August 11, 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!

CBF Virtual Panel - 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.
HA Virtual Lecture – Anne Catharine Hoof Green: 300th Birthday Celebration
Thursday, August 13
Offered by Hisotoric Annapolis (HA)
7:00-8:00 pm

Anne Catharine Green became the publisher of the Maryland Gazette following her husband’s death, and her story would be inspiring in any era: a successful business woman operating in a man’s world. Add in that this “Printer to the Province” gave birth to 14 children and her fuller story is revealed. Tune in to celebrate this remarkable Founding Mother to mark her 300th birthday and 2020: The Year of the Woman. Re-enactor Diane Rey will present an overview of Mrs. Green’s life as well as a vivid portrayal of the woman herself.

Registration required. Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members & Volunteers.
William Buckland Walking Tour with Hammond-Harwood House
Saturday, August 15
10:00 am
Tour meets in front of St. Mary’s Church (109 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD 21401.)

Hammond-Harwood House presents a walking tour of downtown Annapolis to learn about William Buckland’s life. See firsthand his designs, and examples of his influence.

William Buckland immigrated to the colonies in 1755 as an indentured servant to George Mason of Virginia. Mason commissioned Buckland to work on his home, a seemingly modest site called Gunston Hall. The young architect is credited with introducing a variety of designs into mainstream architecture in the colonies. The crowning jewel of Buckland’s career, however, was the house he designed for Matthias Hammond. Price: $15 | Members: $10. Register online for the tour.
Upcoming AASLH Live Webinar: 250th Anniversary and African American Museums: A Listening Session
Tuesday, August 18
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Offered by American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
Cost: Free

This webinar is presented in partnership with the the Association of African American Museums (AAAM).

How should the community of African American museums and other history organizations engage with the upcoming commemoration of the United States 250th anniversary? As U.S. history organizations advance plans for “America 250,” this listening session offers an opportunity for participants to learn more about the development of commemoration planning and to share ideas about what role African American history institutions could play.

The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission released its extensive planning report recently, which explains some of the ways that cultural institutions in every state and territory will be involved, how state commissions will participate, and what the likely connections will be to federal agencies such as the National Park Service, NEH, the Smithsonian, and the National Archives. How can this anniversary enable African American museums to advance more inclusive, more honest stories about our nation's past? What role should African American institutions and museum professionals play to ensure commemoration programming reflects the diversity of our nation and our communities? What opportunities might the 250th present to advance broad, structural shifts in how American history is interpreted and shared with public audiences? Join the conversation during this listening session.

New! Cruise With the Annapolis Maritime Museum
The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park's public cruises aboard historic skipjack Wilma Lee kick off today at 3pm at City Dock.

Heritage Cruises: Experience Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay like never before on this guided heritage sail aboard the Wilma Lee, one of the few remaining skipjacks on the Bay. Learn about the city’s history and the ecology of the Bay while viewing landmarks like the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Naval Academy. Tour guides will identify and share fun facts about native Chesapeake Bay wildlife during the cruise. Perfect for families and maritime enthusiasts!

Sunset Cruises: Join the crew on weekend evenings for a sunset cruise on the Chesapeake Bay. Includes complimentary beverages (wine, beer, canned cocktails and soda).

MFA Call for Entry - Black Art Matters has been extended
Maryland Federation of Art (MFA)
Now Open for Entry

Last chance to enter MFA's third People's Choice all-hang exhibition. This show is only for Black artists to enter and share their craft with the world - plus win an MFA Membership for free.

Deadline to Enter: August 9th (extended)
Juror: Thomas James, Curator at The Creative Alliance and former MFA Fellow
Awards: 6 MFA Memberships

Black art is American art. Black issues are American issues. The Black Lives Matter protests have resulted in powerful artwork derived from passion, grief, persistence, and the pursuit of justice. MFA invites all Black artists to enter their original 2-D or 3-D art to this online all-hang exhibition. All eligible work will be exhibited in MFA’s online Curve Gallery from August 5th to September 12th, 2020.
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.

August 12 12-1PM
with John Schratweiser

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 John Schratweiser will share how his passion for theater, and specifically musical theater opened the door to a career in Arts Administration and Advocacy.

Thursday, August 20, 1-2 PM
Place-based Community Organizing in West Baltimore

As executive director of Arch Social Community Network in West Baltimore, Denise Johnson is a community organizer developing strong relationships with constituents through dialogue and direct interaction. This webinar demonstrates Arch Social Community Network’s philosophy that place, individual experience, and community tradition are building blocks in creating a local outlet for cultural expression. Traditional arts professionals and other cultural workers are invited to attend this session to learn how cultural traditions and fieldwork can be framed as essential components of community organizing.

Envisioning Our State: Coffee with Ken

Here’s your chance to get the ear of the Director! Join MSAC’s Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz, and your fellow colleagues across the state on Tuesday mornings with your favorite coffee drink (or tea, if you’re like Ken!) for a topic-specific dialogue about the arts in Maryland.

Free Cuseum Ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving & Thriving As A Cultural Organization In the 21st Century
Like so many industries, arts and cultural organizations are experiencing a rapid digital transformation. Consumer expectations are changing quickly - it is no longer a novelty to have an app or to incorporate technology as part of the in-person experience. Plus, amidst the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, many organizations are shifting their operations online.

In collaboration with Blackbaud, Cuseum has launched "The Ultimate Guide to Surviving & Thriving As A Cultural Organization."

They strive to help you "set sail towards a better tomorrow."
Download this free e-book to find:
-- Resources for operating during the coronavirus
-- Tips for catering to changing consumer expectations
-- Guidance for setting goals, using data, and developing best practices
-- Insights for leveraging technology tools effectively and a look at the future of technology in this space.

MSAC Grants for Organizations - Call for Panelists
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MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Grants for Organizations (GFO) panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the disciplines of the organizations under review. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 

The FY22 GFO process will include one multi-disciplinary panel to review all new applications and organizations in an “on-year.” 

Panelists receive modest compensation for their service.

What does a panelist do?
Selected panelists: 
  • Attend one in-person or virtual training session.
  • Review and evaluate applications on MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple.*
  • Complete assigned extension assignments (Artistic Site Visits and In-Depth Conversations)
  • Attend one GFO panel meeting (March/April 2021)
*The average commitment of hours varies based on the number of applications. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time from late November 2020 through the panel meeting in March/April 2021.

Panelists must have access to a computer with internet connection to complete reviews. Apply to become a panelist.

Deadline: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:59pm

Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger ( or Laura Weiss ( for assistance. 
AASLH Annual Meeting Scholarships Available
The 2020 American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Annual Meeting will be held online on September 24-30.

There are several opportunities for scholarships to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting. Read more about each opportunity.

The Small Museums Committee of AASLH is offering up to 25 scholarships to this year’s AASLH Annual Meeting. Scholarships are available to full- or part-time paid/unpaid staff of small museums (annual budget of up to $250,000). Each scholarship will cover one Full Conference Pass. DEADLINE: August 26, 2020

The Evelyn Scholarship is named in honor of Douglas Evelyn, AASLH president from 1992-1994, and recognizes Evelyn’s strong support of AASLH’s professional development mission. A primary objective of the Douglas Evelyn Scholarship is to increase culturally diverse participation at the AASLH Annual Meeting and in all the association’s programs. Any person of color who is furloughed or laid off from their job at a history organization due to COVID-19 is also available for funding. AASLH will offer up to 20 Full Conference Passes for culturally diverse attendees. DEADLINE: August 26, 2020
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