September 17, 2019
Four Rivers Fall FY20 Mini-Grant Round Announced!
Four Rivers Heritage Area is please to announce the availability of our Fall FY20 Mini-Grants!

Applications in the new grant cycle are due by October 4 and funding decisions will be announced by November 1, 2019. The application is available on our website,  here . Click on the Mini-Grants tab. If you are not familiar with the Eligibility Questionnaire, please take the time to download that here .

Applicants must attend a MANDATORY workshop; the first session is Tuesday, September 24 at 3 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room, 2nd floor of the 2664 Riva Road building in Annapolis. Download the flyer here .
(Potential applicants who cannot attend this session can arrange a one-on-one makeup session.) To register, call 410-222-1805 or email . PLEASE RSVP TO BE ON THE LIST FOR ENTRY INTO THIS COUNTY BUILDING.
Gallery Reception & Open Studios at Maryland Hall
Thursday, September 19
5:30-7:00 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Join Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for a free Opening Reception to celebrate our newest exhibits. Meet the artists and enjoy their work at this wine and cheese reception celebrating our artists! The evening includes light food, beverages, art and community. Stop by the third floor where our  Artists in Residence  and  In-House Artists  will host Open Studios. All are welcome to attend! 

Featuring the Exhibitions:

Openshaw Balcony Gallery, 3rd floor
Driven by a soul deep connection to music, Abstract artist Christine Zmuda leverages sounds and music lyrics to produce a visual abstract language.

Chaney Gallery, 2nd floor
Four Artists showcases the avant-garde work of Michel Freinek, Esther Levy, Virginia Ochs, and Missy Weems, four women living and painting in Annapolis, Maryland during the 1950's to 1990's.

Learn more here.
HA Happy Hour: 1950s Sock Hop
Thursday, September 19
5:00-7:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Guys, roll up your jeans! Ladies, break out your poodle skirts and bobby socks! It’s time for HA’s truly retro-fabulous 50’s HA Happy Hour! Get ready to Jitterbug, Twist, and do the Stroll, and take a gander at winning our limbo and hula hoop contests. The evening will be a special tribute to the Carvel Hall era, so come dressed in your 50’s best. Enjoy a signature Stoli Blueberi Hopper while you hop and bop the night away!

Cost: $18 General Admission; $15 HA Members and Volunteers. Entry includes one drink ticket; additional drink tickets available for purchase. Learn more here .
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Saturday, September 21

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Participating local museums include:
"Re-Imagining Whitmore Park" in Annapolis
Saturday, September 21
10:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton Community Center
92 W. Washington Street, Annapolis

County Executive Steuart Pittman and Recreation and Parks Director Rick Anthony invite the community to share their vision and ideas for art, entertainment, history, and local activities in the restored Whitmore Park at Calvert and Clay Streets.

Join them at 10:00 am, Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington Street for a brief history of the community, short tours, group discussions, and lunch.
New!! Four Rivers Policy for Sponsorships
Four Rivers has a new policy regarding Sponsorships!
A limited amount of funding is available each fiscal year for sponsorship of events planned by one or more Four Rivers stakeholders. We look for events that foster creative collaborations among multiple heritage-related organizations to build partnerships for the benefit of our local community. Only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply, for an event taking place within the geographic boundaries of our heritage area.

NOTE: Sponsorships approved by ALTSCHA are usually in the $250-$500 range. For an event with a larger budget, please consider our   Mini-grant opportunity .

Application Procedure: If your event meets our criteria (above), you are encouraged to submit a detailed request. All sponsorship requests must be submitted via e-mail to  using our application form:

Learn more here.
Joyce Picot McManus Musical Exploration and Expression Grant Award
Joyce Picot McManus Grant Application:

The Annapolis (MD) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated established the Joyce Picot McManus Musical Exploration and Expression Grant Award (JPMEE Grant Award) in 2019. This grant program is in memory of the significant contribution in music made by Mrs. McManus to the Anne Arundel County Public School System, the Annapolis Opera, and the Annapolis Chapter of Links.

Applications must be postmarked or submitted via email by November 1, 2019. Find the flier here . Learn more about the Joyce Picot McManus Grant Application.

The Annapolis (MD) Chapter Scholarship Program was created to provide financial assistance for college to high school students who reside in Anne Arundel County, MD and have demonstrated academic excellence and have made a contribution to their community. The Program’s County‐wide scholarship was established to provide financial awards to high school students who have excelled in their academics, community service and activities.
Call for Proposals for 2020 American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting
Theme - "What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?"

The American Association for State and Local History will present its 2020 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 23-26.

In the spirit of the conference theme, the Program Committee seeks proposals that:
  • Challenge the single narrative in interpretation, education, public programs, and exhibition development
  • Demonstrate internal organizational strategies that increase equitable practices through cultural competencies
  • Centralize issues that have been on the margins of our field to help our audiences see the humanity in one another
  • Decrease traditional methods of engagement and increase decolonized practices across organizational operations
  • Embolden our members to utilize public history as a tool that informs the conscious of many communities.

The 2020 Annual Meeting will also include times for less formal presentation and discussion formats. More information will be released closer to the conference time. Read the guidelines and instructions for submitting a proposal. Deadline for submissions is December 9. Learn more here .
Call for Nominations for 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 Sixteenth 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 2019, nominations are invited in ten 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.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from our website or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office (410-222-1805). The nominations deadline is October 11, 2019. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; awards will be presented at the Four Rivers Annual Awards ceremony on November 7. Thank you!!
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