Connecting with the Arts – June 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.

It’s time to get out of the house, soak up the sun, and enjoy the arts. Fortunately, summer art activities and celebrations are in full swing! And if you are already thinking of Fall, there are a couple of updates that give us a taste of what to look forward to in the next season.

Here’s a look into this months post:

  • Maryland Hall jumps into Summer with Outdoor Classes and their Front Stairs Series. They also were proud to host Senator Sarah Elfreth’s Annapolis Arts Charette meeting this month.
  • Muddy Creek Artists Guild announces their exciting new exhibit at Quiet Waters Park.
  • If you’re looking to get creative, ArtFarm Studios has us covered with their upcoming mosaic workshop and outdoor sketch night.
  • Live Arts Maryland opened its new performing venue – The Live Arts Studio. Join them in their new space for TWO concerts in July!
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park welcomes the tall ships in celebration of the Fourth of July and grand re-opening of Annapolis.
  • Classic Theatre of Maryland-formerly Annapolis Shakespeare Company is proud to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” live on the lawn of the Gresham Estate!
  • The Hammond-Harwood House is offering a free Summer Storytime Series for children along with some exciting walking tours.
  • Encore Creativity for Older Adults welcomes a new staff member and announces registration is now open for their Fall programs.
  • Finally, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents the 2021/2022 Season with joy and thanks!

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


Maryland Hall Jumps into Summer with Outdoor Classes, the Annapolis Arts Charette Meeting, and Front Stairs Series
Now that we are officially in Summer, the Maryland Hall Outreach team is excited to continue their arts workshops in the outdoor community classrooms created in HACA (Annapolis Housing Authority) owned communities, Robinwood and Eastport Terrace/Harbor House. Each week, teaching artists from the Maryland Hall team bring materials into the outdoor classroom spaces and provide hands-on arts experiences for youth in the communities. This program started last September and was born out of need during COVID, when youth were in virtual school from home. The in-person workshops connect to children in the communities while building relationships and allowing them to access the arts from their own backyards. Starting next month, teaching artists will also provide lessons during HACA sponsored summer camps at both the Robinwood and Eastport locations.
On-campus at Maryland Hall, the organization was proud to host Senator Sarah Elfreth’s Annapolis Arts Charette meetings bringing together arts organizations and artists in the City of Annapolis to collaborate and strategize how to continue public policy for the arts. Additionally, the Front Stairs Series continued with exciting performances at a Youth Artist Showcase, the Paul Reed Smith Band, and the return of Live Arts Maryland’s Annapolis Chorale.

Muddy Creek Artists Guild Presents “Southern Exposure,” July 7–August 22, 2021

The Muddy Creek Artists Guild (MCAG) is pleased to announce a new exhibition in partnership with the Friends of Quiet Waters opening this July. Featuring original works by 21 artists from the Muddy Creek Artists Guild across a variety of media, SOUTHERN EXPOSURE offers a unique opportunity to showcase the work of the Guild’s South County artists north of the South River at the Willow Gallery at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

will be open to the public July 7–August 22, 2021, with an outdoor Artist Meet-and-Greet on Sunday, July 11 at 2pm.

Read full press release HERE.

For more information and a preview of the works on display, visit

What’s Happening at ArtFarm Studios?!

Mosaic Tile Workshop: June 27th (10-1pm)

Decorate a rectangular tile using glass mosaic to make your own garden tile or house number! Learn how to arrange, and cut pieces to make an interesting design or pattern. Ages 16+ are welcome.

Click HERE for more information and to register.

Monthly Outdoor Sketch Night: July 9th (6:30-8pm)

A monthly outdoor gathering for ANYONE wanting to let loose for an evening of sketching and artistic community. Each month we will have a different model- it could range from a burlesque dancer to a professional life drawing model in costume. THIS IS NOT A DRAWING CLASS. This is set up to be a time to work on skills and just have some fun!

Click HERE for more information and to register.


On June 26th, Live Arts opened its new performing venue – The Live Arts Studio.

This new venue at the Westfield Annapolis Mall is a multi-use space for rehearsals, performances, and educational programs. In addition, we are also using this space for creating audio and video recordings that are being released periodically on our YouTube and SoundCloud channels. Over the past year or so we have released more than 100 recordings. Being able to have a space to prepare and create content will help us move forward as we come out of the pandemic.

We have two events at the STUDIO in July. On July 9 we have an intimate chamber concert with Con Brio featuring selections from Bizet’s “Carmen” along with music by Debussy. The second concert is a cabaret entitled “Unexpected Songs” with Broadway star Bernard Dotson. Tickets and more information about these concerts and other Live Arts activities can be found at or on our Facebook Page – Live Arts Maryland.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park Welcomes the Tall Ships!

