Welcome back to the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s monthly blog series, Connecting with the Arts, where we feature news and updates from the arts community in Anne Arundel County. Tune in the last Friday of each month to connect and learn more about the arts organizations that are making an impact locally.
The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter, and the arts are coming back stronger than ever.
This month’s post of news and happenings includes:
- Banneker-Douglass Museum shares the success of their first training series and a new banner now prominently displayed on the front of the museum.
- Join the Ballet Theatre of Maryland as they celebrate the culmination of The Season of Hope with newly commissioned and existing classical and contemporary works.
- The Captain Avery Museum gives you an opportunity to win the perfect Mother’s Day Gift in their Crab Quilt Raffle. If you’ve been looking for new receipes then don’t miss their virtual culinary cook-along class.
- Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park in Eastport re-opens with new state-of-the-art exhibits.
- The Annapolis Opera introduces a story of love, loss, and enduring strength.
- Wanting to get the family out of the house? There’s plenty to explore outside at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum!
- Annapolis Shakespeare Company is officially open and offering select in-person shows/events.
- And as we make our way into warmer months, Londontowne Symphony Orchestra brings us their second virtual concert this June!
You can connect and learn more about these organizations by clicking their logos below. We hope you enjoy!
Banneker-Douglass Museum’s first training series and “It’s Still Black Lives Matter” Banner Now Displayed!
The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) recently hosted a “Virtual BDM” event, “The Foundations of Racism: Defining the Roots of Bigotry and Discrimination Against Black People in America.” On Wednesday, April 20th, more than 180 participants joined the Zoom Webinar for the first training from Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) in a series that aims to strengthen racial equity practices personally, professionally, and culturally.
To view the training and the associated anti-racism educational resources, please visit bdmuseum.maryland.gov/events
Also, this month BDM accepted one of the six banners from Maryland Hall’s “Art Of Activism” exhibit. The banner reads “It’s Still Black Lives Matter” and features the work of local artist Comacelle Brown (@cellspitfire). It is prominently displayed on the front of the museum, so look for it the next time you are in downtown Annapolis. Special thanks to @marylandhall for making this possible.
Ballet Theatre of Maryland celebrates the culmination of The Season of Hope with newly commissioned and existing classical and contemporary works that will showcase the versatility of BTM’s dynamic dancers.
This show will push the boundaries of dance as an artform to explore emotions and themes relevant to all of us presented through a medium that reaches beyond words and into the soul. Join us for a live, outdoor performance at Maryland Hall featuring three world premieres by former Ballet Mistress Meagan Helman and current company dancers Isaac Martinez and Lindsey Bell, one North American premiere set by former company dancer Roman Mykyta, and one company premiere by Digital Dance Project Artistic Director Marinna Kus. Virtual streaming tickets are also available. Performance dates are Friday, April 30th at 7pm and Saturday, May 1st at 3pm.
COVID safety protocols will be in place and tickets must be pre-purchase as they are limited. Bring your own blanket and/or chair – seating is general admission and is on a first come, first-served basis.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Momentum (balletmaryland.org)
Just in time for Mother’s Day! Facebook Live Drawing May 5th
Crab Quilt Raffle!
We’re hosting a virtual quilt raffle! This creative piece was handmade and donated by local quilter, Ilene Caroom from an original pattern by Quilt Vine. A clever take on a well-loved Maryland tradition, this quilt features a steamed crab made of rich red fabrics laid out on a ‘newspaper’ background. 40″ x 48″
$5 for one ticket,
$20 for five tickets.
We will randomly select a winner LIVE on Facebook Wednesday, May 5.
Click here for more information.
Cooking Fresh with Chef Alba
Sunday, May 16 at 2:30 – 4:00pm
Cooking Fresh Local Dishes:
In our culinary cook-along class, we will make unique recipes using exceptional local and organic foods with a focus on the importance of eating locally. Most ingredients may be picked up at a local farmers market when available. Join Chef Alba as we prepare a variety of simple and delicious recipes.
Menu: Pasta with Zucchini and Mint,
Sausage with Broccoli or Broccoli Raab,
and Green Beans with Golden Breadcrumbs and Basil.
This class is live, virtual and interactive – Class Limit is 30 devices.
$25.00 per device
Click Here to Register
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park in Eastport re-opens with new state-of-the-art exhibits late April 2021
Come view our brand-new state-of-the-art exhibit, Our Changing Waterfront, where you can discover the rich maritime heritage of Annapolis like never before. Visitors to the Museum will experience the Bay and our local history through the interactive and immersive exhibit displays. Our permanent exhibit, was completed in early 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to open to the general public. The exhibit features two 500 gallon aquariums, a life-like hologram of a Bay waterman, virtual reality boat experience and an interactive “Harry Potter”-style book.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Cost is $7 adults, $5 Children, Seniors and Military
AMM Members get in free, join today!
Introducing Handel’s Acis & Galatea: A story of love, loss, and enduring strength.
You are cordially invited to the engagement celebration of Acis and Galatea – where passion and jealousy will collide as the envious Polyphemus intervenes to claim Galatea as his own. Will Acis and Galatea’s love prevail?
In a modern retelling based on Greek mythology — this new cinematic production of Handel’s popular opera is a co-production of Annapolis Opera and Tri-Cities Opera, was originally produced by Out of the Box Opera, and conceived and directed by David Lefkowich.
Premiering Friday, May 14th, 2021 at 7:30 PM
with a VIP cocktail (half) hour beginning at 7:00 PM
*Please note, this is a virtual production* that will be available from
Friday, May 14th at 7:30 PM until Sunday, May 23rd at 11:59 PM.*
Tickets available online at: annapolisopera.org/acis/
There’s plenty to explore outside at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum!
Pick up a Trail Guide (located outside the front door) anytime. Follow the numbered posts to go back in history to experience the Underground Railroad Trail. Use the Indigenous Plants guide to learn how Native peoples have used plants as part of everyday life from long ago to the present. Or take a Spring Scavenger Hunt designed especially for younger children, ages 2 to 5 years old. And have yourselves a jam session with our Musical Flowers and WonderTone.
With freshly wood chipped trails, plenty of birds, butterflies, lizards, and playful squirrels, you can discover much more on your own.
Join us Thursdays at 10:30am for a Creek Critters Nature Walk, Click here to register.
Hope to see you soon!
Please follow theccm.org for Museum activities/events and re-opening updates.
ASC is officially open and offering select in-person shows/events!
Annapolis Shakespeare Company (ASC) is a Helen Hayes Award-nominated regional theatre company, offering over 200 live performances annually, and serving Anne Arundel County as the leading professional arts provider of school matinees and student workshops.
ASC is officially open and offering select in-person shows/events! ASC is also proud to offer a wide selection of virtual programming streaming on-demand now as well as live outdoor theatre experiences coming this summer. Coming up, we have Hollywood, Hollywood: Musical Hits of the Silver Screen, a virtual cabaret featuring Broadway’s Ian Knauer. We also have the world premiere stage adaptation of Secret Garden, which will be available for streaming on-demand May 24th-June 8th. Our live experiences include our “Comedy in the Courtyard,” continuing for eight years with “The Servant of Two Masters,” as well as epic outdoor Shakespeare on the lawn of the Gresham Estate with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” To find out more information about all that is happening at Annapolis Shakespeare Company please visit us at www.annapolisshakespeare.org/
The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra’s second virtual concert!
The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra will hold their second virtual concert on June 4 at 7:30pm, so please save the date and watch/listen livestreamed on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LSOmusic/. The concert will feature Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings.
The first virtual concert by the LSO on March 26 met with a few technical difficulties which have now been all worked out. See you on June 4.
For more information visit www.lso-music.org.