The Arts

Ballet Conservatoire XIV

Ballet Conservatoire XIV is historic Ellicott City’s official classical ballet school. The school is an elite ballet coaching facility that trains the serious and soon-to-be-professional dancer under the co-direction of preeminent teachers Donna Pidel and Hans Nelson.  Ballet Conservatoire XIV follows the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum, which combines the French, Italian, and Russian schools of dance.

After the 2018 flood, the school began the enigmatic Ellicott City Ballerina Project to benefit the Ellicott City Partnership.   Students were photographed around the town with the people and places working so hard to recover. 

Reclaimed By You

Reclaimed By You transforms materials “from salvage to sparkle” and hosts crafting workshops, such as sign making and furniture painting. Reclaimed By You also offers conscientiously sourced gifts in its gift shop and makes its premises available for private events. Customers are welcome to craft any time the shop is open.

Reclaimed By You not only salvages and crafts, it crafts with a conscious. The business partners only with suppliers and organizations that share an eco-friendly mission and that do good works by creating socially-conscious jobs for under-served communities that need the jobs most. Some examples of Reclaimed by You’s partners are:

  • Brick + Board — a Baltimore company that salvages materials from deconstructed buildings and trains the next generation of sawyers and salvage experts. Its mission is to create “skilled, living-wage, green-collar jobs for Baltimoreans with barriers to employment.”
  • A Workshop of Our Own — another Baltimore company that describes itself as “a collaborative professional woodshop and educational space for women and gender-nonconforming furniture makers.”
  • Community Forklift — a non-profit that “turns the waste stream into a resource stream.” Its mission is reduce construction site waste by keeping reusable materials out of the landfill and re-purposing them for low-cost repair materials.

Taylor’s Collective & Artists’ Gallery

Taylor’s Collective is a showcase and marketplace for art and artisan wares, high quality antique and vintage furniture, lighting, home accessories, and apparel and home accents. The 10,000 square foot Collective includes boutiques, studios and artisan workshops.

The Artists’ Gallery at Taylor’s Collective started as a cooperative gallery in 1995 and is venue that brings the visual arts to Howard County and a place for local artists, working in a large range of media, to exhibit and sell their artwork. The Artists’ Gallery promotes local arts and artists through yearly invitational and juried exhibits and collaborations with local poets, and they intend to continue these traditions in their new surroundings.

The building that now houses the Taylor’s Collective was built in 1924 by Isaac Taylor, patriarch of the present-day Taylor family.  Isaac Taylor opened the Reliable Jewelry Company on Main Street in the early days of the 20th century, from which he sold jewelry while establishing his optometry practice. After the fire of 1915, Taylor moved his business up the street and built the Taylor’s building in 1924, eventually adding home appliances – which used motors powered by generators – music boxes and furniture. The building was purchased by Marvin Sachs in the 1970s who operated “Taylor’s Antiques” for more than 40 years. The building – now Taylor’s Collective and partially owned by a descendant of Isaac Taylor, has been declared a Historic Landmark.