Our Town

Town of Chestertown, Maryland

, Maryland




A view of Wilmer Park on the Chestertown waterfront, site for public art installations that will build upon recent infrastructure, trail, and park improvements. Photo by Kees de Moy.

The NEA grant will support the creation of a public arts master plan for Chestertown's waterfront area. The Town of Chestertown, in partnership with RiverArts, Washington College, and Kent County Arts Council, will commission a consulting firm to lead a diverse group of stakeholders through charrettes centered on priorities identified by the community in recent planning processes: art, environment, and history. The project will culminate in an inaugural public art installation, selected through a competitive request for proposals. Integration of art into

Chestertown's waterfront builds on recent infrastructure, trail, and park improvements and coincides with Washington College's interdisciplinary arts initiative at the historic Stepne Farm, located directly adjacent to the waterfront. Chestertown has a population of 5,254 and has made special efforts to include its growing African American population (21.8 percent) through its Diversity Dialogue Group. The resulting public arts master plan is expected to serve as a model for other rural towns on Maryland's Eastern Shore