24th Annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County

Join The Arts Council for an arts-filled evening and as we mark 40 years of fostering the arts in Howard County. Doors open at 6pm for the Special Preview Art Auction, followed by the main event at 7pm – the Rising Star Performing Arts Competition and presentation of the Howie Awards!

The Rising Star competition gives emerging performers with local ties the opportunity to vie for a no-strings-attached award of $5,000. Audience members (both in-person and virtual) will enjoy performances by the finalists, then vote for their favorite. The votes will be tallied, and a winner announced on stage that evening! 

The Howie Awards honor individuals or businesses that have made a significant impact on the arts in Howard County. This year’s recipients are: Linda Joy Burke, Outstanding Artist; Patricia Hunter and Eric Posner, Outstanding Arts Educators; and Phyllis Madachy, Outstanding Community Supporter of the Arts (posthumously). A special Legacy in the Arts Award will also be presented to Linda and Philip Press.    

Liz Bobo and Lloyd Knowles will act as honorary co-chairs for the Celebration. Joseph W. Ritsch, producing artistic director for Rep Stage, will serve as event emcee. 

Tickets are $40 and available online at hocoarts.org/celebration or by calling 410-313-ARTS (2787).  A virtual ticket option including a live-stream of the event and Rising Star voting privileges is also available.

24th Annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County