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MAY 2012


Maryland A&E district hosts national symposium

Maryland advocates for national arts funding
Maryland Film Festival runs this weekend!
Arts Council to celebrate Individual Artist awardees
Bay and Adventure theaters honored

Maryland A&E District Hosts national symposium
In April, policymakers, leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs met in Baltimore for the National Symposium of Arts/Cultural/Entertainment Districts hosted by Maryland Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District, Station North.

Hannah Byron, (pictured above with Theresa Colvin and Ben Stone) assistant secretary for tourism, film and the arts at the Department of Business and Economic Development, opened the symposium by welcoming participants to Maryland and speaking about the role of the arts in economic development and community revitalization. “By incentivizing investment,” said Byron, “and leveraging the state’s regional identities, natural resources and heritage, Maryland’s A&E District Program has become a national model.”

Pamela Dunne, MSAC Program Director, presented an overview of Maryland’s A&E District program, which boasts 19 districts throughout the state and supports an annual average of 1,600 jobs, $50 million in wages, and $148 million in economic impact.

A presentation by Mark Stern, co-director of the Urban Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania, highlighted key findings of the Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP), which Stern has led since 1994. SIAP develops methods for measuring the ways that arts and cultural engagement influence urban communities, and is currently studying Baltimore.


Maryland advocates for national arts funding
Led by the MSAC and Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), a group of Marylanders visited Capitol Hill to discuss the statewide impact of national arts funding with U.S. senators and representatives.

National Arts Advocacy Day (organized by Americans for the Arts) brought together advocates from around the country who urged Congress to support President Obama’s recommendation to restore the National Endowment for the Art (NEA)’s 2013 budget to $155 million.

Actor Alec Baldwin delivered the 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Actor Alec Baldwin in video image (Click to view video)


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Maryland Film Festival runs this weekend
Back-to-back feature-length and short film screenings, plus ten free panels with cast, crew and other film experts will take place during the Maryland Film Festival, which starts today and runs through May 6 in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District.

Highlights of the Festival include the opening night shorts program and party, the raw and direct drama Wanda, presented by native Maryland filmmaker John Waters as his annual “favorite film selection,” and the hotly anticipated closing night film, Director Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse, staring Christopher Walken, Selma Blair and Mia Farrow.


Govenor O'Malley performing on stage.

O’Malley’s March joins Star-Spangled Symphony in June
O’Malley’s March has joined the performance line-up for Star-Spangled Symphony, Sunday evening, June 17 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

The Governor’s Celtic rock band is the latest addition to a musically diverse 90-minute program that includes the world-premiere performance of Philip Glass’ Overture for 2012—a symphonic commission made possible in part by a grant from the MSAC—plus The Sea Chanters (official chorale group of the US Navy Band), and other patriotic music selections performed by the BSO.

Star-Spangled Symphony is presented in conjunction with Star-Spangled Sailabration, the June 13-19 maritime festival in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which launches the three-year bicentennial celebration. Tickets for the symphony– sponsored by the PNC Foundation – are $15.


Gentleman looking through a picture frame

Arts Council to celebrate Individual Artist awardees
The Maryland State Arts Council hosts a free, public celebration and reception to salute recipients of the 2011 Individual Artist Awards, May 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum 's Jim Rouse Visionary Center.

The program, which starts at 7:30 p.m., honors artists practicing within these disciplines: non-classical music composition; non-classical music solo performance; playwriting; crafts; and photography.

The event will feature remarks by Kwame Kwei-Armah, new artistic director of CENTERSTAGE (pictured) and old-time string band music by Possum Up A Gum Stump, with Bill Schmidt on fiddle, Kate Brett on banjo, Ann Porcella on guitar and Kevin Enoch on bass guitar and banjo ukulele.


Bay Theatre's Rena Brown


Bay and Adventure theaters honored
Two Maryland theaters were recognized at the 28th Annual Helen Hayes Awards hosted by Actor Kevin Spacey on April 23 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Adventure Theatre received two awards: Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences (Charlotte’s Web), and Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Michael Baron for A Year With Frog and Toad). 

