In response to the pandemic, and working together with community partners and volunteers, BlackRock transformed its art gallery into the Upcounty Consolidation Hub. It provides food, infant and adult diapers, toiletries, and other essential items to some 750 families weekly. A family coping with COVID-19 receives a special kit containing face masks, thermometers, soups, Tylenol, Gatorade, and other essential items. A virtual visual arts class, BlackRock In A Box, is designed for children in grades 3-8; the box of art supplies is inspired by weekly themes like "love the skin you're in," and "the future is bright." Staff who once managed gallery exhibits, arts education, and performances began managing programs virtually while working side by side with partners to serve the community in ways that no one had ever envisioned. It's all about collaboration, connection, and coming together in a time of crisis.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Strathmore Elementary School; Brown Station Elementary School; Watkins Mill Elementary School; Whetstone Elementary School ; Poolesville Elementary School; Matsunaga Elementary School; Roberto Clemente Middle School; The Barnesville School

Awards & Recognition

October 26, 2009
Former Board Chair David H. Langstaff receives the Executive’s Individual Patron Award from Montgomery County Council President Ike Leggett for setting exemplary standards of support for the arts.

February 12, 2010
Former Board member Mark Friis of Rodgers Consulting receives Business Honoree Award from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.


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Budget (FY2011)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for BlackRock Center for the Arts is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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