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Summer Concerts in Anne Arundel County Celebrate the Arts

Summer, music, and the arts come together for another fabulous season of Summer Concerts throughout Anne Arundel County.  These free concerts are family friendly.  Some venues even allow pets.  All you need is a chair or a blanket and the time to sit back and enjoy a variety of music performed by  talented local Maryland musicians , These free performances bring you some of the best blue grass, rock, blues, country, gospel, jazz and classical music you’ll ever want to hear. Bring your friends, bring yourself and enjoy!

London Town Summer Concert Series

London Town and Gardens Summer Concert Series – 2017
Sundays July 30-August 20. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed to be brought on site but can be purchased. Concerts are dog-friendly. Rain or shine. Free, donations are appreciated. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.com

Sunday, July 30 – Eastport Oyster Boys and Dog Night at London Town

Sunday, August 6 – Shenandoah Run

Sunday, August 13 – Guava Jelly

Sunday, August 20 – Dan Haas Band

Bayside Summer Concert Series at Downs Park – 2017
Sundays in June. Alcohol is not allowed. Free. 6-8 p.m. Downs Park, Pasadena. 410-222-6230, aacounty.org/RecParks/concerts.cfm

June 4 – Mr. Bs & The Tides
June 11 – Aint Misbehavin
June 18 – Different Sisters
June 25 – 4 on the Floor with Overdrive

Dixie Hotel Thursday Jazz – 2017
Every other Thursday June 8-July 20. 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 8 – Michael McHenry Tribe
June 22 – Rumba Club
July 6 – Lifetime Band and Show
July 20 – Higher Hands

Maryland Hall Summer Concert Series – 2017
June 8 – 29. Thursdays in June.  Free. 6:30pm.  Check with Marylandhall.org for up to date information on performers. Coming on July 20th, performance by “The Late Bloomers.” Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. Marylandhall.org

Summer Concert Series at Waugh Chapel Towne Centre – 2017
June 3-Aug. 26. Free outdoor concert series happening through August. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. 7-8:30pm. Waugh Chapel Towne Center, Gambrills. visitwaughchapel.com

June 3 – Gypsy Soul Revival
June 10 – Texas Chainsaw Horns
June 17 – A Classic Case
June 24 – Foreplay
July 1 – Sly 45
July 8 – Tony Denikos and the Working Poor
July 15 – The Kelly Bell Band
July 22 – Diamond Alley
July 29 – Trademark
Aug. 5 – The Eric Scott Band
Aug. 12 – Higher Hands
Aug. 19 – D’Vibe and Conga
Aug. 26 – Weird Science

Gospel in the Park – 2017
Sundays June 11-July 13. This brings high energy gospel music to the park. Free. 7pm. Whitmore Park, Clay and Calvert Streets, Annapolis. Larry@wecareandfriends.org, annapolis.gov

June 11 – Chozen Gospel Music Ministry
June 25 – Johnson Male Gospel
July 9 – TBD
July 13 – Christian

Annapolis Towne Center’s Friday Night Summer Concert Series – 2017
Fridays, June 2-Aug. 25. 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

June 2 – Back Pages Band
June 9 – Weird Science
June 16 – Edwin Ortiz y La Mafia Del Guaguanco
June 23 – Doug Segree Band
June 30 – Chanssez
July 7 – Kelly Bell Band
July 14 – Ruthie and the Wranglers
July 21 – Misspent Youth
July 28 – Second Hand News
August 4 – Blue Suede Bop
August 11 – Dublin 5
August 18 – Pete Best and Peterbuilt
August 25 – The Reagan Years

Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series – 2017
Thursdays, June 15-Aug. 17. 2017 Tides and Tunes Summer Concerts

