Explore MSAC’s 2017 Annual Report

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As we continue working to build an even stronger creative community for the citizens of Maryland, join us in looking back at Fiscal Year 2017 to explore MSAC’s programs and the artists, arts organizations, and projects that add richness to the cultural fabric of our state.

See the report here.


AUDITIONS – My Fatal Valentine Murder Mystery

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My Fatal Valentine
by Eileen Moushey
Directed by Keith Shaffer
Performed by the Caroline Association of Theatre

Presented by the Caroline County Council of Arts in partnership with the Caroline County Public Library and Caroline County Recreation and Parks.

At a convention of romance writers, the contenders for the LoveKnot Book of the Year Award are anxious to find out who wins the prize. Among the nominated authors are two spinster sisters, a young prodigy and her overbearing mother, a British aristocrat, a rude and obnoxious social climber, and a rough and tough dude and his bimbo girlfriend. Editor Benton Fish tries to keep the award ceremonies civilized amid jealousies and rivalries.

8 Women, 4 Men
Ages range from 15-40+

Auditions will be cold readings.
All levels of experience welcome to audition.

If you are interested in getting involved but do not want to audition, please stop by and introduce yourself!

MAUDE PETRY – the hostess and organizer of the event. Harried and continually flustered, Maude is the President of FARN – Fans of Romance Novels. Dressed nicely. Any age over 35.
BENTON FISH – the Editor-in-Chief at Heartthrob Books. He is also the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Has a major crush on Jane.
JANE FORTHRIGHT – Head of Security at Heartthrob Books. Jane is no-nonsense, terse, and direct. Any age over 25.
HATTIE GLICK (pen name – LUCRETIA DEWITT) A Romance Writer. Very arrogant, rather crude, loud and obnoxious. Any age over 40.
MAYNARD GLICK – Lucretia’s husband. Any age over 40.
PRISCILLA EMBERLY – A Romance Writer. Very Victorian, sweet and fussy. Any age over 40.
VERONICA EMBERLY – Priscilla’s twin sister and co-author.
CHET FARQUIRK – (pen name – ALLISSA WENTWORTH) A Romance Writer. Chet couldn’t make it as a serious novelist so he’s been “reduced” to writing romance novels. He actually hates them. He’s a tough-talking, abrasive guy. Any age over 30. Chet “talks” and writes tough but he’s really a softie. Especially where Mitzi is concerned.
MITZI MOONEY – Chet’s girlfriend. Mitzi acts dumb, and dresses like a bimbo. She’s also very nervous. Age 20-30.
EDITH CRUMPOWSKI – (pen name IVANA) A Romance Writer and a mousy little thing, Edith lives through the romantic fantasies she creates for her heroine, Dijon. Has a secret crush on Benton Fish.
MARTHA CRUMPOWSKI – Edith’s mother. Overbearing and domineering. Twenty years older than Edith.
LADY DOROTHY KNOLLS OF WYNCHLEY – (pen name PORTIA ST. REGIS). A Romance Writer. A British aristocrat. Very ladylike and regal. Lady Dorothy is eighteen years older than Denis.
DENIS KNOLLS – Dorothy’s playboy son. Fancies himself to be Cary Grant. He’s always in need of cash and is constantly being rescued from various escapades – usually involving women. Denis can be anywhere from 15 to late 30’s.

Auditions will be held at The Foundry in Denton, December 4th and 5th.

Show Dates:
February 10th and 11th at the Library in Denton.


MD Arts & Culture

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MD Arts & Culture Industry Generates $961.6 million in Economic Activity

Baltimore, MD – The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $961.6 million in annual economic activity in the state of Maryland-supporting 25,248 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $87.4 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) partnered with AFTA for the implementation of this study for the state of Maryland.

Read more here!


Maryland Traditions Announces Recipients of 2017 Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards

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Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards, an honor given each year to three of Maryland’s outstanding stewards of folklife, or living cultural traditions.

The recipients are: in the category of person, documentary story quilter Joan M.E. Gaither of Anne Arundel County; in the category of place, the Baltimore American Indian Center; and in the category of tradition, the Deal Island Skipjack Races and Festival. Each recipient will be recognized in a ceremony at the Proscenium Theatre on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 2.

“The Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards are the state’s highest honor for those who teach, practice, or steward our living cultural traditions,” said Maryland Traditions Director Chad Edward Buterbaugh. “By taking time to recognize the people, places, and practices that are vital to Maryland folklife, we also celebrate the diversity that makes Maryland such a unique place to live.”

For more information, contact Buterbaugh at (410) 767-6450 or; or visit the Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards Facebook event at Free, reserved tickets will be available soon, so check back often. The ceremony will conclude with a country blues concert by the Phil Wiggins Blues House Party. Bandleader and harmonica player Wiggins, of Montgomery County, is the recipient of a 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

Photo caption: Skipjacks in the water on the morning of this year’s 58th Annual Skipjack Races & Festival in Somerset County. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.

2017 Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards recipients

PERSON: Joan Gaither has covered Maryland in the intricate patterns and rich colors of her story quilts, which draw on the tradition of documenting history and heritage through quilting. Her work, which typically highlights the state’s African-American communities, has captured the narratives of the black watermen of the Chesapeake Bay, the hard legacy of slavery and its abolition through Article 24 of the state’s third constitutional convention in 1864, and the earliest grasps for educational equality through the Rosenwald School program, which served black students during the Jim Crow era. Central to Joan’s work is her desire to share her talents with others. Almost 1,000 people from every Maryland county and Baltimore City have learned from Joan, who has emerged as an important bearer of the story quilting tradition.

