In Bel Air, we don’t believe in starving artists.
Instead, we think that artists should pursue their dreams as well as make a living.
Bel Air and surrounding Harford County towns are poised for the future with some unique advantages:
- We’ve got location, location and location. We are in the “Heart of Harford,” the county seat, and 5 miles from I-95. Other roads that lead to Bel Air include Rt.1, Harford Road, and Rt. 40. We are situated in the midst of the east coast’s major cities: Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Washington DC.
- Jobs are still growing here. The Chesapeake Science & Technology Corridor continues to draw science and technology professionals to live in the area. In addition to their interest in the quality of local education, these well-educated workers look for excellent arts and cultural events and resources.This influx of people also has created enormous opportunities for entrepreneurs to open shops, galleries and eating places. Several start-up arts organizations have responded to this opportunity.
- Our local schools have expanded, not eliminated, cultural activities. Two schools in the Arts & Entertainment District devote considerable resources to keeping the arts as an integral part of their culture. The John Carroll High School recently expanded their Academy of Performing Arts and Dance. The Bel Air High School’s new facility includes an auditorium specifically designed for community vocal and theater performances.
- We are not alone. Bel Air is on a direct route (I-95, Rt. 22) from Arts & Entertainment districts in Havre de Grace and Elkton. This forms a vibrant regional arts corridor where all artists can flourish and expand.