Almost every folk and traditional expression in the world has landed in Montgomery County. And the official arts agency wanted to share that richness.
“We know that the public school student body includes children from over 164 countries speaking 184 languages,” Shellie Williams, the deputy director of the county’s Arts and Humanities Council (AHCMC), said. The group did a census between 2006 and 2010 to collect the original stories as part of Maryland Traditions, a program under the Maryland States Art Council.
As the traditional arts were transported to the county, the council keep tabs on the needs of the groups that range from one person to a sizable musical ensemble. “More broadly speaking, AHCMC is committed to helping all arts and humanities organizations and groups in Montgomery County leverage technology and efficiencies in order to fulfill their mission and strategically meet their goals,” said Suzan E. Jenkins, the county council’s CEO.
As part of a new strategy, the Arts and Humanities Council launched www.MontgomeryTraditions.org, a website with interviews with the artists and examples of their work. The undertaking cost just under $8,000 and was created by Wood Street, Inc. of Frederick.
The six artists and groups featured in the first phase are: