The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room in the Silver Spring Civic Center opened in November 2010 as a living tribute to the former First Lady of Montgomery County who devoted her energy to garnering support for the arts and humanities in Montgomery County.
Mrs. Kramer, who passed away in March 2010, led the volunteer efforts to establish the Executive's Ball for the Benefit of the Arts in 1986 when her husband, the Honorable Sidney Kramer, was elected County Executive. As of 2010, the Ball raised more than $1 million to benefit a variety of nonprofit arts and humanities organizations.
In 2007, Mrs. Kramer received the Montgomery County Executive's Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Special Lifetime Achievement Award. Mrs. Kramer, an avid singer, also was known for contributing her vocal talent to community events. She was an active volunteer in numerous community groups and received an Honorary Degree of Associate in Arts in public service from Montgomery College in 1997 due solely to her commitment to community service.
The gallery and music room are managed by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), a nonprofit organization designated as Montgomery County’s arts and humanities agency. The primary objective of the gallery is to exhibit professional artists who live in Montgomery County. Other special exhibits and concerts are featured as well.
Although the County government built the space, no public funds are available to operate the gallery and music room. An endowment fund has been established by AHCMC for the management of the gallery and music room in perpetuity. Mr. Kramer and his family provided a generous leadership gift to begin the fund. Additional donations are welcome from others who wish to honor Mrs. Kramer's contribution to Montgomery County during her lifetime.
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