August 18, 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!

Webinar, TODAY: Earth Optimism Panel - Building Climate-Resilient Communities on the Coast
Tuesday, August 18
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Organization: SERC

Tens of millions of Americans make their homes in coastal cities. How these cities adapt to rising seas will determine their futures in the 21st century. In this SERC webinar, three experts from cities on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. will share stories and ideas about how coastal communities can build resiliently in the face of sea level rise. Join SERC for an evening of cross-country dialogue, with built-in time for audience questions.

Register online to watch live, or to receive an on-demand recording after the event.
Webinar - Conservation and American Indians: Renewing a Relationship at the Core of the Conservation Movement
Wednesday, August 19
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Organization: Forever Maryland

Featuring Francis Gray of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe. This Forever Maryland webinar will call for a renewal of active and intentional collaboration and partnership between conservation organizations and indigenous communities to protect land and natural resources, and to achieve conservation goals that meet the needs of nature and the needs of indigenous communities. Traditions and practices from American Indian cultures can be found at the very root of the conservation movement in North America, but like many minority communities, American Indians have historically been excluded from environmental conservation. Recent success stories from around the world offer learning opportunities for how to pursue collaborative conservation, leveraging the rich knowledge and cultural traditions of American Indian tribes with the environmental and real estate expertise of conservation groups.

The webinar registration fees is $20. Register in advance
HA Virtual Lecture – The History Saga of Humans and the Environment at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Thursday, August 20
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Organization: Historic Annapolis with SERC

Speaker: Dr. Anson Hines (pictured, right). This story is about strategic location on a great estuary, human interactions with rich natural resources, and the founding history of the United States. It is an evolving story built around the science of archaeology and the inferences of oral and written history for the 2,650-acre campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), 5 miles south of Annapolis and 25 miles east of Washington, DC.
At the core of the story are two families who lived on the property for nearly 300 years: the Sellmans, who first built on the site in 1735 and lived for most of 200 years in a house that SERC is now restoring, and which is the oldest in-situ building in the Smithsonian Institution, and the Kirkpatrick-Howats, who farmed and forested the land as stewards for nearly 100 years, and who were pivotal to establishing SERC. Living amongst and adjacent to these families are the Black families of slaves and freed people who created parallel cultures and institutions of pride.

Registration Required. Cost: Free.
Meet the Author with the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Book Club
Wednesday, August 19
6:00-7:30 pm
Organization: Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

Join a Zoom Meet the Author with the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Book Club with Carl O. Snowden to hear a riveting story told by a leader who champions for the community.

He will discuss his book “Some People Watch Clocks To Tell What Time It Is, I Watch People To Know What Time It Is.”
TODAY! 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.

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.
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.

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

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.
Phantom Wine Tasting & Raffle with Goshen Farm
On August 22nd, 2020, the Goshen Farm Preservation Society will host their Phantom Wine Tasting & Raffle which is replacing their Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction.

For this event, you can contribute one of two ways. First, you can buy a ‘Stay at Home’ ticket for $25. This means you are supporting Goshen Farm but do not want to participate in the raffle. Second, you can buy a ‘Stay at Home + Rafflet’ ticket for $40. This means you are supporting Goshen Farm AND eligible to win the raffle items featured on the event's site.
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. 
PreserveCast: Elevating Authentic Stories of the Underground Railroad with Dr. Kate Clifford Larson
PreserveCast offers an informative podcast as we prepare for International Underground Railroad Month in September!

Few names have become as synonymous with grit, determination, and liberty as Harriet Tubman.
A Moses for her people, Tubman has become an almost mythical character who represents the best of the American spirit in the face of incredible suffering and inhumanity.
Yet, for many years, she lacked a rigorous and scholarly biography...
In this recent PreserveCast episode, Dr. Kate Clifford Larson, addressed that historical inequity and helped bring Harriet’s real story to a new generation.
Registration Open for #AASLH2020
The 2020 AASLH Annual Meeting will take place online, September 24–30. This year's theme is "What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?"

Download the Registration Form to register by mail or fax

Download the 2020 Annual Meeting Program (All times listed are in Eastern Time)

Pricing for 2020 Annual Meeting

Full Access: $55 for members; $75 for nonmembers

Basic Access: $35 for members; $45 for nonmembers

Limited Access: Free
Save the Date! September 22 Online Conversation: Race, Unrest and the Role of Heritage Areas and the Museum Field
Tuesday, September 22
2:00 pm
Hosted by Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area with the Coalition of Maryland Heritage Areas, this one-hour conversation for heritage professionals will explore the opportunity for heritage areas to help bring about a new model collaboration as museums strive to be centers of their communities. The webinar is a follow-up to a similarly titled, recent AAM virtual conference session that included Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch, Spelman College President Johnetta Cole, and Lori Fogarty, Director of the Oakland Museum of California. In it, Secretary Bunch recognized that museums, "...don't have broad enough shoulders to do everything....the question really is, what is the new model for us?" Echoing his call for collaboration, Director Fogarty called for "... an ecology and landscape with others... other organizations that are looking to do the same collective action." We will consider how heritage areas might provide, or help nurture, this new model.
Please save the date; registration information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
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