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New study shows A&E Districts spur jobs, new business
Black History Month
Poetry Out Loud regional competitions
Mark Rothko art debuts in Maryland
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra celebrates 50 years!
Maryland Art Place names new director
People gathering for Maryland Arts Day

It’s time to show our support of the arts!
Organized by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Maryland Arts Day on Wednesday, February 8th in Annapolis will be the most important arts advocacy event of the year in Maryland, bringing the many voices of the artistic community together in support of state funding for the arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Don’t miss this once-yearly opportunity to meet with legislators, learn new arts advocacy skills, network with over 400 fellow advocates of the Maryland arts community, and discuss statewide arts issues. For more information, and to register, click here. And don’t forget to RSVP for Arts Day After Hour (PDF), starting at 4:30 pm at the Circle Gallery.

Economic impact study reveals success of Maryland’s Arts and Entertainment Districts program
A economic impact study released today by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, shows that the State’s Arts and Entertainment (A&E) Districts, which were first approved more than a decade ago, supported more than 1,600 jobs and nearly $50 million in wages on average annually between FY 2008 and FY 2010. The program enables local and county governments to apply for the designation, which offers various tax benefits to encourage artists, arts organizations and businesses to locate in a jurisdiction. Maryland was the first state in the country to develop an A&E District program on a statewide basis.

The study also showed that the districts supported $147.3 million in state gross domestic product (GDP) on average annually and total tax revenue impact of approximately $37.6 million. The Maryland A&E Districts Program was established in 2001 with six districts beginning operation under a 10-year designation in 2002. Since then, 13 additional Maryland A&E Districts have been added and the Gateway and Silver Spring A&E Districts were recently granted additional 10-year redesignations.  The Maryland Arts and Entertainment Districts Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis FY 2008-FY 2010 Report is available on the MSAC website.

Findings of the study will be shared at a national symposium hosted by Maryland’s Station North A&E District in conjunction with the National Main Streets Conference in Baltimore this April.


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It’s Black History Month
Maryland is home of the largest African-American museum on the East Coast: Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & CultureThe museum’s permanent exhibition introduces visitors to Maryland’s African American heritage via three galleries: Things Hold Lines Connect, Building Maryland, Building America and The Strength of the Mind. Each tell the story of perseverance, triumph and the celebration of life through the inspiring history and living culture of Maryland’s African Americans.

On Sunday, February  19th at 2 p.m., the museum will host a special screening of Strange Fruit, a documentary that explores the history and legacy of Baltimorean Billie Holiday’s classic song of America’s dramatic and racially segregated past.


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Maryland Students Bring Poetry to Life
More than 15,000 Maryland students have practiced, prepped, and taken to the podium in the hopes of making it to the 2012 Poetry Out Loud (POL) final in Washington, D.C.! This February at regional competitions, county champions will recite poems chosen from the fabulously rich POL anthology in an attempt to outperform peers and advance to state finals.

REGION ONE (Allegany, Baltimore County, Frederick, Washington):  Saturday, February 11, 2012, 1:00 pm [Snow date: Saturday, February 18] at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown 21741.

REGION TWO (Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s): Saturday, February 11, 2012, 12:00 pm [Snow date: Saturday, February 18], Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, 20688.

REGION THREE (Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester): Saturday, February 25, 2012, 1:00 pm, Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, 104-A Poplar Hill Avenue, Salisbury, 21801.

Up to 12 winners from regional competitions will advance to the Poetry Out Loud Maryland State Finals competition at the Baltimore Museum of Art on March 3rd at 1pm. All performances are free and open to the public.


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If music be the food of love,
Play on! From the Baltimore Folk Music Society’s Valentine’s Day Dance Extravaganza (Feb. 11) to the Annapolis Opera’s Shakespeare in Love (Feb. 12), AFI Silver’s Screen Valentines: Great Movie Romances series, and a red-hot evening of the one act ballets Firebird and The Scarlett Letter (Feb. 24-26) from the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and much more, there are plenty of ways to show the Maryland arts some love this February.

Art exhibit by Mark Rothko

Never before exhibited Mark Rothko art debuts at Easton’s Academy Art Museum
One painting and several graphic pieces by Mark Rothko will be exhibited for the first time ever this February at the Academy Art Museum.

One of the preeminent artists of his generation, Rothko was a leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement. The Russian-born artist is also closely identified with the New York School of Painters that emerged during the 1940s as a new collective voice in American art. During a career that spanned five decades, he created a new and impassioned form of abstract painting. Rothko's work is characterized by rigorous attention to formal elements such as color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale. He was also fascinated by human psychology and the state of the mind.

The Academy Art Museum will host a lecture, gallery talks, and curated tours throughout the exhibition—for more information click here.


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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Photo Exhibition Goes on the Road
An exhibition featuring stunning photographs of atmospheric conditions conceived and produced by the Director of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM’s) Boyden Gallery, Mary Braun, and Dr. Charles Adler, SMCM physics professor, opened this week at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia. The Atmosphere Exposed:  Photographs of Halos, Mirages, Iridescent Clouds, and more! began as a juried exhibition of photos taken by scientists, meteorologists and amateur photographers in conjunction with the 10th International Light and Color in Nature conference held at the college in June 2010.

