October 23, 2020
Volume 20-55
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.
Call for Artists
Annual Community Art Show:
The Best Local Art of 2020
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. invites local artists working in any medium to submit their best new works for WCAC’s “Annual Community Art Show: The Best Local Art of 2020.” The juried community art exhibit will be on display virtually and in the gallery from December 3, 2020 through January 5, 2021.

Submission Deadline: October 24, 2020
Congratulations to the Washington Goes Purple
People's Choice Winner - Beck Metzbower
for her piece "The Classic Nude in Purples"!
Four Retired “Rebels Without A Cause” Exhibit with artists Lee Weaver, Don Viar, Tom Renner, & Jeff Shoaf is now open in the Galleries with social distancing & masks and will be available to view “virtually” on the WCAC web page at https://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/ on October 3, 2020.
Four Retired “Rebels without a Cause”:
Lee Weaver, Don Viar, Tom Renner, and Jeff Shoaf
In Pursuit of Happiness by papercut artist Rosa Leff opens in the WCAC galleries on November 5, 2020 and continues through December 1, 2020. Social distancing and wearing masks are required for all visitors.  In Pursuit of Happiness will be available virtually on the Arts Council’s website (www.washingtoncountyarts.com) on November 7, 2020.

All of Ms. Leff’s papercut work is hand cut from a single sheet of paper using an Xató knife. Ms. Leff is best known for her obsession with powerlines and urban landscapes. The artist now serves on the board of The Guild of American Papercutters.
The Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee (PAC) is pleased to provide you a copy of our 2020 Congressional Arts Report Card, analyzing and scoring the arts support (or lack thereof) of incumbent candidates looking to get re-elected to Congress. The Arts Action Fund PAC relies on this report to choose which pro-arts Congressional incumbents to support financially.
This Congressional Arts Report Card is also your one-stop guide to learn if members of your Congressional delegation support (or not support) the arts and arts education. The Americans for the Arts is pleased to say that the majority of House members (252) received a passing pro-arts letter grade and a majority of Senators (54) received a "Thumbs Up" in our Report Card.
Not sure who your elected representatives are? You can easily look-up your representatives online using your ZIP code.

The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts application process has begun for the school year 2021-2022 
If you are interested in finding out more about the school and how to become part of the excitement
Check out these resources:
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, MD is now accepting artwork entries for the 2021 Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographers Exhibitions. Entry deadline is Friday, November 20. Cash prizes include Best of Show, $1,000; Two Juror’s Awards, $500; Three Juror’s Awards, $250 for each exhibition. Any artist may enter. Both exhibitions will be on view January 31 – April 4, 2021. Visit our website for the full prospectus, information about the jurors, and how to enter. http://wcmfa.org/call-for-entries/

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
31st Annual Gala Showcase Concert
Virtual Event
October 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm

CVSM's annual event will be held LIVE online this year.
You will receive an email link for the concert closer to the time of the event.
Prices are per household.
Please visit our website at https://cvsmusic.org/
For questions, please email media@cvsmusic.org
Washington County Free Library to Host Young Adult Author
Lamar Giles for Virtual Conversation

Washington County Free Library is thrilled to invite you to attend a virtual conversation with Lamar Giles, author of several critically acclaimed and award-winning young adult novels. This conversation is hosted by the WCFL Teen Library Council via YouTube livestream on Wednesday, October 28 at 6 PM.
Lamar Giles writes for teens and adults across multiple genres, with work appearing on numerous Best Of lists each and every year. He is the author of the acclaimed novels Fake ID, Endangered, Overturned, Spin, The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, Not So Pure and Simple, and The Last Mirror on the Left as well as numerous pieces of short fiction. He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and The Brown Bookshelf and resides in Virginia with his wife.
During the livestreamed conversation, Giles will share his personal author story, how he crafts diverse characters and YA mysteries, the mission of We Need Diverse Books, and the importance of diverse representation in literature. 
To join the livestream, navigate to the WCFL YA Department YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/LamarGiles

Contact Information: Ann Shilling and Jay Trovato, Young Adult Department.
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Library--Washington County Free Library
301-739-3250 ext. 270
MSAC Upcoming Virtual Professional Development
Coffee with Ken!
Here’s your chance to get the ear of the Director! Join MSAC’s Executive Director Ken Skrzesz and your fellow colleagues across the state on Tuesday mornings with your favorite coffee drink (or tea, if you’re like Ken!) for a topic-specific dialogue about the arts in Maryland.

