Connecting with the Arts – March 2022

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.

Here’s a look into this month’s post:

  • Creating Communities has had a very active 1st quarter of 2022 with multiple arts and STEAM programs throughout Anne Arundel County.
  • World Artists Experiences Presents The renowned Estonian choir to Perform March 29 in Arnold.
  • Chesapeake Arts Center is excited to announce that summer camp registration is here!
  • Classic Theatre of Maryland Presents the World-Premiere Adaptation of TREASURE ISLAND.
  • Live Arts Maryland is excited to present the “St. Matthew Passion”
  • Ballet Theatre of Maryland is thrilled to bring the comedic fairy tale Coppélia back to the stage.
  • Check out the full calendar of classes and workshops at ArtFarm Studios.
  • The Maryland Hall Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Jackie Coleman as Maryland Hall’s Executive Director.
  • Learn how to write your playwright with Angela Wilson from The AngelWing Project!
  • Check out MFA’s current exhibitions.
  • Don’t miss Annapolis Opera’s Voices of Our Time and 33rd Annual Vocal Competition

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


Creating Communities has had a very active 1st quarter of 2022 with multiple arts and STEAM programs throughout Anne Arundel County. We successfully launched our world drumming and mentoring program at Monarch Global Academy, a program designed to foster social-emotional learning through music and we are finally returning to Marley Elementary, a Title I school in Glen Burnie, to have our teaching artist work with Triple E teachers using infused arts activities to bring the curriculum to life. At Southgate Elementary, a Title I school in Glen Burnie, we have been running a STEAM program using the Vex Robotics platform and the program has been expanded to two days per week. In our close partnership with REACH (City of Annapolis) and MEGA, led by Ron-Shaye Clark, we continue to create high-quality arts projects with high school and middle school students, plan for the Pride Day and Martin Luther King Day parades, and are hosting our first Women’s Leadership Conference at Annapolis Gardens, a subsidized housing community in Annapolis. The conference will feature Black women entrepreneurs and vendors who will share creative activities, wisdom, and inspiration with up to 75 women. The REACH and MEGA program recently completed Souls of the Decade, a variety show featuring students singing and dancing to classic soul and R&B hits. At the Stanton Center, our teaching artist has been working with the girls’ club creating custom tee shirts, decorative jars, and much more!

Estonian Choir to Perform March 29 in Arnold

The renowned Estonian choir, Collegium Musicale, will perform a free concert Tuesday. March 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 416 College Parkway, in Arnold. The program will begin with the United States premiere of “For Ukraine.”

The choir’s repertoire features Estonian composers and extends from renaissance to contemporary music, including operas. The choir has performed in the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, and Ukraine.

Since its founding by conductor Endrik Üksvärav in 2010, Collegium Musicale has won the European Broadcasting Union’s “Let the Peoples Sing” competition, been selected as the Choir of the Year in Estonia three times, and has been presented the Music Award of Estonian Cultural Endowment.  Conductor Endrik Üksvärav served as the conductor of the Estonian Song Festival directing a choir of 20,000 singers to an audience of more than 60,000.

The free concert is sponsored by World Artists Experiences in partnership with the Embassy of Estonia.  WAE is a non-profit organization which bridges international understanding through citizen and cultural diplomacy.  For additional information see the WAE website at or email wa[email protected].

Chesapeake Arts Center is excited to announce that summer camp registration is here!

This year, CAC will be hosting a slew of new Art & STEAM themed summer camps, including our ever popular, Cosplay Camp (featured image). Learn to design, create, and build your own character from start to finish with award winning cosplay artist, Tegan Feehery. This camp is perfect for kids who love anime, costume design, fashion design, and Halloween.

If Cosplay isn’t your child’s passion check out all of the other camps for students grades 1-8 in Northern Anne Arundel County, from art, to space, to pottery, theatre, and more. Registration is going quickly, sign up today to reserve your space in July.

Follow the link HERE to read more about all of the full day & half day camps starting in July.

Keep up with the Chesapeake Arts Center: Website | Facebook Instagram

Classic Theatre of Maryland Presents the World-Premiere Adaptation of TREASURE ISLAND: April 8-23, 2022

A swashbuckling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most beloved novel, this new production is a tale of buccaneers, buried gold, treasure maps, pirates, and the famous “Long John Silver”. Join young Jim Hawkins as he takes the journey of a lifetime.

Purchase your tickets HERE

Live Arts Maryland is excited to present the “St. Matthew Passion” on April 2nd at 8:00 pm!

In order to make sure that everyone is able to see the Schütz, we have decided to add a streaming option for this performance! Tickets for the stream will be $20 and you can also still purchase in-person tickets from the Maryland Hall website! Please be aware that ticket prices reflect the process and handling fee for Maryland Hall.

