Strategic +Grant

Grant applications for Strategic Grants are currently being accepted online between October 8th and October 23rd.

What ideas has your organization been considering to expand your reach throughout the county and the state of Maryland?  Do you want to launch a new exhibit?  Would you like to make a movie or produce a stage production never seen before.  Is there important research or documentation you’d like to undertake?

IF you are  a 501C-3 organization in Anne Arundel County currently receiving a general operating grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and have a new idea for impacting the community you serve and reaching out to  a new audience, now is the time of year to submit your proposal.  Instructions and the portal is available on this website under the “grants’ heading. Remember that your proposal cannot have been previously funded.

Projects seeking funding should have a demonstrated public value of arts and culture worthy of merit to the community and represent a novel, unusual or creative approach to the arts not previously offered by your organization. Your proposal should include a new collaboration or partnership and have clearly defined goals and measurable outcomes. Be prepared to maintain complete and accurate records of all the activities connected with grant and utilize generally accepted accounting principles. More details regarding grant requirements are on our website.FY 2016 STRATEGIC IMPACT GRANT GUIDELINES 5-Student Exhibit at Mitchell Gallery

Olin Yoder Art Exhibit at Arundel Center

) Arts Council Exhibit Chair Roberta Pardo, artist Olin Yoder, ACAAC Executive Director April Nyman, ACAAC Board President Marnie Kagan, County Executive Steve Schuh.

) Arts Council Exhibit Chair Roberta Pardo, artist Olin Yoder, ACAAC Executive Director April Nyman, ACAAC Board President Marnie Kagan, County Executive Steve Schuh.

 

Vibrant colors and lively subjects characterize Olin Yoder’s work. “I never paint the same painting twice,” says Olin who loves repetition of form and the shapes of shadows. An extensive traveler, who has been inspired by people, commerce, and nature, he has always believed that art teachers should also be artists.

Currently on display at the Arundel Center is a one-man exhibition featuring the oil paintings of Anne Arundel County artist Olin Yoder.  At a recent reception for the artist, County Executive Steve Schuh honored Yoder with a citation for his contributions to art and culture. The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) sponsored the exhibition.

Born in Garrett County, Yoder received a Bachelors degree from Shepherd College in West Virginia and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore.

Recipient of the 2001 Annie Award from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County for his contributions in the field of Arts Education, Yoder taught in county middle schools and high schools for over 40 years followed by a post as an adjunct faculty member at Catonsville Community College. Yoder was named A.A. County teacher of the year in 1990. Yoder ‘s work has been included in a number of recent exhibits at BWI Airport sponsored by ACAAC. The Arundel Center is located at 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis.

Arts Classes Fall 2015

Some of  Artfarm's younger students & their Joiners, inspired by David Hockney.

Some of Artfarm’s younger students & their Joiners, inspired by David Hockney.

In less than two weeks, many schools will be starting classes and with Labor Day just three weeks away, fall schedules are about to begin.  Whether you have children at home or are looking for ways to expand your artistic horizons, throughout Anne Arundel County there are a variety of arts classes being offered by  non-profit  arts groups  funded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

It doesn’t matter where you live, North County, South County, West County or in the city of Annapolis; it is easy to find a class.   Think art classes are just about teaching how to hold a paint brush?  Think again.  At the Artfarm in Annapolis, art classes for children taught by Stacey Turner give students of all ages an introduction to different types of materials . Each class  begins with a short presentation about an artist & their work.   According to their class description,  “The emphasis is on the distinctive style of each artist & their visionary contribution to the overall world of art.”  Looking at the photograph above, you can see some of the results!

At West County Creative Arts, classes are being offered this fall with a focus on dance and drama.  From Mini Shakespeare to Musical Revue, there are a lot of opportunities for young thespians to develop their skills.

At West County Creative Arts classes are offered in Odenton  at the Weis Shopping Center and begin Sept. 8th

At West County Creative Arts classes are offered in Odenton at the Weis Shopping Center and begin Sept. 8th.

In South County at the Historic London Town and Gardens are programs for children and their families that are being home schooled.  One of the afternoon programs is called” Spin, Sew and Sail”. Participants will have the chance to dye fabric, sew canvas like an original master sailmaker, spin on a wooden wheel, and weave threads.

Looking for an inter-generational experience?  At the Chesapeake Arts Center in a class taught by Anita Horwath, children and senior adults come together to perform improvisational scenes on diverse and timely topics focusing on situations facing Maryland  citizens today. Share your own story and experience through acting and theatre and if you are a senior over 50, this class is free.

For adults who love jewelry and ceramics, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts has just the class to tickle your fancy.  In this three day workshop for adults over the age of 16, you’ll learn glazing and decorating techniques for creating beads and buttons to make your own jewelry and clothing accessories.

