HAGERSTOWN - Many arts foundations get painted with the same brush - they're here today and gone tomorrow.
That's not the case with the Washington County Arts Council, which this year marks its 40th birthday.
To celebrate the occasion, the council hosted a public reception Thursday evening at its gallery in downtown Hagerstown.
"It's a very special milestone," said Donna Newcomer, president of the Washington County Arts Council. "Even more special is the support that we've received over the years. The council has changed considerably since it was created, and none of it would have happened without the wonderful relationship we've developed with this community."
The Washington County Arts Council was born in 1967 and was the first such council in the state of Maryland, said Kevin Moriarty, executive director.
"Our purpose is easy to sum up", he said. "We want to enhance the cultural, educational, economic and social life of the community through nurturing the arts."