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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;

Romance, Art, Music at “An Evening in Venice” Arts Gala

KameronSupport Art in Anne Arundel County by attending “An Evening in Venice” on Saturday March 19th.  The Art Fundraiser  features delicious food, tempting drinks, face painting, and the chance to win a trip to Italy.  Music, dancing, and maybe a strolling opera singer to start the evening— all will combine to make this year’s Art Council Gala “An Evening in Venice” the best one yet!  Haven’t bought your ticket yet?  They’re going fast and your don’t want to miss the opportunity to bid on a wide array of exciting auction items that include fabulous artwork, dining opportunities, designer fashions, jewelry and more.  The weekend of March 18th is the weekend that Faust, produced by Annapolis Opera  is being performed at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday and Sunday.  Saturday night, one of the chorus members, Kameron Ghanavati, is stopping by to sing a few songs.

Kameron Ghanavati first began his opera performance career at the tender age of twelve. He has performed with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, UD Chorale, the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia (Iolanta), Ocean City Theatre Company, the University of Delaware Opera Theatre (Little Women; Abduction from the Seraglio; Werther), and was selected last summer for the Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy. He has also competed in the regional NATs and Classical Singer competitions respectively placing as a first place finalist and semi-finalist.   He is currently a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in vocal performance.

Dreaming about a trip to ROME. There is still time to buy a raffle ticket and you do not have to be present at the gala to win. The winning couple will stay at the luxurious Marriott Park Hotel and Spa for five nights and tour the Sistine Chapel as part of their memorable Italy Adventure.



Poe Inspires Mural

Jeff speech

A blue ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the completion of the mural by artist Jeff Huntington, winner of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Mural Design Competition, took place recently at the site of the building location at 47 Spa Road.  The artist spoke the following words:

“The Poe mural is a tribute to the creative people of Annapolis, especially to those who have dedicated their lives unconditionally to their chosen craft out of necessity, out of love, our of their own primal urge to create. Artists are not marginal to society but are the fabric of soceity.

In additional to enriching the artistic landscape of Annapolis, my hope for this mural is to inspire conversation to educate or remind people about the life and career of Edgar Allan Poe, his genius and the hardship endured by this great American icon; to appreciate the hard work and life-long dedication of artists in general that often goes unrewarded.”

The artwork by Jeff Huntington brings a new perspective to the plain white wall and vacant lot that sits diagonally across from Park Place and the traffic circle. Huntington , who lives in Annapolis, earned his BFA at the Corcoran School of Art and Design and his MFA from the  Chicago Art Institute. Huntington’s work has been exhibited in New York, Washington D.C. and Miami.

Members of the community celebrated with Poe inspired music and poetry at nearby ARTfarm. The mural resides on a building owned by Chuck Walsh and Ken Wagner adjacent to the Lot owned by Michael Gardiner where  the gathering took place.

Julie Vallario, Jay and Joe Huntington; Jeff Huntington and Julia Gibb.

Julie Vallario, Jay and Joe Huntington; Jeff Huntington and Julia Gibb.

The recent Mural Contest is just one type of project to promote the arts, funded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County . The Arts Council also awards mini grants, strategic grants and Arts-in-Education grants in addition to providing support, advocacy, and resources for Arts and Historic Preservation. For more information about the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and to find out more about membership call 410-222-7949 or visit www.acaac.org.


Strategic +Grant

Grant applications for Strategic Grants are currently being accepted online between October 8th and October 23rd.

What ideas has your organization been considering to expand your reach throughout the county and the state of Maryland?  Do you want to launch a new exhibit?  Would you like to make a movie or produce a stage production never seen before.  Is there important research or documentation you’d like to undertake?

IF you are  a 501C-3 organization in Anne Arundel County currently receiving a general operating grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and have a new idea for impacting the community you serve and reaching out to  a new audience, now is the time of year to submit your proposal.  Instructions and the portal is available on this website under the “grants’ heading. Remember that your proposal cannot have been previously funded.

