January 28, 2019
Deadline Friday for FY2021 MHAA Grant Intent Form!
Important News! The  Maryland Heritage Areas Program  is now accepting grant applications for heritage tourism-related projects located in Maryland's thirteen heritage areas for the FY2021 Grant Round. Learn more by using this link: .

The application and grant management process is entirely online. This is also the webpage where you will start your required Intent to Apply form, which must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2020 .

To help you learn more and prepare your application, there is one more live webinar, and a recorded webinar available. Download the flyer here .

Note: It is important for you to discuss your application with the local heritage area Director. In the Four Rivers Heritage Area, your contact is Executive Director, Carol Benson. Please call our office at 410-222-1805 to discuss your project or to schedule a one-on-one meeting on strategies and best practices, many thanks!
Tom Horton Lecture: "Teaching the Chesapeake: Lessons from the Last Half-Century"
Thursday, January 30
7:00-9:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Annapolis Maritime Museum's Winter Lecture Series continues with Teaching the Chesapeake: Lessons from the Last Half-Century .

  • A discussion of the key lessons the speaker has learned from his 50 years of experience with the Bay as a journalist
  • “Save the Bay” a discussion on everything from invasive species to better comprehending what the ‘pristine’ bay was and wasn’t
  • What if knowledge no longer equals power, a distinct possibility in the case of climate inaction despite an immense amount of data

Presenter: Tom Horton | Award-winning Author, Journalist, and Bay educator

Tom Horton has spent the last fifty years writing about the Chesapeake Bay for newspapers and magazines and has authored several books that are now classics in the environmental repertoire. In those fifty years, his career has spanned more than thirty years reporting on environmental issues for the Baltimore Sun. His unique ability to synthesize the Chesapeake’s cultural heritage with its environmental concerns has been well documented through such books as Bay Country and Island Out of Time.

Lectures are $10; FREE for AMMP Members First Mate and above ($100). Pay at the door.
Film Screening & Storytelling: I'm Not Leaving
Friday, January 31
7:30 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Presented by Maryland Hall & Connect Rwanda In Partnership with St. Anne's School of Annapolis

Join Maryland Hall for an inspiring evening of film and conversation about recovery and resilience with Carl Wilkens. 

When the 1994 Rwandan genocide broke out, Carl Wilkens was the only American who refused to leave the country. In 2011, Carl completed a book detailing these days titled "I’m Not Leaving." A 40 minute documentary by the same title was later released. This event includes a screening of the film followed by a discussion. 

Carl’s storytelling does not stop with Rwanda’s tragic history, but moves forward to the powerful and inspiring recovery process. Among the many lessons he shares from his experience is the transformative belief that we don’t have to be defined by what we lost or our worst choices. We can be defined by what we do with what remains – what we do next after terrible choices.
Lecture Series Begins: LGBTQ+ History in Maryland: Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality in 2020
Saturday, February 1
10:00 am
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Each Saturday at Historic London Town and Gardens, learn from a noted scholar about the LGBTQ+ experience in the Chesapeake region.

On Saturday, February 1, Kikeokan of the Wild Turkey Clan, Cedarville Band of the Piscataway-Conoy will present "Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality in 2020".  Explore the sacred knowledge of two-spirit societies, 7 genders, and the honor of being a women in indigenous cultures of Turtle Island.  Discussion topics will include sex, gender, marriage, matriarchal societies, community based responsibility, and dismantling oppressive systems.

Included with general admission or free for members of London Town.
Try-It Workshop: ReTooled Exhibition
Tuesday, February 4
2:30-4:30 pm
Mitchell Gallery
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

With the guidance of wood and metal craftsman Shannon McDowell, participants will create an exhibition-inspired utilitarian sculpture from cast-off tools, metal scraps, and other found objects. No experience required. Materials supplied. $15 Members. $25 Non-members. Registration required. Register online for the Try-It Workshop .

