September 4, 2020
Volume 20-47
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...
The second annual Washington Goes Purple exhibit "Purple: The Color of Recovery" is now open. Visitors can view "Purple: The Color of Recovery" in the Main Gallery from August 27, 2020 through September 28, 2020 while wearing masks and socially distancing. The exhibit can also be viewed “virtually.”
Introduction by Emily Keller and Vicky Sterling
Congratulations to the "Purple: The Color of Recovery"
Award Winners
Awards sponsored by the Nora Roberts Foundation.
Purple: The Color of Recovery Artist Focus
Vote online for the People's Choice Award!
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
Maryland Writers’ Association
Encouraging Maryland writers, poets, playwrights, and authors for 30 years.
September’s MWA Notable Maryland Author is John DeDakis an award-winning editor for "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and a mystery/suspense writer.
Mark your calendars….
support the Washington County Arts Council!


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!
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!

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.
Pre-Summit Opportunities! 

Tuesday mornings - Coffee with Ken 

Early afternoons - Accessibility Feedback
Schedule at a Glance 

4:00PM - 5:10PM: Collaborator Presentations
Hear from Maryland Citizens for the Arts, the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education, Arts Education in Maryland Schools, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, regional tourism offices, and the Maryland Philanthropy Network for updates and new opportunities for you!

5:15PM - 6:30PM: Content Breakouts 
Learn more about the breakout options and register by visiting our website for details.

To learn more or register for any of the offerings above, click the registration button below.
Office Hours

In addition to the afternoon Regional Arts Summit, participants will have the opportunity to connect with specific MSAC staff members and collaborators throughout the day for one-on-one or small group appointments. 

View the MSAC staff’s schedule and sign up for an office hour (or more!) by visiting our website. Click the link for a specific Regional Arts Summit to see available Office Hours time slots.
Our collaborators are also offering Professional Development opportunities online!
MSDE Fine Arts Office sessions 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.
Maryland Arts Institute of Racial Justice 

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.
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Maryland State Arts Council Call for Panelists
for the Independent Artist Award
The Maryland State Arts Council has re-opened the Call for Panelists for the Independent Artists Awards through Tuesday, September 15. This year, the applications being reviewed are from visual and media artists.

MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects IAA panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the current year’s discipline: Visual/Media.

This is a wonderful opportunity to better serve the community, learn about MSAC programs and processes, and work together with folks across the State. Selected IAA panelists must be MD residents, will serve on one or two panels as described below, and will receive modest compensation for their service.

Submission Deadline: September 15, 2020
Working Life: Hands, Mind & Heart
The Mansion House Art Center announces its September 2020 show: Working Life: Hands, Mind & Heart which will run from Friday, September 4, 2020 through Sunday September 27, 2020.

501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Open Fridays and Saturdays 11am - 4pm and Sundays 1pm - 5pm.
Admission Free
Call for Jurors: First Lady Student Exhibition
Twice a year, the Maryland State Department of Education works with its partners and First Lady Yumi Hogan to host a statewide student artwork competition and exhibition. This year, the Fall First Lady’s Gallery will be virtual! At the opening ceremony on October 9th, young artists will introduce their work, and winners for each grade band will be announced.

To support this project, MSAC is calling for a diverse array of experts to do the important work of evaluating submissions. MSAC selects jurors with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the fine arts. Panelists must be Maryland residents.

Submission Deadline: September 16, 2020
Washington County Historical Society’s Antique Treasure Show
What’s Its History/ What’s Its Value?
Sunday, September 13, 2020

Have you always wanted to know the history or value of that family treasure that has been passed down through the generations? During recent house cleaning have you discovered a mystery item about which you would like to know more? Do you have a “found” item from an auction or from browsing in an antique shop? If so, the WCHS has an opportunity for you.

Join the Washington County Historical Society on Sunday, September 13, 2020 from 2-4 PM, at the Beaver Creek Schoolhouse, 9702 Beaver Creek Church Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740 to get your questions answered and to learn how Certified Appraisers view your item. 

Those wanting to have an itemed assessed must pre-register with the Washington County Historical Society by noon on September 5th. Only a limited number of items can be included in Sunday’s session. 

Call the WCHS offices at 301-797-8782 to register an item. Call now while there are still openings.
The afternoon will be a fun outing for anyone interested in history, interested in treasure hunting, or both. Come out whether you have an item to present or just to see what friends and family unveil to the experts. You will also get a chance to see the recently renovated Beaver Creek Schoolhouse!

Tickets to have your item appraised are $15 ($10 for members) and are available for purchase online or by calling the offices of the Washington County Historical Society. Spectator tickets are only $5. Social distancing will be observed. Participants must wear masks.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Washington County Historical Society, 135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.
Phone: 301-797-8782
View the current Hall Gallery exhibitions, of artists Lesley Whalley and Dana Ebersole through Tuesday, September 29, 2020. The virtual exhibit will remain on the WCAC website.
The Washington County Arts Council July - September 2020 Exhibits....
view the videos.
or visit the Gallery.....socially distancing...wearing facial masks...
Comedian Ron White has postponed his visit yet again from Sept 25th, 2020 until October 2, 2021, at The Maryland Theatre for a 7 PM and 10 PM showtime. Please make sure that our event is listed on your calendar with the new date.

Tickets originally dated (March 28, 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 you are unable to attend the new date:
Share your tickets with a friend or family member
Re-sell them online at 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 our response may not immediate- our staff continues to check our voicemails and e-mails often. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information about our hours of operations. Thank you for your continued support of The Maryland Theatre during this unpredicted time.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Meet the Artists of Washington County Arts Council’s
“The Gallery Shop”
Revisit past exhibits hosted at the Washington County Arts Council
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 ( or Emily Sollenberger ( for assistance.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5pm
Washington County Historical Society--Up-coming events

Washington County Historical Society
135 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
announces the 2020 Treasure Sale!
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21741
2021 Heritage Award Nominations Now Open
Picture: Mervin Savoy (Piscataway) appearing in support of Piscataway Homelands, the 2013 Heritage Award winner in the category of Place. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for 2021 Maryland Heritage Awards. The public is invited to nominate individuals, places, and traditions for outstanding achievement in traditional arts and culture. Awards are $5,000 each. Three winners will be selected and honored at a public ceremony. Nominations are due Thursday, October 15, at 5 p.m. Begin a nomination using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account here.

Awards are given based on a nominee’s sustained commitment to a particular traditional practice, current importance to communities in which that traditional practice is significant, and past contributions to that traditional practice. Each year, winners are chosen in the categories of Person or People, Place, and Tradition. Read the Heritage Awards guidelines and evaluation criteria here.

Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of MSAC, has given Heritage Awards annually since 2007. See a list of past winners here.
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