June 19, 2020
Volume 20-34
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 .
Happy Juneteenth Brothers and Sisters!
The Socially Conscious Americans understand what this date means to descendants of the enslaved and the descendants of those who fought and died as abolitionists, raiders, and soldiers for freedom.
The Doleman Black Heritage Museum is sad that we've had to postpone Hagerstown's 2020 Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration until June 18-19, 2021. However, with the lineup of contributors for next year, it promises to be a "Culturally Inclusive" event that makes the ancestors proud.
Alesia Parson McBean
The Doleman Black Heritage Museum
2020 Photo Marathon
Call for Photographers
Deadline: June 20, 2020 @ 10PM*
Rain Date: June 21, 2020@ 10AM
*Please note: This is NOT a postmark deadline!
2020 Washington Goes Purple
Call for Artists

The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. (WCAC) and Washington Goes Purple invite local artists working in any medium to submit their art for a September 2020 exhibit, “Purple - the Color of Recovery.” The juried community art exhibit will be on display virtually and in the gallery from August 27, 2020 through September 29, 2020. “Purple - the Color of Recovery,” while recognizing the impact of the opioid epidemic, celebrates recovery and the hope that we will heal as a community.”
Washington County Arts Council Accepting Grant Applications for 2020-2021
The Board of Directors of the Washington County Arts Council announces that the 2021 Community Arts Development Grant Guidelines and Application are now available at http://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/grants or by emailing Mary Anne Burke at maryanneb@washingtoncountyarts.com
Awards are made possible through the Maryland State Arts Council’s Community Arts Development program which “provides funds and technical assistance to the local arts councils of the 23 counties of Maryland and Baltimore City. The purposes of the program are to better serve artists, arts organizations and audiences throughout the State and to encourage local decision-making, arts activity and funding for the arts at the local level.” To be eligible, organizations must be organized as a charitable purpose.
Arts-related Events & Social Gathering FAQ's
Including cultural gatherings and outdoor festivals
Photo courtesy of Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District
With key statewide health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction, here is helpful information regarding Governor Larry Hogan’s latest phased-in reopenings through Stage Two of the ‘‘ Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery. See here for best guidelines and practices.
Click the banner below for FAQs  regarding community, recreational, leisure, cultural and sporting gatherings and events.
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Summer Arts Academy

