Howard Magazine - Page 41 - Arts (2)

Howard Magazine
- Page 41
Arts (2)

is celebrating its 40th season this year. 410-730-8311,


Musical groups


Columbia Bands is a nonprofit for nonprofessional musicians that performs in three groups— a concert band, a jazz band and a “flute cocktail”— at free community concerts and other events.


The Columbia Jazz Band performs under the auspices of the Columbia Orchestra, playing big band, Latin jazz, blues and standards.


The Columbia Orchestra was founded in 1977. The ensemble, led by music director Jason Love, offers orchestral, jazz and chamber concerts with instrumental works ranging from classic to contemporary composers. 410-465-8777,


Columbia Pro Cantare is a volunteer choir that presents programs ranging from operatic works to spirituals. 410-799-9321,


Howard County Concert Orchestra is a professional chamber orchestra that performs classical to contemporary arrangements with anywhere from six to 45 professional musicians. 888-921-7230,


Peabody Children’s Chorus trains girls and boys ages 6 to 18 with unchanged voices in music from a variety of genres and time periods in five ensembles on two campuses, one of which is in Howard County. 667-208-6640,


Voices 21 chamber chorus, led by founding director Dr. Jesse Parker, specializes in a cappella music and performs in churches, retirement communities and other venues. The organization is based in southern Howard County with rehearsals in College Park. 240-643-6563,


Art centers & museums


African Art Museum of Maryland, founded in 1980, is located in Fulton’s Maple Lawn and offers a rare collection of African artifacts and folk art. Staffed entirely by volunteers, including the museum’s founder and director, Doris Ligon, the museum offers programs during Women’s History Month and regularly organizes trips to Africa. 301-490-6070,


Columbia Art Center in the village of Long Reach has provided resources for ceramic artists, photographers, calligraphers, woodworkers and others since 1987. It also hosts a literary series with local poets and authors, and a monthly salon featuring local artists, actors, musicians and others, a rotating gallery of exhibitions and a summer art camp for children. 410-730-0075,


Howard County Center for the Arts, located in a former elementary school in Ellicott City, houses two galleries in addition to a black-box theater in Ellicott City. It is also the seat of the Howard County Arts Council. 410-313-2787,


Howard County Center of African American Culture houses African-American memorabilia, artifacts and an art gallery at its Columbia location, and a research library with approximately 10,000 publications and records at Howard Community College. 410-715-1921, 


Local artists also exhibit at the Artists’ Gallery on Ellicott City’s Main Street, The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College, The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House in Wilde Lake, The Meeting House Gallery in Oakland Mills and informal exhibition spaces at the Bain 50 Plus Center, at shops in historic Ellicott City and elsewhere. Visual artists and crafts people share a handsome and historic complex at Savage Mill.


Literary arts


Columbia Association’s International Book Club meets monthly to discuss a book with multicultural and worldwide themes. 410-715-3162,


Howard County Poetry and Literature Society — often abbreviated “HoCoPoLitSo” — has been bringing imaginative literary events, workshops and distinguished writers to student and adult audiences since 1974. Saul Bellow, Lucille Clifton, Tyehimba Jess and Mary Oliver have given public readings under the auspices of the community-based not-for-profit. 443-518-4568,




CJC Jewish Film Series offers four movies with Jewish themes in English, Hebrew and foreign languages with subtitles. Viewings include refreshments as well as an optional discussion. 410-730-6044,


Columbia Film Society brings the latest in distinguished foreign films to the Horowitz Center at Howard Community College in an annual subscription series. Tickets are sold out for the current season, but sales for the 2019- 2020 season begin in July or August.


Howard County has two 14-screen movie theaters offering the latest Hollywood releases:


AMC Columbia Mall 14 410-423-0510


Columbia United Artists Theatres Snowden Square 14 410-872-0676




Local dance troupes present regular showcases, and a variety of commercial dance studios provide training for a new generation:


Arabesque Dance Company 410-381-0017,


Arthur Murray Dance Studio 410-772-7880,


Backstage Dance Studio 410-312-0900,


Ballet Conservatoire XIV 410-696-1346,


Ballet with Cindee Velle 410-465-7674,


b.Funk Dance Company 410-313-8199,


Central Maryland Youth Ballet 443-472-7772,


The Dance Dimension 301-490-0252,


Genesis Arts 443-750-1332,


Kinetics Dance Theatre 410-480-1686,


Misako Ballet Studio 410-884-9690,


Patuxent Youth Ballet 410-992-4084,


Studio Dans 301-498-3267,


That’s Dancing Ballroom & Dancesport Center 301-776-0085,