NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
July 28, 2020
This Friday! Banneker-Douglass Museum's Annual Youth Conference
Friday, July 31
Banneker-Douglass Museum
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This virtual summit is dedicated to the empowerment of Maryland’s youth. Now is the time to learn about how you can participate in democracy and be an agent of change in your community. Be encouraged to use your voice to advocate for the change you want to see; your voice counts!

Special presentations from Future History Now , Dr. David Fakunle, Rashad Staton, and BDM Executive Director, Chanel Compton; free giveaways; and much more!


Four Rivers Heritage Area is a proud partial funder of the BDM Youth Conference, through our Mini-Grant program.
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!



CBF Webinar: Regulatory Rollbacks - Undermining Bay Restoration
Tuesday, July 28
12:00-1:00 pm

Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Federal Office for a discussion of environmental rollbacks and how they affect the Bay and communities within the watershed. We will cover the basics of relevant clean air and water regulations, the importance of achieving the goals of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, and what rollbacks could mean for achieving Bay restoration goals by 2025.

Speakers include:
  • Denise Stranko, CBF Federal Legislative and Policy Manager
  • Katie Morgan, CBF Federal Outreach and Advocacy Manager

Historic Annapolis Virtual Lecture: The Collections and Programs of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum
Thursday, July 30
Host: Historic Annapolis
7:00-8:00 pm

From ship models to flags to swords, visitors will find these and more at the nation's oldest navy museum right here in Annapolis. Dr. Claude Berube, the Director of the Naval Academy Museum will join us to discuss the museum's collections and programs that people can access even in the COVID-19 environment.

Dr. Claude Berube has served as Director of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum since 2012. Since 2005, he has taught as both a military officer and civilian at the United States Naval Academy where his courses included American Government, Terrorism, Campaigns & Elections, Intelligence & National Security. Maritime Security Challenges, Naval History, and Emergent Naval Warfare.

Registration Required . Cost: Free; Suggested Donation $15.
Mini Succulents Workshop at Historic London Town
Mini succulent
Saturday, August 1
10:30-11:30 am
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Celebrate summer by creating a mini potted succulent garden. This workshop was originally planned for Earth Day in April, so let’s continue where we left off and create miniature gardens all about positivity, motivation, and inspiration.
 
Succulent gardens are easy to transplant and even easier to maintain, so this workshop is fun and suitable for all ages!  
For the safety of participants and staff, this workshop will be held outside with appropriate distancing, group sizes, and cleaning in accordance with CDC and local guidance. 

Maximum of 20 attendees. ​ Pre-Registration Required . Members: $25/Non-Members: $30
Coming Soon! Reopening of the Hammond-Harwood House
Beginning Monday, August 3rd, the Hammond-Harwood House welcomes members back to the museum for a "soft opening" week. This is a special opportunity -- for members only the first week -- to enjoy the Hammond-Harwood House and see the two new  exhibitions :

  • Decadent Décor: Global Imports in an Early American Port City 
  • Slavery at Hammond-Harwood House 
 
Tours will be offered by reservation only and the number of people in each tour group will be limited. To reserve, please call 410-263 4683 extension 10. Or email info@hammondharwoodhouse.org. Hours are 12pm - 5pm daily, closed on Tuesdays.
Cuseum Webinar: Succeeding with Timed Ticketing as a Cultural Organization
Succeeding with Timed Ticketing
Host Organization: Cuseum
2:00 pm

As museums and cultural institutions work to reopen, many are taking important steps to facilitate physical distancing, contract tracing, and enable contactless entry. One key way organizations are doing this is by introducing timed ticketing for visitors, which has the benefit of managing capacity, reducing admissions lines, and limiting interactions between staff and guests. However, timed ticketing is new territory for most museums. Many are looking for best practices and wondering how to roll this out to their visitors to ensure a successful reopening.

Join a discussion about all things timed ticketing! Each of these panelists has introduced timed ticketing (some very recently), and they will be available to share best practices and answer questions in this dialogue. Register for this webinar.
Network for Good Webinar: Launching and Sustaining a Planned Giving Program
Wednesday, July 29
1:00 pm

Planned gifts can be transformational for your organization, but how do you get them and what do you need to set them up? Network for Good's team of experts will give you the knowledge and tools you need to make planned giving doable and scalable for nonprofits with growth in mind.  

Join the Network for Good as we share all the essentials you need to get started, including: 
  • General overview of planned giving options 
  • Smart techniques to identify your top planned giving prospects, beyond date of birth  
  • How to set up and promote your planned giving program 
  • How to make a planned giving ask 
  • Ideas for increased engagement and recognition 

MSAC ENVISION Offerings This Week
Envision
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.


July 29 12-1PM
with Adena Varner

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. 

The Anchor of the Arts: Inspiration to keep moving forward drawn from what keeps us steadfast and sustained.


July 30 1-2 PM
Arts Education

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. Additionally, MSDE's Fine Arts Office will share online resources to support digital engagement in arts education. 


Meet MSAC’s Traditional Arts Team
Thursday, July 29, 3-4PM

MSAC supports folk and traditional arts through the efforts of four staff members working across multiple programs. These staff members come from a variety of backgrounds, including folklore studies, ethnomusicology, and visual art. This webinar gives a chance to learn these staff members’ stories, how their work supports folk and traditional arts, and how your creative practice or organization might make space for cultural traditions.


Wednesday, July 29, 2-3PM 

Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts as they address legal issues surrounding re-opening and in-person engagement, including liability attached to patrons and employees, coordinating action plans for the use of PPE, and following CDC guidelines and other regulations.
Reminder! Apply Now for a Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative Grant
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is administering up to $40 million of the Governor’s $50 million Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI). The remaining nonprofit funding will be administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. Of the $40 million being administered by DHCD, up to $30 million will be for nonprofits whose mission and work is focused on the economic development and economic recovery of Maryland communities as well as those nonprofits that focus on the health and human services and housing of underserved Maryland populations.

Applicants from heritage organizations as welcome to apply, but must describe their economic development and recovery role on the application in order to avoid disqualification.


To apply, go directly to the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative .
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