Current Projects

Ausherman Family Foundation works to catalyze Community Benefit Projects in Frederick through partnerships and collaboration. There are many projects in the works!

Downtown Safety & Services Initiative

We’re excited to support the Downtown Safety & Services Initiative and the collaborative efforts of our community to enhance the safety and vibrancy of downtown Frederick. This community initiative is comprised of community stakeholders including human service providers, nonprofit organizations, residents, businesses, faith community members, the Frederick Police Department, Frederick County State’s Attorney‘s Office, and government entities. Thank you for dedicating your time and talents to help downtown Frederick continue to be a safe and compassionate place to live, work and play.

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Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade

Ausherman Family Foundation, in collaboration with Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, requested proposals for a site-specific commission for kinetic wind art. The sculpture will be displayed in the middle of Carroll Creek beginning in early spring for 2 to 8 months. Ausherman Family Foundation’s goal is to help catalyze this initiative, attracting sponsors for additional sculptures down the Creek and further beautifying downtown Frederick. Future intent is to have numerous rotating pieces. Several proposals from regional artists were received and Ausherman Family Foundation decided to sponsor the team of Margot de Messieres & Tsvetomir Naydenov.

Stay tuned for more updates here!

Frederick Arts Council’s Public Arts Master Plan

This Master Plan provides a road map and best practices for soliciting, placing, and sustainably funding a world-class public art program. It also delineates a number of “creative zones” and upcoming opportunities to generate public art in Frederick County.

Ausherman Family Foundation partnered with Frederick Arts Council to hire master arts planner, Todd Bressi from Philadelphia to embark on developing a Public Arts Master Plan for Frederick.

Square Corner Beautification Redesign

In 2017, we formed a partnership with High Glen Gardens and the Downtown Frederick Partnership to study historic downtown’s Square Corner, the intersection of Market and Patrick Streets. With the architects of Mahan Rykiel Associates and engineers of RK&K, a design was completed that reimagined the intersection as a vibrant hub of downtown activity, including increased pedestrian safety, additional green space, and improved ADA accessibility. The plan was presented to the City of Frederick in 2018 and discussions regarding implementation are ongoing.

Seventh Street Fountain & Park Renovation

In partnership with the City of Frederick and the Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Seventh Street Fountain Park Renovation project will work to restore the badly-degraded historic fountain located at the intersection of West 7th and North Market Streets. In addition, the surrounding park will be renovated into a more green, welcoming, safe, and comfortable public space. As part of this process, several community charrettes were held to gain suggestions and input, and to review the concept designs.