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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;

Art Events for the Holiday Season in Anne Arundel County

Tis the season to celebrate the holidays with the ARTS.  Our county has so much to offer in the way of entertainment, you don’t have to travel far to find a wonderful play, musical, symphony or art exhibit to enjoy.   If you are looking for that special gift to give, a pair of tickets or a season subscription to the performances of one of the many performing arts groups or a membership in one of the County Historic preservation organizations is a great way to support our artists and shop local!

Whether you travel North, South, East or West, coming up, we have some fabulous opportunities.  In Edgewater there is still time to catch a performance by the National Ballet Company of Swing Time Nutcracker Sweet.  See the information below:

Next Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17th at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will be “Messiah by Candlelight” presented by Live Arts Maryland.

Presented by the South County Concert Association will be  “An evening of holiday carols with Tenora” on   December 14, 2016  at 7:30 p.m. at Southern High School at 4400 Solomons Islands Rd, Harwood, MD  

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents “Christmas Fiesta with Sultans of String”

On Friday December 16, at 8:00pm, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, performs our Holiday Pops concert, entitled Christmas Fiesta with Sultans of String, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Check out the Maryland Hall website to find out about all the upcoming performance events at this venue.



Meet actress and writer Maia Rodriquez at a Free Event at the Chesapeake Center for the Arts/

In the Studio with Maia Rodriguez
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
in Studio 194 Theatre
Doors open at  5:30pm | Talk 6:00pm
All Ages!
Free Admission

Visit the Chesapeake Center for the Arts website to learn about other upcoming events and performances.

BABES in TOYLAND presented by West Arundel Creative Arts is playing weekends through December 18th at the Nichols-Bethel UM CHurch at 1239 Murray Road in Odenton. Afternoon performances make this a great event for younger children and you can purchase tickets at WACArts.com.

At the Compass Rose Theater, enjoy the class musical ‘CAMELOT” playing through January 22nd. The Compass Rose is located in the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District at 49 Spa Road, www.compassrosetheater.org.

Many musicians will be performing in downtown Annapolis during MIDNIGHT MADNESS on Thursday December 15th.   While you are downtown, look for Art in Public Places. There are several murals and large photographs on buildings to admire around the city in addition to traditional statues and handsome historic structures that include  our State Capital, Hammond Harwood House and Wiliiam Paca House.

What’s a kid to do? Summer activities for Children in Anne Arundel County

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s grantee organizations offer plenty of art activities, camps, and classes for kids over the course of the summer. At the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts classes are available to kids of all ages including “Yoga for Little People,” “Creations in Clay,” and “Painting the Basics.” The Maryland Hall for Creative Arts also offers a class entitled “Little Masters,” where students learn about a master artist and then attempt to create a work of art in that artist’s style.


Anne Arundel County offers classes and camps to kids of all ages that focus on theater and the performing arts. The Children’s Theatre of Annapolis offers classes, workshops and camps for kids including the “Kids Cabaret,” a one week camp that focuses on the three fundamental elements of musical theater: singing, dancing and acting. The Compass Rose Theater offers acting camps for kids as young as three, and more advanced ones for teenagers taught by professional actors starting June 20th.

There are also plenty of children’s dance classes and camps available over the summer. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland has a number of classes available to even the youngest of dancers. The “Tiny Toes Ballet: Mommy and Me” class provides a platforms for dancers as young as two to learns the basics of ballet in a fun environment alongside a familiar adult. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland also offers more advanced classes to older students such as its “Teen Ballet” class.  The West Arundel Creative Arts also offers a variety of dance classes from June 20th to August 12th.

On Sundays, July 10th and August 15th the Captain Avery Museum offers “Sundae Sundays” where families can enjoy a sundae while playing croquet or partaking in one of the other outdoor activities designed to keep kids entertained. The museum also offers discovery kits available for checkout from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays so kids can explore the local wildlife while simultaneously learning about Maryland’s ecosystems.

The Chesapeake Arts Center offers classes for children of all ages including The Family Pottery Workshop as well as hip-hop, ballet, and jazz classes.

Anne Arundel County even has summer options for the young historians in the family. The Historic Annapolis Foundation offers the “Riddle Me This” summer camp where participants explore the history of historic Annapolis’ most notorious pirates, and much more. The Historic London Town and Gardens offers kids the unique opportunity to experience life from three hundred years ago through its “Colonial Adventures” summer camp. Campers wear period clothing, and make colonial crafts and even eat like Historic London Town’s colonial settlers with meals prepared over open fires. The camp goes from June 20th – 24th and again July 18th – 22nd.  

Summer Concerts in Anne Arundel County

Long summer days mean plenty of time to enjoy music outside and around Anne Arundel County and there are plenty of venues providing FREE concerts.  The Arts Council of Anne Arundel wants to make sure you don’t miss a beat when it comes to savoring the entertainment provided by local and regional musicians. Our summer newsletter puts the focus on July and August outside concerts, so be sure to visit our website often and become a supporting member of the Arts Council to join our mailing list. In the meantime, as you think about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, start enjoying music this weekend with some exciting Anne Arundel County concerts starting this Thursday June 23rd.

jazz_ipad_wallpaper-otherCool off on Thursday evenings in the city of Annapolis with Dixie Hotel Thursday Jazz
Every other Thursday June 9-Oct. 6. This concert series plays homage to an earlier landmark hotel that hosted famous musicians and artists including Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. Free. 7pm. Whitmore Park, Clay and Calvert Streets, Annapolis. Larry@wecareandfriends.org, annapolis.gov

June 23 – Spice
July 7 – Michael McHenry Tribe


Fridays take a ride over to Parole for  Annapolis Towne Center’s Friday Night Summer Concert Series – Fridays, June 3-Aug. 26. Local talent performs at Towne Centre Blvd. Beer & Wine Garden, hosted by a different restaurant each week. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. 7-8:30 pm. Annapolis Towne Center. visitatc.com/events/

June 24 – Peterbuilt
July 1 – Dublin 5

Saturdays head to West County to enjoy the Summer Concert Series at Waugh Chapel Towne Centre. June 11-Aug. 27. Free outdoor concert series happening thru June. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. 7pm. Waugh Chapel Towne Center, Gambrills. ggcommercial.com

June 25 – A Classic Case
July 2 – Speakers of the House


Sunday head north to Downs Park for the Bayside Summer Concert Series at Downs Park e. Alcohol is not allowed. Free. 6-8 p.m. Downs Park, Pasadena. 410-222-6230, aacounty.org/RecParks/concerts.cfm

June 26 – Ain’t Misbehavin

Or spend the evening in Annapolis with the Gospel in the Park concert series.
Sundays June 12-Oct. 9. This brings high energy gospel music to the park. Free. 7pm. Whitmore Park, Clay and Calvert Streets, Annapolis. Larry@wecareandfriends.org, annapolis.gov

June 26 Zionaires

JULY 4th before the sun goes down head downtown to the Annapolis waterfront to enjoy the first of the  USNA Band Summer Concerts. The U.S. Naval Academy Band Summer Concert Series begins at 8 p.m. July 4 before the fireworks show. The series continues at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., every Tuesday from July 12 through Aug. 8 at Susan Campbell Park.

  • July 4: USNA Band

Prefer a seat inside?  Maryland Hall  for the Creative Arts is offering a Free Summer Concert June 39th.

Performance begins at 7:00 PM

Air National Guard Band of the Northeast



Art, Opera, Music, History Events to Enjoy

Sunday's Concert in the Park will include romantic songs from Opera and Musical Theater.

Sunday’s Concert in the Park will include romantic songs from Opera and Musical Theater.

June Art events, including free lectures and a free concert this weekend, are just a few of the many things to do in Anne Arundel County  that are taking advantage of the beautiful weather to promote history, music, opera, and art.  Visit the exhibit,  A SIngle Goal: The Art of Trumpy Yacht Building,  currently on display at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  Tonight, Thursday June 9th and Thursday June 16th there will be free lectures open to the publc in the Maryland Hall theatre.

Thursday, June 9 | 7 pm Pete Lesher, Curator, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, will discuss John Trumpy and Sons in the historical context of yacht builders on the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday, June 16 | 7 pm
 Longtime Trumpy Yacht owner Dr. Jacob Deegan (Aurora #444) will share his thoughts on restoring a historic yacht and the distinctive elements.

Saturday and Sunday June 11th and 12th from 11:00 a.m to 2:30 p..m. tour a Trumpy Yacht.  This is a special opportunity to tour the recently restored “Adonia”. Tickets are $10. The boat is docked adjacent to Susan Campbell Park, Dock Street, Annapolis.  Tour proceeds help support the exhibit and last approximately 30 minutes. Please go to the Maryland Hall website  to purchase your tickets in advance.

If you enjoy Musical Theatre, Broadway favorites, and Opera Classics , you will want to attend Concert in the Park. Pack your picnic dinner and enjoy a FREE evening of opera, operetta and musical theatre favorites at Quiet Waters Park! this Sunday June 12 at 5:00 p.m.  Produced by the Annapolis Opera Company Concert in the Park will feature the voices of Augusta Caso, Emily Ezzie, Matthew Hill, Andrew Sauvageau, and Laura Whittenberger.  Enjoy songs from  My Fair Lady, Carousel, Carmen, RIgoletto, and many more favorites.

The Weekend of June 18th and 19th at London Town Public House and Gardens you’ll want to attend the Weekend: Shore Party

Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm and Sunday: 12pm – 4:30 p.m.

Included in the price of general admission , this special event celebrates  London Town’s heritage as a prominent seaport in colonial Maryland.  Boats will once again ply the South River! Stop by their Carpenter Shop and buy some handmade furniture by Seneca Creek Joinery. Join living history sailors to try your hand at knots and seamanship, learn how sailors lived day to day, and experience the art and science of navigation.

June 15th is the William Paca House and Garden annual Paca Girlfriends Flower Power Party. While the regular tickets have sold out, VIP tickets (starting at $150) are still available and give you early entry into the signature event that focuses on enjoying the English gardens and charm of the Paca House. To Find out more visit the website  or call Sarah Wade at 410-349-5110.

