February 14, 2020
Volume 20-02
Welcome to Artist Alley,
Washington County Arts Council's electronic newsletter. We hope this publication will engage you with the arts in your community.
WCAC welcomes your ideas and support as it continues to take the lead in bringing together the community's art organizations to strengthen our region's arts culture.
For artist information, arts events, calls for art, and more visit WCAC's web page... www.washingtoncountyarts.com .
Maryland Arts Day... Advocating for the Arts and honoring WCMFA director, Rebecca Massie Lane

Western Maryland Arts Advocates were well represented at Maryland Arts Day 2020
February 2020 Exhibit
The Tenth Annual Washington County Art Educators Exhibit continues at the Washington County Arts Council through March 3, 2020.

The exhibit, sponsored in part by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund, a fund of the community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. provides an opportunity for the community to view recent works by Washington County's public, private, home-school, postsecondary and retired art educators. The exhibit demonstrates and validates to students an increased awareness of the arts through multiple media. "Art Educators of Washington County" Annual Exhibit is intended to "instill within the Washington County community the importance of arts…” and demonstrates the skills of the community's art educators.
Faces of Hagerstown
2nd Outdoor Photo Mural Exhibition
Celebrating the People of Hagerstown
Let’s capture Hagerstown, Maryland, and its people.

The City of Hagerstown, in partnership with the Washington County Arts is pleased to announce the second exhibition of Faces of Hagerstown (FOH), a signature public art feature of the Hagerstown Cultural Trail.
Faces of Hagerstown is a large-scale outdoor photo mural gallery focusing on the human face and the truth of the Hagerstown experience. It will be located along the Hagerstown Cultural Trail in two prominent locations: (1) on a layered chain link mesh screening at the West Antietam Street Entrance Plaza, (2) on custom pole covers along the Lee Street segment of the Trail, and also on the brick walls of Artist Alley.
Photographs will be selected for large-scale reproduction in high-resolution black-and-white at a size of 36” x 36” (nine square feet). They will be printed on ¾” PVC display panels and exhibited for approximately three years as follows:
6 – 3’ x 3’ panels in Artist Alley
26 – 3’ x 3’ panels along the Cultural Trail near Herald-Mail
11 – 6” x 6” on utility pole wraps on West Lee Street
The City of Hagerstown anticipates the Faces of Hagerstown installation will be refreshed approximately every three years.
Faces of Hagerstown celebrates people of all ages and backgrounds who work or live or go to school in the City of Hagerstown, Maryland, by showcasing candid artistic images of them engaged in everyday life. To be eligible, images must be captured between February 16, 2020 and May 9, 2020.
This competition is open to photographers at any level of expertise and equipment, including cell phones. One third of photos exhibited will be drawn from submissions by each of the following three groups: • Students in Washington County, Maryland, schools, colleges and universities • Professional photographers and photojournalists, residing anywhere • Photographers of any age, at any level of ability, residing anywhere
The proportion of photos from the three groups in the final exhibition is subject to change at the selection panel’s discretion, based on the quantity and/or quality of entries from these groups, or to balance the exhibition proportionally to reflect actual city demographics including age, gender, race, occupation, and depicted activity.
Entrants must upload all required files (submission form, model release form, and images) to the Washington County Arts Council’s DropBox folder  2020 Faces of Hagerstown by May 10, 2020 at 5 PM EST using this link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/OPlO1tgs6C7Uif7Xvz1x
Faces of Hagerstown Additional information can be found online at https://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/files/Cultural%20Art%20Trail/2020/QA-FAQ-FOH-2020-02-05.pdf
Detailed instructions can be found in the call. Photographers whose work has been selected will be notified by June 5, 2020 and the panels will be installed by early July 2020.
Photo entries will be juried by a group of visual arts professionals and educators based on artistic and technical merit and overall impact according to the entry standards listed in the call.
Entrants must upload all required files (submission form, model release form(s), and images) to the Washington County Arts Council’s DropBox folder  2020 Faces of Hagerstown using this link:
Detailed instructions for uploading files can be found at the end of the full call.

