June 15, 2017

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Town of La Plata
Free Friday Night Concerts
Now through September 29, 7:00 pm
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located near the back of the parking lot, an ice cream truck is also stationed there for your enjoyment. A play area for children, the Kids' Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones. With the variety of music styles ranging from country, jazz, oldies, military bands, and classic rock there is something for everyone at the La Plata Summer Concert Series. For more information, contact Colleen Wilson at

June 16:  Three Days of Rain - Today's hits, 80s, Dance, Funk, Classic Rock & Country

June 23: U.S. Navy Band The Cruisers  - Jazz, R&B, Rock, Contemporary & Pop

June 30:  Pork Donut - Classic Rock 70s, 80s & 90s

July 7: Four of a Kind - Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Country, Blues & Oldies

July 14: John Luskey Band - Pop, Country & Rock

July 21: U.S. Naval Academy Band Superintendent's Combo - Jazz

July 28: The Muddy Crows - Americana/Alt Rock

August 4: 257th Army Band - "The Band of the Nation's Capital"

August 11:  U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact - Classic/Contemporary Rock & Country

August 18:   Eric Scott Band - Acoustic Soul/Pop

August 25: Southern Maryland Concert Band - Concert Band Favorites & Showtunes

September 1: Community Groove - Funky rock, Blues originals & covers

September 8:  Dr. Robert Band - Classic Rock with an emphasis on the works of the Beatles

September 15: SWILD - Rock, Pop & Dance

September 22: Trilogy - Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip hop & Country Covers with a twist

September 29: U.S. Navy Band The Commodores - Jazz

Town of La Plata  Summer Kids Shows
Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission

A fast-paced and funny story about tolerance and individuality  with an adorable main character. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting, no concessions available, but snacks and drinks are welcome. For more information, contact the Town Hall at 301-934-8421.
Indian Head Black Box Theatre
For the Love of Dionne
Saturday, June 24, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $20

Celebrating the living icon, Dionne Warwick, and featuring vocal sensation Mai Maiesha Rashad.

For more information, call 301-743-3040, or visit 

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Concert in the Woods
Tamara Wellons
Saturday, June 24, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Online Tickets: $15 Regular, $13 Members; $20 at the Door (Cash Only)
Refreshments Available, Performance is Outdoors

Tamara was inspired by a variety of traditional spirituals and revival hymns, blues, funk and soul that soundtracked her youth. She's emerged a stunningly versatile artist whose aesthetic encompasses soul, jazz and soulful house. For more information, visit

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Concert in the Woods
Lynn & Friends
Friday, June 30, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Online Tickets: $15 Regular, $13 Members; $20 at the Door (Cash Only)
Refreshments Available, Performance is Outdoors

A passionate singer and songwriter, Lynn Hollyfield blends her mastery of acoustic guitar and beautiful voice to create a diverse repertoire of contemporary folk, pop, blues and jazz. For more information, visit

College of Southern Maryland
Summer Concert Series
Dixie Power Trio with the New Line Brass
Sunday, July 2, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus Lawn
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission
I t's big, it's brassy, and if you want funky New Orleans parade music, here comes the New Line Brass Band. The New Line Brass Band combines the talent and experience of the Dixie Power Trio with one of Washington/Baltimore's finest horn lines. Blending a mixture of traditional brass band standards, spirituals, zydeco, and original compositions, the group plays music with a loose vibe and a funky groove. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Port Tobacco Players
Sister Act
July 7 - 30
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Seniors (60+), Youth (to 18), Military

( Musical) Based on the 1992 hit film, Sister Act is sure to have audiences jumping to their feet. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and is placed in a convent for her safety, she has to trade her sequined gowns for a black-and-white habit and her late-night partying for early-morning Mass. Though she's at odds with the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior, Deloris breathes new life into the choir, the congregation and the community at large. Powerful music and outrageous dancing combine to make Sister Act a feel-good story about the power of sisterhood. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

Theatre Camp for Grades 6 - 8
Three Weeks of Classes, Two Sessions per Week, Monday - Friday
July 10 - 14; July 17 - 21; July 24 - 28, 8:00 am - Noon; 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Indian Head Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Costs:  Full Day per Week - $100; Half Day per Week - $60
Discount rates available for more than one student from the same family 

This class is a fun, high-energy program that allows young people to fully engage their imaginations as they experience the thrill of creating live theatre. From learning the basic techniques of acting for the stage, to developing improvisation and physical comedy skills, to putting it all together in a public performance, it's a summer your child will never forget.
Taught by some of College of Southern Maryland's best-known theatre professionals and educators, the theatre class is a great way to discover the joys of drama, explore the creative self, and make wonderful new friends.
Campers participate in a wide variety of theatre activities, including improvisation, scene study, storytelling, and creative writing, all taught by caring artists dedicated to meeting each child at his or her level. 
Classes emphasize drama games and exercises designed to increase spontaneity, engage the imagination, promote self-confidence, and encourage ensemble spirit. At the end of each session (Friday evenings), students share their work in a free performance open to the public. 
For more information and to register, contact Keith Hight at

