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 March 7, 2019

Celebrating 31 Years of Service to the Community
Charles County Arts Alliance 2019 Scholarship Program
Deadline to Apply: Noon, Tomorrow, 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.

Applications must be received (not postmarked) by noon tomorrow. Deliver to 10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488), La Plata, MD 20646. 

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

The Charles County Arts Alliance is currently accepting applications for the following position:

  Office Assistant
Part-time, 20 hours a week
La Plata, MD
 
We are currently seeking an Office Assistant to support the Office Manager and provide excellent customer service to our members and citizens. Duties include managing Social Media (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and general office organization.

Candidate must be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, desktop publishing, and Constant Contact. Prior experience in producing newsletters, database/website management and working with nonprofits preferred. Must be a team player,  results-oriented, able to work with minimal supervision and have own transportation. Hours are daytime with occasional weekends and evenings. Starting salary is $14/hour.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:  info@charlescountyarts.org . For more information, call the CCAA office at 301-392-5900.

CLOSING DATE: March 15, 2019

Nominations Now Being Accepted
Charles County Arts Alliance
Board of Directors
2019-2021
 

DO YOU WANT TO PROMOTE THE ARTS?
 
The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) wants you!  If you are a leader and want to help promote the arts in our county, nominate yourself to serve on the CCAA Board of Directors! Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes all the arts: performing, visual and literary.
 

What is the CCAA looking for?
The CCAA is now accepting self-nominations for the CCAA Board of Directors for the next two-year term, from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. All CCAA Board positions are volunteer. 
 
Do you qualify?
Individuals interested in serving on the CCAA Board of Directors must be current members of the CCAA at the time of self-nomination.
 
How do I submit my self-nomination?
Please submit a typed brief written statement indicating: 
  • Why you are interested in serving on the CCAA Board
  • What specific contributions you wish to make
  • Your background and/or qualifications 
Send this written statement (not to exceed one page) to:  info@charlescountyarts.org with the subject-line to read: "Nomination for CCAA Board of Directors."
 
What are the requirements for CCAA Board members?
CCAA Board members are expected to:
  • Commit to the mission, goals, and objectives of the Charles County Arts Alliance.
  • Commit to being a leader. CCAA Board positions are leadership positions.
  • Commit the personal time required to:
    • Serve on a "hands-on" volunteer Board
    • Serve on at least one CCAA committee 
    • Attend monthly Board Meetings
    • Attend semi-annual Board Retreats
    • Participate in CCAA-sponsored events throughout the year
What is the deadline for submission of self-nominations?
All self-nominations must be received by the CCAA by no later than March 25, 2019.

Thank you for your consideration! 
 
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Call for Artists

Theme is "Artists Choice"
Exhibit Dates: April 19 - August 23, 2019
Deadline to Submit: March 26
Click HERE for Complete Submission Details
No Fee and Open to the Public
 
Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Arts Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their next multi-media art show to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD.
 
For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at gkladitis@comcast.net.  

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PERFORMING   ARTS  {top} 
St. Charles High School
Chicago, High School Edition
Friday, March 8, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2:00 pm
5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $8 General Admission; $5 Student, Seniors, Military

Chicago during the 1920s. Main character Roxie Hart finds herself wrapped up in a murder and convinces her husband, Amos, to take the blame. After realizing he was set up, Amos turns on Roxie who is convicted and sent to prison. The play follows Roxie as she navigates life in prison while she continues to seek fame and fortune. For more information and to reserve tickets, email schsperformancetix@gmail.com.

Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion
Bluegrass Series: Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers
Sunday, March 10, 2:00 pm (doors open at noon) 
American Legion Post 238 
Rts. 381 and 231, Hughesville
Tickets: $20, Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult
Dinner, drinks and dessert available for purchase


No matter the source, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers always put their distinctive stamp on a song, making it at once their own and a part of the chain of tradition that lies at the heart of bluegrass. For more information, call 301-737-3004, or jaychelle1@verizon.net.

College of Southern Maryland Ward Virts Concert Series
Brian Ganz, Piano
Sunday, March 10, 3:00 pm 
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free an d Open to the Public 

Brian Ganz

Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Mr. Ganz is on the piano faculty of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence, and is a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. For more information, go to  CSM Ward Virts Series
College of Southern Maryland Cause Theater
Hate Crime
Thursday, March 14, 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15, 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 16, 8:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre,  8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
All Tickets: $5
Due to heavy subject matter, including adult language and racial issues, this show is not suitable for all ages.


A timely and provocative play about race relations in the context of a legal thriller. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.


Port Tobacco Players
James and the Giant Peach
March 15 - April 7
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Youth (to 18), Military

(Family Musical) Roald Dahl's fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

Port Tobacco Players Auditions for Ages 16 and Up
Guys and Dolls
Saturday, March 16, 10:00 am
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Hailed as the perfect musical comedy, this award-winning classic gambles with luck and love under the bright lights of Broadway. Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Performance dates are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from July 12 to August 4, 2019. For more information, visit Guys and Dolls Auditions, or contact the Producer, Kathy Mead, at 240-346-6448.
 