“Reflections” Art Exhibit at BWI

Neon Reflections by Richard Neiwerth-2Neon Reflection by Richard Neiwerth

The public is invited to the opening reception of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County sponsored exhibit “Reflections,” on August 11th at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport between concourses C & D from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m..

The juried group show features two dimensional work by Anne Arundel County artists includes thirty-eight pieces by twenty-three county artists:

Christy Ball, Frances Borchardt, Ricky Chenoweth, Tara Clifford, Bianca da Silva,Sarah Jane Dunaway, Jim Earl, Sheila Guevin, Joan Howe, Barbara Ildefonso,Richard Isaacman, Lucretia Krick, Vicki Migues-Jordan, Richard Niewerth, Terry Peterson, Susan Picard, Jennifer Rolfsness, James Sayler, Marietta Schreiber,Anne Sieling, Michael Thorpe, Annette Uroskie, and Olin Yoder.

Light refreshments will be served and RSVP’s are requested. Please email Amanda Morell at amanda.morell@acaa.org if you are planning to attend. Bring your parking ticket for validation.

The Arts Council exhibits are juried by a committee of three that include: Committee Chair Roberta Pardo, who studied industrial design in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and fine arts at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Wil Scott, a photographer and former Director of Adult Programs at the National Gallery of Art, and Teddi Schulman, a lifelong arts enthusiast and former arts consultant. The exhibit will continue through October 30th 2015. The exhibition can also be viewed online .Visit the Arts Council website at wwwacaac.org to learn more or call 410-222-7949.

Burano Reflection by Frances BorchardtBurano Reflection by Frances Borchardt

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County provides grants and support to over forty nonprofit organizations. Providing a resource for the cultural arts community through advocacy, funding, programming, and promotions; the Arts Council supports a variety of groups that include Chesapeake Arts Center, West County CreativeArts , Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and the Londontown Foundation . The Arts Council also administers the Arts in Education Program serving both public and private Anne Arundel County Schools, which provides grant funding to bring performances and artists into auditoriums and classrooms.

For more information about the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and to find out how you can become a member call 410-222-7949 or visit www.acaac.org.

 

 

 

 

New Management for Annapolis Art & Entertainment District

(left to right):  Katherine Burke, Alison Harbaugh, Don Lamb-Minor, Wil Scott, Jim Martin, Martha Blaxall, April Nyman, Sarah Callahan.

(left to right): Katherine Burke, Alison Harbaugh, Don Lamb-Minor, Wil Scott, Jim Martin, Martha Blaxall, April Nyman, Sarah Callahan.

It’s official. The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District is now under the management of the Inner West Street Association(IWSA).Representatives of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and IWSA recently gathered to officially transfer management of the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District to IWSA as shown in the photo above.

The Annapolis Art and Entertainment District includes Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Stanton Center, the Compass Rose Theater, artist studios, restaurants and businesses. Coming up soon is the First Sunday Arts Festival on Sunday August second. Other festivals that take place in a portion of the Arts and Entertainment district include; The Annapolis Film Festival and the Annapolis Fringe Festival.

Don Lamb-Minor, President of IWSA will assume the leadership role of managing the district located between Calvert Street and Spa Road. “The Inner West Street Association,” says Lamb-Minor, “ is grateful for the opportunity to manage this, still emerging, venue and streetscape that will become a vibrant community of artists and culture known as the Annapolis Arts District. We are most grateful for those individuals and organizations that managed and nurtured the district before us; without whom we certainly would not have had and Annapolis Arts District. To them we own a debt of unbridled gratitude. To the future we owe our commitment to creating a concentration of arts and culture venues that supports the arts and benefits of our communities,” he said.

As seed money to aid in the management transition, The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has awarded a $2,500 founding grant to the new Arts & Entertainment Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to officially hand the torch over to the Inner West Street Association, and know they will do a great job,” says Arts Council Executive Director April Nyman.
The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment district is one of 22 districts in the state of Maryland. The program began in 2001 with the intent to utilize tax incentives to revitalize portions of cities, thus attracting artists, arts organizations, and entrepreneurial enterprises related to entertainment and art.

Summer Concerts

The orchestra performs the Festive Overture, by D Shostakovich. The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performed a free concert, titled Summer Pops in the Park, Sunday evening at Quiet Waters Park. The ASO is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this season.  (Paul W. Gillespie - The Capital) 09/04/11

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will be performing a free concert on Sunday, September 6th.  (Paul W. Gillespie – The Capital)

It’s outdoor summer concert season.  Time to bring your lawn chairs or blankets and relax under summer skies while listening to a variety of music performed by extraordinary musicians.  What better time to pack a picnic and listen to music than Independence Day weekend.  We have a full summer schedule in our forthcoming newsletter and would like to share the dates of what is taking place the first week of July.

