Delegate Melony Griffith honored for her MSAC service

Delegate Melony Griffith receives Governor’s Citation from MSAC Chair, Carol Trawick in honor of her service to the Council.

On November 21, MSAC honored Delegate Melony Ghee Griffith (D-Prince George’s) of the 25th District with a Governor’s Citation in recognition of her dedication to the arts and arts funding in the state of Maryland. Del. Griffith, who has served as a delegate since 1999 and is a member of the House Appropriations Committee where she is the Vice Chair of the Capital Budget and the Chair of the Oversight Committee on Pensions, was appointed to MSAC by House Speaker Busch in 2003 and has served with distinction throughout her 12 years on the Council. The MSAC offers deepest thanks to Del. Griffith for her strong leadership and support.

An indefatigable advocate of the arts, Del. Griffith co-sponsored House Bill 1337, which requires all state-funded construction projects and renovations to include public art. The Maryland Public Arts Initiative, with support from the Maryland Commission on Public Art and other statewide partners was passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2013.


MSAC presents at American Folklore Society

Theresa Colvin, Cliff Murphy, Bill Ivey, Alan Jabbour, Tim Lloyd, Al Head attend the AFS annual meeting in Santa Fe.

MSAC Executive Director Theresa Colvin was invited to the American Folklore Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico in November to participate in a high-profile panel discussion about the history – and bright future – of state folklife programs. MSAC was applauded for its longstanding support of folklife programming and its national leadership role in state folkilfe advocacy since 1974. The panel marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Maryland Folklife Program at MSAC – the nation’s longest-running state folklife program – and included past NEA Chairman Bill Ivey, Dr. Alan Jabbour (past Director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress), Dr. Tim Lloyd (AFS Executive Director), and National Heritage Fellow Al Head (Executive Director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts). The panel was moderated by MSAC folklorist Cliff Murphy, and marked one of the highlights of the four-day conference.

MSAC awards grants to Arts & Entertainment Districts

MSAC's Arts and Entertainment (A&E) District Technical Assistance Program supports organizational development and marketing for Maryland A&E Districts. This quarter, two Districts received A&E Technical Assistance grants.  Elkton A&E District will use the award to fund a three-day branding session engaging A&E stakeholders. Silver Spring A&E District will use their award to create marketing materials and to significantly enhance its website.  The next deadline application for A&E District Technical Assistance grants is January 22, 2015 for activities that begin or take place April 1 through June 30.

Grand Reopening of the BMA
In celebration of the Baltimore Museum of Art's 100th anniversary, the museum reopened the historic Merrick Entrance and renovated Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing on November 23, 2014 with a new presentation of its outstanding collection of American art, considered one of the finest on the East Coast.  Read more.

President Samuel Hoi Installed as MICA’s 19th Leader
Baltimore City elected officials, college presidents, arts and education leaders, and members of the MICA  community gathered to honor President Samuel Hoi as the college’s 19th leader during an official Presidential Installation Ceremony on October 31. “It is with a profound sense of privilege and responsibility that I accept this Presidential Chain of Office and medallion, and assume the presidency of this remarkable College,” Hoi said. “This is not a new beginning but a continuation of all that is good, all that is right, and all that is relevant in what MICA has achieved for its students, for the city and for the broader educational field.” Read more.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art  has announced the new Soar to New Heights Capital Campaign 2014-2016. The Campaign will raise $1.5 million to support the expansion of the museum, including the 2,000 square foot addition of the John A. Luetkemeyer Sr. and Thomas F. Mullen Jr. Legacy Center. Donate or learn more.

The Columbia Festival of the Arts, a nonprofit that puts on a premier, three-week-long arts festival each summer, is poised to undergo a series of changes next year.  Instead of an annual 16-day event every June, the nonprofit will put on a series of three-day, weekend festivals throughout the year, one each season. Read more.

Strathmore  concludes 2014 with three simultaneous gallery shows in the Mansion: Time After Time, the 81st Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature, and in the Invitational Gallery, Pastels Unleashed: A Mixed Media Approach, on view Saturday, November 22, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015. Public education programs will enhance the visitor experience. Learn more.

A house built with no nails? Natalie Shutler, writing for The New York Times, profiles Vicco von Voss, a furniture maker, who used timber-frame construction techniques and trees on site to build his 1,400-square-foot house in Centreville, Maryland. The house is held together with wooden pegs. Read more.

In a recent article in Fortune, Google CEO Larry Page points to his musical education as inspiring critical elements of Google—especially his impatience and obsession with speed. Read more.

A recent Nielsen  survey shows that music is American’s favorite form of entertainment. According to Nielsen, 93% of the country's population listens to music, spending more than 25 hours each week enjoying into their favorite tunes. Read more.

A randomized controlled study from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art suggest field trips to an art museum can boost observation skills and appetite for art, especially for underserved kids. Read more.

