February 8, 2024

Thank You for Your Continued Support!

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February Memberships

Cecelia Dunay

Dorothea H. Smith

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters, Inc


  • CCAA Members Art Class with Instructor Vicki Marckel

Table of Contents

Performing Arts

  • Performing Arts Showcase at St. Charles High School
  • Ward Virts Concert Series: Brian Ganz, Piano
  • Varsity Vocals Presents: The International Championship of High School A Cappella
  • Cosmic Symphony Presents: Rebirth
  • PTP 2024 Winter Membership Meeting

Visual Arts

  • UMD Charles Regional Medical Center Gallery - Sally Goldsmith
  • Charles County Commissioners Gallery - Cecelia Dunay


  • Artists Competition 2024
  • CCPL Highlighted Programs Updated


  • MCAC - 2024 Winter Open All Media Show
  • MSAC - Apply to Be A Folklife Network Panelist




Date: February 10, 2024

Times: 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Location: Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room 104

Free Admission to all ages

Congratulations to Esther Bonney, a member of our very own CCYO, for her remarkable achievement in winning the Cosmic Symphony Young Artist Competition, Junior Division. It's truly an honor for her to be selected as a soloist for the upcoming Cosmic Symphony concerts. Her talent and dedication have been recognized, and it's well-deserved. The performances at the Dodge Performing Arts Center and Southern High School are sure to be memorable occasions, and Esther's violin solo will undoubtedly be a highlight. Additionally, receiving a cash prize is a testament to her hard work and skill. This is a significant milestone in her musical journey, and I'm sure she will continue to excel in her future endeavors.


The Board of the Port Tobacco Players would like to invite you to our upcoming Winter Membership Gala!

February 17, 2024 @ Waldorf JayCees Hall (Geissenbier Room),

3090 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD.


Doors open @ 6 PM

Dinner served @ 7 PM

Meeting held @ 8 PM

Cost of dinner will be $30 per person.

Semiformal attire is encouraged.

** Tickets must be purchased by February 8! **

To purchase tickets:


Tickets can also be purchased via PayPal or by check.


Music will be provided by Carlton Silvestro, there will be a sneak preview of “9 to 5: The Musical,” and trivia to end the night.

And of course, you don’t want to miss the announcement of the 2024-2025 Season of Shows!

Dinner will be catered by the JayCees



CCAA Sponsored Galleries

The Charles Regional

Medical Center Gallery

Artwork By:  Sally Goldsmith

January 11 to April 19, 2024

Click here to view the virtual gallery

Charles County

Commissioner Building Gallery

Artwork By: Cecelia Dunay

January 10 to April 10, 2024

Click here to view the virtual gallery


The Charles Regional

Medical Center Gallery

Artwork By:  Donald Faust and Monika Barilla

April 19 to July 9, 2024

Charles County

Commissioner Building Gallery

Artwork By: Doris Hall

April 10 to July 10, 2024

For more information about CCAA-sponsored and supported galleries, contact [email protected]

Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!


Southern Maryland Chain (MD) Chapter 2024 Young Masters Writers and Artists Program Competition

The Young Masters Writers and Artists Program Competition seeks to acknowledge the vital role of the arts in our society by encouraging and supporting our youth as they explore and develop their artistic gifts and talents. To compete, high school students may submit original and unpublished works of poetry and prose or showcase talent in dance, music, drama or spoken word within the following rules and guidelines. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners of the competition.

The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2024, by midnight (EST). Cash prizes are awarded to the three top winners in the amounts of $300, $200, and $150, respectively.

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.

Contact Lewis McIntyre at [email protected],

to be put on distribution for meeting notices and events.

Join CCPL for another Library After Hours featured event! 
Visit CCPL Website


The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking panelists for the Folklife Network program. The program funds organizations housing regional folklife centers, or continuing programmatic or educational efforts made in support of the traditional arts (defined as community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth).

MSAC relies on a wide array of experts from across the state to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Folklife Network panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the traditional arts. Panelists must be Maryland residents.


Charles County Public Library

Arts Across


CCAA Arts Insider Newsletter

Maryland Arts Registryy

Maryland Artist Marketplace

Maryland Art Place Resource Bulletin








RONALD G. BROWN, Vice-President

CINDY JOHNSON, Secretary/Treasurer

ROBERT K. RAUSCH, Past President







GALE KLADITIS - Gallery Specialist

CINDI BARNHART - Gallery Assistant


The Newsflash is published every Thursday. If you would like your event included, send all information to the CCAA office by email at

[email protected]

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.


ROBERT K. RAUSCH - Executive Director

MARCELA CACACE - Administrative Director

MACKENZIE COULBY - ArtsFest Coordinator

ALEXANDRIA GONZALEZ - Assistant Admin Director

CCAA Membership Organizations

African American Heritage Society

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

Edward L. Sanders Insurance Agency, Inc.

Friends of Old Waldorf School

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

Shore United Bank

Southern Maryland Carousel Group

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters

Town of Indian Head

Upward Thrive Academy

Our Sponsors: Thank You!

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.