98

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