June 23, 2022

Serving the Community for 34 Years

Jack Dennis
Judy Carol Photography
Karen Washington
Patricia P Harrington
Mary Jo O'Neil
Henry McPherson

Thank You for Your
Continued Support!
This Newsflash is published every Thursday. If you would like your event included, send all information to the CCAA office by email at ccaaoffice1@gmail.com no later than the Monday before your event.

Upcoming Theatre Productions in Charles County
Port Tobacco Players Presents:

Beauty and The Beast

from July 8 - Aug 7,2022
New Towne Players Presents:

Something Rotten!
from July 1 - 24, 2022

Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.

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 to July 5, 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 June 10 to October 7, 2022

For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact our office at 301-392-5900 or info@charlescountyarts.org

Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!

June 2022 Notable Author:

Barry Louis Polisar

“Books and literature really did change my life.”
 – Barry Louis Polisar

Barry Louis Polisar is an author, songwriter, poet, and story-teller for children who also writes songs and books for adults. Barry was born in Brooklyn, New York and his family moved to Maryland, near Washington, DC., when he was eight. That’s also when he wrote his first story called, The Ten O’Clock Alarm Clock that Would Not Stop.

Barry knew he liked to read and to write, but went to college to be a teacher. While at college, a school invited him to play some of the songs he had written and the kids were rolling in the aisles with laughter. Then a teacher yelled at them for “acting like children.” From this experience, he wrote a song about a mean teacher and began to get invites to sing at other schools. Barry soon realized he could write about everyday experiences. Like when his mom tried to get his younger brother to eat his food by comparing his plate with Barry’s. “Look,” she would say, “Barry ate all his vegetables, why can’t you be that way?” That night he wrote, He Eats Asparagus, Why Can’t You Be That Way? The rest, as they say, is history.

Barry has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader and starred in a television show for children that won two Emmy awards. He performs his songs on two different Grammy Award-winning albums and sings his song All I Want is You in the opening credits of the Academy Award winning movie Juno.
He lives in Maryland with his wife, daughter, son, dog, and cat, but the kids are now grown up. When not writing or performing, he likes to ride along the bicycle trails near his house or kayak in the nearby Patuxent River. For more information visit www.barrylou.com.
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 mcintyrel@verizon.net,
to be put on distribution for meeting notices and events.
Join CCPL for another Library After Hours featured event! 
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 georgia@thethinkingkid.org 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.

CINDY JOHNSON, Vice-President
RONALD G. BROWN, 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
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
Closed Wednesday's Summertime Hours
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM