Common Ground on the Hill has presented the Robert H. Chambers Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts every year since 2000. The award is named in honor of Robert H. Chambers III, who, as President of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and as a Founding Director of Common Ground on the Hill, understood the innate power and potential of the traditional arts to help foster understanding among people of different cultures. The award is presented at the Roots Music & Arts Festival held in early July. Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz’ generosity of spirit and his tireless commitment to both performing and teaching at Common Ground on the Hill have earned him a deserved place among these honored recipients.
Doc Watson 2000 - Pete & Toshi Seeger 2001 - Odetta 2002 - Etta Baker 2002 - Roger McGuinn 2003 – Ramblin’ Jack Elliot 2004 – Joe Hickerson 2005 - Richie Havens 2006 Jean Richie 2007 – Guy & Candi Carawan 2008 - Tom Paxton 2008 - Ralph Stanley 2009 Hazel Dickens 2010 - Mike Seeger 2010- Buckwheat Zydeco 2011 – Jesse McReynolds 2011 John Hammond 2012 - Mike Baytop & the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation 2013 Hot Tuna 2014 - Professor Louie 2015
Common Ground on the Hill is a traditional, roots-based music, arts and humanities organization founded in 1994 by Executive Director Walt Michael offering quality learning experiences with master musicians, artists, dancers, writers, filmmakers and educators while exploring cultural diversity in search of common ground among ethnic, gender, age and racial groups. It offers a wide variety of programs, ranging from classes and master workshops during the program year (September - April) to weekend-long workshops to the flagship program, Traditions Weeks: two individual weeks of classes, concerts and jams each July.
Prof. Louie in Novosibirsk, Russia
Prof. Louie - Musical Ambassador
Prof. Louie & Miss Marie perform at special event
Little Sammy Davis Memorial Concert
Rick Danko's Birthday Celebration
PL&C with horns at Sellersville Theater, PA