June 21, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception
Waldorf West Library
Saturday, June 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public
Light Refreshments will be Served

Please join us as we recognize 31 artists and view over 60 works of art on two floors at the Library. T his is our 22nd show in partnership with the Charles County Public Library.

The gallery, which runs through October 13, 2018, features works by Beverly Adams,Theresa Alo, Carol Auletta, Sar'där Aziz, Norma Baretincic, Shannon D. Bass, Angelique Berry, Nicole Brown, Jacquelyn Bryant, Suzanne Cassidy, William Cassidy, Monic Coppedge, Dorothy Crown, Allison Dixon, Cecelia Dunay, Gina Durgin, Penelope Gold, Richard Gold, Sally Goldsmith, Patty Gyorda, Renee Jefferson-Copeland, Gordon Johnson, Addison Likins, Ivette Marcucci, Jim McDonald, Constance Moore, Joshua Owen, Nancy Owens, Marie Parham, Dianne Shisler and
Joanne Van Brunt.

Most of the art is available for purchase; the gallery can be viewed on the CCAA website.   For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900.

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
"Meet the Artists" Reception
Saturday, June 30, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
E-Wing Multi-Purpose Room
29449 Charlotte Hall Road
Charlotte Hall, MD

Take a walk down the gallery at the Veterans Home and enjoy the 69 works of art by 36 artists. Light refreshments will be served. Most of the art is available for purchase, and can be viewed on the CCAA website. Please RSVP to Angela Quade at 240-577-7003, or
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Town of La Plata
Free Concerts
Friday Nights, Now through September 25, 7:00 pm
On the Lawn of the La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

La Plata Concerts
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the music under the open sky. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located in the back of the parking lot; an ice cream truck is 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.

The concerts through July are listed below. For the complete schedule and updates on inclement weather cancellations, visit  For more information, call 301-934-3870. 

June 22Bye Felicia - The Ultimate Variety Band

June 29U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact  - Classic/Contemporary Rock & Country

July 6 Ryan Forrester Band -  R&B, Funk, Soul & Rock

July 13 U.S. Navy Band The Commodores -  Jazz

July 20 Bucket List -  Classic & Modern Rock

Hard Bargain Players
The Heidi Chronicles
Friday - Saturday, Now through June 23, 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adult; $8 Student, Senior, Alice Ferguson Foundation Member

The fictional story of feminist art historian Heidi Holland takes the audience on the life-shaping journey from young adult to womanhood. The play's themes of feminism, equality, and social injustice are just as important today as they were 30 years ago, proving the vitality of Wasserstein's masterpiece. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to 

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Open Mic in the Woods
Sundays, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 23, October 21
7:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Free Admission
Come down to the Hard Bargain Amphitheater and participate in OPEN MIC in the Woods. This event is open to performers and spectators of all ages. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and others are all welcome. Audience seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on performing, contact Trey Thomas at 240-766-8830 or

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Theater Camp for Ages 7 - 14
Monday - Friday, June 25 -  June 29, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Hard Bargain Farm, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Cost:  $200 per Participant
This summer workshop introduces young theater e nthusiasts to the world of the theater. Kids new to theater and young veterans are welcome, with activities ranging from beginner theater to advanced th eatrical concepts and acting techniques.  The workshop will engage and entertain participants as they work in the areas of acting, costuming, character development, and mask building.  For more information and to apply, visit .

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
B.B.'s Kidventure Theatrer Camp
Open to Ages 5 - 16
June 25 - August 10
Different Weeks for Different Age Groups
Choice of Half or Full Day Sessions
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head

These 1 and 2 week Summer Theater Camps will give new and experienced students performance and backstage skills that will last a lifetime. They will explore improvisation, cold readings, writing, directing, costuming, hair, make-up, and more. At the end of camp, students will show what they have learned and leave having a greater appreciation for the arts. For more information, visit

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Flash Max is the Fire Safety Superhero for children and families! Armed with his special smoke-alarm shield, Mr. 'Al-Arm the Smoke Alarm', this duo brings an interactive performance to families that combines the important, year-round message of home fire safety, escape and survival with superhero flare! The show typically lasts about 40 minutes and encourages audience participation, so bring your laughs and smiles and learn about home fire safety with Flash Max, the Fire Safety Superhero! For more information, call Colleen Wilson at 301-934-8421.
Alice Ferguson Foundation
Concert in the Woods with Eric Scott
Saturday, June 30, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $15 Online; $20 at the Door
Refreshments Available for Purchase;  Performance is Outdoors