On June 1, 2014, Fred Bronstein, a musician, music educator, and chief executive of American symphony orchestras, became dean of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Bronstein previously served as president of the St. Louis Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. A pianist, he toured for eight years as part of Aequalis, a chamber group he co-founded.
What are your goals for Peabody?

FB: In many ways, my goal is to broaden the vision of what the Peabody Institute is. I’m very interested in continuing to make Peabody as competitive other programs at Hopkins—which is not to say we’re not [competitive], but I want to continue to see us grow.

I also want us to think innovatively. There’s a huge opportunity for us to reach many more people through online activity whether it’s master classes or classes or vignettes of students working with their teachers.

Finally, I think we need to think about community. We are part of this robust community around Baltimore, and sometimes it feels like we have been a little bit separate. This feels like a huge opportunity to partner, collaborate.

What is essential in preparing young musicians?

FB: My first job when I moved into the orchestra world was running the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, which is the training orchestra for the Chicago symphony. I enjoyed that a lot and recognized how important the training of young musicians is, particularly in the 21st century with an increasingly complex environment which can be difficult to navigate. Read more.


The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture, provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs in selected communities. Deadline is January 28, 2015. Visit their Application Process page for more information.

Americans for the Arts is accepting nominations for the BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering With the Arts in America. The BCA 10 recognizes 10 businesses each year that demonstrate exceptional commitments to the arts and are leaders in creating strategic arts and business partnerships that strengthen both the workplace and the community. Nominations close on December 19, 2014.

ArtsCONNECT supports performing arts tours across the mid-Atlantic region developed by presenter consortia that include both public performances and community engagement activities. Guidelines and additional information is available through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 program is Friday, March 13, 2015.

The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District invites filmmakers to submit recent, original work for the third annual Bethesda Film Fest, set for Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Imagination Stage. Up to five films will be selected to be shown. Entries must be received by January 12, 2015.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces the opening of registration for the 2015 BSO Academy Week. The weeklong workshop, which offers adult amateur musicians the chance to play alongside symphony pros, will be held June 20- June 27, 2015. Prospective students can sign up for one of four options: the orchestral track, the chamber music track, the music educator track, or the arts administrator track. Deadline for application is January 9, 2015.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Baker Artist Awards. In its seventh year, the Baker Artist Awards were established in 2008 to support Baltimore area artists and to promote their work to regional, national and international audiences. Up to three Mary Sawyers Baker prizes of up to $25,000 each are awarded annually to celebrate a dedication to art, mastery of craft, and a commitment to excellence. Nominations close January 15, 2105 

In 2015, Docs In Progress  a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world,  will be hosting its first Filmmaker-in-Residence. The Filmmaker-in-Residence will take residency at the Docs In Progress “Documentary House” between April 6-June 26, 2015 for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 90 days. Deadline for application is Monday, January 5, 2015. Learn more and apply.
MSAC Grants

Grants for Organizations (GFO) ››
Request for Funding. Maryland organizations and arts programs must submit by December 11, 2014.

Community Arts Development (CAD) ››
CAD grants provide support to each of Maryland’s 23 County Arts Councils and Baltimore City. Applications for FY2016 are due January 15, 2015.

Maryland Traditions Project Grants ››
Grants support research and programming that adds significance to Maryland communities by encouraging and funding professionals as well as community scholars, organizations, and artists to document, preserve, sustain, and present Maryland’s traditional arts and culture. Apply by January 26, 2015.

Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship

Applications for apprenticeships in all forms of Maryland’s traditional expressive culture are due January 30, 2015. The master artist and apprentice must both be residents of Maryland.

A&E Technical Assistance Grant ››
Designated Maryland A&E Districts may apply by January 22, 2015 for activities between April 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015.

Artist and MICA student Emily Burke '15 (ceramics) strives to promote conservation and awareness of the natural world which inspires her work. She has created reptile/amphibian-related artwork for many clients, including Black Jungle Terrarium Supply, New England Herpetoculture, Sticky Feet Reptiles, Apollo's Geckos and the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center. “Reptiles are a misunderstood group of animals that are often subject to mistreatment because of our ignorance,” says Burke. “I am particularly drawn to depicting them in my artwork in an effort to help educate and dispel any negative or false feelings towards them.” Burke will have terrariums, sculptures, jewelry and ornaments available at the Institute’s 8th Annual Art Market which runs 11am-7pm Wednesday, December 12-Friday, December 14 and 10am-6pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014 and features work by more than 275 of MICA’s students, faculty, alumni and staff.

Featured Events

Nov. 15 - Jan. 3

7th Annual Ornament Show and Sale
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center (Solomons)

Dec. 13

Mannheim Steamroller
4pm and 8pm

Dec. 20

Hub Opera Ensemble Presents Amahl and the Night Visitors
Maryland Theatre (Hagerstown)

Dec. 27

Kwanzaa Celebration 2014
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture


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