Connecting with the Arts – August 2021

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.

This month the arts community has some exciting news and happenings. It’s time to soak up these last days of summer and get ready for a new season FALL of art!

Here’s a look into this months post:

  • Join the Chesapeake Arts Center for their FREE Summer Concert Series.
  • The new Fall Semester Schedule is out for ArtFarm Studios!
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum is back and ready to celebrate their grand re-opening with you!
  • August was a big month at Maryland Hall!
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum (CCM) is open for outdoor activities and programs!
  • Enjoy An Afternoon of Romance with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum
  • Go on a Jane Austen Tour with the Hammond-Harwood House
  • Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is ready to make some noise at Quiet Waters Park for their first live, in-person, concert.
  • The Revolutionists are coming to The Colonial Players.
  • The Company at MC3 Annapolis along with Greater Annapolis Ballet and Level Dance Project are hosting a HOPE DANCE CONCERT this October.

You can connect and learn more about these organizations by clicking their logos below. We hope you enjoy!


Join us for our FREE Summer Concert Series at Chesapeake Arts Center just minutes north of the Glen Burnie MVA.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come enjoy an evening of stellar Maryland music every Thursday night in September starting at 6pm. Also, don’t forget to save the date for our FREE family friendly Arts in the Park festival full of artists, music, food trucks, and free STEAM activities on October 2nd. 194 Hammonds Ln, Brooklyn Park, MD.

9/9 Nelly’s Echo {featured on The Voice} | 6p-7:30p
9/16 | Caleb Stine | 6p-7:30p
9/23 | The Island Breeze Band | 6p-7:30p
9/30 | Domenic Cicala | 6p-7:30p
10/2 | Arts in the Park | 10a-3p | rain date 10/3

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The new Fall Semester Schedule is out for ArtFarm Studios!

This Fall we have several classes for ages 8-16 years old and lots of great art workshops for teens and adults.

In addition to our classes this Fall, we have our monthly Sketch Night (9/10 at 6:30 pm) where adults can join us for an evening of figure drawing with a live model and some great tunes. Sketch Nights are every second Friday of the month.

This month in the gallery, we will be having an opening featuring the work of local painter, Neil Harpe. Neil will be showing a selection of his watercolors alongside his large graphic paintings that are Washington Color School studies on canvas. An opening will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19th from 5-7 pm.

You can find out more at or follow up on Instagram

We are back! Come join us on Saturday, September 18th for a Grand Re-Opening Block Party!

BDM has been closed since March of 2020 and we are re-opening with a brand new exhibit; Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake, which explores resistance and freedom from the past, present, and future. Enjoy music, food, shop local Black-owned businesses and much more! This event is FREE to the public. Register today at

In following the CDC guidelines and the State of Maryland regulations, guests will be required to wear a mask when entering the museum. Please watch for your emails for further information as we get closer to the program. Though the Block Party activities will be outdoors, we encourage visitors to wear face masks. A maximum of 100 guests will be allowed into the museum at one time. Sanitation stations will be available throughout the museum.

August was a big month at Maryland Hall!

The region’s cultural hub officially reopened their Main Theatre to live audiences. Presenting partner Rams Head had the honor of putting on the first shows since the covid-19 pandemic shuttered the theater. Ann Wilson and Tower of Power delighted audiences. Resident Company Annapolis Opera followed shortly after with Sunder, setting the stage for an exciting season of performance art at the Hall. Celebrate this resurgence at Arts Alive! A Night Under the Stars on Friday, September 10, 2021. The outdoor event is Maryland Hall’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

During the week of August 9th, over 1,300 musicians from around the world tuned in to the MD Hall stage for the 3rd Annual Paul Reed Smith Music School. Smith and his incredible team of professional musicians, including YouTube’s top guitar teachers’ Tyler Larson and Tim Pierce, led another year of the exciting school teaching the foundations of music to a lively virtual audience.