Coffee with Ken: Open Discussion
Tuesday, October 27, 9-10 a.m.
Register here.

Coffee with Ken: Arts in Education Updates with Special Guests: MSDE Fine Arts Office Coordinator Alysia Lee, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Executive Director Quanice Floyd, and MSAC Arts in Education program team Precious Blake and Catherine Frost
Tuesday, November 10, 9-10 a.m.
Register here.

Coffee with Ken: Open Discussion 
Tuesday, November 17, 9-10 a.m.
Register here.
Planning for Uncertainty: Financial Forecasting and Budgeting in the COVID era
Wednesday, October 28, 2-3 p.m.
Register here

Budgeting and cash flow management can feel impossible in these uncertain times, but it doesn't have to be! In this session, Melanie Hopkins, non-profit finance specialist, will provide clear, actionable advice for how to structure your FY21 financial plan as well as how to communicate that plan to your team.
Public Art Informational Webinar: Coppin State & UMES 
Thursday, October 29, 7-8 p.m.
Register here
The webinar will review public art project opportunities at two Maryland HBCU campuses: Coppin State University and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. The webinar will discuss each project site and how to apply on SmartSimple. Please review the Request for Qualifications in advance. Webinars will be recorded and posted on the MSAC website.

Panel: Marketing in the COVID era
Thursday, November 12, 2-3 p.m.
Register here
Join MSAC and a panel of marketing experts as they provide options for best marketing practices, both for virtual programming and in-person re-opening, during this extraordinary time. To submit questions for the panel beforehand, please complete this form. Stick around for a tutorial in social media best practices by Amelia Evans, MSAC’s Marketing and Communications Manager from 3-3:30 p.m.!
Creative Conversations
Based on feedback from organizations across the state, MSAC will be hosting a new series of virtual Creative Conversations throughout the fall and early winter. These small group gatherings are based on discipline and/or budget/staff size, with the goal of providing a space for similar organizations to gather, collaborate, and share ideas with one another. If you’re interested in joining a Creative Conversation, please contact Emily Sollenberger (emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov) or Laura Weiss (laura.weiss@maryland.gov) to join the session that best fits your organization.
Do you have a request for a virtual professional development offering that MSAC can provide? If so, please contact Dana Parsons, Director of Grants and Professional Development (dana.parsons@maryland.gov).
The Maryland State Arts Council is accessible to all patrons.
Guests with accessibility questions or who require additional assistance
may call 410-767-6476 or email precious.blake@maryland.gov.
#mcreds are Back from the Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Office
Level 2 #mcred courses are now open for registration for all arts educators and teaching artists! Even if you have not yet taken the Learning Through the Creative Process, you may still participate in Supporting LGBTQ+ Students and Families and Creative Aging Courses. For full credit and certification, the Creative Process course will need to be completed by December 31, 2021. Don't miss out! Registration is open and space is limited!
Arts Education Symposium on Anti-Racism
Join Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) exciting, insightful, and compelling experiences to deepen your understanding of anti-racism and abolitionist teaching in arts education. In addition to a keynote by award-winning author Dr. Bettina Love, the symposium will include breakouts that can help you apply these abolitionist principles to your discipline and your classroom.

The Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Visit the link below to learn more about ticketing and the schedule of events!
Technology for Sharing and Reflection for Arts Educators & Teaching Artists
Runs September 30th - November 11th, 2020
Beginner, Intermediate and Exploratory Levels are available! Upcoming sessions:

Showcase your student’s artistic work on a virtual stage by creating compilation performance videos that can be shared with your online community!

In using the concept of a camera as an alternative stage space, this interactive course will explore dance & camera composition, choreographic choice-making, and the three stages of production with video editing techniques.