Washington, D.C. area musician  Eric Scott  has enjoyed a varied and interesting musical journey. As a touring bassist and vocalist, Scott performed on numerous stages throughout Europe, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Central America, and the entire United States. For more information, visit
Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco Courthouse
Beyond the Courtyard: The Last Hour of the Lincoln Conspirators
Friday, July 6, 6:00 pm
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Admission: $5
Refreshments will be served

Experience history with costumed actors portraying the public execution of the conspirators to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.  For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-5056, or

The Newtowne Players
9 to 5
Friday through Sunday, July 6 - 29
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8:00
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior, Student, Military; $13 Child
Thursday: All Tickets are $13

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy: giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. For more information, visit

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Concert in the Woods with Mark Wenner & The Blues Warriors
Saturday, July 7, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $15 Online; $20 at the Door
Refreshments Available for Purchase; Performance is Outdoors

Digging into his renowned collection of '50s blues records from labels like Chess, Vee Jay, and Excello, Mark Wenner brings together some shining traditional blues from the Chicago and Louisiana schools. The Blues Warriors feature Mark Wenner's harp and vocals, Clarence "Bluesman" Turner on guitar and vocals, Zach Sweeney on guitar, Steve Wolf on upright bass and Mark Stutso on drums and vocals. For more information, visit

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Marsha and the Positrons
Tuesday, July 10, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Marsha and the Positrons are known for shows that are a ton of family friendly fun! Both playful and educational, they are entertaining for adults as well as kids. Besides getting audiences singing along and dancing to songs that will inspire curiosity about science, they play kid-appropriate pop covers, parodies, and traditional favorites.  Their goal is to send families home with smiles on their faces and plant the seeds for good conversations. For more information call 301-934-8421.
College of Southern Maryland
July 10, 11, 12, 6:45 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission
Artwork by Tom Chalkley
Tuesday, July 10 - Frederick Douglass , a writer, orator, and abolitionist, was one of the most important African-American activists of the nineteenth century.
Wednesday, July 11 - Eleanor Roosevelt, a humanitarian, diplomat, and the longest serving First Lady in American history, was also an important advocate for justice. 
Thursday, July 12 - Thurgood Marshall, was a civil rights activist from Baltimore who broke barriers as the lead NAACP attorney in  Brown v. Board of Education and as the first African American Supreme Court Justice.
For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Port Tobacco Players
Catch Me If You Can
Friday through Sunday, July 13 - August 5
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Musical Comedy) Follow the real life adventures of Frank Abagnale Jr., a runaway teenager who parlays big ideas and brilliant charm, along with millions in forged checks, into a new and fictional life. Frank passes himself off as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer, all while courting the girl of his dreams; but when FBI agent Carl Hanratty catches wind of Frank's crimes, he sets off on a cross-country chase to bring Frank to justice.  For more information, call 301-932-6819.

Port Tobacco Players Auditions, Open to All Ages
A Christmas Carol in Washington
Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am
Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

This world-premier adaptation is a re-telling of the familiar tale of a miserly businessman and his ghostly encounters on Christmas Eve.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the show.  Performance dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from November 23 to December 16, 2018. For more information, contact producer, Bill Righter, at 240-682-5503, or by email at

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Comedy in the Woods: Porkchop Volcano Improv Troupe
Saturday, July 14, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $15 Online; $20 at the Door
Refreshments Available for Purchase; Performance is Outdoors

Porkchop Volcano   is a comedic improv troupe based out of Northern Virginia. They take your suggestions and present a hilarious act.  For more information, visit  visit or
Maryland State Arts Council
2019 Individual Artist Awards
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, July 25, 4:30 pm EST

Each year, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recognizes outstanding artistic achievement and honors the contributions artists make to our state through the Individual Artist Awards (IAA) program. IAAs are accompanied by grants of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 to help support artists as they advance their craft.  The 2019 IAA application is now open to Maryland artists in the following categories:
  • Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction
  • Media
  • Digital/Electronic Arts
  • Theater Solo Performance
  • Painting
  • Works on Paper
One more webinar is offered to guide IAA applicants through the application process. Advance registration is required.   
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018, 10:00-11:30 am - Register here
For more information, visit, or contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
Annual Artist Choice Show
The Exhibit Closes on Friday, 22!
Hours: Thursday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free Admission

Please stop by the Courthouse to view the artistic talent in Charles County.  The show is presented in partnership with the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco and the Charles County Arts Alliance.  For more information, call the Charles County Government at Stagg Hall, 301-392-3418, or Mary Fenton at 301-375-7892.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Pine Needle Baskets Class
Friday, June 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park
Tuition: $65;  Supply Fee: $10
Instructor:  Becky Butler

