Leadership Anne Arundel Day with the Arts

Leadership Anne Arundel, a program devoted to fostering leadership and familiarizing future Anne Arundel County leaders with the County, had a very successful Arts Day this month  with the help of the Arts Council and several community volunteers and LAA alumni.

The day began at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The day began with an overview presentation given by Arts Council Executive DIrector April Nyman.  The class of approximately 40 professionals and volunteers interested in developing leadership skills,  was then treated to a hands-on learning experience led by students from Bates Middle School. The hands-on learning experience was coordinated by Arts Integration Specialist Laura Wixon. The LAA students were divided up into four groups and utilized poetry, visual arts, and movement to  process information and express thoughts.

PVA Students from Bates Middle School teaching members of the LAA Class.

Vice President of Marketing and Development at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Donna Anderson gave a tour of the building which houses art classes, artist studios, exhibit space. performance space . Maryland Hall is also home of the Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Ballet Theater of Maryland, and Live Arts Maryland.

The Day continued with a walk through the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District and re-convened at the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge where members of the flagship class broke out into roundtable discussions organized by Annapolis General Manager Kathy Swekel, with Directors and Representatives of seven historic preservation and art nonprofits.

Roundtable discussions

Local arts patron and restauranteur Gavin Buckley spoke about the Art and Entertainment District and its affect on local business. A panel discussion after lunch featured  Arts Council Board Member Roberta Pardo, former Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer, and artist Jeff Huntington in a panel discussion of Art in Public Places.

Footworks performance for the LAA class at Arts Day

The class then walked to the Compass Rose Theater and were greeted by founder and director Lucinda Merry Browne who treated them to an excerpt from Camelot currently playing at Compass Rose.  (Their next show will be “God of Carnage”) .The three lead actors performed several songs and then the stage was turned over to the percussive dance group Footworks who gave a  performance and taught the LAA participants some forms of percussive dance and lead and follow chant singing.  A successful day, many of the participants promised to return soon to see more performances with their friends and families and to sign up their children for art classes.  The 2017 Arts Day was chaired by writer/artist  Nadja Maril, LAA Flagship graduate class of 2002;

Art Events for the Holiday Season in Anne Arundel County

Tis the season to celebrate the holidays with the ARTS.  Our county has so much to offer in the way of entertainment, you don’t have to travel far to find a wonderful play, musical, symphony or art exhibit to enjoy.   If you are looking for that special gift to give, a pair of tickets or a season subscription to the performances of one of the many performing arts groups or a membership in one of the County Historic preservation organizations is a great way to support our artists and shop local!

Whether you travel North, South, East or West, coming up, we have some fabulous opportunities.  In Edgewater there is still time to catch a performance by the National Ballet Company of Swing Time Nutcracker Sweet.  See the information below:

Next Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17th at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will be “Messiah by Candlelight” presented by Live Arts Maryland.

Presented by the South County Concert Association will be  “An evening of holiday carols with Tenora” on   December 14, 2016  at 7:30 p.m. at Southern High School at 4400 Solomons Islands Rd, Harwood, MD  

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents “Christmas Fiesta with Sultans of String”

On Friday December 16, at 8:00pm, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, performs our Holiday Pops concert, entitled Christmas Fiesta with Sultans of String, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Check out the Maryland Hall website to find out about all the upcoming performance events at this venue.

 

 

Meet actress and writer Maia Rodriquez at a Free Event at the Chesapeake Center for the Arts/

In the Studio with Maia Rodriguez
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
in Studio 194 Theatre
Doors open at  5:30pm | Talk 6:00pm
All Ages!
Free Admission

Visit the Chesapeake Center for the Arts website to learn about other upcoming events and performances.

BABES in TOYLAND presented by West Arundel Creative Arts is playing weekends through December 18th at the Nichols-Bethel UM CHurch at 1239 Murray Road in Odenton. Afternoon performances make this a great event for younger children and you can purchase tickets at WACArts.com.

At the Compass Rose Theater, enjoy the class musical ‘CAMELOT” playing through January 22nd. The Compass Rose is located in the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District at 49 Spa Road, www.compassrosetheater.org.

Many musicians will be performing in downtown Annapolis during MIDNIGHT MADNESS on Thursday December 15th.   While you are downtown, look for Art in Public Places. There are several murals and large photographs on buildings to admire around the city in addition to traditional statues and handsome historic structures that include  our State Capital, Hammond Harwood House and Wiliiam Paca House.

The MFA’s Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

One of the ACAAC’s grantee organizations, The MFA, is dedicated to providing living artists with a platform to exhibit their work. Over the course of the next several months the MFA will be bringing forth a number of exhibitions at the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, online, and in alternative local spaces. The group is currently showing a couple of exhibitions including “Flora and Fauna” on display until July 31st at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The shared characteristic of the exhibition’s selected 2-D works is that all works depict the “broad range of animal and plant life.” “Fiber Options” is the group’s second exhibition, currently on display at the MFA’s Circle Gallery. This unique exhibition contains 2-D and 3-D works created with a fiber medium.
The MFA is also working on bringing several exhibitions both to the area and online. “Global Landscapes” is an online exhibition beginning August 10th and running until September 21st and features 2-D landscape imagery from artists across the world. The next exhibition coming to the Circle Gallery after “Fiber Options” is “American Landscapes.” The exhibition includes 2-D and 3-D works depicting landscapes from North America, South America, Central America, Hawaii and the Caribbean. These works will be on display from August 12th until September 10th. The “Water Works” exhibition is on display at the Annapolis Maritime Museum from September 22nd until October 30th and features 2-D works where water “is the primary force, object, or consequence.”
Finally, the MFA are supporting two upcoming exhibitions that are still currently open to applicants eager to have their work exhibited to the public. The first of these exhibitions is “Strokes of Genius.” Entry is currently open for artists to submit original 2-D works created in any painting medium to this 5th annual all-painting competition. The selected works will be on display from October 28th to November 26th at the Circle Gallery. The second upcoming exhibition currently still open for entry is “Small Wonders.” Artists are invited to submit 2-D works 11” or smaller, or 3-D works 7” or smaller for a chance to have their works on display at the Circle Gallery from December 2nd to the 23rd later this year. For more information on the MFA’s current and upcoming exhibitions see the MFA’s website at mdfedart.com.

Annapolis Shakespeare Theater’s Remaining Summer Performances

The Annapolis Shakespeare Company is one of the premier organizations in Annapolis dedicated to bringing classical theater to the area. It may be too late to catch the company’s excellent adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed in the gardens of the Charles Carroll House but there are still several more opportunities to see classical theater in Annapolis this summer. From August 5th through 21st the group is holding its “Summer Staged Reading Repertory Series,” where Donald Hicken, one half of the directorial team behind the group’s performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, brings to life Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw. The adaptation is sure to convey the supernatural elements and suspense of James’ original 19th century novella. The performances will be held at ASC’s Studio 11.
Additionally, running until September 27th is the Company’s adaptation of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” Danielle Angeline from DCMetroTheaterArts has given the adaptation a five star review and claims that director, Sally Boyett, has cast the roles brilliantly. Angeline states “Sally Boyet, Founding Director of Annapolis Shakespeare Company, has perfectly cast the individual roles and directs them into a cohesive ensemble that is simply captivating.” Performances of this critically lauded adaptation of Shakespeare’s complete works are held Tuesday evenings at Reynolds Tavern’s Pub in the outdoor courtyard. Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found on the Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s website at annapolisshakespeare.org.

for their legacy and their teachers

Arts in Education Highlight Local Students’ Talent

Each year the Arts in Education (AiE) Program brings together teaching artists from around the country to students in Anne Arundel County. Artists are able to share their craft with students and show the practical applications they can have.

Students are exposed to poetry, various forms of dance from ballet to grass roots folk dances from several different cultures, painting and many more forms of expression. Math is made fun through magic with Brian Curry Assemblies; Mary Ann Jung brings historic figures right into the classroom through her many History Alive! acts; Yvette Lewis has you singing opera in a language you have never spoken before; and Gayle Mangan Kassal works with students and shows them that many hands can create a wonderfully cohesive expression of togetherness.

Pictured below is the finished product of the mural project at Tracy’s Elementary School.

Photos courtesy of Gayle Mangan Kassal.   Visit her website www.gmkfineart.com to see more of her work.