Download, read, and return all completed documents:

PLEASE NOTE: You will need the FREE up-to-date version of  ADOBE READER to view and/or fill out the forms.

Washington County Arts Council
ATTN: Chris Brewer, Gallery Manager
34 S. Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 791-3132

Call for Stories Featuring Women in the Arts
Denise Johnson is executive director of the Arch Social Community Network, an arts and culture nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing Old West Baltimore through cultural engagement, economic cultivation, and youth development. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking stories about women in the arts. Do you have an inspiring story about the vital contributions of women-identifying people who are artists, arts administrators, or cultural workers? Perhaps an exhibition, performance or project featuring women? Share it with MSAC for potential use in future marketing and communications!
2020 has been dedicated to the "Year of the Woman" in Maryland, an initiative announced by Governor Larry Hogan. The Maryland Office of Tourism is helping to shine light on women through exhibits, activities, and women of influence past and present. Learn more  here .
MSAC’s efforts to highlight the stories of women in the arts will last throughout the year. Send your ideas to msac.commerce@maryland.gov , and include “Year of the Woman” in the subject line. Staff will contact senders whose stories are selected for inclusion in future newsletters, eblasts, or social media postings.
Call for Stories Featuring Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Painted screens, a Baltimore folk art, for sale in the artists’ marketplace at the 2018 National Folk Festival in Salisbury. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking stories about entrepreneurship in the arts. Do you know of an artist, small business, or startup that represents an exciting addition to Maryland’s creative economy? Are you aware of an organization whose efforts have heightened the profile of arts and culture in an innovative way? Share your thoughts with MSAC for potential use in future marketing and communications!
This call for stories aligns with a focus on entrepreneurship by the Maryland Department of Commerce, where new director of entrepreneurship and small business outreach Allyson Redpath is facilitating partnerships between businesses and resource providers, including access to capital, company counseling, and small business workshops, seminars, and events.
MSAC’s efforts to highlight the stories of entrepreneurship in the arts will last throughout 2020. Send your ideas to msac.commerce@maryland.gov , and include “Entrepreneurship in the Arts” in the subject line. Staff will contact senders whose stories are selected for inclusion in future newsletters, eblasts, or social media postings.

Folklife Apprenticeship applications open now
2018-2019 Folklife Apprenticeship Grant recipient Ruben “Dario” Corona (right) taught traditional Dominican barbering to apprentice Oliver Trinidad Corona. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is pleased to announce that applications are open for 2020-2021 Folklife Apprenticeship Grants, which fund the teaching of folklife skills by a master to a learner artist. Each grant is $5,000, with $4,000 going to the master and $1,000 to the learner. Folklife skills may include any activities associated with living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth. Common examples include but are not limited to traditional music, dance, storytelling, fiber art, craft, food and occupational practices. Read the Folklife Apprenticeship Grant guidelines and evaluation criteria   here .
Applications are due Sunday, March 1, 2020. Begin an application using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account at  marylandarts.smartsimple.com . Applicants should register using the “Independent Artist” category.
Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program housed at MSAC, has given Folklife Apprenticeship grants annually since 2004. Applications are accepted in winter, with awards given the following summer. Folklife Apprenticeships  are distinct from registered apprenticeships offered through the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program (MATP), which supports workforce development. For more information on MATP, visit https://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/appr/ .

 For technical assistance on Folklife Apprenticeships, contact Grants Management Associate Tammy Oppel at  tammy.oppel@maryland.gov  or 410.767.8851. For content or programmatic assistance on Folklife Apprenticeships, contact State Folklorist Chad Buterbaugh at  chad.buterbaugh@maryland.gov  or 410.767.6450.
To include your happenings in future editions of Artist Alley, please send your art information to  maryanneb@washingtoncountyarts.com

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