January 25, 2024

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Monika Barilla

Charles County Youth Orchestra, Inc.

Richard and Margery Coppola

Alexandria Gonzalez

Keith Linville

Mary Mangino

Connie Miller

Neighborhood Creative Arts Center

Kathleen Noel

Joyce Reid

Jill Smithson


  • CCAA 2024 Scholarship Program's Extended Deadline is Closing Soon!

Table of Contents

Performing Arts

  • Children's Voices of Southern Maryland - New Rehearsal Location
  • Port Tobacco Players: Wait Until Dark
  • Port Tobacco Players Announces Auditions for "A Raisin in The Sun"

Visual Arts

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


  • Artists Competition 2024
  • CCPL Highlighted Programs Updated


  • MCAC - SEVEN-UP +, The Art of Charles County Public Highschool Students
  • MCAC - 2024 Winter Open All Media Show
  • Women to Watch 2024 Nominations






Wait Until Dark

Jan. 19 to Feb. 4, 2024

Wait Until Dark weaves together the story of a mysterious doll, an innocent woman, theft, thugs, blackmail, drugs, and murder. This psychological thriller finds Susy, blind, and alone at home and being conned by three men who insist a doll from her husband, Sam, is in the house. They try to manipulate Susy, expecting her to be an easy target. When they threaten to bring harm to Sam, though, Susy reveals she is a great deal more resourceful and clever than imagined. She just needs to wait until dark to end the terror.

Wait Until Dark opened in 1966 and ran for nearly 400 performances. Lee Remick was nominated for a Tony Award. The original movie adaptation (1967) earned Audrey Hepburn an Academy Award nomination.  

PTP Announces Auditions for "A Raisin in the Sun"

by Lorraine Hansberry

Directed by Jeremy Keith Hunter, Produced by

Heather Bauer


January 27, 10:00AM

January 29, 7:00PM

January 30, 7:00PM

Callbacks, if needed, will be February 3, 10:00 AM

Auditions will be held on stage at the Port Tobacco Players at 508 Charles Street, La Plata, MD.

Please park across the railroad tracks in the town parking lot. (Do not use the parking lot for the urgent

care center; you will be towed.)


The Youngers - Walter Lee, Ruth, their son Travis, Walter’s sister Beneatha, and his mother, Mama - are a proud Black family struggling through poverty in a rundown two-bedroom apartment on the South Side of Chicago. The family is about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. This money comes from the recently deceased Mr. Younger’s life insurance policy. Each of the family members has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. Mama wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband; Walter Lee would rather use the money to invest in a liquor store, believing wholeheartedly that the investment will solve the family’s financial problems forever; Ruth agrees with Mama, however, and hopes that she and Walter can provide more space and opportunity for their son; and Beneatha wants to use the money for her medical school tuition. When the money finally arrives, decisions are made that change the trajectory of each of their lives forever. "A Raisin in the Sun" is a brief glimpse into the trials and tribulations that African Americans endured during the 1950s, told from the most intimate perspective — the love of family.

For more information, contact Jeremy Keith Hunter at [email protected] or visit the Port Tobacco Players Website.



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 nomination portal for the 2024 Women to Watch program is now open! From now until January 31, tell us about the women business and community leaders, rising stars at your place of work and pillars of the community.

Nominate Now!


A committee composed of internal APG Media of Chesapeake members and women in the community will consider nominees for inclusion into the 2024 Women to Watch magazines inserting in late March.

The criteria for that process includes nominees’ community service, professional accomplishments and entrepreneurship, as well as their work with mentoring and inspiring others. These extraordinary women will be highlighted in the magazine.

Thank you!

Women to Watch 2024 by Southern Maryland News


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.