This course covers the techniques for making, and the pedagogy behind successfully creating and using a virtual performance in instruction. Advanced audio and video editing with industry-standard applications will be covered, as well as practical ways to include the process in instruction.
Maryland Arts Institute of Racial Justice Lunchtime Book Club
Select Tuesdays at Noon

Connect with members of Maryland’s arts sector to build shared language and understandings about racial justice through guided discussions and sharing. 

Monthly Academy
Each Month, Commit to Two Connected Sessions

In a community with members of Maryland’s arts sector, we will build a brave space for courageous conversations about race and other social identities. Participants will increase their understanding and capacity for racial equity through guided reflection and discussions.

 For dates, times, and registration for both, visit the link below.
Connect with us

Joshua Johnson: Portraitist of Antebellum Maryland
Fridays, October 23-November 20, 2020
Instructor: Daniel Fulco, Ph.D., Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator
Location: Via Zoom for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD
Format: Lecture & discussion

This 5-week course is offered in conjunction with Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning Program.

WCMFA patrons can register below or by calling the Museum; Shepherd University students must register here with Karen Rice, Shepherd University Lifelong Learning Program; fee- $60; enrollment limited to 30.
About the class
Often considered the first professional African-American artist, Joshua Johnson (ca. 1763-1824) achieved a remarkable degree of success as a portraitist in his lifetime by painting affluent patrons in his native Baltimore. Johnson’s subjects consisted of politicians, lawyers, doctors, clergymen, merchants, and sea captains. Given his background and the era in which he lived, Johnson was impelled to overcome many racial and social hurdles in pursuing his profession, and the fact that we study his work today is a testament to his perseverance.

Leading up to the WCMFA’s forthcoming special exhibition Joshua Johnson: Portraitist of Early American Baltimore (April–November 2021), this course provides an overview of Johnson’s work and career with a focus on portraits from the collections of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and other museums. This course uses these works of art to investigate meaning and aesthetic considerations in Johnson’s work while placing him in his broad cultural and historical contexts. In addition, this class examines how Johnson’s work engages with key developments in Maryland’s artistic heritage from approximately 1760–1840. Issues related to politics, slavery, abolitionism, race, and society in antebellum Maryland also will be explored.
This course has been generously supported by an NEH CARES Cultural Organizations Arts & Humanities Programming & Virtual Access Grant.
Tickets are NOW ON SALE for all of our popular holiday productions! Seating is limited, so get your seats today!

The Golden Girls 3: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher 
(New ticket purchases only. No exchanged tickets or Season Tickets may be used)
November 12 - 22, 2020

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol 
December 4 - 20, 2020

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
January 29 - February 21, 2021

The Velveteen Rabbit - Theatre for Young Audiences
November 21 - December 19, 2020
The Playhouse!

Now in our 35th year!

  • Tickets now on sale online!
  • Telephone box office hours resume Tuesday, November 10th.

The Washington County Playhouse
44 North Potomac Street, Rear
Hagerstown, Md 21740
If you need special assistance or if you are a Season Ticket Holder please email laura@washingtoncountyplayhouse.com
Authentic Community Theatre announces
updated dates and times for Footloose
Tickets for Authentic Community Theatre’s performance of Footloose ae now on sale! Make sure you get yours before they're gone!

October 22nd: 7:30pm (100 Live Tickets)
October 23rd: 7:30pm (100 Live Tickets, Unlimited Live Stream)
October 24th: 11am (100 Live Tickets) 6pm (100 Live Tickets, Unlimited Live Stream) 9pm (100 Live Tickets)
Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4 PM – 6 PM
Hosted by Discovery Station

  1. Chef E Jay Zuspan III of 28 South
  2. Chef Alan Redding of Desert Rose Cafe and Sweet Shoppe
  3. Dr. Brenda Paul of River City Dental
  4. Dr. Salvatore DiMercurio of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

Discovery Station will raffle off each carver’s pumpkin creations and the carver with the most raffle tickets sold will be crowned the 2020 PumpKing or PumpQueen!
Authentic Community Theatre Inc. Welcomes Broadway Star
Major Attaway

Master Class tickets are available now!