To kick off the USNA Band Concert season, head over to Susan Campbell Park in Annapolis  on July 4th at 8:00 p.m. and listen to the Electric Brigade and Ceremonial Band and on Tuesday evening listen to the Crabtown Stompers at 7:30 p.m.

On July 5th, the London Town  Sunday Summer Concert Series begins with Wall & Frye playing from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Annapolis Towne Centre has Friday night concerts from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and on July 3rd the USNA Electric Brigade will be performing.

At Annapolis CIty Dock on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. the season will kick off on July 2nd with Dr. Phil’s Big Band followed by Smooth Velvet on July 9th.

Concerts at Linthicum Park in Linthicum Heights Sundays at 6:00 p.m. will kick off on July 5th with the Benfield Brass Band. At the Glen Burnie Town Center enjoy Pet Rock playing at July 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

Most of these concerts are FREE. So enjoy the music and the arts in Anne Arundel County.

Mural Contest

What do Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Rivera, and Michelangelo have in common? They were all muralists, committed to sharing their artistic vision with the community.  Murals provide the opportunity for artists to interact with their environment.  In the public debate, this past week has been the mural recently painted above Tsunami in Annapolis on West Street. It doesn’t matter which side you’re on, the debate has gotten people thinking and talking about art in public places. Opportunity knocks for aspiring muralists, with a contest and opportunity to paint a mural in the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District. The winning artist will receive a $5000 prize in addition to expenses for materials. The deadline is coming up fast. Only one week is left before June 26th.

The link on the site is to download the application.  To submit you will need to scan it, fax it or mail to the arts council.
If you scan the application,  email it to brenda.collins@acaac.org.
If you fax it, the number is 410.222.4068.
If  you mail it, the address is:
2666 Riva Rd
Annapolis, Md 21401

The guideline details are below. Good Luck and may the best muralist win!

 

The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District is the location of the future mural

The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District is the location of the future mural

ENTRY DETAILS
The deadline for entries is June 26, 2015. Entries must be submitted on a small but accurately scaled and detailed preliminary illustration. You must include a budget of expenses that includes the artists cost for materials and design. The cost of the canvas and installation will be the responsibility of the Arts Council. Artist resume and images/locations of recent murals should also be included. Artist must sign a liability waiver to cover them while working at 47 Spa Road. Entries must be mailed or delivered with the entry form ( download by visiting the “exhibits” page under the “Artists” button on this website) and either sent electronically or delivered to the office of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 150, Annapolis, MD 21401. Entries become the property of the Arts Council and cannot be returned. The winning entry will be selected by the Exhibit Committee of the Arts Council. For questions, please contact Brenda Collins at brenda.collins@acaac.org.

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,

Annie Awards 2015

Janice Hayes Williams won the first Historic Arts Annie.

Janice Hayes Williams won the first Historic Arts Annie.

Lynn Schwartz and Barbara Klein Moss, both winners of LIterary Annies, discuss Barbara's new book "The Language of Paradise".

Lynn Schwartz and Barbara Klein Moss, both winners of Literary Annies, discuss Barbara’s new book “The Language of Paradise”.

Time is running out. There is less than one week less to “pay if forward” and nominate someone you admire in the arts or historic preservation community of Anne Arundel County for an Annie Aaward. The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Annie Awards.If Nominations are lacking in a given category, the Arts Council reserves the right to postpone theAward to the following year. The Annie Awards were created in 2000 to recognize the contributions of local artists, educators, and arts patrons who reside in Anne Arundel County.
There are eight awards in eight categories: Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Historic Arts, Arts Patron, Arts Philanthropist, Performing Arts, Arts Educator and Lifetime Achievement. Nomination forms are available online at the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County website: www.acaac.org.
Many past Annie Award recipients have been artists, poets, and performers of national stature who have enriched the community by their presence. Other Annie Award recipients have quietly supported art projects and mentored students, never anticipating recognition. Past Annie recipients have included: jazz musician, the late Charlie Byrd, novelist Barbara Klein Moss, artist John Ebersberger, Maestro Jose Luis Novo, and arts patrons James and Sylvia Earl. Art educators that have been honored include: Suzanne Owens, Michael Svec, and Lori Snyder. The purpose of the Annie awards is to highlight the accomplishment of artists, educators, and art supporters to inspire and to promote the arts and historic preservation in Anne Arundel County.
Here are just a few names you may recognize: Sally Wern Comport, Patricia Barland. Jean Jackson, Celia Pearson, Bonnie Roth Anderson, Deborah Banker, Bob Levitt, J. Ernest Green, Dianna Cuatto, Hydee Schaller, Marcia Tally, Janet Luby, Maggie Sansone, Anna Greenberg, Jim and Sylvia Earl, Robert Nichols, Linnell Bowen, Donna Ware, Dennis Younger…. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 15, 2015. There is no limit on the number of people you may nominate. Multiple letters of support are encouraged.
The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County provides grants and support to over forty nonprofit organizations. Providing a resource for the cultural arts community through advocacy, funding, programming, and promotions; the Arts Council supports a variety of groups that include Maryland Hall, Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Children’s Theater of Annapolis, and Londontown Symphony Orchestra. The Arts Council administers the Arts-in-Education Program serving both public and private Anne Arundel County Schools, which provides grant funding to bring performances and artists into auditoriums and classrooms.
Submit your nominations with letters of support to www.acaac.org.

