A thank you to our Southern Maryland delegation
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.