September 1, 2020
Call for Nominations for the 17th Annual Four Rivers Heritage Awards
Do you know a great heritage practitioner? Perhaps a valuable staff member or dedicated volunteer you would like to publicly acknowledge?

Four Rivers Heritage Area seeks nominations for its Seventeenth Annual Heritage Awards. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy.

In 2020, nominations are invited in ten different categories, including Heritage Tourism Product Award, Heritage Volunteer Award, Heritage Partnership Award, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, Legacy Award, and Public/Private Initiative Award. Other categories include the Sponsor of the Year Award, the Stewardship Award, and the Heritage Leadership Award, which goes to an individual for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage. Self-nominations are accepted.

The nominations deadline is October 9, 2020. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; our awards ceremony will be going virtual this year! Thank you, we are looking forward to recognizing excellence at our 17th Annual Heritage Awards!
Register Today for Our Fall Mini-Grant Workshop
Wednesday, September 23
2:00-3:00 pm
Online Presentation via Zoom

Join the Four Rivers Heritage Area for this FREE workshop to learn all about the FY2021 Mini-Grant Process. PLEASE NOTE: The Mini-Grant Criteria and Application are still being finalized; there are significant changes. Look for the details on Tuesday, September 8 on our website. Application deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020

**Workshop is MANDATORY for Fall 2020 Mini-Grant Applicants** -- Register today!

Presentation by Carol Benson, Four Rivers Executive Director

You will learn:
• New Details
• New Requirements
• Key Application Pointers
• Grant Agreement Details
• How to Keep Grant Project Records
• How to Close the Grant

Please Note: You MUST attend or watch the webinar recording in order to submit an application.

To register: please e-mail to get your name on the list to receive the Zoom link. Thanks!
Check Out Our Recent Blog Posts!
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 may have missed.

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

Virtual Lecture – Annapolis and Colonial Painters
Thursday, September 3
7:00-8:00 pm
Organization: Historic Annapolis

Some of the most well-known Colonial artists regularly worked in Annapolis. Join Curator of Collections, Robin Matty, for this intimate look not only at the people portrayed, but also the artists who painted them. Discover why prominent members of society desired to have their likenesses captured and displayed, and what some of these paintings reveal about the person.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members & Volunteers.
Stretch and Sketch at Hammond-Harwood House
Saturday, September 5
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

In memory of the talented artist and a founder of the Hammond-Harwood House Museum, Winifred Gordon, this free series, open to the public, will have gallery talks on mediums including painting, ceramics, furniture making followed by a wellness activity. Arts, history, tradition, and heritage all come together in important and unexpected ways that can improve overall health.

In the second program of the Art and Wellness Series, Stretch and Sketch, you will:
  • Look at the painting by James Peale, The Mill and talk about the discovery of how it was attributed to him due to a sketch found at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
  • Discuss drawing techniques and participants choose a painting in the museum’s first floor to sketch (materials provided.)
  • Do a stretching session in the backyard with breathing techniques to help promote good posture and relieve stress.

Reservations are required. Space is limited for the safety of the participants. Call 410-263-4683 extension 10
Next Week! Arts Alive at Maryland Hall
Friday, September 11
7 pm
Virtual Event on Facebook Live
Organization: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Tune in to Facebook live and join Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for a special livestreaming event. In the spirit of their Annual Arts Alive! event, they're sharing a performance and special presentation in lieu of our traditional gathering.

The evening will include a live concert by award winning national recording artist and Maryland native Carronne Jones. WRNR's Rob Timm will serve as MC.
MSAC ENVISION Offerings This Week
MSAC ENVISION Series: Focusing on Possibilities

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) offers free weekly professional development opportunities focusing on the resurgence of the arts in Maryland across our state and our communities.

Envision: Maryland Citizens for the Arts Advocacy Update
Wednesday, September 2, 2-3PM

Hosted by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, this program will include educational and developmental work by way of workshops and reflection sessions, and a complimentary book club. For more information, please visit the MCA website.

In this conversation, Maryland Citizens for the Arts Executive Director, Nicholas Cohen, provides an update on arts advocacy.
Today! Network for Good Webinar: 5 Fundraising Strategies to Better Engage Donors
Tuesday, September 1
1:00 pm
Organization: Network for Good

Using academic research, behavioral economic theories, and applied experiments with real nonprofits, Brady Josephson from NextAfter Institute will share 5 strategies proven to grow your fundraising that are backed by research.

Whether you're new to fundraising and marketing or have been doing it for 20 years, you'll come away with a few new insights and ideas to implement and try for yourself.

Reviewers Needed: Governor's Service Awards Nominations
This has been (and continues to be) an extraordinary and unprecedented year. People have stepped up like never before, and our mission to capture and uplift compassionate and innovative contributions continues. 

The Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism is seeking professionals in community service, corporate relations, and the nonprofit sector. If you are interested in volunteering to review the 2020 Governor's Service Awards nominations:

Want to support the office in another way? Ensure your local community needs are included in the Maryland State Service Plan by taking this 18-minute survey. As Maryland's State Service Commission, the mission of the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) is to lead through service and to foster civic engagement state-wide.
Last Chance to Enter MFA's Strokes of Genius
Introducing Strokes of Genius

Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter this 10th annual all-painting competition. All original 2-D work created through any painting media (inc. oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines, will be considered.

Deadline to enter September 3rd!
Six IMLS Museum Grant Opportunities Now Open
Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for six grant programs:

Applications for all six programs are due on November 16, 2020. Applicants should review the notices of funding opportunity carefully to understand the program goals, which align with the 2018-2022 IMLS Strategic Plan.
Whether you want to start a new museum volunteer program or revitalize an existing one, the Designing a Museum Volunteer Program toolkit from the American Alliance of Museums offers frameworks for day-to-day operations and strategic planning that can increase staff efficiency and help you target the essentials for your institution. 
Now, you can learn more tips in a new podcast with the toolkit’s author, Susan Zwerling (AAM Museum Assessment Program Officer), about how to engage, retain, and create a sustainable program for volunteers at your museum.
Request for Proposals: Diversity Consultant with Historic Annapolis -- DUE SOON
Historic Annapolis is seeking to hire a consultant to assist the organization with creating a Diversity Action Plan (DAP) that will enable a more inclusive work environment and engage a wider public audience.

Working with senior staff and board members, the consultant will serve as the lead in developing the DAP and assisting with implementation, to include training sessions. The DAP should include identifying diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and strategies for the organization that are integrated into all internal and external activities and planning processes. In addition, the DAP should include recommendations, policies and procedures, resources and trends, and best practices.

View the RFP. Proposals are due by close of business on September 7, 2020, to our Vice President of Finance at
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