To build community and stimulate economic vitality through the arts by providing quality entertainment that engages and attracts audiences; offering educational opportunities which nurture learning and creativity; and encouraging synergism among performing, cultural and visual arts groups.
The Arts Collective is a newly formed 501(c)(3) organization created to address the cultural and economic needs of Havre de Grace and the surrounding region. The Arts Collective has several goals. First, to bring regional and national high caliber performances to The Cultural Center at the Opera House that engage and attract audiences. Second, to further develop the Arts and Entertainment (A&E) District program of the State of Maryland attracting artists to live, work and play in Havre de Grace. Third, to enhance the arts by serving as the umbrella organization for the Arts by The Bay Gallery, serving as a cooperative gallery and offering educational opportunities which nurture learning and creativity.
The Arts Collective, as the name implies, hopes to provide a creative outlet while enhancing the cultural offerings within the County. The Arts Collective will become the catalyst connecting the people and talent within a viable business structure. It begins in 2017 and will continue for generations for come.
The Cultural Center at the Opera House
The highest priority is to bring local, regional and national high caliber performances to the Cultural Center. To attract performers and audiences to our area by leveraging our proximity to I-95, and the New York and Washington areas.
Arts & Entertainment District
The second purpose of the Arts Collective is to maintain the Arts and Entertainment (A&E) District program of the State of Maryland. Attracting artists to the Cultural Center (and attracting artists to stay and work in Havre de Grace) will fulfill the mission of the A&E District and to stimulate economic growth in Havre de Grace and the surrounding area. The Arts Collective will work with local businesses and determine when they have slow times and work to fill the down time with activities in the Cultural Center
Arts by the Bay Gallery
Third, the Arts Collective will serve as the umbrella organization for the Arts by The Bay Gallery, help serve as a cooperative gallery and provide arts education.