January 5, 2023

Welcoming A Brand New Year of Creativity

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December Memberships

Andrew Blumhardt

Tim Bodamer

Charles County Public Schools

Margery Coppola

Richard Coppola

Stephen Dye

Mary Mangino

Linda Mitchell

Stephen Mitchell

Port Tobacco Players

Joyce Reid

Sandra Rohde

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Maryland Art Place Resource Bulletin

Charles County Public Library

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Choral Arts Society

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Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance

SMTMD Contra Dance with caller Caroline Barnes

Saturday, January 14th, 7:30 PM

Christ Church Parish Hall, Chaptico, MD


Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to swing, promenade, and do-si-do to lively jigs, reels and waltzes played by the Southern MD Open Band, with caller Caroline Barnes.  No partner or experience required. Dance workshop for new dancers at 7:00 PM.  There will be an ice cream social at intermission. Christ Church parish hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, MD. Admission: $8 for SMTMD members; $12 for non-members. Go to for more information.

Charles County Youth Orchestra


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For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact our office at 301-392-5900 or
Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!

Mattawoman Creek Arts Center

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center 

Come to Annmarie and enjoy a tour of "Out of Hand: Tradition Meets Tech," in the Kay Daugherty Gallery. After your tour, you can shop at Annmarie or go explore Solomons!


December 2022 Notable Author:

Elissa Brent Weissman

Elissa Brent Weisman grew up on Long Island, New York in a Jewish community and then attended Johns Hopkins College

in Baltimore where she met her future husband and where she ended up teaching. She has been writing, “ever since I could pick up a pencil.” She wrote her first novel, “The Ryland Revolt,” when she was 10 and tried to get it published but to no avail. She kept writing and is now best known for her Nerd Camp series which features Gabe, a probable nerd, who has the summer of his life at camp. It’s a summer filled with crazy bunkmates, a mysterious lice epidemic, a karaoke showdown, an intense Color War, and a midnight journey to Dead Man’s Island.

“I always imagine that my characters are Jewish,” said Weissman who as a child attended both Hebrew School and the local public school. This comes out in small references in her books, usually in cultural situations or normal conversation. For example, in “Standing for Socks” and “The Short Seller,” the use of grandparent names, holidays, or an upcoming bar mitzvah give the clues, but they are not a major part of the story. The exception is Weissman’s eighth children’s book, The Length of a String, which follows the quest of a now 12-year-old black girl, adopted as an infant by a Baltimore Jewish family, to find her birth family.

Weissman’s books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, NPR’s “Here and Now,” and more. She finally published The Ryland Revolt (first chapter only) when she included it in her anthology titled, Our Story Begins. It’s a compilation of the stories that, now famous children’s authors and illustrators wrote and drew when they were children.

Weissman moved away from Baltimore and currently lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband and their two children.

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The Charles County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association assists new and established writers from the basics of the craft, editing, traditional and self-publication, marketing and many other aspects of writing. The Chapter coordinates book signings at various events throughout the year, and coordinated writing events to the Mattawoman Creek Art Center. The Chapter meets at Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata at 6 PM every third Wednesday of the month for a Critique Group, followed by a business meeting and writing prompts at 7 PM.
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The Thinking Kid

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RONALD G. BROWN, Vice-President

CINDY JOHNSON, Secretary/Treasurer

GALE S. KLADITIS, Past President








Honorary Board Member


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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.


ROBERT K. RAUSCH - Executive Director

ISIA WASHINGTON -Administrative Specialist

MACKENZIE COULBY- Administrative Assistant

CCAA Membership Organizations

African American Heritage Society of Charles County

Century 21 New Millennium Realtors

Charles County Department of Community Services

Charles County Fair, Inc.

Charles County Public Library

Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Youth Orchestra

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society

College of Southern Maryland

Community Bank of the Chesapeake

Edward L. Sanders Insurance Agency, Inc.

Indian Head Center for the Arts / Black Box Theater

Ivy and Pearls of Southern Maryland Community Charities, Inc.

Life Journeys Writers Guild

Masonic Lodge - La Plata

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

Music Teachers Association of Charles County, Inc.

Nanjemoy Community Center, DCS

National Association of American African Dance Teachers

Neighborhood Creative Arts Center

Port Tobacco Players

Southern Maryland Carousel Group

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters

Town of Indian Head

Upward Thrive Academy

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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 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. 
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