September 8, 2022

Serving the Community for 35 Years

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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 no later than the Monday before your event.

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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!

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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:
Learn how the Maryland State Arts Council is working
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
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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
CCAA Membership Organizations

Charles County Public Schools
Charles County Youth Orchestra
Masonic Lodge - La Plata
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