2021: Still not the same…

even The ART of the Dog at Federated Charities.

You walk past our building in Frederick and see a statue of a dog on our front steps but you may not know EVERYTHING that happens behind our doors. The ART of the Dog at Federated Charities is your opportunity to understand the impact of our social purpose real estate on the lives of individuals and families in Frederick

maybe not
this different!


We kind of liked how The ART of the Dog went in 2020. There were dogs, tours of the building and general mayhem…and it was pretty fun. But we’ve also missed you. So, in 2021, we’re still #keepingitreal and #adjustingourmodel because social distancing is still a thing. Fortunately, we have a garden and an imagination so we are reimagining our event as the The ART of the Dog-Dog Days of Summer series. Still the same zany spirit but spreading the love with a series of smaller, more intimate events, beginning in July…we’d love to have you join us. 

If you’re still being cautious, we think our virtual event from 2020 still holds up…like an easy and familiar sitcom from the 90s. Feel free to watch it by clicking the link below. If you’d like to join us in person, we’ll have happy to welcome you to one of the events. Just shoot an email to and we’ll put you on our invite list!

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As a nonprofit center, Federated Charities supports 16 local charitable organizations who provide services ranging from health and dental care, job development, land and cultural preservation and legal assistance. Our tenants see thousands of Frederick residents every single year, often at a time when they are experiencing the worst days of their lives. We are proud to be a safety net for individuals and families and for the organizations that serve them.

The ART of the Dog is where human services, the quirky elements of our historic building and the art we’ve collected all come together to celebrate our dog “Charity” who stands guard over Frederick and has done so for more than 150 years.

Every other year, as our guests, you walk our version of a red carpet, take a photo with Charity and we invite you to step behind our brick façade and experience what our nonprofit partners experience every day…knowing that we have their backs and that we will make sure the lights stay on for them to do their work in the community.

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Thank you for supporting our organization

2021 BEST IN SHOW sponsor:

BIG DOG sponsor

Why us

We help the community
and our tenant-partners.

Ever wonder how a dog like Charity sees our building? We wondered too and invited some of our dog friends in for their own private tours. We will be featuring some of those tours at The ART of the Dog this year and since you normally only get to see the first floor, we’re going to visit portions of every floor so you can get a sense of what we offer in the heart of downtown to our nonprofit tenants.

We are grateful to be able to continue to serve Frederick during this time. Our partners have gotten pretty creative over the past few weeks in order to meet the needs of their own clients and we have invested in the additional technology they need as we’ve all adjusted to the new “normal.” We are making building and safety upgrades to plan for the day when we welcome visitors regularly back into our building and we are supporting the professional development of board members and staff to move their organizations forward. We know that our work spaces are going to be changing and we want to be flexible in changing with them. On a personal note, we have also stocked up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer…because we all know how important those are!

The ART of the Dog has always been about sharing the history of our building, introducing you to our services in the community and encouraging you to get to know some of the people who make it all happen. 2020 is no different…but we have built in a little bit more mayhem (and a children’s coloring contest…because, why not?)

Check out our dog tours of the building

Children’s Coloring Contest Details and Entry

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Meet our Dogs

Click below to see our our tours by each dog

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