NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
June 16, 2020
Maryland Day Unpaused Events This Week!
Maryland Day Unpaused continues in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, giving our partners a chance to celebrate a belated Maryland Day virtually with new online content and experiences, as well as outdoor places to explore. Here are some activities you won’t want to miss this week.

Tune in to  Pride of Baltimore’s Facebook page  for “Fun with Flags” through June 20. They’ll be highlighting the Maryland flag and signal flags, as well as sharing some great shots of Pride of Baltimore II with flags flying.

Maryland Federation of Art hosts Wil Scott, art historian and former head of Adult Programs at the National Gallery, on June 16 at 5:00 pm has he connects with an artist to discuss their work, process, and motivation. Join the event at Maryland Federation of Art’s Facebook page .

Starting June 15. Celebrate Maryland Day by heading out for a self-guided history hike of the Bacon Ridge Natural Area. On the Scenic Rivers Land website , you will find materials to help you explore for landscape clues in the history-rich Bacon Ridge Natural Area.

This week Anne Arundel County Public Library will host “ The Great Movies: Transit ” discussion on Friday, June 19 at 7:00 pm. Watch the movie on Kanopy beforehand, then join the library staff for a lively Friday evening discussion on Zoom.

Since much of this celebration is virtual, some of the features and events offered by our partners are ongoing or available to access at any time, so be sure to check the Maryland Day Unpaused website often!
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 might have missed.

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

New! For “Maryland Day Unpaused,” Watch Our Video Presentation
Four Rivers has created a video, “ A Look Back: Maryland Day in the Four Rivers Heritage Area ,” a short review of Maryland Day Celebrations over the years.

We hope you enjoy this brief “look back,” and we hope to see everyone in person again at next year's events in March 2021!
Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Announces Funding for Preservation Projects
Logo for Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture
The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) announces $1 million in available funds for African American preservation projects. The goal of the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) is to identify and preserve buildings, communities, and sites of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. This year, the competitive annual program is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Grant awards range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions. Business entities and individuals may also apply for program grants when seeking funds for a preservation or development project that serves a high public purpose. Eligible projects include acquisition, construction, capital improvement, and certain predevelopment costs for African American heritage properties. Program guidelines and grant applications may be obtained from the Maryland Historical Trust .

The deadline is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
Celebrating Juneteenth! African-American History in the Chesapeake with Historic London Town & Gardens
With Friday, June 19th being Juneteenth, our colleagues at Historic London Town and Gardens are resharing past lectures from different scholars and re-enactors discussing African-American history in the Chesapeake region.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in America learned of their freedom. Although this was two months after the end of the Civil War (and two years after the Emancipation Proclamation), it wasn't until June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger brought about 1,800 federal troops to Galveston, Texas and enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Note: November 1, 1864 is the date when Maryland abolished slavery. Read more here: https://pathways.thinkport.org/about/about4g.cfm

Join the Maryland State Arts Council for Upcoming Independent Artist Awards Information Sessions
Join MSAC Program Directors Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss as they host two virtual Information Sessions about the 2021 Independent Artist Awards (IAA) on Friday, June 19th at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, July 7th at 4 p.m.. Emily and Laura will walk through the IAA application, work sample requirements, the scoring rubric, and review process. There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers. 

Registration is not required; the meetings will be held on Google Meet at the links below:

Friday, June 19th at 10 a.m.:
Join by phone: (US) +1 402-509-9660‬ PIN: ‪118 959 073‬#

Tuesday, July 7th at 4 p.m.:
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 304-503-3085‬ PIN: ‪396 167 361‬#

MSAC’s Independent Artist Awards (IAAs) recognize achievement by Maryland artists making work independent of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by grants of $2,000, $10,000, and $15,000 that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice. 2021 IAAs will recognize artists in the Visual/Media Arts

For further details and information, including IAA Guidelines, please visit the Maryland State Arts Council website .
Listen to Preserve Cast Episode 130: Marylanders Fight to Save the Union
Marylanders Fight to Save the Union: The Old Line State in the Civil War with Dr. Timothy Orr

Experience the latest from our friends at Preservation Maryland! For Civil War readers and historians, Maryland has always been confounding... Its location along the Mason-Dixon Line meant it was the seat of war for many pitched battles – and divided the loyalties of its citizens.
But, for all the impact, bloodshed and division – its contribution to the Union Army is often overlooked. Confederate memory clouds the history – but today, the clouds are lifting, thanks to the work of professor and historian, Timothy Orr.
Upcoming Virtual Preservation Maryland Events
Tuesday, June 16, 7PM - Zoom & Facebook Live

Please join State Delegate Brooke Lierman and economist Donovan Rypkema of Place Economics along with Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding, architect Nakita Reed, and preservation developer John Renner for a discussion on the critical role older homes and historic communities can play in the post COVID-19 economy.

Wednesday, June 24, 3PM - Facebook Live

Join Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding and Patrice Frey, President and CEO of Main Street America to learn about the challenges and opportunities for Main Street communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuseum Webinar TODAY - Museum Think Tank: Cultural Organizations as Incubators for Social Impact
Cuseum live webinar on Museum Think Tank
Tuesday, June 16, 2:00 pm


Recent events have prompted individuals, companies, and organizations across the world to take a deeper look at their role in society and explore how they can play an active part in driving the change they want to see. Museums and cultural organizations, with their mission-based work and commitment to community, have an especially important role to play in this current moment. To step up and effect change in areas of social justice, cultural professionals are turning to their colleagues within the field, as well as seeking inspiration and guidance from other industries to generate fresh ideas and develop meaningful new approaches.

This webinar will take the form of a museum “Think Tank” where innovative voices from the museum field converge with social impact entrepreneurs who are addressing some of society’s most challenging issues.

Participate in American Alliance of Museum's COVID-19 National Impact Survey
AAM is launching a survey to create a snapshot of how US museums are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to assess the impact of this crisis on our field. The information you provide will help us continue to advocate for funding and other forms of relief, raise public awareness regarding how this crisis is affecting your museums, and understand what AAM can do to meet your needs.

The questionnaire consists of twenty questions and is designed to be as easy to complete as possible. They are seeking one response per institution. The survey will remain open until June 29.

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