Former county school Board of Education member Christopher Barclay has joined Arts on the Block in the newly created position of operations director, the organization has announced.

Barclay, who also served on AOB’s board of directors, will lead AOB’s upcoming move into the Silver Spring Library, scheduled for next year, as well as the expansion of the group’s studio and community program spaces.

Barclay represented District 4 on the school board, a position he was appointed to in 2006 when Valerie Ervin was elected to the County Council. He was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012.

In 2014, he filed as a candidate in the Democratic primary for the District 5 County Council seat held by Ervin until her resignation that year.

“I am excited to be able to contribute to an organization that helps emerging artists. From my volunteer work to my public service in elected office, my mission has been to create opportunities for young people,” Barclay said in the announcement. “The work at Arts on the Block allows me to bring together my expertise in youth development with my love of art. This is a professional dream come true.” 

Photo courtesy Arts on the Block.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Barclay Joins Arts on the Block in Management Role