Allegany Arts Council

The Allegany Arts Council is a private, non-profit organization working to ensure that Allegany County, Maryland is A Community Alive with the Arts! As the official "umbrella organization" for the arts in our county,  our mission is to cultivate the arts to enrich the quality of life in our community. Our ongoing goals are to (1) increase awareness of and access to the arts, (2) to provide a supportive environment for local artists and arts organizations to thrive, (3) to foster economic vitality through the arts, and (4) to develop the Allegany Arts Council as a high performing sustainable organization.  Headquartered along with the Saville Gallery at 9 N. Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland's Arts & Entertainment District, the Allegany Arts Council sponsors and produces a wide variety of art events, activities and programs throughout the year. For questions or additional information about the Allegany Arts Council, please contact us at 301-777-ARTS (2787).

Upcoming Events
Show Time Kids June 4, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Is there someone living in your house that you would like to see explore their imagination? This 3 hour session will include theatre games of imagining while developing skits using various props, like a fairy tent and wanes. They’ll try out the world of mime comedy routines, as well as acting in scenes from the Wizard of Oz or Cinderella while learning “blocking” (how to move on stage) and learn theatre terms. The session covers a full world of Theatre Arts from stage makeup to costume and set design.

Session is for kids, age 7 to 18, under the direction of Penny Knobel-Besa who has over thirty years of experience as an actor, director, playwright and teacher in musical and children’s theatre. The class will meet at the Allegany Arts Council’s community room on April 30 from 1 pm to 4 p.m.

What’s theatre without costumes! (rack full of funky for comedy & fun, and peasant for Cinderella or beautiful for princesses) And make up for the last half hour; we will create make up designs for characters like the Scarecrow, Glenda the Good Witch, or your mime character, or you can choose to design a set. For the make-up session you can choose to do it on paper or your own face! Students should come dressed to move easily. Fee $40. To register email [email protected] or call (301)478-2735 class size is limited so register early.

AAC Annual Members Meeting June 16, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Annual Members Meeting and Picnic.

Third Friday Social Dance June 17, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The AAC hosts a group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the “Third Friday” dance sessions offer the opportunity to learn a new dance step and then practice it with others in the lovely wooden-floored spaces of the Saville and Schwab Galleries. There is an optional potluck—bring a dish to share if you’re up to it. Bring your own beverage of choice. Water is provided. The Lesson will rotate through swing, salsa, rumba, cha cha, Waltz, fox trot, and tango. The cost is $10 individual, $18 couple. The lesson begins at 7:15 pm and the Dance starts at 8:00 pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome.

Third Friday Social Dance July 15, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The AAC hosts a group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the “Third Friday” dance sessions offer the opportunity to learn a new dance step and then practice it with others in the lovely wooden-floored spaces of the Saville and Schwab Galleries. There is an optional potluck—bring a dish to share if you’re up to it. Bring your own beverage of choice. Water is provided. The Lesson will rotate through swing, salsa, rumba, cha cha, Waltz, fox trot, and tango. The cost is $10 individual, $18 couple. The lesson begins at 7:15 pm and the Dance starts at 8:00 pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome.

Third Friday Social Dance August 19, 2016 - 7:15 PM

The AAC hosts a group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the “Third Friday” dance sessions offer the opportunity to learn a new dance step and then practice it with others in the lovely wooden-floored spaces of the Saville and Schwab Galleries. There is an optional potluck—bring a dish to share if you’re up to it. Bring your own beverage of choice. Water is provided. The Lesson will rotate through swing, salsa, rumba, cha cha, Waltz, fox trot, and tango. The cost is $10 individual, $18 couple. The lesson begins at 7:15 pm and the Dance starts at 8:00 pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome.

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