Governor Larry Hogan Breaks Ground at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts
Project is Part of More Than $8 Million in State Funding for Hagerstown Revitalization
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan attended the groundbreaking for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in downtown Hagerstown, Md on Friday. The school offers rigorous arts instruction and training in six areas of concentration including dance, instrumental music, creative writing, theatre, visual arts, and vocal music. The governor and First Lady were joined by Senator Andrew Serafini, Delegate Paul Corderman, Washington County School Superintendent Dr. Boyd Michael, Barbara Ingram School President Dr. Rob Hovermale, students, and local business and community leaders.
“It’s great to be back in Hagerstown for the renovation of this unique and important educational institution,” said Governor Hogan. “When I first took office, I pledged that Western Maryland would no longer be ignored, forgotten or neglected. We said that we were going to pay more attention to your needs and concerns and the revitalization of downtown Hagerstown, including the Barbara Ingram School expansion, is a shining example of our ongoing commitment to Washington County and Western Maryland.”
The improvements to the school and The Maryland Theatre next door are part of a major downtown Hagerstown revitalization project, in support of which the Hogan administration has provided over $8 million in state funding.
Students at the Barbara Ingram School benefit from a unique collaboration between the school system and downtown Hagerstown institutions. Students take their academic classes at the University of Maryland Hagerstown Center, and The Maryland Theatre is home for many of the students’ performances.
In 2011, two years after opening, the school was named one of the New and Emerging Arts Schools in the nation by Arts Schools Network. US News and World Report has selected the Barbara Ingram School as one of the top schools in the country for the past several years. Students attend Barbara Ingram School for the Arts based on an application and audition process.