Programs & Events
The Caroline County Council of Arts, in partnership with the Caroline County Public Library, brings you the newly dubbed Friday Nites in Caroline, a merging of the former Friday Nites at the Library and Performing Arts Series. The new series offers a rich variety of entertainment to the residents of Caroline County from October to March. These free performances are held at one of several library venues in the county, and offer fun for the whole family! From brass, jazz, blues and classical musicians to comedians, dancers, circus acts and more, these critically acclaimed performances are a well worth seeing. These free performances are brought to you with support from Tri-Gas & Oil, Best Western Denton Inn, and the Maryland State Arts Council.
This series, offered by the Caroline County Council of Arts, features free artist demonstrations at The Foundry, our new community art gallery located at 401 Market Street in Denton. Free demonstrations from local artists will be held the second Saturday of every month from 2-4pm, with opportunities for audience participation during some events. Be a part of the creative process...from canvas to pumpkins, jewelry to wreaths, there's something for everyone to enjoy!
High School Open Mic Night
The most recent addition to the CCCA's program lineup, High School Open Mic Night at the Foundry offers a venue for the county's younger, open-mic set. Caroline County high school students are encouraged to come perform at The Foundry, 401 Market Street in Denton. Performers set up at 6pm and the show begins at 7pm. Admission is only $2 with your school ID.
Short Story Contest
The contest is open to Caroline County residents with five (5) age categories, K-2nd Grade; 3rd-5th Grade; 6th-8th Grade; 9th-12th Grade; and Adult. First and second place cash prizes will be awarded in each category.
On Wednesday, April 3rd, the Caroline County Council of Arts hosted its 11th Annual Short Story Contest awards reception.
2012’s winners were:
K-2nd grade: Natalie Arnold (1st place), Abigail Becker (not pictured) (2nd place), and Annie Phillips (3rd place); Photo: left to right, Arnold, Phillips
3rd-5th grade: Sarah Gorman (1st place), Sam Arnold (2nd place), and Sunyata Courie (3rd place); Photo: left to right, Arnold, Courie, Gorman
Middle School: Emily Mank (1st place), Jasmine Welzel (2nd place), and Allison Smith (3rd place); Photo: left to right, Smith, Welzel, Mank
High School: Madeline Gorman (1st place), Olivia Litteral (2nd place), and Elise Bryant (not pictured) (3rd place); Photo: left to right, Gorman, Litteral
Adult: William Sparks (not pictured)(1st place), Jimmie Dale Burget (2nd place), and Olivia Gorman (3rd place); Photo: left to right, Gorman, Burget
The contest is open to Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot County residents, students, and employees with four (4) age categories: 1st-8th grade, 9th -12th grade, Adults 18-59, and Seniors 60+. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in each category. For more information and entry details, download the flyer here.
The Youth Art Exhibit is an annual program presented by the CCCA, in conjunction with the Woman's Club of Denton and the Caroline County Public Library, designed to encourage, celebrate and share the spirit of art within our youth.
The 2013 Annual Youth Art Exhibit is open to all grades (K through 12) and all Caroline County students are encouraged to
participate. Students may submit no more than two entries and are no longer limited to only one entry
per category. The artwork will be judged by local professional artists. An Awards Reception is scheduled for May 1, 2013 beginning at 6pm at the Central Branch of the Caroline County Public Library, with all entries on display there from April 22th thru May 25th.
Art educators county-wide are invited to find out more by downloading our information package here.
Your participation in this program is greatly appreciated.
Community Arts Block Party!
This year's 6th Annual Block Party will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, taking place at 4th and Market Streets in Denton. Attendees will enjoy a free celebration of the arts – with live entertainment, artist demonstrations, art activities for all ages and lots of fun for the whole family. There will be live entertainment and dancing in the streets! Food and drink concessions will be available, including Italian ice, pit beef, pork BBQ, and hot dogs.
Participants can explore the new addition to the Artsway at Denton, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) at 7 N Fourth St, home to a regional quilt and textile center. The Foundry community art gallery at 401 Market Street will also be open to view artwork by over 50 local artists.
Proceeds from gallery and food sales benefitting the Caroline County Council of Arts. The community is encouraged to come out, have fun, show support, and find out more about the Arts Council and its many programs, including the new quilt center project. For more information, contact the CCCA office at 410-479-1009, firstname.lastname@example.org.