The Major Attaway Master Class tickets for October 25, 2020
are available now!

Authentic Community Theatre in Hagerstown is super excited to be offering this chance of a lifetime to you in our community!

Observe Major working with individuals on technique and one on one direction and meet the CURRENT Broadway Genie! 

ACT NOW and buy your ticket while they are still available!
Drive Through Trick-Or-Treat at Fairgrounds Park

The City of Hagerstown is partnering with Manning Media this Halloween for a Drive Through Trick-or-Treat at Fairgrounds Park on Thursday, October 29th (5pm-9pm) and would welcome non-profits to participate with them!

In lieu of a fee we just ask you to provide at least 1,500 pre-packaged treats and giveaways for the event. There are only 15 spots available (first come, first serve) so grab your spot soon by filling out an application which is available by contacting Cassie Hershberger at CHershberger@hagerstownmd.org.

“A safe, fun trick or treat event! Grab the family and take a drive through Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown and visit our vendors who will be handing out treats to the kids. RAIN OR SHINE. Just $5 per carload (must be legally belted in the car). Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Washington County. Gates open at 4:30pm. Please note: there are no restroom facilities available. Only 700 tickets will be sold.
It's BACK!
Don't miss The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the
historic Maryland Theatre!

Friday, October 30, 2020 and Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 6pm
Tickets on sale to the general public Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11am

Tickets available via Ticketmaster, online only.
Let's do the Time Warp Again! Join us for this "fabulously freaky" cult classic on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31! Doors open one hour prior to showtime. Additional showtimes may be added based on demand.

Tickets are $35 and include a Prop Bag and (1) beer or wine.
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
County Arts Development (CAD) Grant
Call for Panelists
Art in August Pop-Up Exhibition by artist Will Watson courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects County Arts Development (CAD) panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in arts agencies of all disciplines in all of Maryland’s diverse communities. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 

Selected CAD panelists serve a six-month term, which may be renewed in the future. 

Panelists receive compensation of $450-500 for their services, based on the number of assignments. 

What does a panelist do?
Selected panelists: 
Attend one in-person or virtual training session in January 2021. 
Review and evaluate 8 applications on MSAC’s online grants management system SmartSimple from February - March 2021. 
Schedule and implement in-depth conversations with 1 or 2 assigned agencies. 
Attend one panel meeting held in Spring 2021. 

Panelists must have access to a computer with an 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 Here button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
Select "Panelist" from the dropdown options and click "Save Draft" to populate the application.
Select “County Arts Development” as the Grant Program.
Questions? Contact Dana Parsons (dana.parsons@maryland.gov) for assistance. 

Deadline: November 1, 2020 at 5pm
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.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the
250th birthday of Beethoven.
Support the concerts and education programs of the MSO
Multiple ticket options are available.
Early Childhood Music Classes with Frauke Higgins

Fridays, October 23 - November 20, 2020
Virtual Event • Registration Required (See Below)
Shepherd University’s Community Music division announces virtual Early Childhood Music classes with Frauke Higgins. The next session will begin Friday, October 23, and will run for five weeks through November 20. Classes will meet on Friday mornings. Tuition for either class is $62.

Musical Discoveries for ages 18 months-3 years will run from 10-10:30 a.m. and Music for Preschoolers age 3-5 will run from 10:45-11:15 a.m. Both classes will take place virtually over the Zoom platform. Participants must have a good internet connection.

Children and parents will learn together, from the comfort of their home. Higgins has extensive experience teaching young children music. Children will begin to learn about rhythm, tempo, and pitch, and they will sing songs, play rhythmic games, and use their own instruments at home. Parents will learn music activities that they can review with their child throughout the week. These classes are fun and educational for children, as they begin their music instruction.

For more information and to register, email Sherry Sykes, Community Music coordinator, at ssykes@shepherd.edu.

Meet the cast and staff of Authentic Community Theatre’s production of ELF the Musical!