The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (AMM) with support from the National Park Service (NPS)-Chesapeake Chapter and the City of Annapolis will bring the Tall Ships to Annapolis City Dock from Friday, July 2-Monday, July 5, 2021, in celebration of the Fourth of July and grand re-opening of Annapolis. On Friday, July 2nd at approximately 4:00 pm, Tall Ship Providence from Alexandria, Virginia, Pride of Baltimore II from Baltimore, Maryland, and the Skipjack Wilma Lee from Annapolis, MD will be arriving at the Annapolis Harbor for the July 4th weekend A public welcome party will start at 4:00 pm at Susan Campbell Park at City Dock, featuring an All-American Brass Band. Tickets for dockside tours of all three boats, daily cruises on each boat, and the dockside viewing of the Annapolis Harbor Fireworks on Sunday night will be available for purchase at Susan B. Campbell Park on Dock Street in Annapolis or by visiting

“Seeing the tall ships arriving in the harbor as we go into Independence Day weekend will be the beginning of a great celebration for our City,” Mayor Gavin Buckley said. “I look forward to their arrival and I encourage our residents and visitors to line the harbor to see them. It will be a magnificent sight! I thank the Annapolis Maritime Museum for coordinating the arrival and tours. Great work all around!”

Formerly Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Classic Theatre of Maryland-formerly Annapolis Shakespeare Company is proud to present
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” live on the lawn of the Gresham Estate!

Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy is set in an enchanted forest where fairies control the fate of sparring lovers, and a group of amusing amateur actors put on a play. Join us under the stars for our 5th annual epic outdoor Shakespeare production in Classic Theatre of Maryland’s signature style. Featured at London town’s historic Gresham Estate, one of Anne Arundel County’s most delightful new outdoor venues.

This production will run July 8-25, 2021. You can purchase your tickets online at or by calling our box office at 410-415-3513.

Full press release HERE.


Free Summer Storytime Series for Children
Exploring Botanical Art in the Museum with Titian Peale
Wednesday, June 30, 10:00 am to 11:00 am – Offered for a maximum number of 10 children.
Free thanks to the Winifred Gordon Art & Wellness Series: Kids’ Edition.

Does the child in your life love nature? Then this could be the perfect program for your little explorer. In this hands-on program participants will visit one room in the Hammond-Harwood House mansion and pick out the plants and animals in I Spy fashion. Then they will go out to the garden to find examples of seeds and flowers. Finally, they will pick sage leaves from the herb garden and create a botanical sponge-painted leaf and a drawing of a butterfly to take home. Children will then have story time in the garden listening to Help for Mr. Peale by Barbara Morrow. The story is about artist Charles Willson Peale establishing one of the first natural history museums in Philadelphia in the 1790’s.
Register here Exploring Botanical Art in the Museum with Titian Peale | Hammond-Harwood House 

William Buckland Walking Tour
Saturday, July 10 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Admission $20 | HHH Members: $10
A walking tour of downtown Annapolis to learn about William Buckland’s life, see firsthand his designs, and explore the unique features he created. The tour meets in front of St. Mary’s Church (109 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD 21401.)
Get tickets here William Buckland Walking Tour Tickets

Jane Austen Tour
Wednesday, July 21 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.
Jane Austen Tour | Hammond-Harwood House


Registration Open for Fall Encore Creativity Programs

Annapolis, MD— June 22, 2021 — Encore Creativity for Older Adults is pleased to announce that registration is now open for all Encore Chorale, ROCKS, and Sentimental Journey Singers Fall 2021 programs. Encore is the nation’s largest choral organization for adults over the age of 55 and offers more than 20 choral group options throughout the region: including two Encore Chorales and one Encore ROCKS program in Anne Arundel County. Interested participants can enroll for Online-Only Rehearsals, In-Person Rehearsals, or both. The registration deadline is August 1, but early sign-up is encouraged. Fall Semester will begin on Tuesday, September 7th. Registration fees include 15 weeks of rehearsals and/or Encore University classes, sheet music, optional rehearsal CD, and participation in semester-end live concerts across the Baltimore-Washington metro area. To learn more and register, visit

Staff Update

Mickey Love has been named as the new Director of Business Operations and Development for the organization. She brings more than 25 years of nonprofit and for-profit business experience, encompassing program expansion, financial development, staff and volunteer oversight, public relations, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Encore, Love’s arts employment history included 10 years as the Executive Director for Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Penn State University and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Full press release HERE


The Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents the 2021/2022 Season with joy and thanks!

Last season we were grateful to have the opportunity to perform safely through outdoor venues and online streaming. This season we are so excited to announce that we will be returning to the theater!

Our 2021/2022 season will feature 4 main stage productions including “Giselle” in October, “The Nutcracker” in December, “Momentum” in February, and “Coppélia” in April.

2021/2022 season subscriptions will be available soon!

Photo Credits: Joanne Marie Photography
Special thank you to Hammond-Harwood House


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