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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 15, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- More than 200 students have applied to enroll in the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in its inaugural year. Washington County Public Schools Director of Secondary Education Clyde Harrell said officials expected about that number and are pleased with the response. As of Monday afternoon -- the deadline to apply -- 215 applications had been received. Schools spokesman Richard Wright said additional applications could be received this week that were postmarked Monday.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 14, 2008
Editor's note: This is the second in an occasional series that will follow Smithsburg High School student Clare McMahon through the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts application process. Clare was selected by The Herald-Mail staff and has not been given any assurances that she will be selected for admittance to the school. Clare will audition Feb. 7. WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Clare McMahon has known for more than a year that she wanted to be a member of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts' first graduating class.
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By MARLO BARNHART | November 11, 2008
FUNKSTOWN - A presentation on the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation sparked some interest at Monday night's Funkstown Town Council meeting. But a tight budget and concerns about other projects in Funkstown that also need financial support might not bode well for any contribution this year. Dale Bannon, director of system development for Washington County Public Schools, touted the school in Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District as an asset for students throughout Washington County, not just Hagerstown.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 11, 2008
Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series that will follow Smithsburg High School student Clare McMahon through the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts application process. Clare was selected by The Herald-Mail staff and has not been given any assurances that she will be selected for admittance to the school. Clare's application is due Dec. 15. HAGERSTOWN -- Not many moments in life are that clear. Part of the way through a Smithsburg High School performance of "Oklahoma," Clare McMahon realized, "Oh my God. That's what I want to do," she said.
NEWS
November 5, 2008
In addition to creating three new nonprofit endowment funds in Washington County, this year's Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc.'s People's Choice Awards also will benefit the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in downtown Hagerstown. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be used by the foundation to purchase one of the "Butterfly Sponsorships" as part of the "Take Flight" Civic Arts Project. The ninth annual People's Choice Awards Banquet will be Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. at Fountain Head Country Club.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | October 28, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- More than $350,000 in donations have been pledged for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. That includes the school's largest single donation to date - a $150,000 gift to support the performing arts high school's special programs. The donation from the Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Foundation includes naming rights to two offices on the first ($25,000) and third ($25,000) floors and the sculpture and ceramics conservatory ($100,000), according to Dale Bannon, Director of System Development for Washington County Public Schools.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 23, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The new principal of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts says he'd love to have 500 Washington County students apply to enroll in the downtown Hagerstown performing arts school. "That would be a great problem to have," Principal Michael T. Thorsen said. In its first year, however, the school likely will include about 150 freshmen and sophomores and a limited number of juniors and seniors. Officials have said the school later will enroll about 300 students.
NEWS
September 10, 2008
When Michael Thorsen, the new principal of Washington County's Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, talked to me recently, he said the school is a "great gift" from Washington County to students who will benefit from the program. Thorsen, former principal of the Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts, told me the story of one young high-schooler who came from a very needy family. Despite that, Thorsen said, the student had a remarkable bass-baritone voice, which was put on display when award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch went to the school to do a workshop on how to audition.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 29, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A recently approved state grant will help fund construction of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in downtown Hagerstown. Total cost of the school is estimated to be about $10 million. Dale Bannon, director of system development for Washington County Public Schools, said officials were anticipating receiving the $250,000 grant. The grant was funded through the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), and will be used to renovate the former Henry's Theater building on Potomac Street.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | July 7, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation is expected to ask the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday for permission to place 30 butterfly statues in and around the downtown area next spring as part of a fundraiser for the school. If the council agrees, the foundation will begin soliciting sponsors at $3,000 to $5,000 per statue, said Dale Bannon, director of system development for Washington County Public Schools. The money will be used primarily to hire a sculptor to create the butterflies and artists to paint them.
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