2020 Summer Arts Academy –
Virtual Descriptions

The BISFA Foundation looks forward to having students join the VIRTUAL Summer Arts Academy!
Although the 2020 Summer Arts Academy will be held online, students will still receive an extensive learning experience with expert instructors and master classes, and the necessary supplies provided by the Foundation. Same amazing experience … in a safe, virtual setting (Dance will be held at Ballet & All That Jazz – more info below)
Since our academies will be hosted online, participants must have access to a reliable internet connection. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Foundation office at 240-347-4934.
JULY 6-9, 2020
Instructor Andrea Masciocchi
Instructor Kahleah Barr
Dance Academy
This program is designed to give students the opportunity to study a wide range of dance styles. The diverse styles of dance will include jazz, hip-hop, modern, ballet, lyrical, improvisation and composition. On the first day of class, students will be evaluated and placed in the appropriate level of study.
PLEASE NOTE: At this time, we anticipate being able to host the Dance Academy indoors at  Ballet & All That Jazz , located at  18703 Crestwood Drive in Hagerstown . Class size is limited to 10 students per class (two classes). For safety reasons, masks are encouraged, and proper social distancing / hygiene practices will be expected from all attendees. If COVID protocol prevents us from hosting the academy indoors, it will be cancelled, and a full refund will be issued.
Instructor Bailey Hovermale
Exploring Virtual Theatre: An Acting Workshop
This virtual workshop, led by Bailey Hovermale and held through the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation, will focus on acting, spoken voice, and movement, concluding with a virtual performance over Zoom. In these uncertain times, many artists are using Zoom to continue creating and performing. This workshop intends to explore acting through this virtual medium, spark curiosity about theatre, and inspire students to think creatively. There will be many creative games and exercises to learn from, as well as monologue work and rehearsal for a virtual performance. For rising 5th graders through rising 9th graders – no previous theatre training required. Come as you are!
Required:  Access to computer with Fi-Fi and Zoom capabilities. Students should dress comfortably in clothes that do not restrict movement.
Instructor Elizabeth Anderson
Beginner Piano Academy: Parent-Child
This Academy is designed for beginner parent/child duos who are interested in learning the piano together. Students must know how to read basic notes. Music will be provided.
Required: Access to a piano at home.
JULY 13-16, 2020
Instructor Sara Malott
Instructor Kelsi Maddock
Creative Writing Academy
The Creative Writing Academy is designed to give beginning writers an introduction to the conventions of effective creative writing. Taught by BISFA graduates, students will learn how to craft impacting poetry and fiction and have fun doing it! Using a number of different stimulating writing prompts and activities, this academy will provide young writers with the start of a writing portfolio and open their eyes to the power of words.
This academy will culminate with a public reading of student work (if student is comfortable sharing.) We will record student readings via Zoom and share recordings with parents.
No writing experience necessary — just sign in with your creativity and a sharpened pencil!
Instructor Mark Youngblood
Through the Mobile Lens: Photography Academy 
Since we are going virtual, it is the perfect time to learn more about photography with everyone’s favorite piece of technology … their mobile phone! During the week, we will discuss and experiment with settings to ensure your photos turn out picture perfect. Students will also learn the history of photography, composition in photography, and discuss free apps to use for photo editing.
While this course would typically be open to rising grades 8-10, this year we are opening the Photography Academy to adults as well! If there is enough interest, we will split into two classes – one for students, one for adults.
Stuntman Rick Kain
Instructor Dale Stein
Playwriting with a Punch Academy 
Students will study the craft of playwriting, write a play and see their own ‘action scenes’ filmed by a professional stunt coordinator. 
During the four-day workshop, you will learn what goes into writing a play and write your own short play under the direction of Ms. Stein, professional playwright, and current acting teacher at Barbara Ingram. You will learn about “action” and the physical techniques that go into stunt work. You will watch a special presentation by acclaimed Stunt Coordinator, Rick Kain to get ideas for stunts and action scenes to put into the play you write. The workshop will conclude with Rick Kain demonstrating some of the action sequences you have written. 
The workshop will be taught through Zoom. You will attend a morning session each day where Ms. Stein will instruct you on the details of playwriting and work with you as a group on your ideas. There will be an extended break for lunch when students will work independently based on assignments from Ms. Stein. After the lunch/work break, the workshop will resume on Zoom for an afternoon discussion and review of the days’ assignment. 
At the conclusion of the workshop, the new plays each student have written will be compiled into a final booklet to be distributed to each ‘new playwright’.
Instructor Elizabeth Anderson
Vocal Academy
The Vocal Academy provides students with experience in all facets of the vocal art. Singers will have the opportunity to study with Barbara Ingram Vocal Faculty with special master class instruction. In an effort to create an authentic Barbara Ingram experience, students will receive instruction in music theory, audition preparation, and other electives. Students should come to class with one solo selection learned. Music will be provided.
JULY 20-23, 2020
Instructor Jason Durham
Cardboard Sculpting Academy
Students will be creating a sculpture out of an abundant “found material” called cardboard. Students will explore the variety of forms and textures this simple material has to offer. The subject matter will focus on everyday objects. We will be seeking the “magic/beauty in the mundane,” while exploring their talents. Supplies will be provided.
Instructor Mark Valko
Band Academy
Each day students will be involved in working on the fundamentals of music making which include body posture, hand position, instrument position, embouchure position, tone production, intonation (both individually and as an ensemble member) and facility. In addition to these basic and advanced techniques, students will be using the computer program Smartmusic, to help them with scales, exercises, sight reading, and improvisation. Using Notation Pad, students will be able to write and arrange music for their instrument, or other instruments. There are other music programs on their iPad that will be introduced for exploration with their musical journey after “Band Academy” class has ended for the day. Finally, students will be watching YouTube videos of performances by various soloists or ensembles that play their instrument to guide and inspire them. Music will be provided. Reliable Wi-Fi/internet required.
JULY 27-30, 2020
Instructor Keith Filppu
Guitar Academy
This Academy is for beginning to intermediate guitar students wishing to gain or grow their guitar skills. Students will learn the fundamentals of guitar such as tuning, technique, chords, and melodic playing in a variety of styles. If new to the guitar, it is strongly recommended that students enter the class with at least one year of musical study on another instrument. Music will be provided.
Instructor Melissa Mackley
Piano Academy
This Academy is designed for students who have had at least two years of traditional piano study. Join us for this fun week related to all things piano. Our intent is to maintain interest, stimulate imagination, and provide attainable challenges for piano students. Students should be proficient with basic music reading skills. Activities include music and movement, repertoire; master classes, piano technique, sight reading ear training, and effective practice strategies. Music will be provided.
Required: Access to a piano at home without distraction, access to two devices simultaneously, earbuds, and a USB microphone (optional, for optimum sound quality).
Instructor Jason Durham
Visual Arts Academy
The Visual Arts Academy is intended to allow students to explore various mediums and techniques in drawing, painting, and collage. Emphasis will be placed on individual creative expression. Students will also explore the use of the principles and elements of design while learning to create a portfolio. The first project is a sketchbook to plan and prep for the rest of the week. Supplies will be provided.
We have our whole summer of Free Weekly for Summer Zoom Sessions planned!
Monday Zoom Link: Monday Zoom Meeting Link
Tuesday Zoom Link: Tuesday Zoom Meeting Link
Wednesday Zoom Link: Wednesday Zoom Meeting Link
Thursday Zoom Link: Thursday Zoom Meeting Link
Friday Zoom Link: Friday Zoom Meeting Link