Completed in time for their graduation, the graduating 5th grade class of 2016 of Tracy’s Elementary has left a permanent mark to share with future students and faculty.

“We had a terrific time and it really brightens the gray retaining wall with a friendly student touch, hand prints included!”- GM Kassal

Poet Natalie Lobe has been working with St. Martins in the Field Episcopal School for many years now. This year she brought the poetry to Emily Dickinson to inspire the students. The students were also inspired by the personal journey of one of their teachers. Below is a poem entitled “Ode to Hope,” written by 6th grader Scott Allen, written for teacher Cindy Barry.

Ode to Hope

You’re a light in the darkness.
You give belief when there is none.
You are strong like a rhino.
You persevere through the worst weather.
You look perfect.
You’re sweet as a peach.
You fight the hardest war,
But always get through
With inquisitive thoughts
And the heart of a warrior.


Scott Allen, 6th grade, St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School, Severna Park, MD, under the teaching of Natalie Lobe, poet-in-residence, sponsored by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

These are only two of the fantastic projects that students were able to work on this year due in part to funding awarded to schools by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

We look forward to seeing what this year’s Arts in Education Program will bring to the students, teachers and artists of Anne Arundel County.

What’s a kid to do? Summer activities for Children in Anne Arundel County

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s grantee organizations offer plenty of art activities, camps, and classes for kids over the course of the summer. At the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts classes are available to kids of all ages including “Yoga for Little People,” “Creations in Clay,” and “Painting the Basics.” The Maryland Hall for Creative Arts also offers a class entitled “Little Masters,” where students learn about a master artist and then attempt to create a work of art in that artist’s style.

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Anne Arundel County offers classes and camps to kids of all ages that focus on theater and the performing arts. The Children’s Theatre of Annapolis offers classes, workshops and camps for kids including the “Kids Cabaret,” a one week camp that focuses on the three fundamental elements of musical theater: singing, dancing and acting. The Compass Rose Theater offers acting camps for kids as young as three, and more advanced ones for teenagers taught by professional actors starting June 20th.

There are also plenty of children’s dance classes and camps available over the summer. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland has a number of classes available to even the youngest of dancers. The “Tiny Toes Ballet: Mommy and Me” class provides a platforms for dancers as young as two to learns the basics of ballet in a fun environment alongside a familiar adult. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland also offers more advanced classes to older students such as its “Teen Ballet” class.  The West Arundel Creative Arts also offers a variety of dance classes from June 20th to August 12th.

On Sundays, July 10th and August 15th the Captain Avery Museum offers “Sundae Sundays” where families can enjoy a sundae while playing croquet or partaking in one of the other outdoor activities designed to keep kids entertained. The museum also offers discovery kits available for checkout from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays so kids can explore the local wildlife while simultaneously learning about Maryland’s ecosystems.

The Chesapeake Arts Center offers classes for children of all ages including The Family Pottery Workshop as well as hip-hop, ballet, and jazz classes.

Anne Arundel County even has summer options for the young historians in the family. The Historic Annapolis Foundation offers the “Riddle Me This” summer camp where participants explore the history of historic Annapolis’ most notorious pirates, and much more. The Historic London Town and Gardens offers kids the unique opportunity to experience life from three hundred years ago through its “Colonial Adventures” summer camp. Campers wear period clothing, and make colonial crafts and even eat like Historic London Town’s colonial settlers with meals prepared over open fires. The camp goes from June 20th – 24th and again July 18th – 22nd.  

Summer Concerts in Anne Arundel County

Long summer days mean plenty of time to enjoy music outside and around Anne Arundel County and there are plenty of venues providing FREE concerts.  The Arts Council of Anne Arundel wants to make sure you don’t miss a beat when it comes to savoring the entertainment provided by local and regional musicians. Our summer newsletter puts the focus on July and August outside concerts, so be sure to visit our website often and become a supporting member of the Arts Council to join our mailing list. In the meantime, as you think about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, start enjoying music this weekend with some exciting Anne Arundel County concerts starting this Thursday June 23rd.

