May 26, 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 might have missed.

We will continue to gather resources to keep you informed and to keep all of us connected!

Highlighting Our Four Rivers Heritage Sites, Continued
While our local sites are closed t o the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will take this time to highlight our some our attractions , and continue to do so each week until we're all able to explore our heritage area again.
Wiley H Bates Legacy Center
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Wiley H. Bates High School, formerly (1932 to 1966) the only high school for African Americans in Anne Arundel County. It is a unique cultural arts heritage center displaying historical documents and collections that preserve the African American experience.
Hammond Harwood House
Hammond-Harwood House

The Hammond-Harwood House is a museum of 18th century architecture and art standing as a testament to the importance of preservation to the residents of Annapolis, and America. Built in 1774, this National Historic Landmark presents a window into the lives of the people who built the house, lived in it, and ensured that it would be enjoyed by future generations for years to come.
Galesville Community Center
Galesville Community Center
Galesville Community Center

The Galesville Community Center is located in the historic Rosenwald School of Galesville. It was built as an elementary school for African American children in 1929 as a one-room school and expanded to a two-room school in 1931 as part of the Julius Rosenwald Program. Today, the building is an active community center, hosting a variety of events, from oral history days to historical exhibits to community gatherings.
Join the Hammond-Harwood House Secret Garden Tour
Hammond Harwood House Virtual Secret Garden Tour
Taking Place June 6 and 7!

During the first weekend of June each year, the Hammond-Harwood House holds its Secret Garden Tour in a section of Annapolis. Hundreds of those who are curious about or love gardens have toured the secret gardens of Annapolis - behind historic houses, down picturesque alleyways, or inside intriguing gates.

This year a live event is not possible so they're taking the event online. They're inviting gardeners to share photos of their own gardens and we’re inviting everyone to tour the gardens online.

With the “stay at home” mantra ongoing, many of you have had an unprecedented opportunity to work on your own gardens. What a great time to share the results of the hours of planning, pruning, planting, weeding, mulching, and decorating. Learn how to participate in the Secret Garden Tour 2020. Submit your garden photos by June 4.
MSAC Listening Session: Grants for Organizations Categorization Policies
Maryland State Arts Council Listening Session
Wednesday, June 3
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Join the Maryland State Arts Council to discuss two recommendations regarding MSAC's Grants for Organizations program:
-- Moving Children’s Events and Large Organizations grantees to their related arts discipline categories
-- Redefining the Arts Services category to be more inclusive

Your feedback in response to these recommendations is valuable, and they look forward to your participation.
Deadline for National Scenic Byways Nomination Extended
Photo of a scenic byway
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) just announced that the application packet for nominations for new National Scenic Byways will be extended to June 15, 2020. 

This is great news because this nomination window is the first time in 12 years that state and tribal scenic byways around the country will have the opportunity to apply for national status. Having a national scenic byway in your region is a proven economic driver , so this opportunity couldn't come at a better time.

Scenic resources are going to be key to many regions' economic recovery plans, and having a National Scenic Byway can help.
Cusuem Webinar: Reimagining the Visitor Experience in the Era of Coronavirus
Cuseum Webinar about a Contactless Future
Thursday, May 28
3:00 pm

Before the vast majority of the world’s museums and attractions were forced to temporarily close due the COVID-19 pandemic, visiting a museum was often an interactive, tactile, and social experience, involving many person-to-person interactions. From exchanges at the admissions and membership desks, interactions with fellow patrons, and special experiences involving touch screens or hands-on activities, the visitor experience has historically been filled with physical touchpoints. Now, as museums prepare to reopen in an era of social distancing, many are imagining a “contactless” future.

Join Brendan Ciecko (CEO and Founder @ Cuseum), Andrea Montiel de Shuman (Digital Experience Designer @ Detroit Institute of Arts), Atiba Edwards (Executive VP & COO @ Brooklyn Children’s Museum) as they explore the evolving “visitor experience” and what the “contactless” future may hold. This webinar will examine the merits of digital media, emerging technologies, and more!
AASLH Shares Sample Plans for Reopening
AASLH and other associations will be collecting and sharing case studies of institutions' plans to reopen. Some states are closer than others to restarting businesses and allowing the public back into museums and cultural sites.

As they receive examples of plans to reopen AASLH will be sharing them on its website

Current plans include:

May 18 Recordings for #AAMvirtual! N ow Available
This year the American Alliance of Museum's Annual Conference has gone virtual! Over 3,000 registered attendees attended the latest ##AAMvirtual! session last Monday, connecting, reflecting, and reimagining the field together.
The recordings of last Monday's programming are now available for you to view if you missed them—or watch again! See the instructions below for accessing recordings.

Head to the conference site  and log-in, then follow these quick steps.

1. Go to Program > May 18.
2. Choose the session you want to view and click View Session.
3. Click on the Content tab.
4. Click on the Session title that appears there again, and then View Archived Recording button on the righthand side.
#AAMvirtual resumes June 1-4! It's not too late to register for the remaining session days!
Maryland State Arts Council Announces
2020 Independent Arts Award Recipients
50 Artists Recognized for Artistic Achievement and Promise

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, recently announced that $290,000 has been awarded to 50 Maryland artists through the 2020 Independent Artist Awards (IAA). With awards this year focused on performing arts, 2020 awardees represent a diverse range of artistic talent from across the state - from puppeteers and choreographers to a set designer and a highland bagpiper.

Following statewide listening sessions and a public revision process, the IAA program was redesigned this year to encourage statewide participation, yield more diverse pools of applicants and awardees, and recognize the work of individual artists as well as artists working in collaboration. This year’s awardees were chosen from a pool of over 250 applicants through a process that included the review of applications by multidisciplinary panels of artists and practitioners for regional and statewide awards. See the full list of awarded artists below.
In addition to the recognition, awardees receive grants to support their continued artistic growth. The 48 regional awardees will receive grants of either $2,000 to recognize promise and innovation or $10,000 to recognize notable artistic achievement. Two state awardees will receive grants of $25,000 to recognize outstanding artistic achievement. 

SERC's Virtual Home School Programs Now Open for Registration
Photo of a river otter
SERC's virtual home school programs are regularly scheduled events that last from 2-5 weeks and have interactive virtual field trips, worksheets, and activities (any students working in the appropriate grade range may register).
River Otter Science (Open for Registration now)
For students working at a 4th-7th Grade level

Dates:  May 29th-June 12th (Fridays at 10 am)
Cost:  $30 (Visa, Master Card, Discovery, Amex only)
Platform:  Google Classroom & Zoom

In this three day course we will explore the ecology of river otters of the Chesapeake Bay. We'll meet every Friday at 10 am and share through Google Classrooms. We'll start with an introduction to river otters, then learn about what they eat, and the topography of fish scales for identification, ending with learning how to create your own museum exhibit about otters at home.
The Science of Biodiversity in Your Community (Open for Registration now)
Middle School (Students working at a 5th-7th grade level)
Dates: June 1st-29th, 2020
Cost: $40 (Visa, Master Card, Discovery, Amex only)
Platform: Google Classroom & Zoom

In this four week course we will explore how scientists study biodiversity, or the diversity of life, by recreating this in our own homes and communities. We'll meet by Zoom once a week, on Mondays at 11 am, and we'll have a Google classroom where I will post readings and assignments, and students can submit homework (word wall definitions, maps, identification, and final projects).

To register for either of these Virtual Home School Programs, e-mail Karen McDonald today!  ( )
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