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The Center for the Arts recently held auditions
for the 1st Annual Harford's Got Talent
competition, to be held at the
Amoss Center
on May 1, 2010. The event will showcase the
talents of Harford's artists and provide some
financial support for further development of
their art. Over 40 individual artists and/or
groups, ages 13 or older, auditioned on stage
before panels of expert judges. The judges, all
professionals in their respective fields, were
impressed with the tremendous talent of all
ages and disciplines that exists in the
County, and with how difficult it was to
narrow the pool of talented artists to only 15
finalists. Those finalists will perform in the
competition on May 1, and the winner will be
selected that evening by audience vote. And
the group of applicants who responded to the
call for auditions was just the tip of the
iceberg. This year is the first year of Harford's
Got Talen
t and we expect this competition to
grow each year as word gets out.
Our local teachers, schools, music stores, dance
studios, artists, and nonprofit arts organizations
continue, on a daily basis, to educate people of
all ages in our community to play musical
instruments, act, choreograph, sing, dance,
design sets, learn lighting and sound design,
record, etc., and push themselves to aspire to
excellence. And what a great job they are
doing! Whether classical guitar, rock bands,
soloists performing musical theater, hip-hop,
theatrical monologue, a cappella groups,
acoustic guitar, harmonica, actors, vocalists,
classical piano, cello, or violin the creative
talents in our community are thriving. But we
also know that there are many more talented
people of all ages who need our support and
the nurturing that come with providing access
to the arts and a place for the arts to thrive.
Our arts community needs a home.
It has been five years since the
Center for the
Arts was founded to build a regional arts center
in Harford County. At that time, the
Center and Chesapeake Center theatres were
booked 95% and 93%, respectively. Since then
Harford Community College has added a
theatre major. A partnership agreement with
HCPS is being developed to provide better
access to the public school facilities until an
arts center is constructed. This is a good
stopgap measure but it does not substitute for
State of the Arts in Harford County
Harford's Got Talent!
by sallee kunkel filkins, executive director

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