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Every other Thursday June 9-Oct. 6. This concert series plays homage to an earlier landmark hotel that hosted famous musicians and artists including Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. Free. 7pm. Whitmore Park, Clay and Calvert Streets, Annapolis. Larry@wecareandfriends.org, annapolis.gov

June 23 – Spice
July 7 – Michael McHenry Tribe

 

Fridays take a ride over to Parole for  Annapolis Towne Center’s Friday Night Summer Concert Series – Fridays, June 3-Aug. 26. Local talent performs at Towne Centre Blvd. Beer & Wine Garden, hosted by a different restaurant each week. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. 7-8:30 pm. Annapolis Towne Center. visitatc.com/events/

June 24 – Peterbuilt
July 1 – Dublin 5

Saturdays head to West County to enjoy the Summer Concert Series at Waugh Chapel Towne Centre. June 11-Aug. 27. Free outdoor concert series happening thru June. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. 7pm. Waugh Chapel Towne Center, Gambrills. ggcommercial.com

June 25 – A Classic Case
July 2 – Speakers of the House

 

Sunday head north to Downs Park for the Bayside Summer Concert Series at Downs Park e. Alcohol is not allowed. Free. 6-8 p.m. Downs Park, Pasadena. 410-222-6230, aacounty.org/RecParks/concerts.cfm

June 26 – Ain’t Misbehavin

Or spend the evening in Annapolis with the Gospel in the Park concert series.
Sundays June 12-Oct. 9. This brings high energy gospel music to the park. Free. 7pm. Whitmore Park, Clay and Calvert Streets, Annapolis. Larry@wecareandfriends.org, annapolis.gov

June 26 Zionaires

JULY 4th before the sun goes down head downtown to the Annapolis waterfront to enjoy the first of the  USNA Band Summer Concerts. The U.S. Naval Academy Band Summer Concert Series begins at 8 p.m. July 4 before the fireworks show. The series continues at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., every Tuesday from July 12 through Aug. 8 at Susan Campbell Park.

  • July 4: USNA Band

Prefer a seat inside?  Maryland Hall  for the Creative Arts is offering a Free Summer Concert June 39th.

Performance begins at 7:00 PM

Air National Guard Band of the Northeast

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Art, Opera, Music, History Events to Enjoy

Sunday's Concert in the Park will include romantic songs from Opera and Musical Theater.

Sunday’s Concert in the Park will include romantic songs from Opera and Musical Theater.

June Art events, including free lectures and a free concert this weekend, are just a few of the many things to do in Anne Arundel County  that are taking advantage of the beautiful weather to promote history, music, opera, and art.  Visit the exhibit,  A SIngle Goal: The Art of Trumpy Yacht Building,  currently on display at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  Tonight, Thursday June 9th and Thursday June 16th there will be free lectures open to the publc in the Maryland Hall theatre.

Thursday, June 9 | 7 pm Pete Lesher, Curator, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, will discuss John Trumpy and Sons in the historical context of yacht builders on the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday, June 16 | 7 pm
 Longtime Trumpy Yacht owner Dr. Jacob Deegan (Aurora #444) will share his thoughts on restoring a historic yacht and the distinctive elements.

Saturday and Sunday June 11th and 12th from 11:00 a.m to 2:30 p..m. tour a Trumpy Yacht.  This is a special opportunity to tour the recently restored “Adonia”. Tickets are $10. The boat is docked adjacent to Susan Campbell Park, Dock Street, Annapolis.  Tour proceeds help support the exhibit and last approximately 30 minutes. Please go to the Maryland Hall website  to purchase your tickets in advance.

If you enjoy Musical Theatre, Broadway favorites, and Opera Classics , you will want to attend Concert in the Park. Pack your picnic dinner and enjoy a FREE evening of opera, operetta and musical theatre favorites at Quiet Waters Park! this Sunday June 12 at 5:00 p.m.  Produced by the Annapolis Opera Company Concert in the Park will feature the voices of Augusta Caso, Emily Ezzie, Matthew Hill, Andrew Sauvageau, and Laura Whittenberger.  Enjoy songs from  My Fair Lady, Carousel, Carmen, RIgoletto, and many more favorites.

The Weekend of June 18th and 19th at London Town Public House and Gardens you’ll want to attend the Weekend: Shore Party

Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm and Sunday: 12pm – 4:30 p.m.

