1 Western Maryland
Tucked in the Appalachian Mountains, the towns of Western Maryland benefit from a rural setting and strong cultural arts scene, so there are a number of places arts fans can experience great art. In Cumberland, catch a production at the Cumberland Theatre or attend a hands-on workshop at the town’s Graphicus Atelier printmaking studio. Check out the poetry slams at Dante’s Bar and find budget-friendly shows at the Frostburg Fine & Performing Arts Center. In Hagerstown, see a ballet or hear the Maryland Symphony Orchestra at The Maryland Theatre. And, explore both of Garrett County’s scenic, small town A&E Districts, Grantsville and Oakland.
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2 Capital Region
Just outside Washington, D.C., the A&E Districts of the Capital Region are home to their own unique experiences. If you’re a budding musician, you won’t want to miss shopping in Wheaton at Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, the largest independent music store in the nation. Silver Spring boasts an impressive state-of-the-art moving image exhibition at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. and the sprawling Gateway A&E District is chock full of murals. Stroll or stop by galleries during Bethesda’s buzzing Art Walk in the evenings of the second Friday of each month. Further afield, Frederick - in addition to great shopping in historic downtown - is home to fascinating public art projects. For example, for “Pink Ribbon Path,” eighteen artists’ sculptures were displayed downtown and proceeds in part went to the FMH Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund.
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3 Central Maryland
The Central Maryland A&E Districts have something for everyone: arts and crafts, theater, improv and dance. Shop from 100 artists’ and crafters’ booths at Annapolis’s First Sunday Arts Festival, or celebrate theater, dance and puppetry at its annual Fringe Festival. Havre de Grace is hopping during Mardi Gras, Halloween, Graw Days and the holiday parade. In Bel Air, catch a provocative performance by the BOOM Theatre Company, or shop at Two Sisters Gallery for items made by artists specializing in glass, metal, jewelry and other materials. Learn how to make your own art by taking a pottery class in Elkton’s Art Space On Main. In Baltimore, take an improv workshop or cultural dance class at the Highlandtown’s Creative Alliance, browse galleries like Maryland Art Place in the Bromo Tower District, or check out the installations and performance artists at Station North’s Ynot Lot.
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4 Southern Maryland
The Leonardtown A&E District combines traditional Southern Maryland charm with off kilter quirk and fine arts flair. At the Leonardtown Arts Center, visitors can see artists at work or take a class of their own. Fiber arts enthusiasts will love Crazy for Ewe, a yarn store that offers classes in knitting and crocheting.
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