The Washington County Arts Council has worked to enrich the cultural, social and economic life of the community through nurturing the arts since 1968. The WCAC serves residents of all ages in this diverse and growing county in the Cumberland Valley, nestled in the gently rolling mountains of western Maryland.
The WCAC provides a wide variety of programming; technical assistance; funding opportunities; and encouragement to arts organizations and individual artists, developing connections between them and those who desire to have art in their lives.
The WCAC distributes Maryland State Arts Council Community Arts Development local grants each year and supports those recipient organizations.
“The Gallery Shop at the Washington County Arts Council” supports local artists’ efforts to make a living with their work while providing the community with a venue for shopping, and a destination for gift giving.
The WCAC Gallery exhibits works of local artists.
The arts are thriving in Washington County, and the Washington County Arts Council is determined to keep the future bright for cultural life in Western Maryland by integrating the arts into the total life of the community.
2012 Art Study
The Washington County Arts Council, on behalf of the Arts, Entertainment & Education Taskforce, conducted a study for the promotion of cultural richness in Washington Co. MD. Click here to view the summary of the study and it's results.
City of Hagerstown--Arts and Entertainment link
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is also provided by Washington County Government and generous businesses, organizations and individuals.
The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts