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Help Ellicott City Artists

Help Ellicott City Artists

August 05, 2016News

Help HCAC Help Ellicott City Artists!

By now, you have heard about the devastating flood in Historic Ellicott City. Our hearts go out to friends, businesses, and to the families of those who lost their lives. What you may not know is that many artists with studios and galleries in Ellicott City suffered substantial losses of artwork and studio space – severely impacting their ability to earn a living. To provide assistance, the Howard County Arts Council is establishing Re-create: Ellicott City Artist Relief Fund to aid these artists on their long road to recovery. We will be extending our current exhibit, Paint It! Ellicott City 2016, which showcases artwork created during the July 2016 plein air paint-out, until the end of September, with a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this work donated to the fund. Several Paint It! artists have already generously agreed to donate 100% of their sales to help the relief effort.

The Arts Council is also accepting individual donations and is actively seeking a funding partner to match all donations to Re-create. Eligible individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations will be able to apply for emergency funding to help re-establish their capacity to live and work. Funding guidelines and applications will be available soon.

How can you help E.C. artists on the road to recovery? Visit the Howard County Center for the Arts to see our Paint It! Ellicott City show and check out the artwork available for purchase; donate to Re-create: Ellicott City Artist Relief Fund on the Support the Arts page of our website (please include Re-create: EC Artist Relief Fund in the purpose section); join us on September 16th from 6 – 8pm for our Annual Meeting & Grant Awards reception; or attend the closing reception for Paint It! on September 30th from 6 – 9pm for a great opportunity to reconnect with local artists and arts organizations and make your contribution to Re-create. We will also be inviting local galleries to set up pop-up shops during the reception on September 30 to benefit the fund.


The Howard County Government has also mentioned a number of other organizations that are accepting donations on behalf of impacted Ellicott City residents and businesses. You may wish to consider making a donation to one of the following:

  • The Ellicott City Partnership is currently accepting financial donations that will be used to assist merchants and residents with flood recovery. Click here for more information.
  • Preservation Maryland has set up an emergency flood recovery fund to aid in the repair and restoration of the City’s historic Main Street community and storefronts.
  • The United Way of Central Maryland has established a fund for donations to help those impacted by the flooding, at the request of Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman. Click here to learn more or Text ECStrong to 51555.


As always, we thank you for supporting the arts!