Digital Summer Camps up and ready for registration! Each camp week includes a daily 30-minute Zoom Live with our childcare licensed teachers, a hands-on materials kits (delivered or picked up at one of the pick-up sites), and access to our online learning site for additional weekly activities outside the Zoom live time. The first week starts June 15th, no camp the week of June 29th to July 3rd, last camp week begins August 17th. Cost (materials kit included) is $20/child per week, $25 for two children in a family per week, $35 for a family of three or more per week.

Early Learners (PreK-2nd grade-ages 4-7 years old)
11:30am to noon EST

Elementary Learners (3rd-5th grade-ages 8-to 11 years old)
1:30pm to 2pm EST

Creative Conversations: Lunchtime Edition
for Independent Artists
Grab your lunch, login, listen and learn! MSAC Program Directors Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss are hosting a series of online gatherings for independent artists to connect with creative, discipline-specific, community members in a small group setting. These hour-long lunchtime sessions are 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. 
Registration is required (maximum of 20 participants per session); meetings will be held through Google Meet.
Performing Artists
Monday, June 22 at 12 noon
Hosted by Laura Weiss
Visual Artists
Tuesday, June 23 at 12 noon
Hosted by Emily Sollenberger
Literary Artists
Thursday, June 25 at 12 noon
Hosted by Laura Weiss
Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger ( emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov ) or Laura Weiss ( laura.weiss@maryland.gov ) for assistance.
Reminder: 2021 Independent Artist Awards Application Now Open
MSAC’s Independent Artist Awards (IAAs) recognize achievement by Maryland artists making work 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
For further details, including dates for upcoming Information Sessions, please visit our website here
IAA Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Well, we aren't reopened quite yet!
hits our  DINNER & SHOW  stage 
Friday July 24th through Sunday August 9th ONLY!
Limited Seating - Socially Distanced Dining and Food Service
*Our telephone box office remains closed. For tickets, click GET TICKETS
MAMMA MIA! - Socially Distanced Seating
Jul 24, 2020 - Aug 09, 2020
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, Hagerstown, MD
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
  • Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit.
  • Ticket price includes Dinner & Show and coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity are not included.
  • Tickets subject to a $3.75 Ticketing Operations Fee
The Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation has been closely monitoring all COVID-19 communications, and Maryland Phase progressions. At this time with the state just recently entering into Phase 2, and no projection of when festivals without social distancing will be allowed, we sadly are unable to host the event this year.
As this is going to be Augustoberfest’s 25th Anniversary, we want to ensure our guests will have the biggest and best Authentic German Festival on the East Coast. Our 25th Anniversary weekend will be August 21st and 22nd, 2021.
The committee will continue to be hard at work and will provide updates on a regular basis. Your health and safety are always of our utmost concern, so please take care, stay safe and blessed!

