August 25, 2020
Tomorrow! Join the 2020 Women's Centennial Summit: from the Right to Vote to the Right to Lead
Wednesday, August 26
9:00 am - 12:30 pm​
Presented by the Maryland Commission for Women in partnership with The Foundation for the Maryland Commission for Women & The Maryland Commission on the Commemoration of ​the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
The theme of the Summit will be “From the Right to Vote to the Right to Lead.” It will begin with a keynote address, followed by a panel on the history of the Suffrage Movement in Maryland, and a panel discussion with women thought leaders in various fields, addressing “Women’s Leadership and the Intersectionality of Gender and Race in Times of Crisis.”
The Summit is open to the public and there is no charge to participate. Pre-registration is required.
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!

The Battle of Brooklyn: A Virtual Lecture About the “Maryland 400”
Thursday, August 27
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Organization: Maryland State Archives, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Maryland Four Centuries Project

Please join a virtual lecture to commemorate the anniversary of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn, given by Owen Lourie, who has been heading the project at the Archives to identify the names of these brave Revolutionary War soldiers from Maryland. This talk chronicles the Maryland 400, the soldiers who saved George Washington’s army at the Battle of Brooklyn in August 1776. It describes their actions, including their famous last stand against the British. It also follows the lives of some to the soldiers after the war, including a number from Baltimore.
Virtual Lecture – Hamilton, the Man and the Musical
Thursday, August 27
7:00-9:00 pm
Organization: Historic Annapolis

Alexander Hamilton has always been known as a central player in America’s early history, but the smash Broadway musical Hamilton has focused new attention on the life and career of this fascinating individual. This multimedia presentation draws on both Hamilton’s biography and his depiction on stage to examine his accomplishments, discuss his relationship with Aaron Burr, and reflect on the accuracy of the musical. It includes recordings from the musical’s soundtrack and interviews with its creators.

Join Historic Annapolis for this entertaining two-hour presentation with Dr. Dan Sherman (there will be a short intermission). There is even an Annapolis connection to Alexander Hamilton! Glenn E. Campbell, HA Senior Historian, will introduce Dr. Sherman’s lecture with a bit about Hamilton’s visits to Annapolis. This Hamilton presentation is a fan favorite and has been presented more than thirty times to rave reviews.

Registration required. Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members & Volunteers.
Cuseum Webinar: Supporting Schools & Educators as a Cultural Organization
Wednesday, August 26
2:00 pm
Organization: Cuseum

Across the country, schools districts are beginning to reopen for fall, many in virtual and hybrid formats. Concurrently, museums and cultural organizations are striving to create programming and educational resources that will support schools, teachers, students, and parents during this challenging time. For many, this is still new territory, and best practices are being developed in real-time. As a result, there is a strong need to connect with other educators in the cultural space to share strategies, ideas, lessons.

Speakers will discuss how cultural organizations can support schools, design programming, and succeed with virtual formats in the upcoming school year!

Network for Good Webinar: "Subscription Giving: The New Recurring Giving Model for Today’s Donors"
Thursday, August 27
1:00 pm
Organization: Network for Good

Over the last decade, consumer buying has shifted towards subscription-based purchasing. Companies like Netflix, Amazon, Blue Apron, and Dollar Shave Club have changed consumer behavior to expect instant, curated, and relevant content or products that can be accessed anywhere at any time.

Savvy nonprofits can take advantage of this movement by offering subscription-based giving to donors and prospects. Subscription Giving draws from the best of traditional recurring giving programs while incorporating new customer engagement methods tested by high performing subscription-based companies to engage and sustain today’s busy, impact-driven donors.

During this webinar, Network for Good will:
  • Discuss today's donors and how their giving behavior has changed over time 
  • Break down the advantages of Subscription Giving and how it differs from traditional giving
  • Share Network for Good's Subscription Giving methodology
  • Dive into how your organization can get started with Subscription Giving

American Alliance of Museums: Reopening Starter Kit for Museums Now Available
While the prospect of safely reopening your museum to the public is an exciting one, the long list of tasks involved can be daunting and stressful. How should you communicate your reopening, what training does staff need, and what signage is needed? We know these are just a few of the questions running through your mind. 

To make reopening just a little easier, the American Alliance of Museums has created a Reopening Starter Kit for Museums, including customizable health and safety posters and decals, messaging templates, and checklists, in one convenient $15 package.
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: Copyright for Artists in the time of COVID-19
Wednesday, August 26, 2-3PM

During this time, many creatives have had to shift their practices, especially from in-person to online formats. These format changes have implications related to copyright law that are worth exploring to better protect your work or protect yourself from infringing on someone else's work. This workshop will go over copyright basics but touch on specific COVID copyright issues including protecting online courses, recordings, and streaming.
Webinar: Ethical Remote Internships
Tuesday, August 25
2:00 pm
Organization: The NYC Museum Educators Roundtable

Considering hosting remote internships in the Fall, Spring or upcoming Summer terms? Join the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable for a panel discussion, moderated by Sheridan Small of Dumbarton House, of internship supervisors and interns as they explore recruitment and sourcing positions, onboarding, managing and communication advice, professional development opportunities, and more. There will be a brief Q&A following the panel discussion.

MSAC Grants for Organization’s FY2022 Intent to Apply Application is Now Open!
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Application Due September 15, 2020
The Grants for Organizations (GFO) granting program provides general operating support to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, as well as units of government, that produce or present ongoing arts programming that is open to the public.
If your organization is a NEW Applicant or if your organization DID NOT receive a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 MSAC GFO Grant, your organization is required to complete the Intent to Apply form in order to be eligible to apply for FY2022 GFO funding. If the organization is deemed eligible after review of the Intent to Apply form, the organization must submit a completed On-Year Application by November 15, 2020 to be considered for FY2022 GFO funding. 
If you answer “Yes!” to all sections in the below chart, your organization is eligible to complete an Intent to Apply form.
Questions? Please reach out to our Program Directors - Laura Weiss ( or Emily Sollenberger ( - for assistance. 
Come Geocaching at the Annapolis Maritime Museum's Park Campus
Explore the Annapolis Maritime Museum's Park Campus on Back Creek. These caches are maintained by the Education Department of AMM. Several caches are hidden on their site for geocachers to enjoy while exploring the trail system and water's edge. 

For more information, visit their website at or email

Descriptions of Caches and more information available at
Reminder: Apply for a Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative Grant
Governor Hogan is allocating $50 million to the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) to assist nonprofit organizations whose critical operations have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and state-of-emergency.
The funding will be administered through FOUR funding applications administered as follows by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) or the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) as follows: At least $30 million via DHCD to nonprofit organizations engaged in the economic recovery, health and human services and housing of underserved communities and underserved populations.

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