Sky Stage transforms a boarded property in the heart of Frederick, Maryland’s downtown historic district into an interactive building-scale public art work. 59 South Carroll Street, a pre-Revolutionary War building, was damaged by a major fire in 2010 and has no roof. In September of 2016, the plywood boards on the doors and windows were removed to reveal a center for arts and culture. The open-air theater has since offered drama, music, children’s story time, art classes, folklore, literary readings and poetry, history, naturalists, dance and film. Several local presenting groups have contributed to the programming of the space.
Sky Stage is by artist Heather Theresa Clark. Clark collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Digital Structures research group, who computationally designed and engineered the sculpture’s complex wooden lattice with custom geometry-generating algorithms. The Frederick Arts Council is Sky Stage’s 501(c)3 partner and is overseeing the day-to-day operations of the theater. In the inaugural year, the Arts Council operated in partnership with AmeriCorps.