February 29, 2024

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February Memberships

Cecelia Dunay

Charles County Fair, Inc.

Joselle Gilpin

Richard Gilpin

Sally Marie Goldsmith

Dorothea H. Smith

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters, Inc


  • CCAA ArtsFest 2024 Early Registration Now Open!
  • CCAA Members Art Class with Instructor Vicki Marckel

Table of Contents

Performing Arts

  • Cosmic Symphony Presents: Rebirth
  • The Southern Maryland Bluegrass at the Elks Presents: High Fidelity Bluegrass
  • PTP Presents: 9 to 5 The Musical
  • New Direction Community Theater Presents: Little Women
  • PTP Announces Auditions for "The Wizard of Oz"

Visual Arts

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


  • Artists Competition 2024
  • CCPL Highlighted Programs Updated


  • Celebrate Black History Month - Watch Shemika Renee's Portrayal of Ida B. Wells
  • MCAC - 2024 Winter Open All Media Show
  • Shop 53 Tattoo and Art Studio Call for Art - Theme: Bees
  • Colonial Beach Artists Guild - Call For Artists


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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.

Southern Maryland Bluegrass at the Elks Brings Some Hi-Fi Bluegrass With the Awarded Bass Player of the Year

Absolutely one of the best young traditional bands out there today. High Fidelity will take you back to the old-time Bluegrass sound of the 50's and 60's.

The Southern Maryland Bluegrass at the Elks series brings us High Fidelity Bluegrass band on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at the Calvert Elks Lodge #2620 in Prince Frederick, MD. The doors will open at Noon and the performance will start at 2:00 PM. The Calvert Elks Lodge is located at 1015 Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick, MD. Tickets will be $23.00 per person and sold at the door beginning at Noon. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Food will be available for sale by the Calvert Elks Lodge beginning at noon. A 50/50 raffle and door prizes will be offered.

Read Full Press Release Here



9 to 5: The Musical

March 1 to March 24, 2024

​9 to 5: The Musical tells the story of three unlikely friends who take control of their office and learn that there is nothing they can't do, even in a man's world! Set in the 1970s, 9 to 5 is a hilarious, romantic, and thought-provoking show exploring themes such as friendship, workplace harassment, equal opportunity, and personal growth. With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, this jubilant musical will leave you singing and dancing out of the theater.


PTP Announces Auditions for

"The Wizard of Oz" 

By L. Frank Baum

Directed by Kaitelyn Bauer Dieguez

​Co-Produced by Debbie Gilley and Kim Danek


Monday, March 4th at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 pm

Saturday, March 9th at 10 am

Callbacks Saturday, March 9th at 1 pm

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.)



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!


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.

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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.