About

Kent County Arts Council helps fund, support, and produce the arts in our community. Funded by Maryland State Arts Council, the Commissioners of Kent County, Foundations and Private Citizens, KCAC supports community events, school cultural arts presentations, and individual artists.

John Schratwieser
Director of Kent County Arts Council

John Schratwieser joined the Kent County Arts Council in July 2017, and became Director on January 1, 2018.  From June 2010 through April 2017, John served as the Director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), Maryland’s largest state-wide arts advocacy organization. In this role John served as the lobbyist for public funding for the arts at the state and national level. During his tenure at MCA, arts funding increased from $13.2 million for FY 2010, to nearly $21 million for FY 2018.  Maryland is fourth in the nation in per-capita funding for the arts. Before MCA, John served as Executive Director of the Prince Theatre Foundation (now the Garfield Center for the Arts.). Under his leadership the Theater expanded its capacity to serve the community and as a venue for all kinds of performing arts. Under his leadership and with the support of a dedicated Board of Trustees, the Prince Theatre Foundation underwent a capital campaign raising more than $1 million to purchase the privately owned building, and to renovate/restore the lobby. The theater emerged from this effort as the new Garfield Center for the Arts at the Historic Prince Theatre. John has spent nearly 30 years in nonprofit management, primarily in the arts. He’s an avid musical theater fan, and performer/singer. John sings with the Chester River Chorale and serves on the Board of the Kent County Local Management Board, as well as the Advisory Committee for VetArts Connect, a state-wide veteran service organization focused on connecting our veterans to arts and art therapy opportunities.

Email: john@kentcountyartscouncil.org

 


Leslie Prince Raimond, Director Emeritus
Director of the Kent County Arts Council from 1991 – 2017

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington College in 1963 and her Masters of Arts in English Literature in 1993. Her experience as activities director (1985-1991) at Kent County Senior Center brought her into contact with elders in the community whose stories reach back to the 1800’s, and her passion for preserving those stories has led to several projects connected to earlier traditions, such as producing a film about River Baptisms, and recording traditional Negro spirituals. Her connections throughout Kent and surrounding counties help facilitate the execution of projects involving traditional arts and histories, while her weekly radio show (since 1990) at WKHS, 90.5 FM Worton/Baltimore provides a platform for broadcasting gathered oral histories.

Through Kent County Arts Council, she has been an advocate of cultural and heritage celebrations and a promoter of arts in education and arts for the environment. Many on these activities have focused on local African American cultural heritage such as the 100 Voice Choir which performs with the specific goal of promoting the Vincent Hynson Memorial Scholarship to Washington College for an African American student of Kent County; the C-300 African American Festival; the C-300 Music Weekend; The River Baptism documentary film project; the original play produced by Women at the Well; production of CDs by local musical artists, support for the Decoration Day reenactment (2010) held by the African American Heritage Council and much more.

Kent County Arts Council is an arm of the Maryland State Arts Council which is part of “D-BED” -Department of Business and Economic Development. The Maryland Legislature considers the Arts to be an economic engine helping the general economic climate throughout the state, and this successful connection makes Maryland a leader in the public support of the arts. Combining the Arts, Tourism Development, Heritage Tourism, and Economic Development has added to the vitality of our local and state-wide communities.

In 2011 Leslie led an all-inclusive fundraising effort to acquire and restore the Charles Sumner Post #25 in Chestertown, MD. The building, located on South Queen St., is only one of 2 its kind left in the country. The restored building opened to the public in 2014.

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
the Kent County Arts Council will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities
on the basis of disability in its service, program or activities. ADA accommodations that patrons
require to enjoy KCAC services, programs or activities may be requested by contacting the
Executive Director at 410-778-1149, or LeslieRaimond@gmail.com.