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Leadership Anne Arundel Day with the Arts

Leadership Anne Arundel, a program devoted to fostering leadership and familiarizing future Anne Arundel County leaders with the County, had a very successful Arts Day this month  with the help of the Arts Council and several community volunteers and LAA alumni.

The day began at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The day began with an overview presentation given by Arts Council Executive DIrector April Nyman.  The class of approximately 40 professionals and volunteers interested in developing leadership skills,  was then treated to a hands-on learning experience led by students from Bates Middle School. The hands-on learning experience was coordinated by Arts Integration Specialist Laura Wixon. The LAA students were divided up into four groups and utilized poetry, visual arts, and movement to  process information and express thoughts.

PVA Students from Bates Middle School teaching members of the LAA Class.

Vice President of Marketing and Development at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Donna Anderson gave a tour of the building which houses art classes, artist studios, exhibit space. performance space . Maryland Hall is also home of the Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Ballet Theater of Maryland, and Live Arts Maryland.

The Day continued with a walk through the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District and re-convened at the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge where members of the flagship class broke out into roundtable discussions organized by Annapolis General Manager Kathy Swekel, with Directors and Representatives of seven historic preservation and art nonprofits.

Roundtable discussions

Local arts patron and restauranteur Gavin Buckley spoke about the Art and Entertainment District and its affect on local business. A panel discussion after lunch featured  Arts Council Board Member Roberta Pardo, former Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer, and artist Jeff Huntington in a panel discussion of Art in Public Places.

Footworks performance for the LAA class at Arts Day

The class then walked to the Compass Rose Theater and were greeted by founder and director Lucinda Merry Browne who treated them to an excerpt from Camelot currently playing at Compass Rose.  (Their next show will be “God of Carnage”) .The three lead actors performed several songs and then the stage was turned over to the percussive dance group Footworks who gave a  performance and taught the LAA participants some forms of percussive dance and lead and follow chant singing.  A successful day, many of the participants promised to return soon to see more performances with their friends and families and to sign up their children for art classes.  The 2017 Arts Day was chaired by writer/artist  Nadja Maril, LAA Flagship graduate class of 2002;

Olin Yoder Art Exhibit at Arundel Center

) Arts Council Exhibit Chair Roberta Pardo, artist Olin Yoder, ACAAC Executive Director April Nyman, ACAAC Board President Marnie Kagan, County Executive Steve Schuh.

) Arts Council Exhibit Chair Roberta Pardo, artist Olin Yoder, ACAAC Executive Director April Nyman, ACAAC Board President Marnie Kagan, County Executive Steve Schuh.


Vibrant colors and lively subjects characterize Olin Yoder’s work. “I never paint the same painting twice,” says Olin who loves repetition of form and the shapes of shadows. An extensive traveler, who has been inspired by people, commerce, and nature, he has always believed that art teachers should also be artists.

Currently on display at the Arundel Center is a one-man exhibition featuring the oil paintings of Anne Arundel County artist Olin Yoder.  At a recent reception for the artist, County Executive Steve Schuh honored Yoder with a citation for his contributions to art and culture. The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) sponsored the exhibition.

Born in Garrett County, Yoder received a Bachelors degree from Shepherd College in West Virginia and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore.

Recipient of the 2001 Annie Award from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County for his contributions in the field of Arts Education, Yoder taught in county middle schools and high schools for over 40 years followed by a post as an adjunct faculty member at Catonsville Community College. Yoder was named A.A. County teacher of the year in 1990. Yoder ‘s work has been included in a number of recent exhibits at BWI Airport sponsored by ACAAC. The Arundel Center is located at 44 Calvert Street in Annapolis.