Anne Wilson, chairman of the art department at Richael Montgomery High School, is first elected president of the board of directors of the Montgomery County Arts Council.
Wilson was among several officers named recently by the directors of the council, a private, non-profit organization devoted to support of the arts. Other officers chosen: first vice president, Ted Parker, assistant to the manager at the Washington Performing Arts Society; Second vice president, Harr Kamien, a graphic and visual artist; secretary, Arthur J. Phelan, chairman of the board at Government Services Savings and Loan, and treasurer, Rhonda Williams, an artist and former instructor at the University of Maryland.
The board, elected in November by council members, is the first elected body since the council was incorporated in September, 1976. Until the election, the council operated under an interim board appointed by the Montgomery County Council and headed by William Sher, a former county councilman who introduced the original legislation for the arts council in 1974.
In addition to the five officers there are 12 other board members, representing all the arts: Marianne Giguere and Martin H. Miller, visual arts; Joyce Erninhiser and Roderick Jellema, literary arts; Seda Gelenian, Terry Evelyn Ordman and Dr. Ernest Wolfle, performing arts, and Henry Glassie, Harryette Gudelsky, John Moser and Nathan Wilansky, representatives at-large.
"There is no sure magic in the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] that 17 of us have been brought together by vote. The magic will come through the dedication, vision, leadership and sense of community service we bring to our efforts," said Wilson.
The arts council has been funded by a three-year grant of $3,000 annually from the Maryland Arts Council. That grant is being matched by Montgomery County with $1,500 in cash and $1,500 in services.
Among the services is assistance from Eliot Pfanstiehl of the county's recreation department staff who serves as executive secretary for the arts council. Nancy Boskoff, a part-time administrative assistant, is the council's only paid staff member.
During its first year the art council staged a one-act play festival at the Rockville Civic Center, sponsored a weekend of the arts at the Corby Mansion and established several services.
The arts council also has developed a volunteer artists program in conjunction with the Volunteer Services Bureau of Montgomery County. Through the progam, literary, visual and performing artists are available to public and private non-profit agencies for instruction, performances or demonstrations. Boskoff said that more than 70 agencies and 100 artists are participating. Artists or agencies interested in joining should contact the Volunteer Services Bureau at 340-1902, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A high school student also works with the arts council each semester. Teresa Baker, the current intern, is working on a resources guide which will provide information on artists and the arts throughout the county.
Last year, the arts council membership increased from 100 to 300. Membership fees are graduated, beginning at $1 for senior citizens, $5 for students, $10 for adult individuals, $15 for family memberships, $25 for non-profit organizations and $50 for business memberships. Members attend two meetings a year, receive information on arts activities and can take advantage of the services offered.
For more information, call or write Nancy Boskoff, Montgomery County Arts Council, 12210 Bushey Dr., Silver Spring, Md., 20902; telephone 463-4172.