About GLAF

Supporting the Performing Arts

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival began with a vision of a music festival in Garrett County.

In December 1986, a group of Garrett County residents gathered to explore that vision and a related proposal from local resident Kathryn Sincell and violinist Erick Friedman. The joint desire was to promote cultural and artistic activities in the county and to rekindle the Mountain Chautauqua spirit, once a hallmark of Garrett County life. A core of 22 citizens evolved from the originators, many of whom remained in leadership roles, serving with dedication and distinction in the ensuing years. GLAF is a non-profit 501(3)(C) corporation.

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Our Mission

The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival’s mission is to enrich our community with high-quality performing arts and arts education. GLAF offers humanities based programs as well as partnerships that will enrich the lives of our community through the humanities.

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Equity Diversity and Inclusion

GLAF will recognize its commitment to Equity-Diversity-and Inclusion. The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival provides our community with entertainment, instruction, and exposure to all branches of the performing and visual arts, and celebrates the diversity of our cultural heritage. GLAF continues to flesh out our EDI commitment. GLAF has and will continue to promote diverse and inclusive programming through both community programming and arts education programming. The GLAF Board will, beginning immediately, participate in annual EDI awareness training given (or facilitated) by the GLAF EDI committee.