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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

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,

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.

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.


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.  

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.

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.


“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

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!


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.