Join us and Celebrate at Howard County’s signature arts event! The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring culinary delicacies from area restaurants, a Gala Art Auction of amazing works by local artists, and wonderful live musical performances. Then, at 8 p.m., take your seat in the Smith or Studio Theatres for the Rising Star Performing Arts Competition and the presentation of the 2019 Howie Awards. Performances and awards are presented live in the Smith Theatre and simulcast in the Studio Theatre. Tickets will be available for purchase in January 2020.

The Rising Star Performing Arts Competition showcases up to ten emerging performing artists or small ensembles (ages 18-35) – who live, work or study in Howard County – vying for a $5,000 professional development award. Audience members will vote for their favorite performance, with the winner announced live on stage that evening!

The 2019 Howie Awards will also be presented on the Main Stage during the Celebration. Presented annually, the Howie Awards recognize an Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Arts Educator, and Outstanding Business or Community Supporter of the Arts.

Tickets will be available for purchase at hocoarts.org in January.

Photo courtesy of John Wisor.

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