MAY 19, 2022

Serving the Community for 34 Years

Norma M. Baretincic
Andy and Jessica Dixon
Barbara Hufford
Roy and Kathleen Jenkins
Nancy Owens
Thank You for Your
Continued Support!
Charles County Arts Alliance wants to invite you to the

Please RSVP to
by May 19, 2022
Continuing our celebration of 25 years of amazing choral music in Charles County

Upcoming Theatre Productions in Charles County
Port Tobacco Players Presents:

The Importance of Being Earnest
from May 6th to May 22, 2022
Tune in for our Second Saturday event featuring
The Life Journeys Writers Guild - Poetry is Power.

What do I need to do?
  • Must follow the Terms of Use Agreement described below.
  • Click the link below.
  • Select ACT 1 - Poetry is Power.
  • Type the free password: FREELJWG2022 
  • Enjoy the show!

Free password: FREELJWG2022 

Terms of Use Agreement: All rights and material related to Poetry is Power are reserved exclusively to the Life Journeys Writers Club (LJWC). You do not have permission to download, save, or reupload Poetry is Power, in whole or in part, on any platform for any reason. CCAA will be held responsible for the breach, and legal action will be pursued.

Does your child love to act up?
Would they love more social engagement?

The Actin' Up Theatre Troupe program is open for spring registration. We help our youth take acting, leadership, public speaking, and confidence to the next level. Ages 8-17.
CCAA-Supported Galleries

Open 10:00 am - 8:00 pm daily
E-wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall MD

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 is featuring works by Joyce Reid. From April 8, 2022 to July 12, 2022.

The Charles Regional Medical Center Gallery is featuring works by Evans Thorne From January 11 to July 13, 2022

Community Bank of The Chesapeake - Waldorf Branch Gallery February 4 to June 10, 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!
Notable Author for MAY 2022

“Only by accepting individual responsibility can people live a better life.” – Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton (June 27, 1936 – February 13, 2010) was an American poet, writer, and educator from Buffalo, New York who became Poet Laureate of Maryland (1979-1985) and was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Her ancestors were slaves, she attended Howard University for a time, and was discovered by Langston Hughes after a friend shared her poems with him. Hughes published Clifton's poetry in his highly influential anthology, The Poetry of the Negro (1970).
Clifton’s work emphasized endurance and strength through adversity, focusing particularly on African-American experiences and family life. For example, Clifton’s poems in Good Times, were inspired by Clifton’s family of six young children, and focus on African-American urban life. She wrote her second book Good News about the Earth: New Poems, in the late 1960s to 70s and its poems reflect the political and social turmoil of the times. Readers note that Clifton writes in a spare, unadorned style; no punctuation and no capitalization.
Clifton was also an excellent children’s book author primarily writing books to help African-American children understand their world and African-American heritage. Her most famous character is Everett Anderson, an African-American boy living in a big city. Clifton wrote eight Everett Anderson books, including Everett Anderson’s Goodbye, which won the Coretta Scott King Award.
She married Fred James Clifton in 1958 and they raised six children. Clifton died February 13, 2010, in Baltimore.

Join CCPL for another Library After Hours featured event! 
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.
Neighborhood Creative Arts Center is offering exciting, enriching, educational programs for all ages in music, art, nature, community, and more. See it all and get involved by visiting their website:

Class Catalog by Age:
The Thinking Kid is a live online academy for kids, ages 6-17, offering a wide range of fun after-class clubs and virtual field trips. Classes meet in real time, so students can engage in discussions, ask questions, and participate in activities while being seen and heard by their online classmates!

Please visit The Thinking Kid online or email to register.
MSAC is accepting applications for the Creativity Grant!
Click here for the Guidelines and Application Process.
Professional Development Opportunities with MSAC:
Learn how the Maryland State Arts Council is working
to advance the arts in our State.
Click the button below to see what's available!
When Charles County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Charles County Senior Centers will also be closed and there will be no Meals on Wheels service.

Click the button below to read the latest SCOOP newsletter.

KEITH LINVILLE, Acting President
CINDY JOHNSON, Vice-President
RONALD G. BROWN, Secretary/Treasurer
GALE S. KLADITIS, Past President

Honorary Board Member
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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
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. 
CCAA Office Hours: Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM