August 21, 2020
Volume 20-44
Welcome!
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.
City Park Summer Concert Series 2020 Continues…
Concerts start at 6PM
View the current gallery exhibitions, of artists Lesley Whalley and Dana Ebersole through Tuesday, September 25, 2020. The virtual exhibit will remain on the WCAC website.
The Washington County Arts Council July & August 2020 Exhibits....
view the videos.
or visit the Gallery.....socially distancing...wearing facial masks...
Summer Concert Series--
Take Two Variety Band, Variety Music
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Rain Date—Sunday, August 23, 2020


Join the City of Hagerstown in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council for free concerts at the City Park Band Shell! Bring your own blanket or a lawn chair and maintain social distance between yourself and others at the event. Limited seating will be available on the band shell benches. Treat yourself to concessions at Nena's Curbside Cafe, located by the new playground in City Park! Guests will be asked to maintain social distance and follow CDC health & safety guidelines. Concert begins at 6pm.
City Park Summer Concert Series 2020 Continues
Summer Concert Series--Dave Winter Group, Jazz/Oldies
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Rain Date—Sunday, August 30, 2020


Join the City of Hagerstown in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council for free concerts at the City Park Band Shell! Bring your own blanket or a lawn chair and maintain social distance between yourself and others at the event. Limited seating will be available on the band shell benches. Treat yourself to concessions at Nena's Curbside Cafe, located by the new playground in City Park! Guests will be asked to maintain social distance and follow CDC health & safety guidelines. Concert begins at 6pm.
The 21st Annual Wills Creek Exhibition of Fine Art opens Saturday, August 29, 2020 in the Saville and Schwab Galleries of the Allegany Arts Council and will run through Saturday, September 26. Tune in Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 7:00PM on Facebook Live! for the virtual opening which will include awards and juror remarks. In addition to in-gallery viewing, people will be able to view the works included in this exhibition via an online gallery that is currently in the works.
Summer Concert Series--David Paul, Finger-style Guitarist
Sunday, September 20, 2020
"David Paul is one of the best guitarists in America and has the same sense of approaching a song as I in sound and arrangements!" Chet Atkins

Join us for free concerts at the City Park Band Shell! Bring your own blanket or a lawn chair and maintain social distance between yourself and others at the event. Limited seating will be available on the band shell benches. Treat yourself to concessions at Nena's Curbside Cafe, located by the new playground in City Park! Guests will be asked to maintain social distance and follow CDC health & safety guidelines. Concert begins at 6pm.

Plan to attend this free concert at the City Park Band Shell! Bring your own blanket or a lawn chair and maintain social distance between yourself and others at the event. Limited seating will be available on the band shell benches. Treat yourself to concessions at Nena's Curbside Cafe, located by the new playground in City Park! Guests will be asked to maintain social distance and follow CDC health & safety guidelines. Concert begins at 6pm.
Mark your calendars….
support the Washington County Arts Council!

Rescheduled!

Washington County Gives is a 24-hour, online giving promotion hosted by the Community Foundation of Washington County MD for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Washington County, Maryland. This annual event gives the Washington County Arts Councils and local nonprofits the opportunity to raise unrestricted dollars and receive and prize money!
Meet the Artists of Washington County Arts Council’s
“The Gallery Shop”
Revisit past exhibits hosted at the Washington County Arts Council
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
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
301-739-5727 
FY2022 Grants for Organizations Intent to Apply Application is now open
Application Due September 15, 2020
The Grants for Organizations (GFO) granting program provides general operating support to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, as well as units of government, that produce or present ongoing arts programming that is open to the public.