PLACE: The Baltimore American Indian Center (BAIC) has stood the test of time in Upper Fells Point. Originally founded in 1968 as the American Indian Study Center, it once primarily served as a resettlement resource for Indians who had migrated to the city seeking employment. Linda Cox, a daughter of one of the founders of the BAIC, says, “The Center was created to give us a place like home so we could stay connected and keep our culture alive.” Today, members of Baltimore’s American Indian community have, for the most part, relocated to areas outside of the neighborhood immediately surrounding the BAIC—a neighborhood that had at one time been popularly referred to as “the reservation.” The BAIC now functions as a cultural magnet that draws this dispersed community back in. Offering weekly culture classes, annual pow wows, a full-fledged community museum, a multipurpose meeting space and more, the BAIC continuously sustains the living cultural traditions of American Indians and Alaskan Natives of the Baltimore region.

TRADITION: The skipjack is the symbol of maritime Maryland’s traditional fishing economy. For more than a century, this wind-powered vessel, built heavy and wide to float on the gentle waves of the Chesapeake Bay, has represented the crabbing and oystering trades that have dwindled with natural and human-made environmental changes. On Deal Island, the local Lions Club has commemorated the maritime heritage of the Eastern Shore with its annual Skipjack Races and Festival, now in its 58th year. Every Labor Day weekend, skipjacks and their captains return to the island to race out of the harbor and through a marked course in Tangier Sound. The race is the focal point of a weekend of events that includes a blessing of the fleet for safety and a bountiful harvest, a boat docking contest, and a fishing tournament, all of which commemorate the traditional lifeways associated with Maryland’s maritime culture.


Share your support for Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance!

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Share Your Support! Fine Arts COMAR Revisions Open for Public Comment

Revisions include:

  • Revisions to the Maryland Fine Arts Standards that align with the National Core Arts Standards
  • Instructional program in fine arts each year for all students in grades PrK-8 as well as instructional program for grades 9-12 that meet graduation requirements in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual art.
  • Maintain the Fine Arts Advisory Panel to advise the Superintendent on issues and best practices relevant to fine arts education

This is now in the 30-day period for public comment after which the document, along with a collection of the public comments, returns to the board for formal adoption!

You can send the message “I support the revisions to Fine Arts COMAR as written.” any of the following ways:

1. E-mail
2. Mail to Susan C. Spinnato, Director of Instructional Programs, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Curriculum, Research, Assessment, and Accountability, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201
3. Call 410-767-0349 (TTY 410-333-6442)
4. Fax to 410-333-1146

The COMAR revisions can be viewed by clicking here and scrolling to pages 871-872.

Comments MUST be submitted by October 2nd, 2017.

Thank you for supporting arts education in Maryland schools!


ArtsLAB is Less Than a Month Away!

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Artslab is a place where artists, arts professionals, advocates and more, come together to discuss current issues and concerns facing the arts sector. In addition to thrilling performances, the morning portion highlights an individual keynote speaker which exemplifies best practices for the topic at hand. The afternoon portion of the day is a mix of hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and case studies. MCA encourages anyone in this sector to attend this event. There are elements for arts administrators, artists, board members, volunteers, and general arts lovers. There really is something for everyone.

Join MCA for this year’s revamped ArtsLAB! The day will feature keynote speaker Michael Bobbitt of Adventure Theatre MTC and dazzling performances by Shobha Subramanian of Jayamangala and Spoken Word Mercenary, Patrick Washington. Be sure to check out our ArtsLAB page for details on the afternoon breakout sessions. With hands-on workshops, case studies, panel discussions, and more, there is something for everyone!

Topic: Embracing Reinvention
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time8:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Harmony Hall Arts Center, Ft. Washington, MD

Register Now!


A Literary Evening with Dorothy Parker

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Saturday, October 21 at 6 pm at the Caroline County Public Library in Denton, MD

Celebrate the life and times of Dorothy Parker, humorist, writer, critic, and defender of human and civil rights with an enjoyable evening of good food, entertainment, words and wit.

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat online today! Tickets are also available in person at the Caroline County Public Library or at The Foundry.

Get your RAFFLE TICKETS! Raffle tickets are also available at the library and The Foundry for $5 each or $20 for five. You can enter to win the following:

Two Nights Stay for Two at the Historic Algonquin Hotel! Located in the heart of New York City, the historic and iconic Algonquin has served as a literary haven since opening in 1902. This offer is good for a two night stay (Sunday and Monday) for two in a deluxe room from October 22, 2017 to October 23, 2018 (based on availability and certain black out dates), and includes room and taxes. Winner will be drawn at the Literary Evening on October 21, 2017. Need not be present to win. Must be 21+ to participate.


Sponsored by Shore United Bank and brought to you by the Caroline County Council of Arts and the Caroline County Public Library.

ELVAS PORTUGAL. JUNEL 30 2017: Belly dancer in the medieval festival in Elvas.

Visit the Multi-Cultural Festival in Greensboro!

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Celebrate the rich diversity of our area, learn about cultural differences, and share in unity at the Multi-Cultural Festival on Saturday, September 16, from 10am-2pm.  The festival will be held at the Greensboro Community Center (in front of the North County Branch Library, MRDC & Head Start building).  Admission is free.

Enjoy West African, Bollywood and Belly Dance performances, the sweet sounds of gospel music, and more!

Taste diverse cultures with good old-fashioned American barbecue, Caribbean food, food for the soul and more.

In addition, local agencies, organizations and small businesses will provide information, giveaways and items for purchase.  Don’t miss getting your caricature done for free by Cartoonist Paul Merklein and enter to win a raffle basket valued at $130.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Greensboro Elementary School.

For a full schedule of performers or more information, please visit our website or call 410-479-1343 (ext. 1).