Forty-four of the original 130 photos will be on display. To visit the exhibition at the NSF, 4201 Wilson Blvd in Arlington, contact Dottie Harris at 703-292-7542 or to gain access. In connection with the exhibition, scientists Robert Greenler and David K. Lynch will describe atmospheric optics in a public talk on Thursday, March 8, noon at NSF. The original show was made possible by the Maryland State Arts Council, the NSF, The Patuxent Partnership, SMCM, the Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of Science, and Wyle Corporation.


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The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra turns 50!
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO's) 50th Birthday celebration began in September of 2011 and will run through May 2012. To commemorate the anniversary, an exciting retrospective exhibit depicting the ASO’s 50-year history is currently on display at the Miller Senate Office Building at 11 Bladen Street in Annapolis. The exhibit, through a series of 8 colorful 6’ X 3’panels featuring historical photos, newspaper clippings, performance programs and more, illustrates the Symphony’s rich and storied past.

The ASO will host a celebratory ball, “In Full Swing at Fifty” on Saturday, March 10, at Lowe’s Annapolis Hotel. Visit the ASO website to find out more.


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Maryland Art Place names new Executive Director
Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy Cavanaugh Royce as its new Executive Director.

In her former position as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the ARCH Development Corporation in Washington, D.C., Ms. Royce spearheaded the development of four cultural facilities, which now operate as the cultural arm of ARCH organization. She also co-founded and operated a state-of-the-art contemporary exhibition space, Honfleur Gallery.

An accomplished cellist, Ms. Royce currently lives in the Hamilton neighborhood of Baltimore with her husband and son.


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Baltimore-based film trilogy receives Creative Capital grant
In January, Creative Capital announced its 2012 Film & Video and Visual Arts grantees. Among the winners were Matt Porterfield and Amy Belk for Take These Broken Wings.

The third in a trilogy of feature films set in the northeast Baltimore neighborhood where Matt Porterfield was raised, Take These Broken Wings examines the daily life of a 35-year-old man who is under house arrest for drug charges and living with his father. The lines between fiction and nonfiction are heightened through the formal techniques of documentary and narrative realism, the use of existing locations and a largely non-professional supporting cast.

Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.


IN THE NEWS b Grant Awards: Congratulations to the most recent winners of the b Grant Awards: Ellen Durkan, Marcia Wolfson Ray and the musical group Smooth Kentucky.  Be sure to check out their pages at the Baker Artist Awards site to see (and hear) their inspiring work.  Also, Aaron Henkin from GBCA member WYPR Radio's The Signal interviewed all of the winners. Take a listen to his show to get further insight into their art.

A Word About Taxes (Huffington Post)

Looking ahead at the music, theater scenes with a grain of optimism (Baltimore Sun)

Music lessons on webcams grow in popularity (New York Times)

O’Malley gives Piscataways State recognition (

A Midnight Dreary for Those Who Seek Tell-Tale Signs of Poe's Elusive 'Toaster' (Wall Street Journal)

Hippodrome breaks box office record with ‘The Lion King’; earns an estimated 21 million in economic benefit to Baltimore (Baltimore Sun)

Government must fund the arts (Baltimore Sun)

Theatre managers tout role in economy (


EVENTS The Columbia Orchestra presents “American Inspirations,”
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at Jim Rouse Theatre. The program begins with the winning work from the American Composer Competition, selected from more than 100 entries from composers across the country. This event is free for active duty military.

The On Screen/In Person series at Maryland Hall will screen Money Matters at 7:00 p.m., February 9th 2012, followed by March and April screenings of Family Talk and Blast!, respectively. Launched in 2011 by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the On Screen/In Person series tours new independent American films and their filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. 

ART TALK Café featuring free art talks & workshops in Frederick. Catch the spirit of plein air painting and the upcoming June Easels in Frederick event with a series of free art talks and workshops scheduled from February through June throughout Downtown Frederick. The ART TALK Café is designed to educate, inspire, and promote discussion among collectors, artists, and anyone curious about plein air painting and art.

The 9th Annual Foreign Film Festival at the Carroll Arts Center, sponsored by Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC), and in conjunction with McDaniel College and the Carroll County Arts Council will feature 7:30pm screenings every Friday of February.


Maryland Traditions Project Grant applications are due Feb. 20, 2012.

The Harvard Educational Review has issued a call for proposals for the upcoming issue, “Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education.” This Special Issue intends to push beyond traditional understandings of arts teaching and learning to consider how education in and through the arts best suits the sophisticated demands of today’s students within the complex social and political landscapes that they inhabit.

The DeVos Institute Fellowship in Arts Management at the Kennedy Center is calling for Arts Management Fellowship applications. The Fellowship offers a structured blend of academic training, hands-on work experience, independent and collective learning opportunities, and personalized mentoring. The nine-month, full-time program begins in September 2012. Visit the DeVos Institute of Arts Management website for more information and application instructions.

The winning poem of CityLit Project’s contest will be permanently displayed in Mother’s Park. CityLit Project is holding a citywide poetry contest on the topic of mothers or motherhood and is accepting one to three poems of 15 lines or less for consideration. The deadline is Feb. 15.

Columbia Festival of the Arts juried, invitational show returns in June 2012 and is seeking artisans with original work-representing a breadth of media including functional and wearable art. ArtPark is part of LakeFest, a three-day celebration of the arts at the Columbia lakefront which is free to the public and runs in conjunction with the 2012 Columbia Festival of the Arts. The deadline for entries is March 2.

Americans for the Arts is seeking nominations for its annual BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America award. BCA 10 recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich education, the workplace, and the community. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for others to follow. Nomination applications are due by February 17.

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