Projects seeking funding should have a demonstrated public value of arts and culture worthy of merit to the community and represent a novel, unusual or creative approach to the arts not previously offered by your organization. Your proposal should include a new collaboration or partnership and have clearly defined goals and measurable outcomes. Be prepared to maintain complete and accurate records of all the activities connected with grant and utilize generally accepted accounting principles. More details regarding grant requirements are on our website.FY 2016 STRATEGIC IMPACT GRANT GUIDELINES 5-Student Exhibit at Mitchell Gallery

Mural Contest

What do Leonardo da Vinci, Diego Rivera, and Michelangelo have in common? They were all muralists, committed to sharing their artistic vision with the community.  Murals provide the opportunity for artists to interact with their environment.  In the public debate, this past week has been the mural recently painted above Tsunami in Annapolis on West Street. It doesn’t matter which side you’re on, the debate has gotten people thinking and talking about art in public places. Opportunity knocks for aspiring muralists, with a contest and opportunity to paint a mural in the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District. The winning artist will receive a $5000 prize in addition to expenses for materials. The deadline is coming up fast. Only one week is left before June 26th.

The link on the site is to download the application.  To submit you will need to scan it, fax it or mail to the arts council.
If you scan the application,  email it to brenda.collins@acaac.org.
If you fax it, the number is 410.222.4068.
If  you mail it, the address is:
2666 Riva Rd
Annapolis, Md 21401

The guideline details are below. Good Luck and may the best muralist win!


The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District is the location of the future mural

The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District is the location of the future mural

The deadline for entries is June 26, 2015. Entries must be submitted on a small but accurately scaled and detailed preliminary illustration. You must include a budget of expenses that includes the artists cost for materials and design. The cost of the canvas and installation will be the responsibility of the Arts Council. Artist resume and images/locations of recent murals should also be included. Artist must sign a liability waiver to cover them while working at 47 Spa Road. Entries must be mailed or delivered with the entry form ( download by visiting the “exhibits” page under the “Artists” button on this website) and either sent electronically or delivered to the office of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 150, Annapolis, MD 21401. Entries become the property of the Arts Council and cannot be returned. The winning entry will be selected by the Exhibit Committee of the Arts Council. For questions, please contact Brenda Collins at brenda.collins@acaac.org.

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,

The east side wall of 47 Spa Road will be transformed with a mural by the winner of the upcoming Mural Competition,

RUBYS =Grants for Artists

In 2014 Carla Brown from Catonsville received a Ruby Grant to help fund the making of a  documentary film about her grandparents, Everyone But Two: The Life, Love and Travel of Benjamin and Frances Graham, which traces the cross-country travel experiences of an African American couple in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 2014 Carla Brown from Catonsville received a Ruby Grant to help fund the making of a documentary film about her grandparents, Everyone But Two: The Life, Love and Travel of Benjamin and Frances Graham, which traces the cross-country travel experiences of an African American couple in the 1960s and 1970s.

Artists and writers are you eligible for a Ruby Grant? The 2015 Rubys Grants in Literary and Visual Arts will begin accepting proposals on June 1, 2015 for funding of up to $10,000. Deadline to submit a proposal is July 31, 2015. The Rubys support the region’s gems – the local creative community of performing, visual, media and literary artists.

Who is eligible? Any artist working in literary or visual arts, over 21 years of age, and who lives in Baltimore City or the five surrounding counties (Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard). Open to both emerging and established artists at any point in their career.

How much are the grants? Artists may ask for up to $10,000. There is no minimum. Matching funds are not required.

How do I apply? Applications are accepted online only. Check the Rubys website for the application link and to download the grant guidelines.

Where do I get more information? Attend the free grant information session which will discuss all details of the grant application and grant writing tips.

June 22, 2015 at 6-7pm
Anne Arundel Community College
Design Studio 313 / Cade Building
101 College Pkwy, Arnold, MD 21012
RSVP for the session here.
This session is sponsored by the Maryland Federation of Art in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College

The Rubys Artist Project Grant program was established by GBCA in 2013 with the vision and initial funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Rubys provide meaningful support directly to artists.

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) nurtures and promotes a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community essential to the region’s quality of life. GBCA aims to promote the region’s creative sector and significantly increase artists’ and organizations’ capacity to do great work.