July 9, 2020
Volume 20-37
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 .
Visitors will be able to view the current exhibitions, of artists Lesley Whalley and Dana Ebersole which open in the gallery on July 2, 2020 and “virtually” on the WCAC website on July 7, 2020.
The Washington County Arts Council July and August 2020 Exhibits....view the video.
or visit the Gallery.....socially distancing...wearing facial masks...
Hagerstown City Park Summer Concert Series
Free outdoor concerts in the City Park Band Shell beginning Saturday, July 18.
Bring your own blanket or a lawn chair and maintain social distance between yourself and others at the event. Limited seating will be available in the band shell benches. Treat yourself to concessions at Nena's Curbside Café, located by the new playground in City Park, before or during the show. Guests will be asked to maintain social distance and follow CDC health and safety guidelines. Concerts begin at 7pm.
Jill Fulton Band
Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Hillbilly Gypsies
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
The Rock & Roll Relics
Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
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.”
New Grants Available for
Public Art Across Maryland Program
Public art along the Hagerstown Cultural Trail: Building Blocks (mural) by Hense, Railroad Switch (screen) by VIcki Scuri, Rivulet (sculpture) by Christian Benefiel and Ryan McKibbin Photo: C.Ryan Patterson
MSAC announces the release of the FY21 Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) Grant Guidelines. PAAM continues to fund New Artworks and this year launches funding to support Conservation of public art. 

New Artworks provides two types of support to Maryland independent artists, non-profit organizations, and or local government:
·      New Artworks Planning Grant - awards of up to $5,000 to support the community visioning process and development of a concept proposal for new public artwork
·     New Artworks Implementation Grant - awards of up to $20,000 to support the fabrication and installation of new public artwork 

New Artworks Webinar - Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Conservation provides two types of support to non-profit organizations or local government:
·      Conservation Planning Grant - awards of $5,000 to support an artwork conservation assessment
·   Conservation Implementation Grant - awards of up to $50,000 to support the conservation of permanent public artwork

Conservation Grant Webinar - Thursday, July 16, 2020
PAAM grants will be awarded until funding is depleted. 
FY21 Deadlines: August 17, 2020; November 12, 2020; February 12, 2021; May 12, 2021
Independent Artist Awards - Call for Panelists
Due July 15, 2020
"Lift Off" by Randi Reiss McCormick
MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Independent Artist Awards (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.
Summer 2020 Virtual Professional Learning
Fine Arts Office & Professional Learning Office of the Maryland State Department of Education 
Runs July 13th- August 7th, 2020
Choose your own CPD adventure this summer! MSDE is offering over 130 hours of free professional learning. Track your hourly progress and submit a CPD request online form for every FIFTEEN HOURS attended.
Week 1: July 13 - 17
MC3 kicks Monday, July 13, 2020! M:BRACE sessions are back, but this time each free session counts towards CPD credits for Maryland Educators!

Maryland Arts Education Town Hall

The archival video of the Maryland Arts Education Town Hall is available now! View it on our Briefings page  or on our YouTube Channel .

Remember to subscribe while you're there for more video resources!
Focusing on Possibilities

The Maryland State Arts Council offers free weekly professional development opportunities focusing on the resurgence of the arts in Maryland across our state and our communities. For more information and to register, please visit their  website .
Offerings include:
  1. Envisioning Our State: Coffee with Ken July 14, 9-10AM Boards of Directors: Ideas for Engagement and Training 
  2. Envisioning Our Communities: Story Share July 15, 12-1PM with Janice Greene, Griots Circle
  3. Envisioning Digital Engagement: Digital Sharing July 16, 1-2PM - Performing Arts
  4. Envisioning Our Programming
  • July 13, 4-5 PM Public Art Listening Session for Artwork Purchase Program
  • Public Art Across Maryland FY21 Information Sessions
  • New Projects: July 14, 2-3 PM
  • Conservation Grant: July 16, 2-3 PM
  • Creative Conversations: Independent Artists (Performing Arts) - Monday, July 13; 12-1PM
  • Creative Conversations: Independent Artists (Visual/Media Artists) - Tuesday, July 14; 12-1PM
Creative Conversations: Independent Artists (Literary Artists) - Thursday, July 16; 12-1PM
Public Art Envision Listening Sessions for Artists
The Maryland State Arts Council is hosting two listening sessions for Maryland artists interested in participating in an artwork purchasing program to have their work be on permanent display in State owned buildings! Sessions will take place July 13th from 4-5pm.
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The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development.
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Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts
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