June 4, 2020
Volume 20-30
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 .
Washington County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition
The Washington County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition is here... virtually! Thank you to all the amazing students and teachers who worked so hard with the Museum to bring this show to you. Click the link to enjoy this fabulous exhibition.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Washington County Arts Council, Hershey Family Foundation, Volvo Group, Dr. & Mrs. Kevin D. Murray, and Cooling Services, Inc.
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents their Virtual 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser! This elegant evening of song and celebration will be streamed LIVE to you from The Playhouse on Saturday, June 6th, 2020, at 7:00pm!
Join the Playhouse to celebrate the past and present, and to support the future of The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater. The lineup includes Playhouse favorites such as Stephanie Allee, Shannen Banzhoff, Chelsea Bondarenko, Caroline Bowers, Torrence Brown, Rennes Carbaugh, Jennifer Dickey, Kaitlin McCallion, Tyler Miller, & Benjamin Smith. The event will be hosted by Managing Director & Co-Owner of The Playhouse, Laura J. Martin.
Purchase your virtual ticket at washingtoncountyplayhouse.com and receive a link via email within 24 hours of the performance so that you may enjoy it from the comfort of your own home! This is a ticketed event. You must purchase a ticket to be sent the streaming link for the evening of the performance.
Please also consider donating to The Playhouse prior to checking out to aid in our recovery from the shutdown.
The Washington County Playhouse has been a staple in downtown Hagerstown as part of The Arts and Entertainment district since 1985. Shawn and Laura Martin purchased The Playhouse in January of 2015. The Playhouse offers dinner and a show year-round with Broadway style musicals and comedies. The Playhouse also offers Theatre for Young Audiences and Summer Theater Education Camps.
Next up is Mamma Mia! which opens July 24th featuring socially distanced dining and food service.
The Museum of Fine Arts-Washington County has a new director!

The Museum of Fine Arts-Washington County is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Hall as its new Director. Chosen after a nationwide search, Ms. Hall will assume her new duties on July 20, 2020. Hall brings three decades of experience to the Museum of Fine Arts, including 25 years at the Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh, PA., where she currently serves as the Chief Curator and Director of Collections. In her time at the Frick Pittsburgh, Hall proved herself in all aspects of museum life. Elizabeth Barker, the current executive director of the Frick Pittsburgh noted “Sarah is that rarest of museum professionals—an endlessly creative curator who is also an inspiring and effective administrator. All of us at the Frick wish her continued success in her exciting new role at the MFA-WC.”
2021 Independent Artist Awards
Visual/Media Artists Apply Today!
Artwork: "Everything We Own" by Amy Boone-McCreesh, FY19 IAA Winner
MSAC’s Independent Artist Awards (IAAs) recognize achievement by Maryland artists who are working independent of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by grants of $2,000, $10,000, and $15,000 that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice. 
2021 IAAs will recognize artists in the Visual/Media Arts . Artistic categories rotate in a three-year cycle. Literary Arts applications will be accepted in 2022 and Performing Arts applications will be accepted in 2023. Eligible artists may apply to the category they feel best represents their work.    
For further details and information, including IAA Guidelines, please visit our website here
Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger ( emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov ) or Laura Weiss ( laura.weiss@maryland.gov ) for assistance. 
Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59pm.
Independent Artist Awards - Call for Panelists
MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects IAA panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the current year’s discipline. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 
Selected IAA panelists serve on one or two panels as described below. 
Panelists receive modest compensation for their service.
What does a panelist do?
Selected panelists: 
·      Attend one in-person or virtual training session.
·      Review and evaluate applications on MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple. *
·      Attend one Regional panel meeting. Select panelists will also attend one State panel meeting. Regional meetings will take place in October 2020. The State meeting will occur in mid-November 2020. 
*The average commitment of hours varies based on the number of applicants per region. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time from late August 2020 through the panel meeting(s). 
Panelists must have access to a computer with internet connection to complete reviews.
How do I apply to be a panelist? 
Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple. 
·      Click the Apply Now button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
·      Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
·      Select "Panelist" from the drop-down options and click "Save Draft" to populate the application.
·      Select “Independent Artist Award” as the Grant Program.
Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger ( emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov ) or Laura Weiss ( laura.weiss@maryland.gov ) for assistance. 
Deadline: Wednesday, July 15th at 11:59 p.m.
Successful panelists enthusiastically embrace organizational and analytical skills, preparedness, timeliness, communication, collaboration, and their role as an advocate for the arts. Please do not complete this application if this list does not align with your practice.
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Potomac Playmakers Auditions -
Best Little Whorehouse In Texas--Online