Bay Theatre’s Rena Brown (pictured) was awarded Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play for her portrayal of Dr. Vivian Baring in Wit.

The Helen Hayes Awards, a program of TheatreWashington, recognizes excellence in acting, directing, design, and production for Washington D.C. area productions.

NEA Announces $17.7 million in funding
View the list of Maryland organizations awarded.

MSAC Individual Artist Awardee receives Baker Prize
David Knopp, who received a 2012 MSAC Individual Artist Award for crafts, was named recipient of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize in a live awards program on Maryland Public Television, April 25. Knopp, a cabinetmaker turned sculptor, transforms stacked plywood into laminated abstract forms.
The two other Prize winners are Nathan Bell, a multi-instrumentalist and Alex Heilner, a multi-disciplinary artist. Each artist receives $25,000. They will also be featured in an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), Sept. 5-Oct. 7. Read more in the Baltimore Sun.

MSAC Playwright-in-Residence presents Vienna premiere
MSAC Arts-in-Education resident playwright John Morogiello attended the European premiere of his original play, Engaging Shaw. Morogiello—currently in residence at Villa Cresta Elementary School in Baltimore County-- has gained domestic attention as well over the past two years, with productions off-Broadway and at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre.



Soaring Eagle Performer

  • Maryland Traditions, a program of the MSAC, will present The Soaring Eagles, a Baltimore-based Lumbee regalia, dance and drum group, at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market on May 13. The group represents the Baltimore American Indian Center (BAIC), founded in 1968, and will perform at the free Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival, June 16 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.
  • Cheer on Maryland Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Champion Brian Gilbert at the POL National Finals, May 14 and 15 at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.  The semi-finals and finals will be streamed live online.  Admission to the live event is free and open to the public.
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)’s ArtWalk features nearly 400 of America’s most talented and emerging artists. The visually engaging 3k walking tour starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at venues within and around MICA. Tickets include an after-reception with food and drink. Register online by Monday, May 7.
  • The Family-friendly music festival DelFest takes place May 24-27 in Cumberland, Maryland.  Actor Steve Martin will perform with his band, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. The Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Keller Williams are other highlights. On-site camping is available.
  • The 3rd Gaithersburg Book Festival takes place 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., May 19 at the Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds. The free festival features workshops, a children’s village and more.
  • The Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention sponsored by Common Ground on the Hill starts at 11:00 a.m., June 9 at the Carroll County Farm Museum. The event features Oldtime, Bluegrass and Celtic music, clog dancing, crafts, Maryland foods and more. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for teens and seniors and free for children 12 and younger. 
  • Sponsored in part by the MSAC’s Maryland Touring Grant, Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra with Bennie Maupin will perform at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson’s Memorial Day Jazz Picnic. The concert is at 7:30 p.m., Sat. May 26. Tickets are $22 and $17 for members of the Creative Alliance, seniors and students.  Dinner and cocktails are available for purchase starting at 6:00 p.m.


  • Theatre Communications Group
    As part of its Leadership Teleconference, the Theatre Communications Group is hosting a presentation from 2:00-3:15 p.m. on May 22: Leveraging Federal Policy: Successful Case Studies from the Field, moderated by Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. Participation is free for members and $50 for non-members. RSVP required by May 17.
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
    The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is accepting Intent to Apply forms for the first round of the Doris Duke Artist Residencies. The program will support at least fifty residencies for artists at dance companies, theaters, presenting organizations, and/or select service organizations. Organizations wishing to apply are required to submit Intent to Apply form by June 1, 2012.

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    The 2012 Film Festivals Grants Program is now open. Film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public. The deadline to apply is June 27, 2012.

  • ASCD
    ASCD is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Young Educator Award.  Nominees must be 40 years of age or younger, and demonstrate exemplary commitment and exceptional contribution to the profession. The winner will receive $10,000, be profiled in Educational Leadership Magazine, and be honored during a general session at the ASCD Annual Conference. The nominations deadline is August 1.
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