Founded in 1994, Common Ground on the Hill is a roots-based, traditional arts non-profit organization housed on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Created on the premise that there is a common human thread unifying all people and expressed in our various artistic traditions, our mission is to make this thread a path towards human understanding, tolerance, fulfillment, and enjoyment.
The embodiment of this path is a music and arts community where master musicians, artists, craftspeople, and creative thinkers will provide a quality learning experience for an audience which we will endeavor to increase in size, diversity, and influence. It is essential to the success of this mission that the artists, teachers, and students, reflect local, national, and international communities.
Common Ground on the Hill has grown to include three Traditions Weeks of classes and concerts on the McDaniel College campus; the Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival – a spectacular day of music, dance, crafts, food and continuous musical performances on 4 stages – and the venerable Deer Creek Fiddlers’ Convention, both at the Carroll County Farm Museum; the Zepp Center for Nonviolence and Peace Education; two concert series (Baltimore and Westminster); the weekend-long Common Ground on the Border in Sahuarita, AZ; and master classes and workshops.