Included in the price of general admission , this special event celebrates  London Town’s heritage as a prominent seaport in colonial Maryland.  Boats will once again ply the South River! Stop by their Carpenter Shop and buy some handmade furniture by Seneca Creek Joinery. Join living history sailors to try your hand at knots and seamanship, learn how sailors lived day to day, and experience the art and science of navigation.

June 15th is the William Paca House and Garden annual Paca Girlfriends Flower Power Party. While the regular tickets have sold out, VIP tickets (starting at $150) are still available and give you early entry into the signature event that focuses on enjoying the English gardens and charm of the Paca House. To Find out more visit the website  or call Sarah Wade at 410-349-5110.

Enjoy the William Paca Garden on Sunday, June 18th as an artist at the event: Painting in the William Paca Garden( Enter at 3 Martin Street).This event gives you a unique opportunity to paint in the Paca Garden, a secluded reconstructed 18th century garden. Jean Brinton Jaecks, landscape and garden watercolorist, conducts this landscape painting workshop focused on the study of light in a garden setting. All levels of students are welcome. Small class size allows plenty of access to the instructor and a detailed critique at the end. Class meets rain or shine and the cost is $75 and you can register onlineTime: 9 am – 1 pm

Capture the beauty of spring flowers in a painting workshop.

Capture the beauty of spring flowers in a painting workshop.

 

 

 

 

Arts Council Sponsors Exhibits Around Anne Arundel County

Three Art Exhibits in Anne Arundel County provide plenty of opportunities to see and enjoy artwork created by local county artists.

Currently on display at Anne Arundel Medical Center in the Clatanoff Pavilion near the Healing Garden, through June 10th,  is an exhibit of works in a variety of mediums by Anne Arundel County Artists.

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Hyancinth Remix by Churchton artist Frances Borchardt is one of the 21 works currently on display.

Over at the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall AIrport you can see the exhibit “Cities of the World”.  The exhibit  on display between concourses C & D is a  juried group show featuring  Anne Arundel County artists’  work in a variety of two dimensional mediums  including watercolor, oil on canvas, and photography.  The show will be on display through August 19th.  See two selections from the   “Cities of the World” exhibit below.

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“Repblected” by artist Leo Hylan III

 

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“Place de Catalunya Barcelona” by artist James Earl

Check the Arts Council website under the heading “exhibitions” to get the latest news on upcoming exhibit themes.  You can enter your submissions online and selected works will be posted in an online gallery to provide more opportunities for the public to enjoy artwork by Anne Arundel County artists.

 

Go to the Arundel Center at 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis to see the Artists Without Limits exhibit entitled “Life in Anne Arundel County”.  On display through June 30th, the exhibit is sponsored by the Arundel Commission on Disability Issues and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

There are many opportunities to see art exhibits in Anne Arundel County.  Visit the Arts Council Facebook.  Become a supporter of the arts by joining the Anne Arundel County Arts Council as a supporting member and remember that the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is your gateway to the arts!

 

Arts Council Mini-Grant Deadline April 15th

Executive Director of the Performing Arts Center for African Cultures, Kwame Ansah-Brew, conducting a Workshop for young students. Thank you!

Executive Director of the Performing Arts Center for African Cultures, Kwame Ansah-Brew, conducting a Workshop for young students.

An Arts Grant can help your organization reach new audiences in Anne Arundel County.  The deadline is April 15th.  A mini grant is one type of grant funded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

A $2,500 Mini Grant awarded for fiscal year 2016 to the Performing Arts Center for African Culture (PACAC) in Laurel has helped to fund drumming, dance, game and storytelling workshops.

The Mini Grant program was designed to provide matching funds to community based organizations that can enable them to produce targeted arts activities and reach underserved audiences.

PACAC grants provide funds for programs that focus on authentic African music, rhythms, dances of antiquity and storytelling.   Giving students the opportunity to experience the interpretation of rhythmic patterns and movements is just one of the benefits of a PACAC Community Drum Circle Event.

FY2017 General Operating, Founding and Mini Grants  are submitted between March 15,–April 15, 2016.   The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) is a on-profit umbrella organization supporting the arts and historic restoration in Anne Arundel County. ACAAC provides grants and support to over forty nonprofit organizations, providing a resource for the cultural arts community through advocacy, funding, programming, and promotions. Visit the grant information on our website to learn more.