If your organization is a NEW Applicant or if your organization DID NOT receive a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 MSAC GFO Grant, your organization is required to complete the Intent to Apply form in order to be eligible to apply for FY2022 GFO funding. If the organization is deemed eligible after review of the Intent to Apply form, the organization must submit a completed On-Year Application by November 15, 2020 to be considered for FY2022 GFO funding.
If you answer “Yes!” to all sections in the below chart, your organization is eligible to complete an Intent to Apply form.
Questions? Contact Program Directors Laura Weiss (laura.weiss@maryland.gov) or Emily Sollenberger (emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov) for assistance.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5pm
MSAC ENVISION Series:
Focusing on Possibilities
Join us this week for the Envision series! MSAC 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 our website.
Regional Arts Summit Save the Date!
The Regional Arts Summits are back and this year we are virtual! Join us for statewide updates from the Maryland State Arts Council, arts content-specific breakout groups, community sharing, and more – with options to connect with staff during daytime virtual office hours!

The MSAC’s Regional Arts Summits will be held virtually from 4:00PM - 6:30PM on Tuesdays beginning September 15 through October 20, convening artists and arts organizations from varying regions of the state. For regional schedules, session descriptions, and to register, please visit our website.
Envisioning Our State: 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.
August 25: Open Discussion
September 1: Equity and Justice-Based Programming
MCA Racial Equity Program
Envisioning Our Programming
Envision: Copyright for Artists in the time of COVID-19

Wednesday, August 26, 2-3PM

During this time, many creatives have had to shift their practices, especially from in-person to online formats. These format changes have implications related to copyright law that are worth exploring to better protect your work or protect yourself from infringing on someone else's work. This workshop will go over copyright basics but touch on specific COVID copyright issues including protecting online courses, recordings, and streaming.
Hosted by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, this program will include educational and developmental work by way of workshops and reflection sessions, and a complimentary book club. For more information, please visit the MCA website.
Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Coming This Fall!
Virtual Performance Technology Training for Arts Educators and Teaching Artists

New training opportunities are on the horizon from MSDE's Fine Arts Office. Stay tuned for more information about one-day workshops and 4-day courses on creating digital performances through step by step, hands-on offerings.
Washington County Historical Society--Up-coming events

Washington County Historical Society
135 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-797-8782
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
announces the 2020 Treasure Sale!
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
301-739-5727
Washington County Antique Treasure Show
Sunday, September 13, 2020 2:00pm
Beaver Creek Schoolhouse
Maryland State Arts Council Awards $40,000 in Folklife Apprenticeships
Master bomba and plena artist Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera (center) teaches a class with Cultura Plenera at Sandy Spring Museum. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), has awarded $40,000 in Folklife Apprenticeship grants. The funding supports the sharing of traditional arts skills from a master artist to a learner artist during a one-year teaching period. Ten grants of $4,000 each have been awarded for the 2020-2021 granting period to the apprenticeship teams listed below, with master artists named first.

·    Peter Arteaga (Montgomery County) & Pablo de Oliveira (Prince George’s County): Cape Verdean music
·    Marquis Gasque (Anne Arundel County) & Torian Sanders (Baltimore City): Baltimore Club music
·    Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera & Xiomara Rivera (Frederick County): Puerto Rican bomba and plena percussion and dance
·    Amadou Kouyate & Jacquelyn Clemmons (Baltimore City): Manding (west African) music
·    Janice Marshall (Somerset County) & Anna Marshall (Kent County): Smith Island cake making
·    Deepak Ram & Nistha Raj (Montgomery County): Hindustani music
·    Gerald Rameau & Gary Aime (Baltimore City): Haitian drumming
·    Rickie Simpkins & Abigail Hobart (Prince George’s County): Bluegrass fiddle
·    Rich Smoker & Larry Beauchamp (Somerset County): Decoy carving
·    Ralph Zotigh & Dennise Zotigh (Charles County): Native American powwow singing

Maryland Traditions has offered Folklife Apprenticeship grants annually since 2004. Applications are accepted in winter, with awards disbursed the following summer. As part of their work, each team participates in a photo shoot and recorded interview to document their activities. Folklife Apprenticeships are distinct from registered apprenticeships offered through the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program, which supports workforce development.

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