Coming Attractions: Harriet Tubman comes to life in one-woman show to mark MLK Day, Jan. 21

Coming Attractions: Harriet Tubman comes to life in one-woman show to mark MLK Day, Jan. 21
“Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One” will be performed at the Carroll Arts Center, Monday, Jan. 21 at 2 pm. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand brings Tubman to life on stage in her one-woman show, which she wrote and presents around the country. (Courtesy photo)

Happy New Year! As we jump right into 2019, we have some fabulous offerings in January and February at the Carroll Arts Center. Take a look at our website to find out all the things happening in the new year at

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If you’re ready to combat the post-holiday doldrums, join us at the Carroll Arts Center every Friday evening in January for our documentary film series, presented by Film Lovers In Carroll County (FLICC). There are some amazing movies in this year’s line-up, starting with “RBG,” the biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Friday, Jan. 4, sponsored by Cornelius Ridgely and Hill, Barnes & McInerney, LLC. The next week’s selection takes a lively look into the history of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in “Rebels on Pointe,” Friday, Jan. 11, sponsored by PFLAG Westminster. Feel good the next week by watching rare footage of the Godfather of Soul in “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” Jan. 18, sponsored by BaylorCAD Drafting Service, and then finish out the series with everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, in “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” Jan. 25, sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Company. Show times are 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each week, with captioning at the 1 p.m. show. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.


We keep the movie momentum rolling with the Foreign Film Festival in February, sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Co. We have four fabulous offerings every Friday of the month. Purchase tickets separately or buy the whole series. Find out more about the films and purchase tickets at

Mark your calendars for a special presentation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, entitled “Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One.” Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Carroll Community College and Susan Williamson, we are hosting actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand for a one-woman show portraying Tubman’s life and legacy. Born in Maryland, she became a legend symbolizing freedom. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and free for those who have volunteered in the community.

Join us for a depARTures bus trip to Ford’s Theater on Sunday, Jan. 27 for the classic drama “Twelve Angry Men.” Behind closed doors, tensions run high as a lone juror argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder in this provocatively resonant drama about how prejudice can shape the quest for justice. The bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $95, and members of the Carroll County Arts Council get a 10% discount.

A View from the Gallery

Opening Jan. 8, we have two fabulous new exhibits. In the Tevis gallery, experience “Elements,” as local artists explore the role of earth, air, fire and water in their creative lives. Artists include representatives from The Art of Fire, working in glass; Maggie Ball, using found objects from nature; Nicole Diem and Alex Simms working in ceramics; Charlotte Laslo, metalsmithing; Virginia Vincent Sperry, rust photography and sculpture; and Thomas Sterner, wood.

In the Community Gallery, we have “Inspired by Pearls,” where 24 quilters from Carroll and surrounding counties were challenged with the theme of a pearl. This exhibit features their interpretations in quilted fiber embellished with mixed media and pearls. Join us for a reception for both exhibits on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Behind the Scenes

Do you think you can’t sing? If so, we have a class for you! Taught by Kelly Stoneberger, a local vocal coach, “So You Think You Can’t Sing” welcomes adults of all musical ability. Everyone can learn to sing, and this class will prove it! Join us for 6 Wednesday evenings starting Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Class registration is $85, and CCAC members get a 10 percent discount.

If you have a young actor in grades 3 through 5, auditions are coming for our spring production of “A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS.” Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, this whimsical show tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons, following two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad — through four fun-filled seasons. Auditions are Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All students must register before auditioning. You can find out more information at our website,

If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center would like to volunteer, click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website at