Frederick Arts Council Receives 2021 Sustainability Award from the Frederick County Sustainability Commission

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Sky Stage was recognized for its environmentally friendly design and practices
The Frederick Arts Council's by the Frederick County Sustainability Commission with a 2021 Sustainability Award in the category of nonprofit.

Each year, the Commission recognizes individuals, nonprofits and commercial businesses across Frederick County who are making great strides in helping the county achieve improved sustainability. Awards take into account leadership, innovation and success in sustainability for efforts including energy efficiency, renewable energy, air and water quality, reuse and recycle, quality of life and more.

Sky Stage, designed by artist Heather Clark in collaboration with the Massachusetts of Institutes of Technology's (MIT) Digital Structures research group, is a public art piece as well as an outdoor amphitheater, hosting nearly 200 events a season. It reduces energy consumption and water usage by utilizing a rain barrel which allows the green sculpture made of two stories of plantings to be self-watered.

Clark's background in green-building projects, environmental science, community planning and fine art coalesced into this vision for a new kind of sustainable, building-scale public art/community venue. Located in Frederick's historic downtown, FAC's Sky Stage features a…
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