Live Arts is also presenting a concert called Songs of Love and Nature. Carl Orff’s rollicking and riveting “Carmina Burana” is the centerpiece of this concert that focuses on themes of Love and Nature, and the way they intertwine with each other in our lives. The Annapolis Chorale will present Orff’s version for two pianos, percussion, and soloists. The concert also features works by Ola Gjeilo, Morton Lauridsen, Dan Forrest, and Eric Whitacre, among others.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland is thrilled to bring the comedic fairy tale Coppélia back to the stage at Maryland Hall on April 22nd and 23rd to close out our 2021/2022 season. This beautifully staged interpretation of one of the best-loved classical ballets is about a pair of lovers, an eccentric inventor, and his beautiful, yet mysterious daughter who entertain and delight an audience of all ages. With choreography by Artistic Director Emeritus Dianna Cuatto set to the lovely music by Delibes, this is a performance you won’t want to miss!

In person and virtual tickets are available at

Photo Credit: Joanne Marie Photography

There is plenty to do at ArtFarm Studios in Annapolis! Check out the full calendar of classes and workshops below. To signup, visit

Spring Semester:
Spring semester begins the week of April 25th:

4 Mondays: Kids Process Painting (ages 6-8)
4 Mondays: Kids Watercolor (ages 9-12)
8 Tuesdays: Graphic Design (ages 12-17)
8 Wednesdays: Sculpture (ages 12-17)
8 Wednesdays: Beginner Photography (ages 10-13)
8 Thursdays: Experimental Painting & Drawing (ages 10-15)
+Open Studio for teens: Thursdays beginning on March 24th

Summer Camps:
7/5 – Painting and Process Camp (ages 8-11)
7/11 – Nature & Textile Art Camp (ages 9-12)
7/11 – Play Production & Prop Building Camp (ages 7-11)
7/11 – Fearless Girls Photo Camp (ages 10-13)
7/18 – Beat Making & Music Inspired Art Camp (ages 12-17)
7/18 – Creative Writing and Zine Camp (ages 12-17)
7/25 – Jr. Kids Art School (ages 6-8)
7/25 – Fearless Girls Photo Camp (ages 13-16)
8/1 – Mixed Media and Printmaking Camp (ages 9-12)
8/8 – Encaustic Experimentation (ages 9-12)
8/8 – Fearless Boys Photo Camp (ages 12-17)
8/15 – Drawing & Painting Camp (ages 8-12) SOLD OUT!
8/15 – Fearless Girls Photo Camp (Advanced & Returning Campers)
8/22 – Kids Art School (ages 9-11)

Spring Drop-In Workshops:

4/2 Slime (ages 9-12)
4/9 Paper Marbling (ages 6-8)
4/16 Watercolor Landscapes (ages 9-12)
4/23 Paper Making (ages 9-12)
4/23 Henna Workshop (Teens)

5/7 Print Making (ages 6-8)
5/21 Origami (ages 9-12)
5/21 Henna Workshop (Teens)
5/28 Slime (ages 6-8)
5/21 : Dreamcatcher Workshop for Teens

Adult Workshops:

4/16: Block Printing Workshops
5/1: Encaustic Workshop (4 weeks)
5/14: Mosaic Tile Workshop
5/15: Batik workshop (2 days)
5/21: Creativity Workshop
Monthly Photography Meetups
Monthly Henna Workshops
Sunday Yoga Classes
Monthly Mandala Workshops
Monthly Sketch Night with a Model

The Maryland Hall Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Jackie Coleman as Maryland Hall’s Executive Director.

Coleman, an experienced nonprofit leader, and advocate for the arts, most recently served as Senior Community Impact Officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Hartford, Conn. While in that role, Coleman led the organization’s arts strategy and the creation of Catalyst for the Arts, an initiative to help arts organizations develop sustainable programming and operations in response to the COVID pandemic.

“Maryland Hall’s vision of Art for All resonates deeply with me,” Coleman said. “I am honored to step into this position and build on the organization’s existing legacy while finding dynamic opportunities that bring the arts even further into the community.”

Coleman’s varied career includes roles in education, administration, leadership, and performance – all of which are key to fulfilling Maryland Hall’s mission of Art For All as a regional arts hub.

Coleman earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre at the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of South Carolina. Her career in the arts included serving as Director of Education at Hartford Stage from 2003-09, and Senior Executive Advisor for the Arts at Hartford Public Schools from 2009-14.

“We are honored to welcome Jackie as our new Executive Director,” said Maryland Hall Board of Directors Chair Debbie Mayer. “Her breadth of experienced as an advocate for and leader in the arts is certain to guide us as we strive to fulfill our mission of Art for All at Maryland Hall.”

Coleman will begin later this spring.

Got a Story to Tell?

Have you ever wanted to create a story with an exciting plot and interesting characters? Have you ever wanted to see your words go from the page to the stage? Award winning playwright, Angela Wilson will facilitate a four-week course that will walk you through the steps of writing a well-structured play that audiences will love.

