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Date: October 8, 2004 (04-90) 

Montgomery College to Present Inaugural Art Stars Awards Oct. 21
Evening to Celebrate Arts at Montgomery College and in Silver Spring 

            Montgomery College is holding its inaugural Art Stars Awards on Thursday, October 21, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., to recognize the achievements of those community leaders who helped revitalize Silver Spring and spur the development of the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District.  Proceeds from the event, held at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, will benefit the arts at Montgomery College through the Arts Institute.

            The Montgomery College Arts Institute is a cooperative effort among all arts faculty and staff that was formed to provide a college-wide focus on the arts.  At each Montgomery College campus, arts faculty and staff teach students in a rigorous academic environment, and help students to develop creatively.  Beyond the College, the Arts Institute reaches out to Montgomery County Public Schools, other educational institutions and the community to share expertise, ideas, resources, and opportunities.

            Recipients of the inaugural Art Stars Awards are:

  • Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan and Barbara Duncan

  • Jean Picker Firstenberg, director and chief executive officer of the American Film Institute (AFI)

  • Martha Gudelsky, a major benefactor of the arts in Montgomery County and the greater metropolitan area

  • John Hendricks, founder and chairman of Discovery Communications, Inc.

  • State Senator Ida Ruben, who played a lead role in ensuring the state’s designation of the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District

Along with the awards presentation, the Art Stars Awards will include cocktails and a dinner buffet.  Designed to showcase the arts offerings at Montgomery College, Montgomery College faculty, staff and students will provide entertainment.  Some of the featured performers include the Montgomery College jazz ensemble, musical theatre students, acting students, dancers, and world musicians.  

General tickets to the Art Stars Awards cost $50 each.  Tickets may also be purchased at the friend and supporter levels.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For tickets or additional information, call Isabel de la Puente from the Montgomery College Foundation at 240-567-5287 or LaVerne Gordon at 240-567-4023.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.