Enjoy the William Paca Garden on Sunday, June 18th as an artist at the event: Painting in the William Paca Garden( Enter at 3 Martin Street).This event gives you a unique opportunity to paint in the Paca Garden, a secluded reconstructed 18th century garden. Jean Brinton Jaecks, landscape and garden watercolorist, conducts this landscape painting workshop focused on the study of light in a garden setting. All levels of students are welcome. Small class size allows plenty of access to the instructor and a detailed critique at the end. Class meets rain or shine and the cost is $75 and you can register onlineTime: 9 am – 1 pm

Capture the beauty of spring flowers in a painting workshop.

Capture the beauty of spring flowers in a painting workshop.





Films, Artists, Music Celebrating the Arts This Weekend in Annapolis

The first weekend in April is almost here and with it arrives a bevy of arts events in Anne Arundel County.  Three tempting choices are taking place in Annapolis beginning with The Annapolis Film Festival, which kicks off on Thursday March 3lst. In just four days, 70 films– ful length features, shorts, and documentaries— will be shown on 7 screens. Individual tickets are $10 and $12.50 while a festival pass runs $115.  Full schedules and ticket information is available at Annapolisfilmfestival.com.

Opening Night Film: One More Time
USA | 2015 | 98 min | Presented by Nimble Storage

Friday and Saturday night at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the  Annapolis Symphony Orchestra with conductor José-Luis Novo and featuring  renowned English pianist Michael Roll will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert in a concert entitled “Unanswered Questions.”.

ASO will be performing at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Friday and Saturday evening.

ASO will be performing at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Friday and Saturday evening.

Evening in An Artist Colony is an event to introduce new members to The Mitchell Gallery.

Evening in An Artist Colony is an event to introduce new members to The Mitchell Gallery.

Saturday night, April 2nd, from 7 p.m. to 10 pm the public is invited to join The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s  College for an “Evening in an Artist Colony.”  Begin by viewing the current museum exhibit “American impressionism; The Lure of the Artist Colony”  and then stroll  to The Great Hall for food drink and the Rockin Music of The Tiki Barbarians.  Non gallery member tickets are $45 (members $35). Dancing and an array of food and drink will celebrate the life of an artist during the 20th century.

So where and how do you divide up your weekend?  One of the wonderful elements of the Annapolis Film Festival, now in its fourth year is the opportunity to interact with screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, and filmmakers.  Panel discussions, along with Q and A’s enable attendees to gain an intimate knowledge of the film making process. Venues where the 70 films will be shown include:, St. John’s College Francis Scott Key auditorium and  Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Maryland Hall  is also the venue for the ASO’s 8:00 p.m. concert performance on Friday and Saturday while The Mitchell Gallery is in the same building as The Key Auditorium on the St. John’s College campus.  Is it possible to take in all three experiences in one weekend?  It certainly is, with the locations so conveniently close.  Whether you live in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, or are visiting for the weekend, this is a great time to enjoy the Arts!


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.



Arts Classes Fall 2015

Some of  Artfarm's younger students & their Joiners, inspired by David Hockney.

Some of Artfarm’s younger students & their Joiners, inspired by David Hockney.

In less than two weeks, many schools will be starting classes and with Labor Day just three weeks away, fall schedules are about to begin.  Whether you have children at home or are looking for ways to expand your artistic horizons, throughout Anne Arundel County there are a variety of arts classes being offered by  non-profit  arts groups  funded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

It doesn’t matter where you live, North County, South County, West County or in the city of Annapolis; it is easy to find a class.   Think art classes are just about teaching how to hold a paint brush?  Think again.  At the Artfarm in Annapolis, art classes for children taught by Stacey Turner give students of all ages an introduction to different types of materials . Each class  begins with a short presentation about an artist & their work.   According to their class description,  “The emphasis is on the distinctive style of each artist & their visionary contribution to the overall world of art.”  Looking at the photograph above, you can see some of the results!

At West County Creative Arts, classes are being offered this fall with a focus on dance and drama.  From Mini Shakespeare to Musical Revue, there are a lot of opportunities for young thespians to develop their skills.

At West County Creative Arts classes are offered in Odenton  at the Weis Shopping Center and begin Sept. 8th

At West County Creative Arts classes are offered in Odenton at the Weis Shopping Center and begin Sept. 8th.

In South County at the Historic London Town and Gardens are programs for children and their families that are being home schooled.  One of the afternoon programs is called” Spin, Sew and Sail”. Participants will have the chance to dye fabric, sew canvas like an original master sailmaker, spin on a wooden wheel, and weave threads.

Looking for an inter-generational experience?  At the Chesapeake Arts Center in a class taught by Anita Horwath, children and senior adults come together to perform improvisational scenes on diverse and timely topics focusing on situations facing Maryland  citizens today. Share your own story and experience through acting and theatre and if you are a senior over 50, this class is free.

For adults who love jewelry and ceramics, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts has just the class to tickle your fancy.  In this three day workshop for adults over the age of 16, you’ll learn glazing and decorating techniques for creating beads and buttons to make your own jewelry and clothing accessories.