July 14, 2020
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Awards Matching Grants Totaling $573,795 to Local Heritage Organizations
The Hogan Administration has announced $5.1 million in grants that are to be awarded to Maryland nonprofits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). These FY2021 funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland.

In the Four Rivers Heritage Area, there were 8 matching project grants awarded to partner nonprofit organizations, and two multi-heritage-area grants that will contribute programming to our area.

These grants, given for the last 23 years, produce economic activity in areas that contribute to Maryland’s cultural heritage. By supporting capital projects and educational activities, the grants stimulate interest in Maryland culture from residents and visitors. Funded projects in the Four Rivers Heritage Area include:
  • Capital Grant to Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, Inc., for "Restoration of the Skipjack Wilma Lee," $34,841
  • Capital Grant to Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, Inc., for "Phase I Improvements at the Park Campus," $95,954
  • Non-Capital Grant to Captain Avery Museum, for “From Vision to Reality,” $10,000
  • Non-Capital Grant to Historic Annapolis, Inc., for “History of Annapolis Exhibit: Fabrication and Installation,” $50,000
  • Capital Grant to Historic Annapolis, Inc., for "William Paca Garden Accessibility: Planning Phase," $8,000
  • Capital grant to London Town Foundation, for “Educational Pavilion Construction,” $100,000
  • Capital Grant to Preservation Maryland, for “Stabilization of the Captain William Burtis House,” $100,000
  • Non-Capital Grant to Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, for “Sellman-Kirkpatrick-Howitt House: Museum Exhibit Planning – Phase II: Completion of Design,” $50,000

Multi-Heritage-Area grants were also awarded to Chesapeake Conservancy and the Pride of Baltimore, Inc., for programming projects that will partially take place in the area. In addition, Four Rivers received a Management grant for $100,000, and a Marketing Grant for $25,000 (in partnership with Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County), making a total of $573,795 in MHAA funding to the Four Rivers Heritage Area for FY2021, for projects totaling more than $1.8 million.

The Management Grant to the Four Rivers Heritage Area supports activities such as the annual mini-grants program, the annual heritage awards, regional interpreter training, networking meetings for site directors and managers, educational workshops, online resources, and new collaborative initiatives.
For more information, visit the Four Rivers website or contact Executive Director, Carol Benson, at .
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!

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Visitors Center Reopens
Area residents and visitors in search of information about Annapolis and Anne Arundel County can count on personalized service from trained volunteers at the 26 West Street Visitors Center once again when Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) has a soft reopening of the center tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m.

VAAAC plans to open the Visitors Center Thursday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Should COVID-19 conditions worsen, the schedule will be revisited, and a closure may be required. VAAAC monitors State of Maryland, City of Annapolis, and Anne Arundel County guidelines. 
Virtual Lecture: "Brave Soldier of Fame: Lafayette in Annapolis"
Thursday, July 16
Historic Annapolis
7:00-8:00 pm

Lafayette’s time in Annapolis totaled less than a fortnight spread out over five decades, but that was enough for the French nobleman and the city to develop a mutual admiration for one another. The first two times he came to Maryland’s capital in 1777 and 1781, he arrived on a mission; the last two visits in 1784 and 1824 were for pleasure. Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell of Historic Annapolis talks about the long and warm relationship between Annapolis and America’s favorite fighting Frenchman.  

This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Cost: $10 Suggestion Donation; Please Pay What You Can.
Free Webinar: Reopening Plans in Action - Part 3
Thursday, July 16
11:30 am

Join Cuseum and others in this free webinar as they check in with leaders from museums at home and across the pond, who are already in their earliest stages of returning to work and reopening to the public. In Session 3 of this series , you'll find out how things are going and discuss the new or unique ways museums are generating revenue from rental events to licensing and programs.

Cuseum's Dan Sullivan will be guest moderating this webinar with the Association of Midwest Museums.
Maryland Day: Unpaused in the William Paca Garden
Saturday, July 18
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
William Paca Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Celebrate all things Maryland in the William Paca Garden!

On Saturday, July 18th, Historic Annapolis will commemorate the founding of the state of Maryland for a Maryland Day: Unpaused celebration . Bring your friends and family to step back in time in a secret garden, where you’ll find colonials sharing their trades and demonstrating their skills. Plus, have some fun with family-friendly activities! Cost: $1 per person
Join a Planning Meeting for the NEA Big Read
NEA's Big Read
NEA's Big Read
Wednesday, July 29
9:30 am

Black Lives Matter: Chesapeake Children's Museum is Hosting a Zoom Planning Meeting.

Community partners across Anne Arundel County are preparing a calendar of online public events with the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The NEA Big Read is being planned for October 11 through November 21, 2020 using the book Citizen, An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Poetry and images address overt and covert racism.

Companion books for children address skin color and individuals who have worked to overcome racial discrimination. Online events will include book discussions, film showings, poetry slam for youth, teacher workshops, crafts workshops and folk tales for children, and more. The calendar includes Make a Difference Day, World Kindness Day, and Hispanic and Native American Heritage months. Libraries, museums, youth groups, and other partners will receive books for their participants.

Please contact Debbie Wood at CCM to get involved.
Register Now! Banneker-Douglass Museum's Annual Youth Conference
Friday, July 31
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!

MSAC ENVISION Series: Focusing on Possibilities
Join the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) this week for the Envision series !

MSAC offers free weekly professional development opportunities focusing on the resurgence of the arts in Maryland across our state and our communities.

July 15 12-1PM
with Janice Greene of the Griots Circle
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. 

July 16 1-2 PM
Performing Arts
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. 

July 13 4-5 PM
Public Art Listening Session for Artwork Purchase Program
Maryland's percent for public art program, the Maryland Public Art Initiative would like to begin a program to purchase existing works from Maryland artists to be on permanent display in State-owned buildings. In this listening session we want to gather feedback for a proposed artwork purchasing program and how it may benefit painters, photographers, mixed media, sculptors, etc. interested in selling work through this program.
Small Museum Association: Call for Proposals
Rather than hold the Small Museum Association Conference in person this year, the Small Museum Association will be hosting a series of mini conferences in the form of interactive webinars.

The theme for this year comes as no surprise: they want to talk about how small museum have or can respond to crisis with particular focus on the current health situation and on Black Lives Matter. However, a crisis may also be a flooded collections room, massive data loss, etc. They may even look to what museums have done in crises during decades past for inspiration or have a creative conversation about future crises and how to best to prepare. And how have museums preserved the memory of crises in the past? Whose narratives are presented and what objects are preserved? How should museums be recording this moment in history?

Would you be interested in hosting a webinar? Please use the Google Form to submit a proposal by Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Grant Opportunities: Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative
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.
  • 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.
  • $10 million via DHCD for nonprofits licensed by Maryland Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
  • Up to $8 million via Commerce to nonprofits that have already applied for their Covid-19 Emergency Grant Program but were not able to be funded in the earlier round.
  • $3 million via the Maryland Arts Council, based in Commerce, for arts and cultural organizations affected by Covid-19 impacts.

NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY : Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative
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