May 29, 2020
Volume 20-28
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.
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We've made it to the last day of the Maryland Arts Summit! There has been such positive feedback throughout the sessions, and we are so glad to have so many people join us virtually. There is another packed schedule today, with a variety of topics being covered. See below for today's schedule.
If you'd like to stop in to any of the sessions, the registration link is at the bottom of this email, or visit . All sessions are being recorded and we'll be sharing details on how to access them shortly.
Thank you for making the Maryland Arts Summit a success for the second year in a row!
Live Q&A with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:       Adam Holofcener
Track:  Advocacy, Independent Artists, Arts Organizations
Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for a LIVE Q&A Session. During this time, you can ask him about how to choose a business entity, licenses, permits, and other business regulations, intellectual property, dealing with employees and independent contractors, as well as legal issues related to your website. Now is your chance to ask his advice!
Public Art Murals, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:       Stephanie Coppula, Jennifer Hodge
Track:  A&E Districts, Public Art
New public art murals in the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District made possible through public and private support.
Using Historic Arts to Examine Local, Regional, and National History, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:       Lauren Muney
Track:  Arts Organizations, Folklife
We think of museums offering facts, and arts offering justice and equality. But what about the middle ground of craftsmanship, historic arts, skills, and trades? Can arts provide a direct connection for our communities to experience and understand their own history and humanities? For years we have left history to museums or historical societies. However in recent years, historical societies and museums have been looking for more ways to “artify” their offerings – make their offerings more interactive, visual, and feel ‘alive’.
Be stimulated by examples of historical societies, museums, and independent events which bring together traditional arts and skills from the past – in this case, ‘traditional’ means not folklore, but of history – to their events and exhibitions. These people are changing the ignorant phrase “old-timey” to truly embrace and appreciate arts of the past, and to help visitors connect to their local, regional, state, or national histories.
Finding Believers Using Instagram w/ Alanah Nichole, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:       Alanah Nichole
Track:  Independent Artists
Alanah will lead virtual attendees through preliminary thoughts in finding their Instagram Voice. the importance of moving past followers to find believers.
Farming as an Art and Community Engagement Practice, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:       Rosa Chang, Kenya Miles, Laura Connelly, Sun Jr. English
Track:  Public Art
The Baltimore Natural Dye project is to expand and deepen existing curriculum around natural dyes and to support the development of local knowledge and practices around the cultivation, processing and use of natural dyes, explore the cultural and economic potential of growing and using natural dyes.
Healthy Families/ Healthy Communities, 3:15-4:15 PM
Presenters:       Denise Jones, Busy Graham
Track:  Folklife
As communities look to strengthen connections, especial cross cultural, race and language barriers, the arts community can partner to add value & impact.
Memorializing in the Moment, 3:15-4:15 PM
Presenters:       Elizabeth Gallauresi, Susie Leong
Track:  Public Art
A discussion about the purpose, planning, public grief, and healing power of establishing a memorial with the organizers of the Maryland State 9/11 Memorial.
How to build a brand, 3:15-4:15 PM
Presenters:       Kellyn Mahan
Track:  Arts Organizations, A&E Districts,
The How to Build a Brand workshop focuses on the fundamentals of building a brand through visioning and why it provides value to you and/or an organization.
Strathmore’s Bloom Initiative: Delivering Programs Based on Community Wishes, 3:15-4:15 PM
Presenters:       Monica Jeffries-Hazangeles, Oyin Ogungbemile
Track:  A&E Districts, Boards of Directors, CAAM
Strathmore’s Bloom initiative expands access to the arts in Montgomery County by bringing free arts opportunities into our community, directly engaging with people where they live, work, and attend school. Bloom programs are structured to eliminate barriers of cost, transportation, and parents’ work schedules. Through conversations, surveys, and a close network of community partners, Strathmore has developed programs in response to what the community has expressed they want and need most. Strathmore also frequently adds an artistic resource to existing programs such as community festivals. This session will give an overview of these programs and then do a deep dive into three of them: 1) Good Hope Community Recreation Center, where Strathmore partnered with the county to design and build an arts-integrated center from the earliest planning stages, and now provides regular classes and concerts there. 2) Step Up East County, where Strathmore partners with Step Afrika! to provide a 16-week step residency in three community sites. 3) Latin Strings and Percussion, where Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore provides a 5-week after-school Latin-American music program led by professional coaches to middle and high school students.
Independent Artists Literary Small Group, 4:30-5:00 PM
Presenters:       Laura Weiss
Track:  Independent Artists – Literary
An opportunity for independent artists to connect with creative, discipline-specific, community members in a small group setting (10 people max). An “off the record” time to share with peers where you are at in your current work, what you are excited about and what challenges you may be facing.
The Role of Community Artists in Community Healing: Sharing Experiences and Best Practices, 4:30-5:00 PM
Presenters:       Cinder Hypki
Track:  Independent Artists, A&E Districts, Boards of Directors
What have communities taught you about the power of creative expression to help them move toward healing or overcoming trauma? What lessons would you share with a group engaged in this practice? How do we ensure that we first and foremost do no harm; tread lightly; listen deeply; acknowledge differences and inequities; respect both individual and group voices calling for change?
This campfire conversation will encourage sharing among community artists about their role in using creative expression as a means of coping, communicating, sharing, healing, dealing with, and uniting over difficulty and trauma within self-defined communities. Together the group will construct a framework for thinking about the values underpinning this work, and the spirit of collaboration needed to carry it out.
Building Audiences for Distinctive International Programming by Harnessing Education and Grassroots Partners, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:       Shruthi Mukund, Lauren Campbell, Joi Brown
Track: Arts Organizations
Strathmore’s Windows series combines distinctive artistic programming, with grassroots marketing and education to build audiences and craft a unique patron experience.
Everyone is An Artist: Supporting Older Artists and Healthy Aging, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:       Barbara Johnson, Rachel Cross
Track:  Arts Organizations, Boards of Directors, CAAM
Gather the tools to deliver quality sequential arts learning to older adults in your community including curriculum design, funding strategies, and advocacy.
Flash! A DIY Approach to Lighting the Public Realm, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:       Merrell Hambleton, Glenn Shrum
Track:  A&E Districts, Public Art
In the fall of 2019, as part of the NEA-supported Signal Station North project, the Neighborhood Design Center and Flux Studio hosted Flash!, a guerrilla lighting event. Armed with flashlights and accompanied by a local brass band, 40 volunteers walked the streets of the Station North Arts District, illuminating sites along the way, to demonstrate the transformative power of light in the public realm.
The Rebuilding Power of the Arts, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:       Randy Cohen
Track:  A&E Districts, Boards of Directors, CAAM
The coronavirus has devastated America’s arts sector. Hear how arts and culture will be what rebuilds the nation socially and economically.
Wear your mask, stay 6 feet away from others, and support your local food providers!
Hagerstown City Farmers Market will operate as an outdoor market for food vendors only. Hours of operation will be from 6:00 am-12:00 pm. The market will take place in the Market parking lot at 25 West Church Street.
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