Frederick/Gaithersburg/Rockville Ranked 9th Most Arts-Vibrant Large Community in the Country

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Frederick County's Frederick Arts Council and its member organizations recognized in recent report for driving vibrant arts scene

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The Frederick Arts Council announces that Frederick/Gaithersburg/Rockville has been ranked the 9th most arts-vibrant large community in the country, according to the 2020 Arts Vibrancy Index Report by Southern Methodist University’s DataArts.

The annual report, in its 6th year, examines over 900 communities nationwide and ranks them based on their levels of supply, demand, and government support for the arts. The communities are pooled by size: small, medium, and large.

As part of the 9th most-arts vibrant large community in the country, Frederick was recognized in the report for its Arts and Entertainment district including venues like the Delaplaine Arts Center, Griffin Arts Center, and Weinberg Center for the Arts, as well as a thriving independent artist community. Programs of the Frederick Arts Council that were recognized include Sky Stage and the Frederick Festival of the Arts, as well as the county’s Public Art Master Plan. The Frederick Arts Council was cited as “[fostering] environments where the arts flourish through grantmaking, technical assistance, cultural promotion, professional development, and capacity-building support programs.”

“It’s always heartening to receive confirmation of what many of us already know, which is that Frederick is exceptional when it comes to the arts,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the Frederick Arts Council. “The Frederick Arts Council, as our mission states, is proud to be advancing and investing in Frederick’s creative development.”

To view the write-up on Frederick/Gaithersburg/Rockville and other ranked communities, visit the SMU DataArts website here. The entire report can be downloaded here.

About the Frederick Arts Council
The Frederick Arts Council invests in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County. The organization fosters an environment where the arts flourish in the community through grants and scholarships, arts advocacy, and links to essential resources. FAC is responsible for large-scale programming such as the Frederick Festival of the Arts, Art in the Park, and Frederick County’s Arts in Education grants. For more information about the Frederick Arts Council, visit

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