September 8, 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, including the availability of limited Emergency Operating Funds. Look for the details TO BE POSTED BY TOMORROW, SEPT. 9, on our website. Mini-Grant 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 Parameters
• 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!

CBF Webinar: Farming for Clean Water
Wednesday, September 9
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Organization: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Did you know that farmers are crucial partners for saving the Bay? It is estimated that widespread use of priority practices on Bay-region farms can reduce the amount of nitrogen pollution going into the Bay by as much as 60 percent. CBF works alongside the agriculture community to advise and advocate for the best management practices that will not only improve the agriculture community’s bottom line, but also clean up creeks, rivers, and the Bay.

From leveraging solar power to moving cows to new pastures, this webinar promises to educate attendees on why this partnership works for reducing pollution to the Bay. Join CBF to learn more about the connection between agriculture and clean water — and how you can support the effort.

Learning at London Town: What's in a Tree?
Wednesday, September 9, 1 pm- 3 pm
​& Saturday, September 12, 10 am- 12 pm
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
In this science- and observation-focused program, children will explore the gardens and learn all about the trees that live at London Town. We’ll spend time discussing the differences between types of trees, and carry out a tree-themed experiment. 
For the safety of participants and staff, this event will be held outside with appropriate distancing, group sizes, and cleaning in accordance with CDC and local guidance.
$8 for member children grades 1 - 4
$10 for non-member children grades 1 - 4
Pre-Registration Required. Maximum of 20 attendees.
Online Lecture: “Genesis” Series at the Mitchell Gallery
Wednesday, September 9
9:00 - 11:55 a.m.
Organization: The Mitchell Gallery

Genesis | Toussaint L’Ouverture | Hiroshima will be on view September 2–December 18

Mitchell Gallery is now open online. All exhibitions and most programs presented by the Mitchell Gallery are free and open to the public.

Join Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg on September 9 for an online lecture on the “Genesis” series.

Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) produced a body of prints that is both highly dramatic and intensely personal. In his graphic work, as in his paintings, Lawrence has turned to the lessons of history and his own experience. From depictions of civil rights confrontations to scenes of daily life, these images present a vision of a common struggle toward unity and equality, and a universal struggle deeply seated in the depths of the human consciousness. This exhibition features 31 graphic works created between 1971 and 1997 and includes his “Genesis” series of eight prints, 10 prints from the “Toussaint L’Ouverture” series, and his “Hiroshima” series of eight prints, and a collection of five other of Lawrence’s most significant prints.
Virtual Lecture - Slavery and Servitude in Early Annapolis
Thursday, September 10
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Organization: Historic Annapolis

In early Annapolis, Maryland, bound artisans labored in craft workshops, construction sites, public buildings, and domestic interiors. These bound artisans—including enslaved, indentured, and convict servants—comprised the majority of the labor force in Annapolis and elsewhere in the British Atlantic World. Annapolis’s great Georgian mansions, extant furnishings and artworks, and even the Maryland State Capitol building remain as products of bound laborers’ skill and expertise. Despite working for and with the city’s most famous free white artisans, most notably Charles Willson Peale, William Buckland, John Shaw, and William Faris, enslaved and indentured artisans are often left out of studies of craft in early Annapolis.

In this lecture, presenter Bethany McGlyn will retrace the lives and work of several enslaved and servant artisans using primary sources like newspaper advertisements, tax records, account books, and extant objects and buildings. Bethany will explain the legal differences between slavery and servitude in early America and the direct impact on daily life and work for bound artisans in Annapolis.

Registration required. Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers.
Virtual Arts Alive from Maryland Hall
Friday, September 11
7:00 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.
Galesville Heritage Society Annual Ice Cream Social
Sunday, September 13
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Galesville Heritage Society
988 Main St, Galesville

Come join family and neighbors for an ice cream social in Galesville!

Following CDC guidelines, this year's Ice Cream Social will be held outside on the museum grounds. Lots of space to spread out and enjoy. Yummy, wrapped novelty ice cream will be served. Social distancing and masks required.

In addition: West River boat tours (weather permitting) from the Galesville Community Pier aboard the “Miss Hazard” a 36-foot tuck-stern bateau. Sign up at the museum, seating is limited. West River boat tours, Galesville Community Pier 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm

Sponsored by the Galesville Heritage Society. For more information email: 988 Main Street

Rain Date: Sunday, September 20 
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.
View this Year's BDM Annual Youth Conference
Did you miss BDM's Annual Youth Conference? That's ok. We've got you covered.

Nearly 4,000 people joined the Banneker-Douglass Museum for their Annual Youth Conference this year and you still can too.

Just click "watch now" to see presentations from Future History Now, Dr. David Fakunle, Rashad Staton, BDM Executive Director, Chanel Compton, and much more!
MSCA's 2020 Regional Arts Summits Dates Annouced

The Regional Arts Summits are back, and this year, they are virtual! Join the summit for statewide updates from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), arts content-specific breakout groups, community sharing, and more – with options to connect with staff during daytime virtual office hours!

MSAC’s Regional Arts Summits will be held virtually from 4:00PM - 6:30PM on Tuesdays beginning September 15 through October 20, convening artists and arts organizations from varying regions of the state.

The date for Anne Arundel County's Arts Summit is Tuesday, September 22.
Nominations Now Open for the 2021 Maryland Preservation Awards
The Maryland Historical Trust is accepting nominations for the 2021 Maryland Preservation Awards

You may complete a nomination here using the 2021 Nomination Instructions. Nominations are due September 30, 2020.

The Maryland Preservation Awards, presented annually by the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust, are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education and community development projects in Maryland. Awards are presented in four categories: Leadership and Service, Education and Community Engagement, Project Excellence and Stewardship. Learn more or submit a nomination.
Webinar: Digital Camps - A Learning Experience for Both Campers & Staff
Friday, September 18
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Organization: The Small Museum Association

The Small Museum Association is pleased to present the first in a series of monthly webinars, taking the place of the 2021 SMA conference.
This year's theme is "Museums Respond to Crisis."

Learn how The Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio turned their traditional 8 week summer day camp into a 6 week "Camp in a Box" adventure, with an online component utilizing both zoom and google classroom. Hear what worked and what really, really didn't during this unprecedented time. The session will conclude with an open ended discussion on reaching children from under-served backgrounds for virtual programming in light of technological accessibility concerns.

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