Fondly looking towards 2021,
Your Augustoberfest Committee Members
Call for Responses -
Maryland Traditions Rebranding
From left: Dancer E. Keith Colston (Tuscarora/Lumbee), jazz musicians Gary Bartz and Todd Marcus, and Beijing opera performer Sarah Xie outside the Creative Alliance at the Patterson in Baltimore City. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking opinions from Maryland residents on whether to retain or change the name of the Maryland Traditions program. Please cast your vote for either “Maryland Traditions” or “Maryland Folklife” by completing this survey no later than Wednesday, June 24.
The results of the survey will not affect the program's mission to identify, document, support, and present community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth. Its grant programs and support of public programming will continue. A current overview of the program can be found here .
MSAC began supporting folklife in 1974 with the Maryland Folklife Program. That program was rebranded in 2001 as Maryland Traditions, which has existed up to the present. Over the years, MSAC has raised the profile of Maryland’s living cultural traditions through grantmaking, festivals, fieldwork, archiving, and other activities. The current rebranding discussion is an effort to align the title of the program with the work it does, as well as with the titles of other MSAC programs. 
For further details, please contact State Folklorist Chad Buterbaugh at chad.buterbaugh@maryland.gov or 410.767.6450.
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 .
2021 Independent Artist Awards -
Information Sessions
"and then...she realized she was enough," acrylic, collage, and relief carving on wood panel, by LaToya Hobbs, FY19 IAA recipient
Join MSAC Program Directors Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss as they host two virtual Information Sessions about the 2021 Independent Artist Awards (IAA) on Friday, June 19th at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, July 7th at 4 p.m. Emily and Laura will walk through the IAA application, work sample requirements, the scoring rubric, and review process. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers. 
Registration is not required; meetings will be held on Google Meet at the links below:
Friday, June 19th at 10 a.m.:
Join by phone: (US) +1 402-509-9660 PIN: 118 959 073#
Tuesday, July 7th at 4 p.m.:
Join by phone: (US) +1 304-503-3085 PIN: 396 167 361#
MSAC’s Independent Artist Awards (IAAs) recognize achievement by Maryland artists making work 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
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. 
IAA Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Maryland Office of Tourism Development has received a $20,000 grant from the federal African American History Commission which will allow OTD to support four “400 Years of African-American History Fellows.” Each of these fellows will work with OTD, the Maryland State Archives, and other public and private organizations to document and inspire travel to Underground Railroad sites across Maryland. E ach fellow will be responsible for completing four applications for new Maryland sites to the National Park Service Network to Freedom program and curate the business listings of the 76 current Maryland Network to Freedom sites. At the end of the fellowship, each recipient will also present a free public program on their research findings at the Maryland State Archives.
American Association of State & Local History Calls on Members to
Challenge Assumptions on Racism

The American Association of State & Local History (AASLH) has called on its members to redouble their efforts to preserve and interpret history that challenges assumptions, that uses evidence to trace continuities and mark changes, and that helps us to understand causation, especially in this core American story of racism and the struggle for justice. History organizations have a duty to address contemporary issues and can offer examples of historical resilience and creativity of people rising to meet challenges in the past. AASLH also calls on all history organizations, from museums to historic sites to historical societies, to embrace their roles as members of their local communities, and offer civic spaces, where people come together for conversations that can help overcome local and national division. To read the full statement, click on the button below to the AASLH website.

Potomac Playmakers Annual Meeting

The Potomac Playmakers will hold their annual membership meeting on June 28, 2020. The meeting will be held at the brand-new Potomac Playmakers Performing Arts Center, located at 17303 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. The meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., and is tentatively scheduled to be outside, following current social distancing protocols. Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and bottled water for themselves. The agenda will include an update as to the status of the organization, an update related to the work and anticipated opening of the performing arts center, and election of two at-large members to the Board of Directors.
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