Event Dates: 06/03/2020,06/04/2020,06/05/2020,06/06/2020,06/07/2020,06/08/2020,06/09/2020,06/10/2020,06/11/2020,06/12/2020
Start Time: 12:00am--End Time: 11:59pm

The Potomac Playmakers announce auditions for the first show of the 2020-2021 Season, the classic musical by Peter Masterson, Carol Hall, and Larry L. King, Best Little Whorehouse In Texas! It is the late 1970s, and a brothel has been operating outside of Gilbert, Texas for more than a century. When a crusading television reporter decides to make the illegal activity an issue, the political ramifications cause pressure to close the brothel down! Presented with the kind permission of Concord Theatricals, Best Little Whorehouse In Texas will be directed by Maverick McKee and Andrew Shifler, with musical direction by Ruthy Stenger Japzon and Christopher Leatherman, and choreography by Colleen Cheney. Given the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government orders, auditions will be conducted via video submissions sent to maverick.a.mckee@gmail.com. Audition submissions will be accepted from June 2, 2020 through June 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., and shall consist of the following: 1) Performer’s name and role(s) being auditioned for; 2) a copy of the performer’s theatrical resume’ and headshot; 3) a video clip of the performer singing 16 bars of a song not included in the show, with or without accompaniment; 4) a video clip of the performer singing 16 bars of a song from the show (Twenty Fans for male performers, and Hard Candy Christmas for female performers), and; 5) a separate video of the performer dancing to prepared choreography (Instructions will be posted online on The Potomac Playmakers’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/255276158878702/) Please advise in the email sent with the requested video clips whether the performer is willing to accept a role other than what is being auditioned for, whether the performer would be willing to work backstage if not cast in the show, and whether any scheduling conflicts exist for potential rehearsal times. Auditions for Best Little Whorehouse In Texas are open to anyone ages 17 and older. Performers under 18 years of age will be asked to provide parental consent before auditioning. Performers planning to audition for “working girls” and “Aggies” must be over 18 years of age. Callbacks will be conducted by appointment only on June 15 and June 16, 2020 subject to government orders and social distancing regulations. Performers at callback auditions will be asked to conduct cold readings from the script and may be asked to sing other numbers from the show related to specific characters. Familiarity with all songs in the show is strongly encouraged. The show is scheduled to run September 11-13 and September 18-20, 2020, with dates subject to change. Please contact Maverick McKee with any questions at maverick.a.mckee@gmail.com. The Potomac Playmakers, founded in 1926, is one of the nation's longest running active community theatre groups. For more information, visit The Potomac Playmakers’ website at www.potomacplaymakers.org , email potomacplaymakers@gmail.com or call (240) 382-7269. Potomac Playmakers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, non-profit community theater company in business since 1926.
Contact Name: Maverick McKee
Joyful Arts Studio presents
*Online* KIDS Art Classes-Ages 6-9 years

Event Date: 06/02/2020,06/09/2020,06/16/2020,06/23/2020,06/30/2020
Start Time: 1:30pm- End Time: 2:00pm
Ages 6-9 years old. To work within the younger children's attention span I have cut this class to 30 minutes for just $10. Joyful Arts Studio will do a variety of art projects with the children each week using art supplies they will have at home. Joyful Arts Studio will also be using some supplies from Mom's kitchen. Students will need basic art supplies, paper, pencil, crayons, colored pencils, or markers. Parents can choose to register a child for one or all the classes, simply select the rectangles with the dates and your cost will be calculated. Joyful Arts Studio will be using the Zoom platform for my online classes. The link will be included in the email receipt and reminder. #joy #party
Fee: $10.00
Contact Name: Susan Shaffer at 717-658-2177 or at  susan@joyfulartstudio.com
Back by popular demand: RESTORE with Dana Parsons!
Join us for the next 2 Mondays at 10:30AM as we move and meditate through stress-relieving postures and breath connecting heart, mind, and body.
Registration for tomorrow morning's session is open now at  msdefinearts.org/embrace
Dana is a MC3 Roster Artist and Director of Grants and Professional Development at the  Maryland State Arts Council
Imagine Hagerstown Livestream Event June 12, 2020
Talented, eclectic lineup promises surprises too!
The City of Hagerstown is excited to announce the lineup for the Imagine Hagerstown Livestream event taking place on Friday, June 12, 2020 from 6-7:30pm.
Popular jazz vocalist Kerensa Gray kicks it off and has vowed to debut a new original song during her opening set. Lana Spence and Men of Leisure will follow with a variety of pop, rock, and R & B tunes, featuring the signature vocals of Spence. And the evening climaxes with Funkstown native Josh Morningstar, one of the hottest artists at the forefront of the new wave of today’s brand of country music demonstrating why. Live 96.7’s Ryan Smetzer will host the event, interview the artists, and present several opportunities for viewers to win gift cards from downtown restaurants.
“In light of postponed events, this livestream is the next best thing possible,” City Community Events Coordinator Kitty Clark said. “We’re glad to be able to encourage people to order food from our terrific downtown restaurants while they enjoy the livestream safely and responsibly from home.” A listing of downtown restaurants can be found at www.hagerstownmd.org/685/Dine-Downtown.
The Imagine Hagerstown Livestream event will be available via Facebook (@imaginehagerstown), the City of Hagerstown YouTube channel ( www.youtube.com/user/CityofHagerstown), and on Antietam Broadband Channel 25 (Hub City Now).
For more information, call 240-382-0520 or visit @imaginehagerstown on Facebook.
Imagine Hagerstown is sponsored in part by the Washington County Arts Council's Community Arts Development Grant made possible by funding form the Maryland Stat
Dedicated to Excellence in Theatre, Art, Education and Fun since 1974

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre proudly presents VIRTUAL PUPPET SHOWS!
Just for fun with message of cooperation.
Acceptance and inclusion.
Sharing and taking turns.
Creative storytelling/fairy tale adventure.
Puppet Workshop
Explore different forms of puppetry and puppet building
Show: $300. Workshop: $250.
Discount if booking 3+ shows.
301-927-5599 or
Blue Sky Puppets   blueskypuppets@blueskypuppets.com
 with booking questions.
Imagine Hagerstown announces its Fourth Friday lineup! “We are cautiously optimistic that these four amazing evenings of entertainment will take place one way or another.”
Potomac Playmakers announces its 2020-2021 season!
The Potomac Playmakers are proud to announce their 2020-2021 Season! Filled with music, comedy, and drama, the 94th Season will mark the debut of the brand-new Potomac Playmakers Performing Arts Center!aymakers Performing Arts Center!
Ballet and All That Jazz’s Spring Recital has been postponed to the Fall. Please mark your calendar for Sunday, October 25th, 2020 for 11 AM, 2 PM, and 6 PM. Please note the time changes. If you have already purchased tickets, they will be applied to the new date. More details to come later.
City Announces Imagine Hagerstown Fourth Friday Lineup
Free music series slated to start June 26 th
The City of Hagerstown is excited to announce the lineup for the 2020 Imagine Hagerstown Fourth Friday Music Series. The four evenings of outstanding free musical entertainment are slated to be June 26, July 24, August 28, and September 11—which is the rescheduled date for the original May 22 concert. Keeping the fluid COVID-19 situation in mind, the City is cautiously optimistic that the series will take place on these dates in some form or fashion. All shows are scheduled to take place at University Plaza at 50 West Washington Street from 5-8pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the venue.
The Amish Outlaws -- June 26, 2020
Skyla Burrell Band – July 24, 2020
Josh Morningstar – August 28, 2020
The Kelly Bell Band – September 11, 2020 (rescheduled)
Imagine Hagerstown is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council ( msac.org), the Washington County Arts Council, and Visit Hagerstown. Updated information about the Fourth Friday Music Series can be found on Facebook ( @imaginehagerstown), or by calling 301-739-8577, ext. 116.
2020 Photo Marathon
Call for Photographers
Deadline: June 20, 2020 @ 10PM*
Rain Date: June 21
*Please note: This is NOT a postmark deadline!
2020 Faces of Hagerstown
Hagerstown Cultural Trail
Call for Photographers
Deadline: June 26, 2020 @ 5PM*
*Please note: This is NOT a postmark deadline!
Museum of Fine Arts
Washington County presents
Art a Day Challenge

Art exploration doesn’t have to stop when you leave the museum. We know that unexpected school closures can add some stress at home. Here, find art challenges for you and your kids that relate to works of art from the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. There will be a new #ARTaDayChallenge for each day school is closed! When you complete a challenge, share your creation online and tag us @WashingtonCountyMuseumofFineArts on Facebook and @WCMFA on Instagram. Use the hashtag #ARTaDayChallenge and encourage others to continue art education at home!
The HCC Alumni Association Funky Fridays Concert Series for the summer of 2020 has been canceled. The series was planned to include The Reagan Years on June 19, Cazhmiere on July 17, and Southern Charm on August 21. The series will be rescheduled for the summer of 2021, with details on the exact bands, concert dates, and times to follow. For more information, contact Lisa Stewart in the HCC Alumni Office at lsstewart@hagerstowncc.edu .
The Maryland State Arts Council is always looking for more events to add to its Maryland-Based virtual Events and Content List. Email msac.commerce@maryland.gov
See what artists are virtually doing around Maryland, check out  tinyurl.com/VirtualMarylandArts
Please see below for an update on rescheduled performances at The Maryland Theatre
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:30pm
Hagerstown Community Concert Association
Shades of Bublé - Songs of Michael Bublé
Wednesday, August 5 - Friday, August 7, 2020
Preliminary Nights at 7:00pm
Saturday, August 8, 2020 Final Crowning at 7:00pm
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Miss Maryland and Miss Maryland's Outstanding
Teen Scholarship Pageant
POSTPONED until Friday, August 28, 2020 at 7:00pm
Maryland International Film Festival
Opening Night Red Carpet Event
POSTPONED until Friday September 25, 2020
7:00 & 10:00pm
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Ron White
POSTPONED until Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 7:00pm
The Maryland Theatre hosts
EagleMania-The World's Greatest Eagles Tribute
POSTPONED until Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 11am, 2pm, 6pm
Ballet and All That Jazz Recital
POSTPONED until Monday, November 9, 2020 at 8:00pm
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Dwight Yoakam
POSTPONED until Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 3:00pm
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Celtic Woman Celebration - the 15th Anniversary Tour
POSTPONED until Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2:00pm
The Maryland Theatre presents
Remembering Hee Haw Starring
Original Cast members "The Kornfield Friends"
For a complete listing of Performances & Events:

The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation announces the 10th annual Summer Arts Academy in July 2020. The Summer Arts Academy provides a creative and supportive environment for young adults (grades 5-12) to grow as artists, writers, dancers, actors, musicians, and individuals.

We are making our best attempt to move all in-person classes and summer camps to a virtual platform. Please keep an eye out for more information as our schedule becomes available. People already registered in specific classes will be notified via email when new information becomes available. Thank you for your understanding.

Museum of Fine Arts Washington County
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Imagine Hagerstown Street Festival 2020
Saturday Street Festival Vendor Opportunities
September 26, 2020
Vendor Application Deadline: JULY 1, 2020
Imagine Hagerstown Street Festival 2020
Seeking Artists/Art Educators
Deadline: Until Filled
The Maryland State Arts Council is offering three grants that are available NOW!
Any matching requirements and timeline prerequisites have been temporarily suspended to support YOUR ideas for relevant and urgent needs in this time of viewing art in a new and creative way!

Learn more about each grant below and connect with a Program Director today to see how we can help!
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constantly updated resources and information.
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