Writer’s Community

Anne Arundel County is home to all kinds of writers. Just take a look at the list of writers who have received the Literary Annie Award,  Journalists, novelists, children’s fiction, science fiction, mystery, poetry– there’s a lot of variety.  While they usually work solo, writers are always striving to perfect their craft and receive feedback from colleagues and mentors.  A number of classes and workshops are offered throughout the year at venues that include Maryland Hall and The Chesapeake Art Center.  In order to stay current with networking and grant opportunities, artists are encouraged to register with the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. We keep a database and send e-correspondence to County Artists on a regular basis.

Coming up later this month is a full-day writer’s workshop: Summer Writing Intensive at St. John’s College organized by former Annie Award winners Laura Oliver and Lynn Auld Schwartz.

Literary Annie Award Winner Laura Oliver is one of the organizers of the Summer Writing Intensive.

Literary Annie Award Winner Laura Oliver is one of the organizers of the Summer Writing Intensive.

Seasoned and beginning writers alike are invited. Participants may select four workshops from seven choices to address their most challenging writing issues and will leave equipped with new skills, understanding, and motivation. In addition, Laura Oliver and Lynn Auld Schwartz will be available for a limited number of private consultations to discuss personal writing challenges. The Summer Writing Intensive at St. John’s College will take place on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Lobby, Mellon Hall. Tuition is $165. All levels are welcome. The day will also include a continental breakfast, a box lunch with Question and Answer Forum, and a wine reception where participants can meet and talk with instructors and fellow writers.

The following workshops will be offered:

Hard-wired for Story: What Neuroscience Teaches Us about How to Hook a Reader, led by Laura Oliver

Creating Complex Characters, led by Lynn Auld Schwartz

The Poetry of Prose, led by Temple Cone

Screenwriting Tools for Writing Effective Dialogue, led by Khris Baxter

Using Fictional Techniques in Memoir and Personal Essay, led by Ron Capps

Story and Structure: Not Just for Screenwriters, led by Khris Baxter

Literary Agents: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How? led by Lauren Sharp

To register and for more information: www.sjc.edu/cefa or 410-626-2881

Writers of all ages and levels are invited to register. (Photo courtesy of St. John's College)

Writers of all ages and levels are invited to register. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s College)

McDowell Hall at St. John's College where the "Writing Intensive" will take place. (Photo courtesy of St. John's College)

McDowell Hall at St. John’s College where the “Writing Intensive” will take place. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s College)

Mural Competition

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,

Please note that a $5,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner and that the deadline has been extended to June 26th.
Calling all artists who are residents of Anne Arundel County to submit your design for a temporary mural to be placed on a permanent structure, the east side wall of 47 Spa Road. Bring beauty and vitality to the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment district with a painted creation that will be approximately 60’ wide and 12’ high. The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is sponsoring this competition and the June 26th deadline is almost here. So start sketching up an accurately scaled and detailed preliminary illustration. Come up with a budget that includes your cost for designing and materials. Carefully read the guidelines below and good luck. Remember, in order to be selected you need to enter the competition.
ELIGIBILITY
This competition is open to all artists over the age of 18 who reside in Anne Arundel County. Entries must be original works in any two dimensional media following the guidelines below.

ENTRY DETAILS
The deadline for entries is June 26, 2015. Entries must be submitted on a small but accurately scaled and detailed preliminary illustration. You must include a budget of expenses that includes the artists cost for materials and design. The cost of the canvas and installation will be the responsibility of the Arts Council. Artist resume and images/locations of recent murals should also be included. Artist must sign a liability waiver to cover them while working at 47 Spa Road. Entries must be mailed or delivered with the attached form to the office of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 150, Annapolis, MD 21401. Entries become the property of the Arts Council and cannot be returned. The winning entry will be selected by the Exhibit Committee of the Arts Council. For questions, please contact Brenda Collins at brenda.collins@acaac.org.