February 24, 2022

Serving the Community for 34 Years

Charles County Public Library
Jim Mc Donald
Robert Medley
Thank You for Your Continued Support!
Send your application by March 4th, 2022
Now Accepting Applications for the CCAA Arts Scholarship

Apply by March 4

Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) awards $1,500.00 scholarships to one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in Charles County and one graduating Charles County student from St. Mary’s Ryken High School, who plan to continue studying the arts (performing, visual, or literary) at a four-year college or university.

Apply at www.charlescountyarts.org/program/scholarships. The completed application and all required documentation must be mailed to CCAA: PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695 or hand-delivered to the CCAA office at the Dorothy L. Harper United Way House: 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646. Applications received or postmarked after the deadline will not be accepted and must be received by noon March 4, 2022.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call the office at 301-392-5900 Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Performing Arts
Upcoming Theatre Productions in Charles County
Port Tobacco Players Presents:
Little Shop of Horrors
from March 11th to April 3rd 2022
Upcoming Area Theater Productions
Newtowne Players Presents: Puffs
(or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic)
February 11 - 27, 2022
Black History Month continuation of celebration with Shemika Renee Berry.
MS. Stories Living History - Kate Sharper
Tune in for the next 2nd Saturday event featuring the Charles County Youth Orchestra on March 12th, 2022
Does your child love to act up?
Upward Thrive Academy's Actin’ Up Theatre Troupe (Charles County) welcomes youth ages 8-17 to join our troupe. It's a year-round theatre program. Registration is open for Winter 2022. Virtual and in-person sessions.

Register Now. : https://forms.gle/nFVPjMzaB1SVvuJa8, For detailed information, visit: http://www.upwardthriveinc.com/actin-up/

If you haven't already, check out our most recent Fall 2021 production, A short film entitled, "A Messy Merry Musical": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v-LwpAwk3M&t=3s
The Young Composers Project
Call for Compositions Deadline: April 1st
The project supports Maryland music educators in their efforts to incorporate the National Standards for Music Education and the Maryland State Music Standards in their classrooms and rehearsals. 
The project is designed to encourage and enhance the instructional experiences of Maryland school students and music educators through providing professional critiques, enhanced recognition and selected presentations for the ongoing creative work of students in Maryland schools.
The submission window for all compositions closes on April1st, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

2 young men to play brothers, ages 18-25
and a middle aged woman to play their mother.

Our film schedule at the moment is Mondays and Wednesdays, but it can be flexible if needed. This would be a great opportunity for anyone interested to add this film to their portfolio, as well. The film would need to be done by the end of February, so the earlier we can audition, the earlier we can film!

Please contact Jeremy Boyden Film Student at the College of Southern Maryland for more information.
Featured Events
The Charles County Arts Alliance is getting ready for ArtsFest 2022 this summer and is calling for all artist and vendors!

ArtsFest 2022 will be happening on the grounds of La Plata Town Hall on Saturday, June 11th, 2022 from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Visitors can browse food trucks, enjoy first-rate performances, and purchase original works by local artists.
For further information contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900 during business hours, or send an email to [email protected]
Visual Arts
2022 Winter Open All-Media Exhibition
February 11th – March 13th

MCAC is located in Smallwood State Park
on Chicamuxen Road (Rt. 224), Marbury MD.
MCAC is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11:00 – 4:00.
Admission is free and visitors are welcome.
 The park gate fee is waived for Art Center visitors.

Colored Pencil Transparent/Reflection Vase on Black Paper

 2 days, Wednesday and Thursday, March 9th & 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $199.00 (Includes both days) Registration with payment due before March 1st.
Instructor: Amy Lindenberger

Color against a rich, black background can be mesmerizing – the colors just seem to appear and disappear into the blackness, and bright colors are made to look even brighter due to the extreme contrast. Creating those effects with colored pencil can be something of a challenge, due to the medium’s lack of opacity. When a subject calls for maximum brightness, the challenge is increased, but Amy Lindenberger has worked successfully with a range of techniques to help achieve maximum brightness in colored pencil against a black background. The Gerber Daisy that will be the subject of this class calls for a black, sanded surface as a starting place, so that all of the color will rest on the surface rather than settling into paper fibers. Then, using a reverse grisaille under painting of White pencil and layering the most opaque color options, the results will showcase the contrast of the rich black of the surface with the intense color of the flower.

Amy uses Prismacolor colored pencils on black paper. Paper is provided for you and a list of all pencil colors and supplies will be emailed to you after registering with payment. 
For more information please visit our website: www.MattawomanArt.org
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 Mary Mangino and Billie Harley. From January 12th, 2022 to April 12th, 2022.

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

Community Bank of The Chesapeake - Waldorf Branch Gallery February 4th to June 10th, 2022

For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact our office at 301-392-5900 or [email protected]

Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!
Literary Arts
We're keeping our social distance, and nurturing healthy and literary relationships. While we're hoping to return to the Waldorf West Library and other venues in the future, we are here for you virtually! Inquire about our special writing workshops, held monthly, and our literary events throughout 2022! Email [email protected] or call (240)427-5594 for details.
The Charles County chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association
provides support to aspiring and established writers in all aspects of the craft, including basic writing, editing, beta readers and critiques, publishing, and marketing. We also set up periodic book signing events, though these are largely on hold due to the pandemic. Our monthly meetings cover where we all are on our literary journey, guest speakers, upcoming events, and opportunities for submission. Our chapter meets virtually the third Wednesday of each month, with a critique group from 6PM to 7PM, followed by a business meeting, speakers and writing prompts from 7-8:30PM. E-mail Lewis McIntyre to be added to our mailing list to receive our Zoom meeting links. 
Notable Author for December:
Community, Heritage, & Cultural Arts
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 [email protected] 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.
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