Leslie Prince Raimond
Director Emeritus, Kent County Arts Council
I love to dwell on my life which I feel is incredibly rich. In my role of Mom and Grandmom, I have the marvelous chance to partake in the work and play of my large family: kids who create art, travel far, live in lovely places, perform drama and music, and have terrific friends.
Born in North Carolina in 1940, I savor my Southern roots. Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, I loved my 1950’s life of sleek cars, swimming pools, the beginnings of rock and roll. Moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1960 I bask in the lovely landscapes, and the joy I found in teaching high school English, then working in the small community along with my husband, Vince Raimond, to found the Kent County Arts Council, as well as ACT, a community theater organization, and manage a wonderful dance studio created out of a converted auto dealership in downtown Chestertown. Later, working with the Kent County Senior Center, I became enamored with the stories told by my Seniors of rural life when times were hard, but spirits high, many remembering events experiences by their parents who were born in slavery. My contacts and friendship with these folks led me to produce many musical events featuring Black Gospel singers and musicians. Through the Arts Council’s work, I helped lead an effort to establish Sumner Hall, one of two Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Posts built by USCT (U.S.Colored Troops) and now restored and used for many community performances and exhibits pertaining to the African American story. I continue to be involved with theater, dance, and all art forms, and love to travel everywhere. Having lived in my small community for decades, I enjoy a marvelous circle of great friends. I am rewarded with a life – Rich Indeed.