College of Southern Maryland Benny C. Morgan Series
Creative Concert Group: "The Boldness of Beethoven"
Saturday, March 16, 3:00 pm
Building A Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission

Creative Concert Group is a project led by cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan and pianist/arranger Sahun Hong, to present new classical music programs that expand the possibilities of the chamber music repertoire. With each program there is a surprise, a unique musical idea that has never, ever, been done before. Experience an innovative presentation of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, as well as fresh takes on other Beethoven classics. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Rhythm in Music
Saturday, March 23, 4:00 pm
Christ Church
112 East Charles Street, La Plata


Sunday, March 24, 3:30 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Both Concerts are Free and Open to the Public




From waltzes in three-quarter time, to irregular and syncopated rhythms, a mazurka, and a grand tarantelle, this concert shows how rhythms are used to bring excitement to music. With Lucy Snell, flute; Takako Mato, clarinet; Alex Grisos, trumpet; and Eileen Peerless, piano. For more information, email epeerless@verizon.net.



Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion
Bluegrass Series: Lonesome River Band
Sunday, March 24, 2:00 pm (doors open at noon) 
American Legion Post 238 
Rts. 381 and 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.

Henry E. Lackey High School
Aladdin Jr.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 28 - 30, 6:30 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Tickets: $7 Adult; $5 Student, Seniors, Military


Follow the story of Aladdin, a young man who lives in the streets of Agrabah. He is tricked by the sultan's master, Jafar, to retrieve treasures in a cave only to end up trapped. He finds a magic genie, and uses the genie's powers to escape and help him woo the princess, Jasmine. For more information, call 301-743-5431
The Newtowne Players
Brighton Beach Memoirs
March 29 - April 14
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Senior, Student, Military; $10 Child
Thursday Performances (April 4 and 11): All Seats $10


Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn; formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity. Here is part one of Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up.  Purchase tickets online or call 301-737-5447 to make a reservation.
North Point High School
Saturday Night Fever
Thursday - Friday, April 4 -5, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 6, 1:00 and 7:00 pm
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $10 General Admission; $5 Students, Senior Citizens

Set in the 1970s in New York, the play follows Tony Manero, a teenager from Brooklyn, who spends his weekends at a local discotheque. Follow Tony as he dazzles the crowd with his dancing while trying to forget about his troubles in life, such as his boring job and trouble-making friends.  For more information, call 301-753-1759.

College of Southern Maryland
16th Annual Jazz Festival Concerts
Friday - Saturday, April 5 - 6, 8:00 pm
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:$5 Adults in Advance, $7 Day of the Event;
$5 Senior Citizens, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below



Concerts feature Solid Brass and guest artists.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

VISUAL ARTS  {top} 
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio on Fridays, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Come and paint at your leisure. Bring you own supplies and a friend. For more information, contact Nancy Owens at nancypaints@verizon.net.

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Meeting & Paint-In
Saturday, March 9, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church ( Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville 


Following the meeting, Karen Showalter will lead a Renee Mullins' project titled "Spring Bunny." Guests are always welcome and should contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835, or email smdp.LearnToPaint@gmail.com for the list of supplies. The meeting will a lso include their Annual Chapter Birthday Gift Exchange, celebrating 24 years together. Surface value should be no greater than $10, painted with something you would like to receive. If you paint a gift, you will receive a gift. For more information about the SMDP, visit  http://www.smdpaint.org/Calendar.html.


College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery 
Sukjin Choi: Path
Now through March 14
La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Artist Lecture: Thursday, March 14, 2:30 pm
Community Education Building (CE), Room 101; Reception to Follow
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

"We cannot stop our journey here in life. When we wake, we cannot deny having another morning and then another night. And we cannot deny our memories. The wheel also, then, is who we are, our identity cycling like the oceans caught in the tidal dance between the moon of memory and the earth of our living day." For more information, go to  Tony Hungerford Exhibit or call 301-934-7828.

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Chris Haughey Seminar
Saturday and Sunday,  March 30 and 31
Doors Open: 8:00 am, Seminar: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Immaculate Conception Church
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville
Cost: $50 per Day (Includes breakfast and lunch)
Sign up for one or both days
Click HERE to Download a Registration Form
Deadline to Register: March 10

For more information, contact Anne at 301-373-6106, or president@smdpaint.org.

TwoRiversArtWorkshops
Advanced Alcohol Inks
Saturdays, April 6 and 13, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $225 ($100 deposit due no later than March 15)
Instructor: Pat Troiani
Email tworiversworkshops@gmail.com to register
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park
In this workshop, you will learn how to make
texture with modeling paste; combine texture and collage; use various tools such as straws, air compressor, canned air, hair dryer and an air puffer blower, and much more. If you are a beginner, a short introductory class taught by Carole Purell will be held from 9:00 - 10:00 am on April 6. The materials list will be provided upon registration; you can also purchase supplies at the workshop.  Bring a lunch, snacks provided.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
2019 Winter Open All-Media Show: Winter Wonders
Now through March 24
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



The members of the Charles County Chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association are collaborating on this show, writing opening lines of a story based on each piece of artwork they have selected. The stories will be available at the reception and the writers will talk about what they wrote. For more information, visit mattawomanart.org.