Quiet Waters Park Concert Series – 2017
Saturday nights, July 8 – Sept. 3. Most concerts are 6-8 p.m. but some start earlier. Free. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. No smoking or alcohol permitted and pets must be leashed. Plan to arrive early for parking. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. aacounty.org/RecParks/concerts.cfm

uly 8, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Fractal Cat – Psychedelic Rock Baltimore Band
July 15, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Sweet Leda – Rock
July 22, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Georgia Lea & Stone Cold Country – Country 
July 29, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Great Train Robbery – Southern Rock 
August 5, 2017 6:00 – 8:00pm Kelly Bell Band – Phat Blues
August 12, 2017 6:30 – 8:00pm US Naval Academy Superintendent’s Combo – Jazz
August 19, 2017 5:30 – 7:30pm Mystic Warriors – World Beat
August 26, 2017 5:30 – 7:30pm Ken Staton & His Legendary James Brown Revue – R&B
September 3, 2017 5:30 – 7:00pm Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

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.  this year they will be performing on September 3rd.. (Paul W. Gillespie – The Capital) 09/04/11

Summer Concerts at Quiet Waters Park

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.

jazz_ipad_wallpaper-otherCool off on Thursday evenings in the city of Annapolis with Dixie Hotel Thursday Jazz
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!

 

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!

 

Arts Fundraiser 2016 “Evening in Venice”

This year’s Arts Council  2016 Gala “An Evening in Venice”, a fundraiser for the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, takes place on Saturday March 19th .

Purchase a $100 raffle ticket to win a trip for two to Rome (including airfare) and support the arts in Anne Arundel County. The winning couple will stay at the luxurious Marriott Park Hotel and Spa for five nights and tour the Sistine Chapel as part of their memorable Italy Adventure. The raffle drawing is just one facet of an evening that includes dinner, dancing, live entertainment, plus the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items. Old World beauty, romance, Italy and Venice are all integral to the theme of the Arts Council‘s 19th annual Gala, An Evening in Venice

This year’s Gala committee is chaired by Sydney Lamb, the Gala committee which includes Jeremy Allen, Megan Barroll, Jessica Daigle, Kris Kohlmann, Rachelle Millison, Scotti Preston, and Jeannine Triebwasser. Face painting, fine music,  and  a few surprises will make this an evening to remember.

You do not have to be present at the  raffle drawing at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on March 19th to win the trip to Rome. why miss the fun and excitement? Tickets to the Gala are $150 per person (table for 10 $1500) The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 and dinner is served at 8:00 p.m.

.  Executive Director April Nyman, poses (left to right) with a photograph by Wil Scott entitled "Sunset Gold",  a painting by Roxanne Weidele entitled "Gunpowder Falls", a  Henri Bendel handbag., a 14K and diamond pendant  donated by Smyth Jewelers, and two of a set of six wine glasses hand painted by Martha Wenselan

. Executive Director April Nyman, poses (left to right) with a photograph by Wil Scott entitled “Sunset Gold”, a painting by Roxanne Weidele entitled “Gunpowder Falls”, a Henri Bendel handbag., a 14K and diamond pendant donated by Smyth Jewelers, and two of a set of six wine glasses hand painted by Martha Wenselan

To purchase tickets: http://www.acaac.org/programs/gala/ or call 410-222-7949 .

 

 

 

Family Art Events

Saturday January 30th

Saturday January 30th

Coming this April

Coming this April

Great ideas for  Family Holiday GIft Giving–The gift of experience!  Anne Arundel County has some great family performances scheduled for the start of 2016.  And even better, you can buy the tickets online and avoid the traffic rush while supporting local arts and historic preservation groups at the same time!

Annapolis Opera presents Cinderella, a children’s opera on Saturday January 30th and The  Ballet Theatre of Maryland will be producing Sleeping Beauty April 15-24.  These are wonderful performances to share with grandchildren.  Children learn through stories and experiences.  For the teenagers in your household, consider “The Diary of Anne Frank” playing mid March into April at the Compass Rose Theater.  Learn more about the famous Maryland writer Edgar Allen Poe by spending An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at the Hammond Harwood House January 15th or 22nd.  February 6th experience the power of dance at the Chesapeake Arts Center when Full Circle Dance Company Presents: Human Conditions: Dance About Love, Loss and Life.  There are so many performances and events available for the residents of Greater Annapolis and Anne Arundel County from Pasadena to Shadyside, make a New Year’s Resolution to take discover all the talent within our county.
 

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.

“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.