Tickets available soon through www.mdtheatre.org
The Nutcracker
presented by The Western Maryland City Ballet Company and
The City Ballet School
A Journey through The Nutcracker Live Performance Times
·        Thursday, December 10, 2020
5:30 pm, 6 pm, 6:30 pm, 7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm, 8:30 pm
·        Friday, December 11, 2020
5:30 pm, 6 pm, 6:30 pm, 7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm, 8:30 pm
·        Saturday, December 12, 2020
12 pm, 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2pm & 5:30 pm, 6 pm, 6:30 pm,
7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm, 8:30 pm
Sunday, December 13, 2020
2 pm, 2:30 pm, 3 pm, 3:30 pm, 4 pm, 4:30 pm, 5 pm, 5:30 pm
A Journey through The Nutcracker Virtual Ticket Cast A
A Journey through The Nutcracker Virtual Ticket Cast B
(All virtual tickets are available to purchase until
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5pm. No exceptions!)
All tickets on sale to the general public Fri., October 16, 2020 at 11am
Experience the magic of ballet this holiday season as you join Clara on her enchanted journey to the Land of Sweets! Set to Tchaikovsky's stunning score, this magical ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your family.
The Western Maryland City Ballet Company and The City Ballet School bring you this beloved holiday favorite in a promenade theatre format to accommodate safe and socially distanced live performance. Patrons will walk through The Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center to experience The Nutcracker staged as three separate scenes throughout the facility.
Your Nutcracker experience will begin with the festivities of The Stahlbaum's Christmas party staged on the Grand Staircase and viewed from the Cocktail Lounge above. Clara's dream comes to life on the stage in the Historic Auditorium as her Nutcracker rallies the toy soldiers to defeat the Rat Queen. Clara's nightmare ends as the Nutcracker transforms into a prince to take her to meet the dancing snowflakes in the magical snow forest.  The final act of this performance will immerse you into the stunning Land of Sweets staged in The Manger Ballroom. Sweet treats are available for purchase and photo opportunities with characters from the Nutcracker are complimentary.
A total of 40 tickets are available for each Nutcracker experience. Ticket prices are $37 for adults and $26 for children 18 and under.
Every patron must purchase a ticket to enter.
Private performance exclusively for your family or party (up to 40 people) is available for $1,800. Please call the box office (301-790-2000) to book your private performance.
For those patrons that want to experience the magic of The Nutcracker from the comfort of their own home, a virtual ticket is available!
Virtual tickets are available to purchase until Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5 pm. Ticketholders will receive information and the link on Friday, December 11. The link will be available for viewing until Sunday, December 13. Virtual tickets are $37.
The Maryland Theatre Box Office Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 11 am-4:30 pm
21 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Box Office 301-790-2000
Meet the Artists of Washington County Arts Council’s
“The Gallery Shop”
Revisit past exhibits hosted at the Washington County Arts Council
Grammy Award-Winning Singer, Dwight Yoakam, has officially postponed his performance at The Maryland Theatre from Monday, November 9, 2020, at 8 PM to Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 8 PM.

Tickets originally dated (May 2, 2020) are transferable and will be valid in the same form you have them in currently for the new date & showtime in 2021.

Options if ticket holders are unable to attend the new date:
  • Share your tickets with a friend or family member
  • Re-sell them online at Ticketmaster.com or otherwise or
  • Consider the ticket value a donation to the performance entity
If you have a question for our box office staff, please call 301-790-3500 and leave a message. While a response may not immediate- staff continues to check voicemails and e-mails often. Please continue to check the website www.mdtheatre.org  for the most up-to-date information about hours of operations. The Maryland Theatre thanks everyone their continued support of The Maryland Theatre during this unpredicted time.

The Maryland Theatre
21 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Call for Stories: Women in the Arts
Deadline: Ongoing

The MSAC is seeking stories about women in the arts and making efforts to highlight these stories throughout the year. When sending your ideas, include "Year of the Woman" in the subject line. For more information, click here.
Call for Stories:
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Deadline: Ongoing

The MSAC is seeking stories about entrepreneurship in the arts and making efforts to highlight these stories throughout the year. When sending your ideas, include "Entrepreneurship in the Arts" in the subject line. For more information, click here.
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