2019 Congressional Art Competition
An Artistic Discovery
Open to all High School-Age Students, Including Home-Schooled Students
All art must be delivered to one of Congressman Hoyer's offices in White Plains or Greenbelt by
April 17, 2019

congressional art competition
Students residing in Maryland's Fifth District (Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties) are invited to submit their art for consideration. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. For more information, contact Stefanie Carey Barone at 301-843-1577, Stefanie.Carey@mail.house.gov,  or visit  Congressional Art Competition .


TwoRiversArtWorkshops
Painting Live Flowers - With Oil Pastels
Tuesday - Wednesday, April 23 - 24, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $225 ($100 Deposit due no later than April 10)
Instructor: Luba Sterlikova
Click HERE to Register
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Oil pastel is a unique medium. Neither oil paint nor pastel, it combines the best qualities of both. You will learn basic techniques for this medium, some basics of flower drawings, and then you'll use oil pastel for creating an enlarged image of a tulip. Each student will complete a drawing on 19"x24" Canson Mi-Teintes paper. For more information, email tworiversartworkshops@gmail.com.

Call for Artists
Waldorf West Library
Spring 2019 Art Show
Click HERE
for More Information

Waldorf West Library  
 
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2019 Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors. Exhibit dates will be determined after the walls in the Library are re-painted.
 
A maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art on any subject can be submitted. Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com. Please reference "Waldorf West Spring 2019 Show" in the subject line.

For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at gkladitis@comcast.net.

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

Solo Show with David Zippi, through April 10, 2019
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through June 30, 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 April 19, 2019
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show with Dorothy Crown, through April 17, 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} 
Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, March 7 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. 
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. It was a time of i nnocence 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.  Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

College of Southern Maryland 
Connections Literary Readings
Novelists Molly McCloskey and Krista Keyes: Reflections on Ireland
Friday, March 8, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $3 in Advance, $5 at the Event
Building A, Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
For advance tickets, e-mail your request to connections@csmd.edu.  


Molly McCloskey  was born in Philadelphia and grew up in North Carolina and Oregon. In 1989, she moved to Ireland, spending ten years on the west coast before moving to Dublin. She currently lives in Washington, DC, where she recently served as a judge for the DC-based PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.  Krista Keyes  is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Southern Maryland. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin in 2018, and an MA in English from the University of California, Davis in 2007. She is currently an associate editor of the college's Connections Literary Magazine. For more information, visit  CSM Literary Connections .

La Plata Library Book Discussion
Thursday, March 14, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate .
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge-until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents-but they quickly realize the dark truth. Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals-in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.

Waldorf Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, March 20, 1:00 pm (Note date change)
Meets on the First Wednesday of each Month
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

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.

Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-1395


Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews. In contemporary Russia, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova has been drafted to become a "Sparrow," a spy trained in the art of seduction to elicit information from their marks. She's been assigned to Nathaniel Nash, a CIA officer who handles the organization's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception and, inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

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

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.
It is late summer in East Sussex, 1914. Amidst the season's splendor, fiercely independent Beatrice Nash arrives in the coastal town of Rye to fill a teaching position at the local grammar school. There she is taken under the wing of formidable matriarch Agatha Kent, who, along with her charming nephews, tries her best to welcome Beatrice to a place that remains stubbornly resistant to the idea of female teachers. But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape, and the colorful characters that populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For the unimaginable is coming - and soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small town goes to war.

Waldorf Adult Book Discussion
Saturday, April 6 , 9:30 - 10:30 am
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what's been missing in her life. And when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

COMMUNITY  - HERITAGE - CULTURAL  
ARTS  {top} 
Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday Series: "With Every Man's Hand Against Me"
Friday, April  5, 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
$5 Donation Welcomed; Refreshments Served
 



Bob Bowser's presentation discusses Charles County and the plots against President Abraham Lincoln.  For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at keechjoyce@aol.com.
Maryland State Arts Council
Creativity Grants
Click HERE for the Guidelines and Application Process
Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
Deadlines for the Creativity Grant Program are rolling. MSAC began accepting applications on February 1, 2019, for the FY19 Application cycle; and will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2019, for the FY20 Application cycle. The grant period for FY19 is February 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019. The grant period for FY20 is July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. 

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.

27th ArtsFest is Coming!
Saturday, June 8, 2019
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
 
Call for Artist, Exhibitor and Food Vendors!
Early Bird Registration Ends April 30

The Charles County Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 27th annual ArtsFest, to be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, on the beautiful grounds of the La Plata Town Hall, in La Plata, Maryland. ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland. This is our eighth year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.

Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations. Local commercial organizations are also invited to distribute information on their products and services. There's live entertainment on two stages, and a variety of great food will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Click HERE to download a Vendor/Exhibitor Form

Click HERE to download a Food Vendor Form

Click HERE to download a Commercial Organization Form

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

ArtsFest is sponsored in partnership with the Town of La Plata. Funding for this project is provided (in part) by the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland. 

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 March copy 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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The Newsflash is published every Thursday. 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.
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 under-served 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.