Current Projects

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

Frederick Downtown Youth Center

The Downtown Safety and Services Initiative (the Initiative) was formed to pursue a shared vision for Downtown Frederick, focusing on safety for all, respect for each individual, and advancing the community’s vibrancy. One group, The Services and Coordination Committee, determined ways to expand and increase access to human services by analyzing current offerings, coordination, and how well they serve Downtown Frederick’s needs. One of the committee’s main recommendations was to provide alternative venues and care services for youth to guarantee that they have options for socializing and recreation that are safe and that adolescent support is easy to access.

In response, the Ausherman Family Foundation began working with Strategic Consulting & Coaching along with other community leaders to explore the possibility of a youth center. At the forefront of this exploration was the voices of youth which were heard through 6 community forums. Youth advocated for what would make them feel safe, welcome, and interested in the center. The ideas of the youth were reinforced by youth providers and leadership around the county. These comments and discoveries were recorded and compiled by the consultants into one report. The report of these Key Findings and Recommendations lays the groundwork for steps forward through the formation of committees and ideas for the management, layout, and structure of a youth center building in downtown Frederick. 

More about the progression of the project can be read on our news page.

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.

For more information, click here.

Phoenix Recovery Academy

In November 2019, Ausherman Family Foundation provided funding for Maryland’s first and only recovery high school, Phoenix Recovery Academy. The school is located at 117 East Church St. convenient to public transportation, the downtown arts district and other supportive nonprofit organizations. Students will benefit from a supportive environment focused on academics as well as recovery support for alcoholism and drug addiction. This school will ultimately change the trajectory of their lives and positively impact future generations to come. The project tapped into the skills and expertise of both sides of our organization – Ausherman Properties and Ausherman Family Foundation. Ausherman Properties contributed their expertise in construction, permitting, outfitting the building, and more. The school is accepting applications and plans to open in the Fall of 2020.

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. In early spring 2020, three sculptures were installed and will be displayed in the middle of Carroll Creek until fall. 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!

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.

Uplifting Public Art

Ausherman Family Foundation aims to beautify public spaces by catalyzing public art projects including murals, sculptures, kinetic art, and more. Many of these projects and their locations were outlined in the  Public Arts Master Plan in partnership with Frederick Arts Council. We work in partnership with fellow nonprofits, businesses, residents, artists, and more to make these visions a reality.