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Coming Attractions: 'The Art of the Musical Instrument' opens at Arts Center June 20

A viola a chiavi or keyed fiddle instrument builder Ken Koons adapted from a 1408 painting. On June 20 at the Carroll Arts Center, the exhibit “The Art of the Musical Instrument” opens in the Tevis Gallery, guest curated by Ryan A. Koons.

We have a lot of exciting things happening this summer at the Carroll Arts Center, and the most exciting event is the launch of our first-ever season pass! We have scheduled programming from now until July 2020, and you can purchase tickets to at least four designated events for 20% off! You also have the option to purchase additional tickets throughout the season at the discounted rate, and exchange tickets if needed by just paying the difference in the face-value price. Season-ticket subscribers also receive a free drink or popcorn per event.

We kick off the new season on Saturday, August 3 with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Find out more about our season pass at our website at


Now Playing

If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat and entertain the family, check out our Summer Family Movies, sponsored by Ting! Starting June 18, we offer free family movies every Tuesday night through Aug. 6. Our first movie, June 18, is “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” sponsored by Rhoten’s Printing. We follow that up on June 25 with “A Bug’s Life,” sponsored by Maggie’s Restaurant. The doors open each week at 6:30 p.m. and movies begin at 7 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served, and concessions will be for sale.


The Film Lovers In Carroll County (FLICC) present “Leave No Trace,” Friday, June 21 at 1 p.m. (captioned) and 7:30 p.m. This powerful tale of self-reliance features a veteran with PTSD and his daughter, who are forced to abandon their peaceful, voluntary isolation in the forests and embark on a harrowing journey back to their home. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

On Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. we welcome Wherligig to our stage. An ensemble of traditional Celtic and Nordic string and wind instruments playing a repertoire from the British Isles and Northern Europe, Wherligig has performed for audiences all over the Mid-Atlantic. They will be using instruments from our exhibit, “Art of the Musical Instrument.” Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors.

We are excited to be holding Carroll’s Got Talent this year at the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair on July 31. If you are interested in participating in this good-natured talent competition, please go to our website and fill out an application by June 19.

A View from the Gallery

Friday, June 14 is the last day to view our exhibits “Rock, Paper, Scissors” in the Tevis Gallery and the work of the Carroll County Artists Guild in the Community Gallery.

Beginning June 20, “The Art of the Musical Instrument” opens in the Tevis Gallery, guest curated by Ryan A. Koons. Weaving together sound, narrative, history, and actual instruments, this exhibit focuses on musical instruments as crafted art objects with diverse histories, in addition to objects that create beautiful sounds. Wherligig will take our stage on June 29, using several instrument from the exhibit. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, June 20 from 5 to 7 pm.

Also opening on June 20 in the Community Gallery is our annual exhibit of the Carroll County Camera Club. Always a crowd-pleaser, you won’t want to miss this amazing photography!

Behind the Scenes

Check out our summer camps! For kids 9 to 12, we are offering Art Expressions, June 24-28. This week will be busy with arts and crafts, experimenting with different art media and enjoying gallery walks. Weather permitting, they will have lunch breaks at King Park. The younger kids, ages 5 to 8, can participate in Kids Need More Art, July 8-12. They will get a fun introduction to the arts through a creative mix of craft projects, drawing and painting, games, and more.

For the budding thespian in your home, we have two different theatre camps. Ages 8-10 can enroll in Theatre Camp, June 24-28, in which campers will produce a full length pay written just for our stage, complete with costumes and scenery. Older campers, ages 10–13, will be immersed for 2 weeks in Musical Theatre Camp, July 8-19. They get to experience the magic and excitement of live musical theatre as they learn dialogue, music, and choreography for a large-scale musical production. You can get all the information and register at our website.


If you aren’t a member of the Carroll County Arts Council yet, please consider joining. Members get a 10% discount on most programs.