The Maryland Hall Outreach team spent their summer partnering with Action Annapolis to launch #GoVoteAnnapolis, a video project which will feature interviews with candidates running to serve on the Annapolis City Council. The #GoVoteAnnapolis videos will be posted by early September and distributed throughout the City leading up to the September 21 primary city elections.

As part of our ARTourist arts-and-crafts series, a mom and daughter enjoyed “weaving” their own mini-blanket inspired by the Ancient Inca.

Chesapeake Children’s Museum (CCM) is open for outdoor activities and programs!

We have an exciting line-up of regular programming from Creek Critters Nature Walks on Thursdays, Meet the Animals on Tuesdays, and Girl Scout Workshops (in-person and online) for all levels. CCM Members can enjoy all of these and more at no cost to them – and if you’re interested, memberships cost as low as $30 per family! Other pricing plans are available. Members also earn free access to take-home, rentable activity kits. Email us [email protected] for details.

This fall 2021, special events include: Smithsonian Day at CCM where visitors receive free printed guides of our scenic park and walking trails; Lead On, Harriet!, an interactive evening tour of the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman’s legacy; Cavar En/Dig In, a volunteer event held at CCM to plant butterfly bushes around the museum; and free children’s activities all day at this year’s Kunta Kinte Festival. Email [email protected] for details.

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The photo is by Joanne Marie Photography.

Join Ballet Theatre of Maryland for An Afternoon of Romance in the gardens at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum
Sunday, September 12th at 3 PM

This program will feature a selection of dances for two or three dancers, centering on underlying themes of relationships and love portrayed through the beauty of classical ballet.

*This is a VIP event not included in the season subscription, however, subscribers receive a special rate. Tickets include a glass of wine.

Purchase tickets HERE

Jane Austen Tour at the Hammond-Harwood House

Wednesday, September 15 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Admission: $12 | HHH Members: Free

Tour of the Hammond-Harwood House that compares the customs and social graces of the Loockerman family, who lived in the Hammond-Harwood House in the early 19th century, with those of characters in Jane Austen novels. Register here 

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra: Pops in the Park – Celebrate Heroes
Saturday, September 4, 2021 | 5:30 PM
*with a rain date of Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Venue: Quiet Waters Park

The ASO is ready to make some noise at Quiet Waters Park for our first live, in person, concert in over a year. Join us as we “Celebrate Heroes.” Taking special care to honor the essential workers who have been so instrumental in helping bring us back together for this concert. Our concert begins appropriately with John Williams’ Olympic theme “Summon the Heroes” The program also features audience favorites by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Scott Joplin, Leroy Anderson, Duke Ellington, and more…

We encourage concert goers to use the abundant open space of the park to spread out and continue to practice safe distancing. Picnics, chairs, blankets, strollers are welcome. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Concessions are available.

Show your support for essential workers who have helped bring us back together to #CelebrateHeroes by wearing a mask when you can at the concert. #MasksAndCapes4Heroes.

Door Prizes for ticket holders.
Get FREE TICKETS online here.

The Colonial Players to present The Revolutionists

The Colonial Players are thrilled to be bringing this powerful and hilarious play to Annapolis audiences. Director Jennifer Cooper has assembled a fierce cast that will enchant, intoxicate and leave people begging for more, and an all-volunteer crew that runs like a well-oiled machine. Put simply, this is not one to be missed.
Available for in-person viewing and Live Stream, don’t miss your chance to revel in Revolution. Get your tickets HERE!

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Performing Arts for Cause

The Company @ MC3, Greater Annapolis Ballet, and Level Dance Project (all Annapolis based dance programs) are hosting a HOPE DANCE CONCERT on October 22 from 6 to 8 pm at MC3’s outdoor venue, StageOne, in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and it’s Annapolis Out of the Darkness Walk.

MC3 is encouraging the artistic community to help spread the power of the arts as a tool for healing and awareness by attending this evening of dance and hope.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide.




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