This class will culminate with 10-minute play performances in CAC’s Studio 194 Theatre on May 14, 2022.

Price: $140 (Members save 20%)
Date: Thursdays, April 7 – 28, 2022 (April 14 class will be virtual)
Sessions: 4 classes, plus final performance
Time: 6:30-8pm
Ages: Adults
Instructor: Angela Wilson

Register at

Art on Paper
MFA Circle Gallery
Mar 17 – Apr 9
Paper, which was first made in China around two thousand years ago, is the foundation of this exhibition. MFA’s 45th annual Art on Paper exhibition was open to all 2D or 3D work made on or of paper. This year’s exhibition contains a wide variety of work, featuring paintings and drawings on paper, collages and sculptures made of paper, handmade paper, and artist books. Juror Daniel Shay, former Art Services Manager at the National Gallery of Art selected 50 pieces by 44 artists that will be on display at MFA’s Circle Gallery from Mar 17 to Apr 9. If possible, an in-person closing reception will be held on Apr 9 from 4 ­­­– 6 PM. ­­Visit to learn more.

Studio Tours
MFA Circle Gallery
Apr 14 – May 1
MFA’s inaugural In-Person Studio Tours are taking place the weekend of Apr 31 – May 1. From 10 AM – 4 PM both days, select artists in Anne Arundel County will have the doors of their studios open to the public. Recognizing the incredible talent of artists in Anne Arundel County, as well as residents’ and visitors’ desire to meet artists, this program brings together actively working artists and potential collectors in the artists’ studio environments. Each artist on the tour will have two pieces on exhibition at Circle Gallery from Apr 14 – May 1. Visit to learn more about the artists and to get directions to check out their studios.

MFA Curve Gallery
Apr 15 – May 31
The physical nature of light reflecting changes appearances and reveals unexpected sensations. Reflections can also be internal – emotional, cerebral, or spiritual – and can evoke thoughts and memories that can change the world or just stay personal. Reflections, a new online show, was juried by Professor of Painting at Drexel University, Bruce Pollock. This show will be online in Curve Gallery from Apr 15 – May 31. Visit to see the show.

Lowe House
MFA at Lowe House
Jan 20 – Apr 11
Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) has been invited to exhibit artwork at the Lowe House of Delegates Building in Annapolis. Come see these 40 artworks by 31 MFA Members and Anne Arundel County residents before Apr 11 at 6 Bladen St. Artist, Anne Arundel Community College Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Humanities, Wilfredo Valladares selected works that “reflect the variety of mediums submitted and compositions that included interactions between space, form, subject matter, and pieces that implied symbolism and memory.” Learn more at

Hospice Cup
MFA People’s Choice Voting Gallery
Apr 1 – 30
Hospice Cup, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1981 to help local and regional hospices raise funds for patient programs. In collaboration with Maryland Federation of Art (MFA), the organization hosts an annual competition for a piece of artwork to serve as the backdrop for their yearly poster. All artwork that is submitted will be on display in MFA’s online People’s Choice Voting Gallery from Apr 1 – 30. The winner will be chosen through voting on our People’s Choice Gallery and from the top four at the reception the evening of Apr 28 from 6 -8 PM. For more information, visit

Jim EARL and Rae Hamilton
MFA at Paul’s Homewood Café
Feb 9 – end of Apr
Watercolorist and intaglio and silkscreen printer Jim EARL and landscape, waterscape, animal, and still-life oil painter Rae Hamilton will have a dual show at Paul’s Homewood Café starting Feb 9 through the end of Apr. EARL has a PHD from MIT and earned an undergraduate degree in studio art with a focus on printmaking when he was teaching at the University of Maryland. He began to make silk screen prints after seeing this technique applied to Brillo Boxes by Andy Warhol that were exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hamilton received his formal training at the American University and the Zoll Studio School of Fine Art, but says he is grateful to the Impressionists, pre-Impressionist masters, and modern realists who have greatly influenced his work. His work is held in many private collections across the country and is represented by several different galleries in and around Maryland. Visit to learn more.

Artwork Photos (top to bottom)
David H. Mann, “Adventure”, etching print on handmade paper, from Art on Paper
Linda Popp, “Scattered In The Wind”, mixed media assemblage, collage, from Lowe House

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Annapolis Opera presents the most exciting young artists from across the world in our annual Voices of Our Time concert, this year featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and pianist Justina Lee.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the artists at a special post-concert wine and dessert reception – be sure to purchase your ticket!

Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 3 PM
The 33rd Annual Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition is an opportunity to hear some of the most talented rising stars in the classical vocal world. This free event showcases up to ten singers, selected from hundreds of outstanding applicants from across the nation, by a panel of renowned judges.
The prize for Audience Choice Award will be chosen by the audience at Finals, so be sure to attend and cast your vote!



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