The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is joining Americans for the Arts and arts agencies across the nation in encouraging people to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) by supporting the arts in our community during the month of October.

HCAC will participate in NAHM with the opening of Art Maryland 2016, a biennial juried exhibit showcasing regional artists which will be on display from Oct. 28 through Dec. 9. Christopher Bedford, Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, is the juror for the exhibit. Gallery hours are Monday– Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Other Howard County arts events taking place in October include the following.

  • Oct. 8: Columbia Orchestra presents Beethoven and Saint-Saëns. The Orchestra’s 39th season opens with Beethoven: Violin Concerto, featuring Joel Fuller, violin; Adam Schoenberg: Up; and Saint- Saëns: Symphony No. 3, “Organ.” 7:30 p.m./$10–$27. Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia.
  • Oct. 22: Columbia Pro Cantare presents its 40th Anniversary Gala. Joined by Howard County Concert Orchestra and Susan Rider, trumpet, Columbia Pro Cantare celebrates 40 years of the finest in choral music. 8 p.m.; pre-concert lecture, 7 p.m. $20–$25. Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia.
  • Oct. 30: Howard County Poetry & Literature Society presents Lucille Clifton Poetry Series. Carolyn Forché will discuss her writing, which emerges from the aftermath of periods of human darkness. 4 p.m./$5. Limited free tickets available; call for details. Horowitz Center, HCC, Columbia.

More information about National Arts and Humanities Month is available at To learn more about HCAC programs and other Howard County arts events, stop by the Center for the Arts and pick up a copy of the HCAC’s quarterly Arts Calendar, or call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit