April 14, 2020
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During this time of curtailed activities due to COVID-19, we have been collecting online resources that readers can use while they practice social distancing in the home. If you haven’t been to our website recently, here are some posts you might have missed.

We will continue to gather resources to keep you informed and to keep all of us connected!

Join "Coffee with Ken," Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council
Highlighting Our Four Rivers Heritage Sites, Continued
While our local sites are closed t o the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will take this time to highlight our some our attractions , and continue to do so each week until we're all able to explore our heritage area again.
Courthouse Museum
Did you know our Courthouse has its own museum?

The Courthouse Museum enlivens and enriches visitors’ appreciation for the role of the 1824 courthouse and the state’s rich legal history and the role of the community in the development of the law.

Open by appointment only. Please call for an appointment.
Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center

The Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center , housed in “Twin Oaks”, the summer cottage built in 1895 for Frederick Douglass, was purchased and restored in the early 1980’s. In 1995, the State of Maryland and Anne Arundel County acquired the property and deeded it to the Town of Highland Beach as a memorial to Frederick Douglass, one of Maryland’s most famous sons.

Museum is open by appointment only.
Franklin Point State Park

Maryland’s newest state park is 477 beautiful acres right on the Chesapeake Bay between Shady Side and Deale.

Formerly the site of Deep Creek Airport, Franklin Point State Park now has marsh, forest, meadow, and a sandy bay shoreline. Open sunrise to sunset. The park is open to all visitors. However, to access the boating area for a day use permit, call the office at Sandy Point, at 410-974-2149.
#AnnapolisStrong: New source for all of your downtown online shops and businesses
Downtown Annapolis Partnership recently a new website that gives you one destination to shop local for gift cards, online stores, carryout/delivery, and local musicians concerts. Use this to shop locally online at downtown Annapolis businesses.

Keep Annapolis a vibrant community by shopping local. Every time we order something from an out of area company we increase the risk of empty storefronts and having less local jobs.
What do Students Need While Learning Virtually?
An Online Dialogue:
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 2-3 pm

A national education conversation has gotten underway on the impact of COVID-19 on student learning and how schools and districts are responding to this crisis. In this conversation we'll hear from the students themselves.

Whereas educators from across the nation are focusing their efforts on providing an alternative learning experience to students via distance and virtual learning, there are serious concerns regarding educational equity for all students; particularly for students from special populations (e.g., low-income, special needs, English Learners, students experiencing homelessness, etc.) during this crisis.

To address these concerns, MAEC is going to the source to find out how COVID-19 is impacting students. MAEC’s own Dr. Daryl Williams, along with Mr. Sadiq Ali, Executive Director of the Maryland Mentor program, will facilitate a dialogue with students nationwide from California, New Jersey, Maine, and Maryland.

Annapolis Maritime Museum's New Virtual Learning Resources
Have you visited Annapolis Maritime Museum's new Virtual Learning Resources page yet?

Discover an array of worksheets, crafts, videos and lesson plans related to the Annapolis area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay right at home!

We want you to continue learning about the Annapolis area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.

The resources are categorized into three sections:
  • Chesapeake Bay Animals
  • Maritime Heritage
  • Watershed Stewardship

The AMM will continue to update this page with engaging content through spring and the remainder of 2020.
Recorded Webinar: Membership Mondays - Reinforcing the Value of Membership During Coronavirus
As the perpetual state of Coronavirus uncertainty continues to loom over us, cultural organizations have never faced prolonged, unplanned, closures in the way we are now. Historically, the majority of closures are brief, lasting for a few days or even weeks. Yet with no end in sight, cultural organizations are facing an entirely new, unprecedented challenge.

For many organizations who depend on income from on-site purchases like admission tickets, special exhibitions, and gift shop sales, the membership department is one of the only sources of income at the moment. In a time, however, when members cannot physically come on-site, the question becomes, how do we reinforce the value of being a member?

Join Ash Harris (Vice President of Guest Experience @ San Antonio Zoo), Kelli Buchan (Director of Membership @ The Franklin Institute) and Dan Sullivan (Head of Partnerships @ Cuseum), as they discuss ways that you can continue to reinforce the value of your membership, even when members cannot visit on site. Watch the recorded webinar.
Virtual Backgrounds to Liven Up Your Zoom Meetings
Ending up in a lot of Zoom meetings and want to replace your background? Or just want to beautify your computer's wallpaper? Now you can with these new virtual backgrounds and wallpaper from Historic London Town and Gardens. 
Each image is preset to 1920x1080 pixels, so ready for most computer wallpaper or for Zoom.
Or, let the experts at Visit Annapolis help you find a virtual background!

Like many, your days are probably full of Zoom meetings now more than ever. While we all love our family and our pets, they don't always set the best scene when you're trying to get businesses done. As we juggle more at-home than we ever have, you may not have the time (or patience) to keep your Zoom-zone looking clean and polished.

With all of that in mind, Visit Annapolis wanted to bring to you some of their best Annapolis & Anne Arundel County scenes for you to use as Zoom backgrounds . So, next time you're in a virtual meeting, you can be virtually enjoying a sail on the Chesapeake Bay to see the Thomas Shoal Point Lighthouse, or the beauty of the U.S. Naval Academy in Spring, or waterfront dining in Eastport.
COVID-19 Resource Portal for the Regional Agricultural Community
SMADC Launches COVID-19 Resource Portal for Regional Agricultural Community; A ‘one-stop-shop' of compiled links gathered from local, state and federal organ izations for farms and consumers.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with SMADC’s core mission to support farms and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland, the new Resource portal provides a ‘one-stop-shop' of compiled links to information gathered from local, state and federal organizations regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the agricultural community in Maryland. 

Ask Congress to Support the Museum Community in Phase 4 Economic Relief
Support Relief and Recovery for Museums Nationwide

Deadline: COB Wednesday, April 15

Your legislators need to hear directly from you that they must continue to include nonprofit museums in COVID-19 economic relief. They also need to hear specifically about how COVID-19 is affecting you and your museum and how your museum is helping impacted communities.

Two actions you can take in the next few days could be very important.

One. Now is the time to contact your legislators to let them know what the museum field is facing and to urge them to provide critical support for museums. Please click on this link and complete an automated email message to send to your senators and representative. More information about Congress, COVID-19, and relief and recovery for museums is here .
Two. In addition, Representatives Dingell (D-MI) and Upton (R-MI) have started a “Dear Colleague” and sign-on letter supporting relief and recovery of museums nationwide. You can email your U.S. Representative today t o ask them to sign on. Please note that the deadline to sign is COB Wednesday, April 15. You would be asking your Congressperson to sign onto Rep. Dingell and Upton’s letter to the House leadership advocating for important assistance for the museum community in any future relief package.
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