Monday, August 08, 2016

Help Ellicott City artists

On July 30, Ellicott City’s historic district was devastated by a flash flood. Many artists with studios and galleries in Ellicott City suffered substantial losses of artwork and studio space – severely impacting their ability to earn a living. To provide assistance, the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is establishing Re-create: Ellicott City Artist Relief Fund to aid these artists on their long road to recovery. The Arts Council will extend its current exhibit, Paint It! Ellicott City 2016, which showcases artwork created during the July 2016 plein air paint-out, through September 30, with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this work donated to the fund. Several Paint It! artists have already generously agreed to donate 100% of their sales to help the relief effort.
The Arts Council is also accepting individual donations and is actively seeking a funding partner to match all donations to Re-create. Eligible individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations will be able to apply for emergency funding to help re-establish their capacity to live and work. Funding guidelines and applications will be available soon.
How can you help E.C. artists on the road to recovery?
  • Visit the Howard County Center for the Arts to see our Paint It! Ellicott City show and check out the artwork available for purchase
  • Donate to Re-create: Ellicott City Artist Relief Fund on the Support the Arts page at (please include Re-create: EC Artist Relief Fund in the purpose section)
  • Join HCAC on September 16th from 6 – 8pm for its Annual Meeting & Grant Awards reception
  • Attend the closing reception for Paint It! on September 30th from 6 – 9pm for a great opportunity to reconnect with local artists and arts organizations and make a contribution to Re-create.
HCAC will also invite local galleries to set up pop-up shops during the reception on September 30 to benefit the fund.
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
p: 410.313.ARTS
f: 410.313.2790