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Shirley Giarritta

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Shirley Giarritta, 1935 -

Shirley received her undergraduate degree in Art Education from Frostburg State University, and her Masters in both Sculpture and Painting and Interior Design from James Madison University. For some years she was Supervisor of Art Education for the Frederick County, Virginia school system, and also taught art at Allegany College.

As a businesswoman, Shirley has owned and managed Connoisseur Interiors and Gallery in Cumberland since 1977. Along with husband Nicholas, she has successfully renovated five buildings within the city's central business district.

A longtime leading proponent and benefactor of the arts, Shirley was one of the founding members of the Cumberland Theatre in 1987 and served as President of the theatre's Board of Trustees for its first five years. In 1991, she and Nick purchased and renovated a former church building, which now serves as the theatre's home, as well as two houses for the visiting actors.

Shirley Giarritta has served as President of the Maryland State Arts Council, as well as a Trustee for both the Allegany Arts Council and Cumberland Cultural Foundation. In 1993 she was the recipient of the Governor's Award for "Outstanding Individual Supporter of the Arts", and in 2003, the Cumberland Theatre's auditorium was christened, "The Nicholas and Shirley Giarritta Playhouse".


Text - Albert Feldstein

Photograph provided by Shirley Giarritta and used with permission.

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Allegany County

Allegany County (Md.)--Biography; Allegany County (Md.)--Women.

Allegany County, (Md.)

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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