Coiling pine needles is a fun and creative way to make a unique basket from nature! You will learn to start a coil and attach it to a base, add stitches, change threads, shape the sides and end the coil. Supply fee includes the prepared wood center, pine needles, waxed linen thread and a sewing needle to complete one basket. For more information and to register, contact Becky at 240-776-4482, or
Southern Maryland Artists Collective
A Fluid Point of View: Art Works by Gina Durgin
Exhibit Extended through June 2018
Quality Printers,10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Come tour the exciting, colorful art exhibit of 64 works currently on display at the SMAC Gallery!  For more information, visit  or call Quality Printers at 240-349-2953.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Light of the Caribbean
Now through July 8
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Celebrating National Caribbean-American Heritage Month through the artwork and artists of Art Impact International.  For more information, visit or call 301-743-5159.
Alice Ferguson Foundation
Art Camp for Ages 7 - 14
Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Hard Bargain Farm, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Cost:  $200 Per Participant

This summer art camp will introduce young art enthusiasts to the world of creativity. Kids new to art and young veterans are welcome, with activities ranging from beginner to advanced concepts and techniques.   Each day, students will experience a creative Art curriculum that includes Drawing, Painting, Clay, Origami, T-Shirt Design, Wood Sculpture and their Spectacular Friday ART SHOW. (3:00pm).  For more information and to apply, visit

Spotsylvania's Historic Courthouse District
Spotsy Arts Festival Call for Artists and Artisans
Some Non-Juried Spots Available
Fee to Register:  $300
Festival Dates: August 11 and 12
Spotsylvania Court House
9102 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Each second weekend in August, the shade covered lawns of the Spotsylvania Court House are transformed into a massive indoor/outdoor art gallery for 200+ artists and artisans from across the region and all around the United States.  For more information and to register, call Janice Jones at 703-887-2878, or visit .

Solo Show with Norma Baretincic, through July 6, 2018
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show Extended to July 10, 2018
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception: Saturday, June 30, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
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 August 24, 2018
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mattawoman Creek Art Center's "Express Charles County in Art" 
Exhibit Runs through July 6, 2018
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show through October 13, 2018
Meet the Artists Public Reception: June 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
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
Call to Authors!
Deadline to Submit: June 22, 5:00 pm
Author's Reception: Saturday, August 18, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Local  authors ages 18+, currently living in Southern Maryland,  who would like to have their work featured at the  Author 's Reception should submit a copy of their book to Sarah Guy, Program Coordinator, at any Charles County Public Library branch.  The book can  be returned to the author  after the event or it can be added to the circulating collection.  All submissions must include contact information and the author must be able to attend the  Reception on August 18.  For  more information, contact Sarah Guy at 3 01-934-9001, ext.134,  or sg  

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864

No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts.  JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he's startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Can they reorient their lives to align with their wishes rather than their current realities? Or are they all already resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? 

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 27, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

The Goldfinch by Donna TarttTheo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, July 5, 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, July 7, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 12, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain.  Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.
Attention Teachers!
Maryland Poetry Out Loud 
Registration is Open
Deadline to Register: October 5, 2018

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation competition for high schoo l students co-created and cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. POL encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Teachers register on behalf of their school. Registration ends October 5, with a cap of 60 schools so get in early! Maryland State Arts Council will mail program materials in August - October. The deadline to report school winner is December 14. For more information, go to or contact Program Director Christine Stewart at 410-767-6476.  

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Conoy Creations
Kentkatam (Let's Dance) Class, For Ages 5 and Up
Saturday, June 23, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
16816 Country Lane, Waldorf
Tickets:  $20 Adult, $10 Children 10 and Under

Spend an hour with the Piscataway learning traditional social dances. Family-friendly and inclusive. Everyone is invited to learn. For more information, visit
Friends of Old Waldorf School Foundation
2018 Annual Open House & Membership Reception
Sunday, June 24, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public
Light Refreshments will be Served

The reception features exhibits, old School programs, yearbooks, class photos, memorabilia, photos and postcards from Waldorf's early days, including the old neon "Office" sign from the former Waldorf Motel and Restaurant, and a new "Tobacco in Charles County" exhibit. For more information, contact Sandi Middleton at 301-752-5198.

Mount Aventine at Chapman State Park
A Stitch in Time
Sunday, June 24, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head
Cost: $3 per person
RSVP Required to

The presentation by Pat Brennan will demonstrate antique needlework sewing and the tools and techniques from the 1700s to 1900s.  Learn about pre-industrial revolution sewing tools, explore the innovations of the industrial revolution, experience insights into the daily lives of commoners and gentry from Georgian through Edwardian eras in Europe and America, and view Pat's extensive collection of sewing tools and needlework samples.  For more information, visit

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 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 
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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

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

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Cindi Barnhart
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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.