A thank you to our South­ern Mary­land del­e­ga­tion

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I would like to thank our South­ern Mary­land del­e­ga­tion and the state for their sup­port of the In­dian Head Cen­ter for the Arts and its Black Box The­ater through their Bond Bill Pro­gram. Their con­tin­ued sup­port of grants en­ables our non­profit to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­ter­tain­ment and cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and work­shops, eco­nomic and work­place venues and much more. Our per­for­mances are var­ied and ap­peal to both chil­dren and adults.

The Black Box is unique to Charles County — the build­ing, as well. A 1940s fa­cil­ity both pri­vately and pub­licly owned over the years is now the cor­ner­stone of the town’s at­tempted goal of re­vi­tal­iza­tion. The town’s fa­cil­ity, once val­ued at less than $200,000, has now dou­bled in value thanks to a grant spon­sored by our thought­ful del­e­ga­tion. That grant pro­vided the ren­o­va­tion of the un­used sec­ond level space. Cur­rently we have been ap­proved to re­ceive a grant to im­prove the façade and in­te­rior the­ater spa­ces as well. This will help us to up­grade our tech­ni­cal light­ing and sound equip­ment in or­der to reach out to other pro­fes­sional per­form­ers and groups. This sup­port is not just about the arts and how im­por­tant it is to a com­mu­nity and its fam­i­lies. Their sup­port goes fur­ther be­cause they un­der­stand that it some­times takes baby steps to im­prove and re­vi­tal­ize a com­mu­nity.

Im­age and how we are per­ceived is im­por­tant to our res­i­dents and our neigh­bor­ing naval fa­cil­ity. Well-planned eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is para­mount to the suc­cess of not only the town, but the en­tire west­ern re­gion. Both have of­ten been thwarted in their at­tempts to forge ahead by mainly lo­cal and po­lit­i­cal fac­tions. Much too of­ten In­dian Head has been on the lips of those who ap­pear to want to help us in our re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts, but have not been forth­com­ing. We want to again thank our del­e­ga­tion for their fore­sight and sup­port. It is ap­par­ent that they, more than most, un­der­stand that steady progress and strong lead­er­ship will help to en­sure that In­dian Head again will be­come an eco­nom­i­cally vi­tal com­mu­nity.

Evie Hunger­ford, In­dian Head The writer is the chair­woman of In­dian Head Cen­ter for the Arts.

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