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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;

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.

 

Films, Artists, Music Celebrating the Arts This Weekend in Annapolis

The first weekend in April is almost here and with it arrives a bevy of arts events in Anne Arundel County.  Three tempting choices are taking place in Annapolis beginning with The Annapolis Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday March 3lst. In just four days, 70 films– ful length features, shorts, and documentaries— will be shown on 7 screens. Individual tickets are $10 and $12.50 while a festival pass runs $115.  Full schedules and ticket information is available at Annapolisfilmfestival.com.

Opening Night Film: One More Time
USA | 2015 | 98 min | Presented by Nimble Storage

Friday and Saturday night at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the  Annapolis Symphony Orchestra with conductor José-Luis Novo and featuring  renowned English pianist Michael Roll will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert in a concert entitled “Unanswered Questions.”.

ASO will be performing at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Friday and Saturday evening.

ASO will be performing at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Friday and Saturday evening.

Evening in An Artist Colony is an event to introduce new members to The Mitchell Gallery.

Evening in An Artist Colony is an event to introduce new members to The Mitchell Gallery.

Saturday night, April 2nd, from 7 p.m. to 10 pm the public is invited to join The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s  College for an “Evening in an Artist Colony.”  Begin by viewing the current museum exhibit “American impressionism; The Lure of the Artist Colony”  and then stroll  to The Great Hall for food drink and the Rockin Music of The Tiki Barbarians.  Non gallery member tickets are $45 (members $35). Dancing and an array of food and drink will celebrate the life of an artist during the 20th century.

So where and how do you divide up your weekend?  One of the wonderful elements of the Annapolis Film Festival, now in its fourth year is the opportunity to interact with screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, and filmmakers.  Panel discussions, along with Q and A’s enable attendees to gain an intimate knowledge of the film making process. Venues where the 70 films will be shown include:, St. John’s College Francis Scott Key auditorium and  Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Maryland Hall  is also the venue for the ASO’s 8:00 p.m. concert performance on Friday and Saturday while The Mitchell Gallery is in the same building as The Key Auditorium on the St. John’s College campus.  Is it possible to take in all three experiences in one weekend?  It certainly is, with the locations so conveniently close.  Whether you live in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, or are visiting for the weekend, this is a great time to enjoy the Arts!

 

Art Exhibit Opportunity

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“ Moments in Time ” is the theme and title of the upcoming summer/fall exhibit sponsored by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. The deadline for artists to submit up to three works via the digital portal on the Arts Council website acaac.org for consideration is November 23rd.
The juried group show is open to all Anne Arundel County residents over the age of eighteen. In order to submit work for consideration there is a $ 20 entry/administrative fee. Submissions must be received by November 23rdArtists are asked to submit work in a two dimensional medium that relates in same way to the exhibit’s theme, “Moments in Time.” Please check the Arts Council Website or call the office for further specific entry information.
Opening Decembere11, 2015 at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the show will be on display between concourses C & D through April 15, 2016. 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, Megan Barroll a corporate art consultant and arts appraiser with the Mid-Atlantic Arts Advisory group,, Amy Snyder and Martha Blaxall .
Accepted work will be available for view online and available for sale if desired by the exhibitor. The Arts Council commission fee is ten percent. Visit the Arts Council website at wwwacaac.org to learn more or call 410-222-7949.
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.

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

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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.

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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.

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,