January 29, 2015

Maryland Arts Day
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Miller Senate Building
11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 
Register Now!  Early Bird Rate Ends Tomorrow!
Beginning January 31 - February 6, Registration is $50

Keynote Speaker is Freeman A. Hrabowski, III. 

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF's Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation's Academic Leadership Award(2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the "Human Condition." 

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, and shuttle ride to the President's Conference Center at the Miller Senate Building. Following the morning speakers and information session, the main purpose of the day will be to discuss with lawmakers the importance of a strong arts community to the economic and cultural vitality of Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation! For more information and to register, go to http://www.mdarts.org.

Arts Alliance "Call for Artists"
for the Spring Art Show at Waldorf West Library

Waldorf West Library

Deadline to Submit is February 16!

Theme is "Artists Choice"

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Spring Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from March 30 to June 26, 2015. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors.

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.

The email must include:
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's mailing address
  • Artist's email address
  • Artist's phone number
  • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable
Artists who have previously shown in the gallery are invited to submit new work for consideration. Selections will be made by the Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified at a later date in March.

On Saturday, May 2, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, at the Waldorf West Library's Main Gallery, to honor all the artists participating in the spring show. This reception immediately follows the Arts Alliance's Annual Membership Meeting, during which elections for the 2015-2017 Board of Directors and Officers will take place.

For more information, contact the Alliance at 301-392-5900, info@charlescountyarts,org, or www.charlescountyarts.org.
 
PERFORMING ARTS {top}
Port Tobacco Players
The Dixie Swim Club
Final Performances, January 30 - February 1
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $17 Adults; $14 Seniors (60+), Military,
and Youth (to 18)
(Comedy) Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of these weekends - a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. For more information and to order tickets, go tohttp://www.ptplayers.com, or call 301-932-6819.

College of Southern Maryland Cause Theatre
Adult American Males by Graham Gordy
Tonight, Thursday, January 29, 2:30 pm
Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road

Friday, January 30, 8:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road

Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
Friday - Saturday, February 6 - 7, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road
Tickets: $5 All Ages, production may not be suitable for younger audiences.



Four all-American, hard-drinking, tough-talking guys make a surprising discovery. This production contains strong adult language and content. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit  www.csmd.edu/Arts.

 

College of Southern Maryland Children's Theatre
Treasure Island
Friday, January 30, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 31, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road
Tickets: $7 Adults/Seniors, $5 Youth


Treasure Island is the story of a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all are young Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero/villain of all time. For more information and to order tickets call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.
Power Jam Music Alliance
Guitar Fest and Art Show
Saturday, January 31
Workshop, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, with Rob Levit
Concert, 7:00 - 11:00 pm
Art Show by Color & Light Society, 7:00 - 11:00 pm
Three Notch Theatre, 21744 Coral Place, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $5 for the Workshop, $7 for the Concert and Art Show, $10 for All Events, if purchased in advance. 



Bring your guitar to the workshop!
The concert features Rob Levit, Hamm-It-Ups, Bob Schaller and Friends, Coastline, Joe Molina David Mileto and Josh Riley. For more information, go to www.pjma.info.

Port Tobacco Players
Winnie the Pooh and the Birthday Tail
Saturday, February 7, 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 8, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
All Tickets: $6 


(Family Musical) A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Birthday Party very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail! Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet get all of their friends to organize a search. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. For more information and to reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or order tickets online at www.ptplayers.com.

 

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Eliza Garth
Sunday, February 8, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission; Donations Accepted

Pianist Eliza Garth has achieved international distinction through her recordings and through her concert appearances in major cities in the US, Europe, and Asia. An artist with a passionate voice and an adventurous spirit, she has championed some of the most demanding works in the repertoire. Since graduating from The Juilliard School, Ms. Garth has performed nearly 200 new works, including many written for her. She is a member of the faculty of St. Mary's College of Maryland, and has been recognized twice by the Maryland State Arts Council with the Individual Artist Award.  For more information, go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Henry E. Lackey High School
The U.S. Air Force Strings
Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Free Admission
The Air Force Strings is the official string ensemble of The United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. It is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band. The Air Force Strings consists of 20 active duty Airmen musicians performing a wide range of musical styles, from classical symphonic selections and Broadway show tunes to classic rock, bluegrass and patriotic compositions. The ensemble often entertains audiences at high-level military and government events in a formation known as the Strolling Strings. Providing a multi-dimensional experience, the instrumentalists surround the audience performing from memory without the aid of a conductor. For more information, call 301-743-5431.

 

College of Southern Maryland
Showcase Recital Series
Dr. Robert Jefferson
Friday, February 13, 8:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Room 206
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Admission: $5 in Advance; $7 Day of the Concert

 
Performing his piano and voice lecture-recital: "A Spiritual Journey: from Slavery to Emancipation." 

For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Music Teachers Association of Charles County
How Sweet It Is To Make Music With Others
Ensemble Festival
Saturday, February 14 (Snow Date Saturday, February 28)
Programs at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Christ Church, 112 East Charles Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public!

For more information, visit 
or contact Lucy Snell at ljsnell@comcast.net.                                               

 


Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion Present a Bluegrass Concert
Sunday, February 15, 2:00 pm (Doors Open at Noon)
American Legion Post 238, 6265 Brandywine Road, Hughesville
Tickets:  $15, Available in Advance or at the Door

Hickory Hill Bluegrass will open the show, followed by Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. For more information, call 301-737-3004, or click here to go to their website.
 
College of Southern Maryland
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf
Thursdays, February 19 and 26, 7:30 pm.
Fridays, February 20 and 27, 8:00 pm
Saturdays, February 21 and 28, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Military/Seniors/Youth


This groundbreaking "choreopoem" is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by Black women. Capturing the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary Black women, For Colored Girls... offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music and poetry. For more information and to reserve tickets, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
VISUAL ARTS {top}
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

Erin Wiersma

Liminal Territories 

Now through March 20

Gallery Talk and Reception:  Tonight, January 29, 5:30 pm

College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm  


Erin Wiersma's current work explores what exists beyond the edges of the surface, beyond the image itself. In these new drawings she seeks to address the liminal within her work to reconnect with the performance of making, seeking a confluence between the spiritual and material aspects of being. In doing so, she cultivates a sense of mutual seeing and revelation in the process of creating. "What intrigues me in the notion of looking is this gaze, this emotive interaction, between me and the work, the work and the viewer, the viewer and me."  The results are pieces that could be perceived as ganglions of tiny alien veins and capillaries or other micro organic systems, mapping explicit gestures and patterns. They may also be perceived as minute diagrams of synapses or of the myriad of complex activity going on constantly in the universe and within us.  For more information, go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
High School "Seven Up" Art Show
Now through February 8
5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658



A showcase of the best works of art students from the seven Charles County public high schools. The Gallery and Gift Shop are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For more information, call 301-743-5159, or go to www.mattawomanart.org.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo)

6x6x2015 Call for Artists

All entries must be postmarked no later than April 18

 

 

 

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's (RoCo), international art show is coming up in June and is a great opportunity for artists and art lovers of all ages to participate in a unique global exhibition!  All mediums are encouraged and there is no entry fee! The exhibition includes thousands of artworks made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. 

Each artwork must be 6x6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6x6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted; exhibited in the gallery and online, and offered for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo.  Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 12, 2015. Sold Out artists' names will be revealed next to their work online on July 3. Artists may enter up to 4 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter. Limit 4 artworks per elementary, middle, or high school.

 

Mail your 6x6 artworks directly to:
6x6x2015
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
137 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604

Go to http://www.roco6x6.org for complete details.

 

LITERARY ARTS {top} 
Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc.
Write on Wednesdays--with a Twist!
February 11, 18, and 25, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Registration is $59.99
Deadline to Apply is Friday, January 30
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf 
Life Jurneys Writers Club

It's an intense workshop that covers story structure, project critiques, info on publishing, promotions, marketing and more, including a film study. Ten writers, max. A professional editor is present for private consultations. During WOW, expect hearty refreshments throughout, and a full dinner for session three. For more information and/or to register, click on www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com or call 301-705-8972

 

Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc. 
Celebrates the Literary Arts! 
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, February 21, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf


Life Jurneys Writers Club Come to the LJWC's Nuts and Bolts Gathering and expect to hear great reads, to join in the rich dialogue and critiques, while networking and learning industry info.  And there's always more.  Members, bring your works to read.  Visitors, come check us out, network and critique.  Come and learn what we do, how we do it, and learn how you can become a member of the LJWC, Inc.  It's a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization!  Also, as the LJWC moves into a new phase -- find out just what that can mean for you.  For LJWC information, call 301-705-8972, email emeddle@aol.com, or go to the website at www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com.

BookNuts BookStore
Customer Appreciation Sale
4459 Crain Highway, White Plains
New Store Hours:  11:00 am - 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday; 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, Sunday and Monday











BookNuts BookStore is closing its doors and offering all books for $1 (some are only 25 cents).  Book purchases are also available through their website at BookNutsBookStore.com. Thousands of books are on sale, with new arrivals never offered before.  For more information, call 301-836-6236.

Charles County Arts Alliance

2015 Scholarship Program is Now Open!

 

Deadline to Apply is February 28, 2015

 

Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) awards $1,000 scholarships to one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in Charles County and one graduating student from the College of Southern Maryland, who plan to continue studying the arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-year college or university. 

 

The completed application and all required documentation must be postmarked by noon, February 28, 2015, and mailed to CCAA, PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695. For more information, send an email to scholarship.ccaa@gmail.com or click here to go to the CCAA website to download an application.  Charles County Public School Seniors may also see their high schools' College and Career Advisors for a copy of the application.  

 

The Charles County Arts Alliance was founded in 1987 with the goal of stimulating, promoting, encouraging, and providing recognition of the arts and the creative spirit in Charles County, MD. For 27 years, the Arts Alliance has worked toward this goal by providing a variety of events, workshops, and services designed to help Charles County artists and arts organizations succeed and thrive, including:  the ArtsFest countywide festival, school and community grants, and the management of three public art galleries.

 

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

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Adult Discussion Book Groups
Jane Austen Book & Film Club
Meets six times a year from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, on the last Thursday of the month at the P.D. Brown Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf. To join, call 301-645-2864, with your library card number to place a copy of the book on reserve for you.

January 29:  Persuasion by Jane Austen.  First published in 1818, Persuasion was Jane Austen's last work.  Set in Somersetshire and Bath, the novel revolves around the lives and love affair of Sir Walter Elliot, his daughters Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary, and various in-laws, friends, suitors, and other characters  While essentially a touching love story, Austen nonetheless expresses her profound concerns about the pressures and choices facing the young women of her day.

Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, at the Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf. For more information, call 301-638-4420.

February 4: Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel by Jamie Ford.  Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s of Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls: a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past, both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meets at 1:00 pm, on the first Thursday of each month at the Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata.  For more information, call 301-934-9001. 
 
February 5:  The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion.  The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the "Wife Project" to find his perfect partner.  Meet Rosie Jarman who has her own "Father Project" to locate her biological father.  When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie--and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love, it finds you.  

Waldorf Adult Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am, at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf.  To join, call 301-645-2864, and reserve a book with your library card.  

February 7:  The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  "My darling Cecilia, if you're reading this, then I've died. . ."  Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret, something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive!  Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses, and ultimately ourselves. 

Chicks for Lit Book Club 
Meets on Saturdays from 10:00 - 11:00 am, at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf. Pre-registration is required; click here to register for this discussion. For more information, call 301-645-1395.

February  7:  The One & Only by Emily Griffin.  Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas, a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker's legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.  But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea's comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she's chosen is really enough for her. Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata. Call 301-934-9001, for more information.
 
February 12:  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist--books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meeton the fourth Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head.  Call 301-375-7375  for more information or to place a copy of a book on hold.

February 25:  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis.  In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation. 

Writers of Color Book Club
A book club for all who enjoy reading books by authors of the African diaspora who write contemporary fiction. The Club meets bi-monthly at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Click here to register for the next discussion. For more information, call 301-645-1395.
 
March 24:  The Warmth of Other Suns:  The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.  Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.  From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.  Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history.  She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.  Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an "unrecognized immigration" within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.

Charles County Library Schedule
For January and February

Get a copy of the January/February brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age! 

For more information, call 301-934-9001 or go to http://www.ccplonline.org.



The Charles County Public Library offers book discussion groups at all of their branches and online too!  Click the link to sign up.


COMMUNITY ARTS {top} 
Nanjemoy Community Center

The Nanjemoy Community Center offers a wide variety of programs and services designed to fulfill the needs of the Nanjemoy community for all ages from tots to senior adults.  For details of all events, get a copy of their January and February newsletters. For more activities and events, get a copy of the January and February editions of The Scoop, Charles County's Senior Center News.

The Center is located at 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662.  For more information, call 301-246-9612301-934-5423, 301-753-1647, or click here to go to their website.  The Center is open Monday and Wednesday - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
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National Endowment for Arts

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CCAA members receive the monthly newsletter, The Arts Insider, on the first of each month.
 
The Newsflash is published everyThursday.  If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at info@charlescountyarts.org or phone 301-392-5900, no later than the Monday before your event.

The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
CCAA Board of Directors
Robert Rausch, President
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Cindy Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Ronald Brown
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Roy Jenkins, PhD
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Shane Seremet
Mark Walker

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.