A: I founded Common Ground on the Hill 24 years ago with the help of a lot of great people here in Carroll County, including my former college professors on the McDaniel campus, former classmates and friends, as well as musicians and artists whom I had encountered during my 25-year career as a touring folk musician. Common Ground on the Hill is a community arts organization that produces two concert series, two festivals at the Carroll County Farm Museum, a town event and perhaps most importantly, Traditions Weeks, three distinct weeks of classes in roots-based music, art, film, dance, lecture and writing/literature. It is for people of all ages from all walks of life. Even though we are housed on a college campus, the events are open to the public. We are a community organization. Everyone is welcome. The concept is to bring people together through the arts and seek common ground in an increasingly divided and divisive world.