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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

ENTRY DETAILS
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,

Annie Awards 2015

Janice Hayes Williams won the first Historic Arts Annie.

Janice Hayes Williams won the first Historic Arts Annie.

Lynn Schwartz and Barbara Klein Moss, both winners of LIterary Annies, discuss Barbara's new book "The Language of Paradise".

Lynn Schwartz and Barbara Klein Moss, both winners of Literary Annies, discuss Barbara’s new book “The Language of Paradise”.

Time is running out. There is less than one week less to “pay if forward” and nominate someone you admire in the arts or historic preservation community of Anne Arundel County for an Annie Aaward. The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Annie Awards.If Nominations are lacking in a given category, the Arts Council reserves the right to postpone theAward to the following year. The Annie Awards were created in 2000 to recognize the contributions of local artists, educators, and arts patrons who reside in Anne Arundel County.
There are eight awards in eight categories: Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Historic Arts, Arts Patron, Arts Philanthropist, Performing Arts, Arts Educator and Lifetime Achievement. Nomination forms are available online at the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County website: www.acaac.org.
Many past Annie Award recipients have been artists, poets, and performers of national stature who have enriched the community by their presence. Other Annie Award recipients have quietly supported art projects and mentored students, never anticipating recognition. Past Annie recipients have included: jazz musician, the late Charlie Byrd, novelist Barbara Klein Moss, artist John Ebersberger, Maestro Jose Luis Novo, and arts patrons James and Sylvia Earl. Art educators that have been honored include: Suzanne Owens, Michael Svec, and Lori Snyder. The purpose of the Annie awards is to highlight the accomplishment of artists, educators, and art supporters to inspire and to promote the arts and historic preservation in Anne Arundel County.
Here are just a few names you may recognize: Sally Wern Comport, Patricia Barland. Jean Jackson, Celia Pearson, Bonnie Roth Anderson, Deborah Banker, Bob Levitt, J. Ernest Green, Dianna Cuatto, Hydee Schaller, Marcia Tally, Janet Luby, Maggie Sansone, Anna Greenberg, Jim and Sylvia Earl, Robert Nichols, Linnell Bowen, Donna Ware, Dennis Younger…. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 15, 2015. There is no limit on the number of people you may nominate. Multiple letters of support are encouraged.
The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County provides grants and support to over forty nonprofit organizations. Providing a resource for the cultural arts community through advocacy, funding, programming, and promotions; the Arts Council supports a variety of groups that include Maryland Hall, Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Children’s Theater of Annapolis, and Londontown Symphony Orchestra. The Arts Council administers the Arts-in-Education Program serving both public and private Anne Arundel County Schools, which provides grant funding to bring performances and artists into auditoriums and classrooms.
Submit your nominations with letters of support to www.acaac.org.

Writer’s Community

Anne Arundel County is home to all kinds of writers. Just take a look at the list of writers who have received the Literary Annie Award,  Journalists, novelists, children’s fiction, science fiction, mystery, poetry– there’s a lot of variety.  While they usually work solo, writers are always striving to perfect their craft and receive feedback from colleagues and mentors.  A number of classes and workshops are offered throughout the year at venues that include Maryland Hall and The Chesapeake Art Center.  In order to stay current with networking and grant opportunities, artists are encouraged to register with the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. We keep a database and send e-correspondence to County Artists on a regular basis.

Coming up later this month is a full-day writer’s workshop: Summer Writing Intensive at St. John’s College organized by former Annie Award winners Laura Oliver and Lynn Auld Schwartz.

Literary Annie Award Winner Laura Oliver is one of the organizers of the Summer Writing Intensive.

Literary Annie Award Winner Laura Oliver is one of the organizers of the Summer Writing Intensive.

Seasoned and beginning writers alike are invited. Participants may select four workshops from seven choices to address their most challenging writing issues and will leave equipped with new skills, understanding, and motivation. In addition, Laura Oliver and Lynn Auld Schwartz will be available for a limited number of private consultations to discuss personal writing challenges. The Summer Writing Intensive at St. John’s College will take place on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Lobby, Mellon Hall. Tuition is $165. All levels are welcome. The day will also include a continental breakfast, a box lunch with Question and Answer Forum, and a wine reception where participants can meet and talk with instructors and fellow writers.

The following workshops will be offered:

Hard-wired for Story: What Neuroscience Teaches Us about How to Hook a Reader, led by Laura Oliver

Creating Complex Characters, led by Lynn Auld Schwartz

The Poetry of Prose, led by Temple Cone

Screenwriting Tools for Writing Effective Dialogue, led by Khris Baxter

Using Fictional Techniques in Memoir and Personal Essay, led by Ron Capps

Story and Structure: Not Just for Screenwriters, led by Khris Baxter

Literary Agents: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How? led by Lauren Sharp

To register and for more information: www.sjc.edu/cefa or 410-626-2881

Writers of all ages and levels are invited to register. (Photo courtesy of St. John's College)

Writers of all ages and levels are invited to register. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s College)

McDowell Hall at St. John's College where the "Writing Intensive" will take place. (Photo courtesy of St. John's College)

McDowell Hall at St. John’s College where the “Writing Intensive” will take place. (Photo courtesy of St. John’s College)

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.

Annie Award Applications Now Being Accepted.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2015 Annie Awards. Is there someone in your Arts or Historic Preseration organization you feel deserves recognition for outstanding accomplishments? Have you been inspired by an individual in the community who has yet to be honored with an Annie?

The award categories are: Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Arts Patron, Arts Philanthropist, Arts Educator, Historic Arts, and Lifetime Achievement Award, Give the gift of your time and submit at least one nomination. Information is online at: https://www.acaac.org/programs/annie-awards/
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Fred Geil was honored with  a lifetime achievement award in 2014.

Fred Geil was honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2014.