August 4, 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 may have missed.

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

Virtual Girl Scout Workshops in August
Scouts! Join a Virtual Girl Scout Workshop with the Chesapeake Children's Museum. Register today!

See the schedule below:

Between Earth and Sky for Daisies . . . Thursday, August 6, 1-2 pm
3 Cheers for Animals for Daisies . . . . Friday, August 7, 1-2 pm
Dancer Badge for Brownies . . . . Saturday, August 8, 1-2 pm
Night Owl Badge for Cadettes . . . . Tuesday, August 11, 8-9:30 pm
Night Owl Badge for Cadettes . . . . Thursday, August 13, 8-9:30 pm
Making $$ Choices for Daisies . . . . Saturday, August 15, 1-2 pm
Agent of Change (pt 1) for Juniors . . . . Thursday, August 20, 3-5 pm
Agent of Change (pt 2) for Juniors . . . . Friday, August 21, 3-5 pm
Breathe Journey for Cadettes . . . . Thursday, August 27, 1-3 pm
Dancer Badge for Brownies . . . . Friday, August 28, 1-2 pm
World of Girls for Brownies . . . . Saturday, August 29, 1-2:30 pm
HA Virtual Lecture – Augustine Herrman’s Remarkable Map of the Seventeenth Century Chesapeake
Virtual Lecture Map
Thursday, August 6
7:00-8:00 pm

Join a Virtual Lecture hosted by Historic Annapolis. Tucked inside a now almost-forgotten set of maps once owned by famous London diarist Samuel Pepys is one of the most extraordinary maps of colonial English America. Created by a colonial merchant, planter, and diplomat named Augustine Herrman and commissioned by Lord Baltimore, Virginia and Maryland as it is Planted and Inhabited (1673) pictures the Mid-Atlantic in breathtaking detail, capturing its waterways, coastlines, and communities. This talk presented by Dr. Christian J. Koot uncovers the story of this map by tracing its Atlantic journey and explaining what it reveals about colonial Maryland.

Registration required. Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members & Volunteers.
Banneker-Douglass Museum Educator Workshop: Anti-Racism Training
Banneker-Douglass Museum
Saturday, August 8
2:00-4:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

This training hosted by the Banneker-Douglass Museum is geared toward teachers, educators, and counselors.

Led by industry leaders and scholars, this interactive workshop focuses on using the arts as an effective means to dismantle racial stereotypes and effectively strengthen minority communities. For more information, please contact Sabriyah Hassan, Director of Programs at #BDMAntiRacism
Webinar Next Week! Clean Water is a Right: Equity and Environmental Justice Around the Bay
Tuesday, August 11
6:30-7:30 pm

While unprecedented social restrictions make the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s bimonthly Brock Environmental Center Learning Series impossible to do in-person for the time being, the issues remain as important as ever. So CBF is moving this popular series online, increasing the number of available seats—and making the program monthly!

Ensuring the meaningful involvement of all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, or income is critical to ensuring equity for all. Join CBF and a panel of elected leaders and community advocates for perspectives on recent environmental justice victories around the Bay watershed. They will also discuss where this critical conversation needs to go in the coming years. Webinar registration is required.
Watch the Underground Railroad Month Training Webinar
This International Underground Railroad Month Webinar, conducted July 1, 2020, provides context for International Underground Railroad Month in September. Hosts include Diane Miller, Heather Ersts, and Roy Finkenbine.

You can join this year’s initiative to plan for International Underground Railroad Month. This initiative acknowledges the significance of the Underground Railroad, and all those involved, for its contribution to the eradication of slavery in the United States and as a cornerstone for a more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed. It honors the inspiring efforts of the people from around the world who have committed themselves to document, interpret, and share with the public the Underground Railroad through the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Here in Maryland, our lead partner is Heather Ersts, Partnership and Outreach Manager,  Maryland Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism. We encourage you to contact our office,, with your ideas for collaborations for this year’s initiative.
Free Webinars: Critical Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, Equity, and History
The National Council for History Education recently hosted a series of free webinars. This series engaged participants in important conversations about issues of race, ethnicity, equity, and history. It was sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program. 

Critical Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, and History webinar recordings are now available, along with related documents.
New Funding Resource from Preservation Directory
Preservation is launching a new website in the Fall of 2020 that will provide a comprehensive database of funding sources for historic preservation and cultural resource management. The new website will include funding sources available at the local, state and federal level and will include grants, loans, tax incentives, easement programs, scholarships, fellowships, and award programs.

In addition to funding sources for historic preservation and restoration projects, the database also includes funding sources for: Arts Programs, Humanities Programs, Cultural Resource (Archaeology, Cultural Landscapes, Ethnographic Resources, Historic Sites & Structures and Museums) Programs, Downtown and Main Street Programs, Resources for Library and Archival Organizations and Institutions, Conference Travel Programs, Low Income and Emergency Repair Programs, Transportation Infrastructure Programs, and much more!

The database currently contains over 6,000 programs. Look for a formal announcement in the coming months.
Network for Good Webinar: Implementing and Embracing Virtual Accounting
Thursday, August 6
2:00 pm

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought to the forefront the necessity of providing accounting services remotely. To do so, entities have to think about more than just their choice of accounting software. In this webinar, we’ll share our tips for successfully setting up and maintaining a cloud-based accounting department, including the importance of embracing technology in today’s new “work-from-home” normal.

During this webinar, Network for Good and Your Part-Time Controller (YPTC) will cover:
  • Discuss benefits of a virtual accounting department
  • Review prerequisites for establishing a virtual accounting department
  • Introduce virtual accounting solutions to boost efficiency
  • Share process for maintaining and organizing a virtual accounting department
  • The seamless integration with QuickBooks Online and Network for Good

MSAC ENVISION Offerings This Week
New Programs This Week!
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.

August 5, 12-1PM
with Barbara Paca

What better way to listen and share, if not over a meal? Grab lunch and join your fellow colleagues in a story share! As we gather together, this time is to collectively discuss anecdotal hopes, challenges, and tales of resilience of our arts communities. Leave the hour feeling inspired and connected as we envision the resurgence of the arts in our communities. 

Guest Barbara Paca will share a story of connectedness: the evolution of the Maryland Spirituals Initiative as it intersects with her identity as an artist, art historian, member of Maryland's Commission on African American History and Culture, and mother.

August 6, 1-2 PM
Literary Arts
Join us to hear what’s working well digitally for sharing online content as we hear from arts organizations and artists across Maryland and beyond.
MSAC Recognizes the Anniversary of the ADA - Recordings Available
Maryland State Arts Council logo
Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) strives to provide inclusive, mutually beneficial and meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all cultural and creative spaces.

Throughout the last week of July, MSAC celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by featuring Maryland artists with disabilities and arts organizations who support them on our social media channels. Artists also shared the impact of the ADA, what disability justice and accessibility looks like today, and their imaginations for the future.

See all the videos on the MSAC Youtube Page!

Continue the conversation using hashtags #ThanksToTheADA #ADA30 and learning more at
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