Auditions for Grades 9 - 12
Monday and Tuesday, July 10 and 11, 6:00 pm
Cost:  $50
Indian Head Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head

Students in grades 9 - 12 will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream on August 5, at the Black Box Theatre. To audition, come prepared to give a one-minute monologue.  After the roles are cast, the rehearsal schedule will be announced.  For more information and to sign up, contact Keith Hight at

Town of La Plata Summer Kids Shows
Tuesday, July 11, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission
The Lewis Carroll literary classic is magically brought to life in this 45 minute adventure. Join Alice on her journey into the rabbit hole, packed with some eccentric and fantastical characters who take you on an imaginative ride. Join the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and Alice on this adventure in Wonderland.   Bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting, no concessions available, but snacks and drinks are welcome.   For more information, contact the Town Hall at 301-934-8421.

College of Southern Maryland
23rd Annual Chautauqua
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 11 - 13, 6:45 pm
La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center Lawn
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

This summer's Chautauqua commemorates the centennial of the United States' entry into World War II by featuring three pivotal historical figures:

July 11 - General John Pershing
July 12 - W.E.B. DuBois
July 13 - President Woodrow Wilson

In case of inclement weather, the performances will be held in the Fine Arts Center Theatre.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit

Port Tobacco Players
Camp Mockabee
Summer Theatre Camp for Children Ages 6 through Grade 12
Deadline to Apply: July 14
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Click HERE for complete details and to download the application

Camp Mockabee
Camps for elementary, middle and high school students. Workshops offer instruction in multiple areas of acting, choreography, singing, stage design and more.  For more information, call 301-932-6819.
Maryland State Arts Council
2018 Individual Artist Awards
Deadline to Apply:  Friday, July 21, 4:30 pm EST
Each year, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recognizes outstanding artistic achievement through the Individual Artist Awards (IAA) program. Grants of $1,000-$6,000 honor the unique contributions of Maryland artists to the state's creative economy and help support artists to advance their craft.

Categories Offered for the 2018 Fellowships:
  • Non-Classical Music: Composition
  • Non-Classical Music: Solo Performance
  • Playwriting
  • Visual Arts: Crafts
  • Visual Arts: Photography
Visit and select the "Maryland" tab for complete details, guidelines, online videos and webinar registration. If you need additional assistance, contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at 410-539-6656, ext. 101, or

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors! Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.
Click HERE for the Summer Brochure. Check out their Early Bird Special Rates for registering for workshops in advance!
Mattawoman Creek Arts Center
Plein Air Workshop
Friday, June 16, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fee: $55 Members / $65 Non-members
Instructor: Lynn Mehta (
Thomas Stone National Historic Site, 6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco
(In case of rain, event will be held at MCAC, Smallwood State Park)

This workshop will focus on how to identify and translate the elements of a scene that is inspiring to you using the plein air tools which you have accumulated. Instruction includes the importance of color notes, light and dark values, and composition. The demonstration will focus on how to paint quickly and coming to a stopping point as the light changes. You will then paint and individual instruction will be offered as you progress.  

Southern Maryland Collective Artists
Saturday, June 17, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Quality Printers
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains

Open to all Southern Maryland artists. Some of you may have heard or participated in a paint by music exercise. The act of visually representing a piece of music can definitely open up your ability to present complex ideas in an abstract way. Since this is an [ open space project ], you can expect an interesting twist or two. Canvases, paint and brushes will be supplied. If you have a favorite easel, bring it. To sign up, visit

Mattawoman Creek Art Center 
Friday Open Studio
Now through August 25, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors. Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.

Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,   quilt, etc.   Bring your own materials and your lunch.   Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).   Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.   Enjoy the creative process!  For more information, go to
Mattawoman Creek Art Workshop
Pine Needle Baskets
Monday - Tuesday, June 19 - 20, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $130 Members / $150 Non-members
Materials Fee:  $10
Instructor: Becky Butler
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors. Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park
Learn the unique and addictive art of coiling pine needles.  Participants will create their own pine needle basket from start to finish. The class will include pine needle varieties, preparation and supplies, stitching materials, starting on a nut slice center, the basic stitch and techniques of creating a coil, adding needles, adding threads, shaping, using the wrap stitch for embellishment, and finishing.   Starts and materials for a second basket or larger first basket are included. Participants will have the opportunity to make style and color choices for their baskets.  Printed information about sources for supplies and opportunities to learn more advanced techniques will be available.  

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Summer Tea
Sunday, June 25, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Free Admission
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors. Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.

Enjoy hot and iced teas, sandwiches, pastries, and other treats. And, tour the current art exhibit! 
Southern Maryland Artists Collective Workshop
Mind Your Beeswax
Sunday, July 9, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Quality Printers
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Pains
Class Fee:  $35

Come join in for a mixed media workshop where you take many elements and bring them together to make interesting Beeswax collages. Got leftover tissue paper? Old candy wrappers? Used coffee filters with stains that resemble a famous person? Bring 'em in and make some art! Students are encouraged to bring rigid surfaces on which to create their art (wood, cardboard or stiff paper such as watercolor) and some personal elements to incorporate into their work. For more information and to sign up visit

Call for Artists
Artists without Limits
Deadline to Apply: June 30
Exhibit Runs from July 12 to September 5, 2017
Charles County Government Building
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata
Click HERE for Complete Details on Submitting Art

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for a Special Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland from July 12 to September 5, 2017. The gallery is adjacent to the front lobby entrance. 

The month of July is Americans with Disabilities Month. Celebrate with the Charles County Arts Alliance, The Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities and the Tri-County Council for this event.   Local artists with disabilities are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject.   For more information about the Gallery, contact The Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities at (301) 848-1273 or

Mattawoman Creek Arts Center
23rd Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition
Now through July 9
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors. Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"
  Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: July 21, 2017
Click HERE for Complete Details on Submitting Art
Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their second art show in 2017. This is a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from August 25 to November 10, 2017. 
Current members of the Charles County Arts Alliance are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject for consideration (there is no submission fee).  Non-members are encouraged to join and be eligible to submit their art.  Click  HERE  to download a Membership Form.
Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to  Please reference "Community Bank Gallery" in the subject line.  Artists will be notified by email in early August; all accepted art must be wired, ready to hang and delivered to the Bank on August 25.

For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Express Charles County in Art
Call for Artists 18 Years of Age and Up
Entry Fee: $35 for up to 3 pieces through July 31; 
$45 after July 31
Cash Prizes Awarded
Art must have been created in 2017, delivery date is September 8
Show runs from September 22 to October 29, 2017
Reception:  October 1
Click HERE for the Brochure
Click HERE for the Entry Form and Rules
For more information, go to

ArtSmart Studio
Visual Intelligence Art Camp
For Ages 6 to 17
August 21 - 25
Morning Session from 9:00 am to Noon
Afternoon Session from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Register by July 15
Bryans Road

Here's an opportunity for your children to have a wonderful visual art experience that will intrigue and encourage them while building up their self-esteem and abilities. For complete information, fees and to register, visit Visual Intelligence Art Camp.  


Solo Show by Roxana Gonzales
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception:  Saturday, September 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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

Solo Show by Dr. Theresa Alo
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For more information about the Galleries, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or

Charles County Public Library
Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Build A Better World
Now through August 26

Sign up to win prizes. Open to individuals, families and groups. Click  HERE  for more information and to register.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, June 17, 2:30 - 4:40 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

LJWG members - bring your creative works. Visitors come and help them critique!  Expect writing and publishing tips, networking, refreshments, and more!!! Come and see what they do, and how you can join. For more information, email or call 240.427.LJWG (5594).
Potomac Library Book Discussion Group
Monday, June 26 , 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head
"Pushing the Limits" discussion series brings together popular books and videos featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world. This is the last of four discussions.  For more information, call 301-375-7375.

The Land of Painted Caves
by Jean M. Auel.
 The conclusion to Jean Auel's epic 6-part series of survival during the ice age.
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 28, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. 
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

One Summer by David Baldacci.   It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events.  Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Wednesday, July 5, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month
For more information, call  301-638-4420
The Color of Light by Emilie Richards.   For more than a decade, minister Analiese Wagner has felt privileged to lead her parishioners along a well-lit path. Her commitment has never been seriously tested until the frigid night she encounters a homeless family huddling in the churchyard. Offering them shelter in a vacant parish house apartment and taking teenage Shiloh Fowler, a girl desperate to rescue her parents, under her wing, she tests the loyalty and faith of her congregation. 

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, July 6, 1:00 pm
Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.   One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly, thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.  Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.  Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, July 8, 9:30 - 10:30 am
P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864.  

Everything I Never Told You
 by Celeste Ng. 
"Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, 
Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 13, 7:00 pm
La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.    This is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962, and is rekindled in Hollywood 50 years later.

Charles County Public Library
Click HERE for the Program Brochure of Activities Held at Your Local Library!

Get a copy of  the May/June brochure to see all the programs available. There are art classes, computer classes, book discussions for all ages, movies, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!  For more information, call 301-645-1395, or go to

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 June copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck 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
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CCAA Board of Directors

Robert Rausch, 
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Vicki Marckel
Joseph Wimberly

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart

Youth Representative
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Student Intern
Benjamin Butler
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The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
Mailing Address:  PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646

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.