Allegany Arts Council Welcomes New Executive Director

CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND – The Allegany Arts Council, its Board of Directors, and staff are pleased to announce that Julie Westendorff has been named Executive Director of the organization. Westendorff brings a wealth of non-profit association management experience, having served several D.C. based membership organizations as their Administrator. Her enthusiasm, strong organizational background, and commitment to the community make her a great fit to lead the AAC and promote its vision of cultivating the arts and enriching the quality of life in our commun...
Main Street Books January Book Group

The book group of Main Street Books in Frostburg will meet on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:30 pm in the bookstore.  The Blind Assassin, a novel by Margaret Atwood, will be discussed.  New members welcome.  For additional information call 301-689-5605 or e-mail mainstreetbooks@comcast.net.
Md. Attorney General to Hold Public Hearing on Repeal of Clean Power Plan

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, joined by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Speaker of the House, Michael E. Busch, and the Maryland General Assembly, announced that Maryland will hold a hearing on the Trump Administration’s proposed repeal of the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, commonly known as the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan established the first-ever nationwide limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil-fuel power plants. On March 28, 2017, U.S. Envir...
Allegany Arts Council to Host Start to Finish IV, An Open Studio Experience

CUMBERLAND – The Allegany Arts Council hosts Start to Finish IV, an interactive, studio-artist exhibition until January 27th. Participating artists gather in the Saville Gallery to create original artwork using a range of method and media. Artists’ work will be on display, including previously completed pieces as well as work in progress. Artists will be available while they work to speak with visitors about technique, answer questions, and provide demonstrations.   Throughout the month, artists will present children and family workshops. Some artists will be available for the ...
FSU’s Department of Music to Present Opera Theatre Performance, “A Night of Love, Magic and Death, W

Frostburg State University’s Opera Theatre will present “A Night of Love, Magic and Death, With Music From Purcell to Puccini” on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Monday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public. Directed by Dr. Tory Browers, this gala concert will feature operatic scenes from “La Bohème,” “Roméo et Juliette,” “The Magic Flute” and “Dido and Aeneas.” Caption info: Opera Theatre students rehearse a “toast” from one of their scenes. They are, ...
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Main Street Books January Book Group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 09:32

The book group of Main Street Books in Frostburg will meet on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:30 pm in the bookstore.  The Blind Assassin, a novel by Margaret Atwood, will be discussed.  New members welcome.  For additional information call 301-689-5605 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
 
 
Allegany Arts Council Welcomes New Executive Director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Desiree Bullard   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 09:39

WestenCUMBERLAND, MARYLAND – The Allegany Arts Council, its Board of Directors, and staff are pleased to announce that Julie Westendorff has been named Executive Director of the organization. Westendorff brings a wealth of non-profit association management experience, having served several D.C. based membership organizations as their Administrator. Her enthusiasm, strong organizational background, and commitment to the community make her a great fit to lead the AAC and promote its vision of cultivating the arts and enriching the quality of life in our community. She will continue the strong tradition of arts education and children’s programs through collaboration with the county library and other community partners.

 

Board of Directors President, Tama Scarpelli, said Westendorff “has the skill set and community understanding that we need to pursue our goals of increasing awareness and access to the arts, and providing a supportive environment in which local artists and arts organizations can thrive. Julie recognizes the economic impact a strong arts presence has on the overall health and wellbeing of a community, and I know she will work hard to promote that message”.

Westendorff and her family began looking to move to a smaller community after spending more than 15 years in the D.C. metro area, where she missed having community involvement. Says Westendorff, “After 15 years spending my life in a car, I realized how much of it was devoted to things which gave me no joy and no purpose – I wanted to reclaim that time and use it in a productive way, helping others and using my skills and experiences to benefit my community. We feel so grateful to be given the opportunity to join this community and the reception has been everything we imagined.”

 

Further, she adds, “I grew up in western Kentucky, just a stone’s throw from Appalachia – and I understand some of the challenges we face here in Allegany County. But, I believe we have an opportunity to reinvent ourselves, and the Arts Council plays an important part in that effort. Whether we realize it or not, we are surrounded by art, and we want to make it accessible for everyone. I am excited to lead the Allegany Arts Council and continue the great work that so many dedicated leaders, volunteers and local artists have already begun.” Westendorff comes from a background primarily in non profit management and event planning, but her experiences have varied widely, something she credits in her success. Having managed the travel and logistics for both former President George W. Bush and former Governor Sarah Palin, managing domestic and international conferences for the group tasked with creating worldwide color palettes, and her early work with the Edison Electric Institute, she says each of these experiences has built on and given her a broaderplatform. “I cannot wait to bring what I have learned to the AAC and work with such an outstanding group of dedicated people.” Westendorff is taking the helm from retiring Executive Director, Chris Sloan, and will begin her role in January 2018.

 
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