Douglas M. Duncan, Montgomery County Executive (MD)

County Arts Leadership
2003

“It is a special honor for me to receive national recognition for my contribution to the local arts community,” said Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan.  “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in Montgomery County and of the first-class arts community that we have built over the years.”

During his tenure as County Executive, Mr. Duncan has increased funding for the arts ten fold, with more than $3 million going for arts organizations and activities last year. He has developed an innovative approach to community development by using facilities as anchors of development. Within Montgomery County, there are 367 local cultural organizations and over 1,000 individual artists.

Mr. Duncan has spear-headed the investment of more than $57 million in capital development projects including: Rthe renovation of Silver Theatre for the new East Coast Headquarters of the American Film Institute; a new children's theatre for Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts Imagination Stage; a new arts center in Germantown for the Blackrock Center for the Arts; the renovation of Glen Echo Park including Adventure Theater, the Puppet Company, the Yellow Barn Gallery, and the Spanish Ballroom Renovation of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange's Takoma Park facility; new and renovated spaces for Olney Theatre Center; a new home for Pyramid Atlantic, a visual arts facility; three new homes for Round House Theatre; and the new Strathmore Hall 2000-seat concert hall.

Mr. Duncan also supported the creation of Montgomery County’s first cultural plan, and each year he and his wife host the Executive’s Ball for the Benefit of the Arts and Humanities with proceeds distributed as arts and humanities education grants.