September 15, 2022

Serving the Community for 35 Years

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Burkey and Margaret Boggs

Lorretta J. Hopkins

Janice McConnell

Life Journey's Writers Guild, Inc. 

Southern Maryland Carousel Group

Upward Thrive Academ

William Jones

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Continued Support!


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Maryland Art Place Resource Bulletin

Charles County Public Library

Arts Across


Featured Events


Twin Beach Player's

Upcoming Events: 

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

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Current Show and Auditions


Port Tobacco Theater Main Stage

508 Charles Street

La Plata, MD  20646

Saturday, September 24, 2022

at 10 am

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

at 7 pm

(includes music auditions*)

Thursday, September 29, 2022

at 7 pm

Saturday, October 1, 2022

 at 10 am

(callbacks and music auditions*)

Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  When he falls under suspicion for killing a neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.  A play about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way.

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                     ARTSFEST                           The Letter "E" Leaves The Alphabet 

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Gallery Submission Guidelines

CCAA-Supported Galleries

Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
30165 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall MD
CCAA-Sponsored Galleries

The Commissioners Gallery
Artwork by: Theresa Alo
From July 5 to October 11, 2022

The Charles Regional Medical Center Gallery
Artwork By: Cecelia Dunay
From July 13 to October 12, 2022

Community Bank of The Chesapeake Waldorf Branch Gallery
Artwork by: Various Artist
June 10 to October 7, 2022

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!
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What's Starting Up at NCAC?

Join the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center and explore the world of art & music! We also have our Especially for Homeschoolers Co-Op and Rotary Interact!

Explore Classes

September 2022 Notable Author:

Madison Smartt Bell

Madison Smartt Bell (born August 1, 1957, in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American novelist who upon receiving his BA from Princeton (79) and his MA in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College (81) began teaching creative writing. He taught for the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. In 1984, he joined Goucher College becoming a Professor of English and then Director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing (1999-2008). In 2008, he received the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Bell is described as a “southern writer” both by “inheritance and in his love for language, emphasis on storytelling, fondness for eccentric characters, and sense of the mysterious power of place.” His work has earned respectful critical attention and high praise for its energy and artistry. He is particularly known for All Souls’ Rising, Master of the Crossroads, and The Stone That the Builder Refused, novels that focus on Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution. After reading them you will describe Bell as “…imaginative, brilliant, and compassionate…”

He received the Lillian Smith Award, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. In 1996, Granta magazine called him one of “the best American novelists under 40”. Bell's books have been translated into eight languages. He is also a literary journalist and contributes to The New York Times, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, and The Boston Globe,

Bell is married to the poet, Elizabeth Spires, and they have one daughter.

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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.
 Contact Lewis McIntyre at,
to be put on distribution for meeting notices and events.
Join CCPL for another Library After Hours featured event! 
MSAC is accepting applications for the Creativity Grant!
Click here for the Guidelines and Application Process.
Professional Development Opportunities with MSAC:
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to advance the arts in our State.
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RONALD G. BROWN, Vice-President
CINDY JOHNSON, Secretary/Treasurer
GALE S. KLADITIS, Past President

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

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
ISIA WASHINGTON - 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 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

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. 
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Closed Wednesday's Summertime Hours
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