Sky Stage, a new interactive art venue in historic Frederick, Maryland revitalizes a piece of local history through contemporary events and art.

In September 2016, Sky Stage opened to the public and it is an interactive building-scale public art work. The pre-Revolutionary war era building is nearly 300 years old. A terrible fire gutted the building in 2010, so it has no roof or windows; until artist Heather Clark saw the potential of the vacant building the windows and doors remained sealed shut with plywood. [caption id="attachment_1569" align="aligncenter" width="424"]Sky Stage Frederick The 2010 fire; photo by The Frederick News-Post and Randall Family, LLC as published on July 1, 2010.[/caption]

The Artist and her Partners

According to Sky Stage's website, Heather Clark "utilizes art, architecture, and public interventions to catalyze built environments that power themselves, cleanse themselves, transform waste, provide wildlife habitat, produce food, and enhance the lives of people." This was Clark's vision for the vacant building in historic Frederick; it became a reality with the help of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Digital Structures research group. Together, Heather Clark and the Digitial Structures research group used computational design to engineer Sky Stage's central art piece. The sculpture is a huge, complex geometric scaffolding: two stories of a wide ribbon of drought-resistant plants that winds in and out of the buildings windows and doors. Clark was sure to make the roof-less space as sustainable as possible, so state-of-the-art green roof technology was modified to support the plants and sculptures. Rain water is collected from a nearby rooftop and stored for irrigation of the plants and trees. Frederick Arts Council oversees the day-to-day operations of the theater in partnership with AmeriCorp:
Together they are facilitating local residents and community groups to run creative endeavors within the historic shell.  Working with the public, Sky Stage offers drama, music, children’s story time, art classes, dance, history, literature, and film."
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Sky Stage The massive sculpture and the seating for guests among young trees. Photo by[/caption]

The Arts

The experience created in the new venue is one that satisfyingly blends history, nature, and the arts. Open now through August 2017, Sky Stage is fully booked for the season. If you're really interested in visiting or hosting an event there,  you can still fill out an event form on their website. To stay up to date with the events already scheduled for Sky Stage, check out their Facebook page. Among the events already being hosted there are donation based yoga classes, a poetry reading with Maryland's Poet Laureate, and open mic nights! A number of local and regional bands will also perform in the space throughout the summer. Sky Stage is on Twitter and Instagram, both great places to stay up-to-date on events and performances in the space. [embed][/embed]   Located on South Carroll street, Sky Stage is within walking distance of some of Frederick's nicest shopping and dining. It is just two blocks from the MARC train station and bus station. Adding Sky Stage as a stop on your next visit to Frederick is sure to make for a memorable experience.
Don't miss your chance to check it out this summer!

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