One area Howard County can certainly boast about is its vibrant arts scene, with an abundance of choices that include theater, music and dance companies, as well as free outdoor concerts at Lake Kittamaqundi, Centennial Park and Columbia’s village centers. Performances are staged throughout the year at local venues.
The Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College houses, among other facilities, Smith Theatre, the John G. Monteabaro Recital Hall and a state-of-the-art black box theater.
Merriweather Post Pavilion, an open-air amphitheater in Columbia’s Symphony Woods, has become a major stopping-off point on the pop music circuit, offering everything from rap to folk, from Peter Frampton to deadmau5. A second amphitheater, the Chrysalis, opened at Symphony Woods last year and can host concerts for up to 7,000 people.
From the time the readers’ poll launches in August to the issue’s delivery in December, businesses, nonprofits and readers alike are abuzz in anticipation of who might take home the coveted Best of Howard County title.
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Second Saturday Cafe hosts the region’s top acts in the jazz, blues and rock genres, performing in the cozy space of Oliver’s Carriage House in Columbia’s Town Center.
Toby’s Dinner Theatre specializes in Broadway-style musical fare, presented with a live band, professional costuming and inventive staging in the Columbia location, where it has hosted performances for more than 30 seasons.
Peabody Children’s Chorus trains girls and boys ages 6 to 18 with unchanged voices in music from a variety of genres and time periods in six ensembles on two campuses, one of which is in Howard County.
Columbia Art Center in the village of Long Reach has provided resources for ceramic artists, photographers, calligraphers, woodworkers and others since 1987. It also houses a rotating gallery of exhibitions and a summer art camp for children
Howard County Center for the Arts, located in a former elementary school, now houses two galleries in addition to a black-box theater in Ellicott City. It is also the seat of the Howard County Arts Council.
Howard County Center of African American Culture houses African-American memorabilia and artifacts, an art gallery and a library with more than 10,000 publications and other artifacts. The center also sponsors a monthly book club
Local artists also exhibit at the Artists’ Gallery on Ellicott City’s Main Street, The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College, The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House in Wilde Lake, The Meeting House Gallery in Oakland Mills and informal exhibition spaces at the Bain 50 Plus Center and elsewhere. Visual artists and crafts people share a handsome and historic complex at Savage Mill.
Howard County Poetry and Literature Society — often abbreviated “HoCoPoLitSo” — has been bringing imaginative literary events, workshops and distinguished writers to student and adult audiences since 1974. Saul Bellow, Edward Albee, Seamus Heaney and Lucille Clifton have given public readings under the auspices of the community-based not-for-profit.