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 December 27, 2018


Celebrating 31 Years of Service to the Community

The CCAA Office is closed t hrough January 2, 2019. 
Have a Happy New Year, and make time to fill your life with the joy of  the Arts!

CCAA NEWS
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Call for Artists


Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: January 18, 2019
Click HERE for Submission Details
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception on Saturday, 
January 26, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their Spring Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from February 4, 2019, to June 30, 2019.  The gallery will be presented along the E-Wing Dining Hallway.

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee).

For more information on the gallery, contact Angela Quade at 301-884-8171, ext. 403; or VeteransHomeArt@charhall.org .

Charles County Arts Alliance 2019 Scholarship Program
is Open!

Deadline to Apply: Noon, March 8, 2019 
 
Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) offers a $1,000 scholarship to one outstanding graduating senior from each of the seven public high schools in Charles County who plans to major in the Arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-year college or university toward a career in the Arts. Click HERE to download an application or go to CCAA Scholarship Program. Charles County Public School Seniors may also see their College and Career Advisors for a copy of the application.

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email info@charlescountyarts.org or ronbrown990@gmail.com. 

Maryland State Arts Council
Creativity Grants
Click HERE for the Guidelines and Application Process
Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning February 1, 2019, for the FY 2019 cycle, and on April 1, 2019, for the
FY 2020 cycle

The purpose of the program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities. For more information, go to Creativity Grants.

Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Maryland Arts Day
Thursday, February 14, 8:15 am - 2:00 pm
Francis Scott Key Auditorium
St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland
Park and Get the Shuttle at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium
Early Bird Registration is $25 per Person Until January 31, 2019
 
Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland. With more than 500 participants, representing every county in the state and Baltimore City, this statewide arts advocacy event connects artists, educators, administrators, volunteers and trustees with lawmakers from every legislative district in Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation to show strong support for the arts in Maryland and the impact they have on the economic and cultural vitality of the state. For more information, go to  https://mdarts.org/events/maryland-arts-day or call 410-467-6700. 

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PERFORMING   ARTS  {top} 
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Auditions
Open to High School Age and Older
Monday, January 7 and 14, 6:30 pm, by Appointment
Peace Lutheran Church
11610 Rubina Place, Waldorf
Call Carol at 301-642-0594 to Schedule an Audition

The Choral Society focuses on extended Choral works as well as various choral styles and periods of music.  Auditions will consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer's vocal range.  No prepared piece is necessary! The chorus is especially looking for tenors and baritones/basses, but ALL voices are appreciated.  The choir meets regularly from September - June,   rehearsing  Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at Peace Lutheran Church, and performs three different concerts throughout the season.  For more information visit  www.chesapeakechoral.com .  

Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion
Bluegrass Series
Lonesome River Band
Sunday, January 13, Doors Open at Noon, Show Starts at 2:00 pm
American Legion Post 238, 6265 Brandywine Road (corner MD Rts. 381 & 231), Hughesville
Tickets: $20, Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult
Dinner, drinks and dessert available for purchase

For more information, contact Jay at jaychelle1@verizon.net or call 301-737-3004.

Port Tobacco Players
Next to Normal
January 18 - February 3
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Musical Drama) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards, "Next to Normal" is a modern musical theatre masterpiece that takes a searing and honest look at mental illness and the personal crises that accompany it. On the surface, the Goodmans seem to be a typical American family, but inside the walls of their suburban home an unspoken heartbreak threatens to tear them apart.  With a powerful rock score that packs a punch, "Next to Normal" takes audiences on an emotional journey of love, loss, anguish, and hope. For more information, visit http://www.ptplayers.com.
 
College of Southern Maryland
Auditions for Ages 10 and Up
Pippin
Tuesday and Wednesday, January 22 and 23, 6:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

(Main Stage Musical) Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. Performance dates are April 25, 26, 27, May 3, plus May 4 and 5, during the Renaissance Festival.  To audition:  Prepare a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song with music for the accompanist.  Come dressed to move. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
 
Port Tobacco Players Encore Kids
Auditions
Thursday, January 24, 6:30 pm
Sunday, January 27, 11:00 am
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Encore Kids invites children, ages 9-11, to participate in their mission to serve in the community outreach program of the Port Tobacco Players.   Children who have an interest in and a flair for the theater have an opportunity to explore and develop their talent in various terms and aspects of live theater.  This is a year-round onstage opportunity. To audition, prepare a short monologue.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

Port Tobacco Players Auditions for Ages 18 and Up
Deathtrap
Saturday, February 2, 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a "dry" spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting.   Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.  Performance Dates are May 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, and June 1 and 2, 2019.  Visit Auditions for more information and the list of characters, or c ontact the producer, Mike Gahan, at mikegahan@verizon.net or 301-609-1969.
VISUAL ARTS  {top} 
Charles County Public Library
Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation Art Exhibit
Now through January 5, 2019
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Library Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; 
Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The exhibit displays the winning art from their Korean American Art Contest.  For more information, contact the Library at 301-645-1395.

Maryland State Arts Council
From The Mountains, To The Ocean - Maryland Landscapes Inspired by Countryside, City and Sea
Exhibit Runs through January 14, 2019
MSAC Office, 175 W. Ostend Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Maryland has a rich and diverse tradition of capturing and expressing the physical and cultural fabric of our state and its people. The range of expression from  plein air painting, to urban photography, to writing and poetry, reveals and communicates the environments of the present influenced by the past. For more information, go to msac.org/arts-across-maryland/call-maryland-artists.

HERE'S WHAT IS HANGING NOW!
CCAA-SPONSORED ART GALLERIES

Solo Show with Susannah Lynch, through January 16, 2019
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through January 31, 2019
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show through December 28, 2018
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Show with Bill and Suzanne Cassidy, through January 15, 2019
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

For more information about the Galleries, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org.

LITERARY   ARTS  {top} 
Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, December 29, 10:00 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-1395


Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman.  The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend, Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions.
Waldorf Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, January 2, 1:00 pm
Meets on the First Wednesday of each Month
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.
East Sussex, 1914. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.


Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, January 3 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Ocean at the End of the Lane  by Neil Gaiman.
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, January 5, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 


Self-Selected Poetry.   Bring in a poem or two to share with the group. Original compositions are welcomed.
La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 10, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.  In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.  When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor. 
 

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 23, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information


Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder. 


COMMUNITY  - HERITAGE - CULTURAL  
ARTS  {top} 
Community Senior Centers
Get the SCOOP on What's Happening!
The Department of Community Services operates each of the County's Senior Centers, where citizens 60 and older may access a variety of programs and services, including: Social/Recreational activities, Clubs, Special Events, Trips, Nutritious Lunches, Health and Screenings Programs, Health Scope/Visit the Nurse, Educational programs, Physical Fitness programs, Creative Arts, and Computer Lab/Classes.  For more activities and events, get the December and January copies of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or click  here   to go to their website. 

Charles County Public Library
Stream TV, Movies and Music for FREE 
Click HERE to start your hoopla experience today!

CCPL is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. Hoopla is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and Comics. With hoopla, you can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with your library card, and the best part... no late fees! Each cardholder is allowed six checkouts per month. All content is accessible via hoopla's mobile app and online at hoopladigital.com

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CCAA Board of Directors

Gale Kladitis, President
Robert Rausch, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Cindy Johnson
Joseph Wimberly

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
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About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.

 

The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.