The ReTooled exhibition of thoughtful and whimsical interpretations of tools as objects of beauty, or instruments of satire, features more than 40 imaginative works in sculpture, painting, photography, and works on paper. Berenice Abbott, William Eggleston, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Arman, Richard Estes, Red Grooms, Fernand Léger, and Roger Shimomura are among the 28 artists represented. These creations serve as reminders that tools embody the “can-do” spirit and may be an extension of oneself. The works on view are part of a massive collection originally belonging to hardware-industry pioneer John Hechinger.
Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Offers Tools for "National Plan for Vacation Day"
Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) is making it easy for individuals to make National Plan for Vacation Day (Tuesday, January 28) as fruitful and productive as possible. VAAAC is sharing findings of its recent #KidsLoveAnnapolis contest to help individuals who are following the U.S. Travel Association’s (USTA) advice by setting aside time on January 28 to begin mapping out their 2020 vacation plans. 
VAAAC’s November 15 through January 12 #KidsLoveAnnapolis social media contest encouraged kids to submit 30-second videos showing what they most like to do in and around Annapolis when family and friends come to visit. A VAAAC kids’ committee comprised of VAAAC staffers’ kids and their friends selected eight winners whose creations were edited into a single video. VAAAC will promote the #KidsLoveAnnapolis video on January 28 and 29 via digital ads on Facebook and Instagram in markets from New Jersey to Northern Virginia.
Folklife Apprenticeship Applications Open
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is pleased to announce that applications are open for 2020-2021 Folklife Apprenticeship Grants, which fund the teaching of folklife skills by a master to a learner artist. Each grant is $5,000, with $4,000 going to the master and $1,000 to the learner. Folklife skills may include any activities associated with living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth. Common examples include but are not limited to traditional music, dance, storytelling, fiber art, craft, food and occupational practices. Read the Folklife Apprenticeship Grant guidelines and evaluation criteria   here .

Applications are due Sunday, March 1, 2020. Begin an application using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account at . Applicants should register using the “Independent Artist” category.

For technical assistance on Folklife Apprenticeships, contact Grants Management Associate Tammy Oppel at  or 410.767.8851. For content or programmatic assistance on Folklife Apprenticeships, contact State Folklorist Chad Buterbaugh at  or 410.767.6450.
Proposals Due for "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America"
Be a part of the next Smithsonian tour in Maryland!

Proposals due February 28, 2020

Apply to be one of five venues to host "Voices & Votes: Democracy in America" and raise your voices in the 2021-2022 statewide exhibition tour!

Five Maryland communities will explore what it means to be a citizen and examine the context and main controversies behind America’s democratic system as well as lead community discussions centering the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard? Through a year-long engagement before the Smithsonian exhibition arrives, communities will collaborate across sectors, create companion exhibits, develop programs, events, and storytelling projects that facilitate community-wide conversations in the community and throughout the state. Download the RFP .
Introduction To Fundraising Planning
Wednesday, February 5
2:00 pm
Edgewater Library
25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater

Learn basic tips on how to direct your organization's fundraising efforts. Planning focuses on setting fundraising priorities and provides a roadmap to success.

Register by visiting the following Anne Arundel County Public Library link: . Then click on the "Grants Workshop" button. If you are prompted, select the Edgewater Branch. Then click on the "Introduction to Fundraising Planning" event on February 5, 2020 and enter the requested registration information.You will receive a confirmation email when the registration is complete.

This is a FREE event. Event presented by Candid (formerly known as the Foundation Center and Guidestar).
Save the Dates for Maryland Day Weekend!
On March 25th, Maryland turns 386!

During the 13th Annual Maryland Day Weekend -- on March 20-22, 2020 -- dozens of organizations in the Four Rivers Heritage Area (and nearby!) offer family-oriented events that are all ONE DOLLAR OR FREE to celebrate that milestone. There is a wide range of events to choose from, including climbing aboard a tall ship, nature hikes, tours of historic homes, farms and gardens, museum exhibits, historical reenactments, and more!

The events and activities are all located at sites within or close by the Four Rivers Heritage Area, located between Annapolis and the southern tip of Anne Arundel County. This year, you will be able to choose your itinerary by themes, such as historic home tours, maritime history, outside tours and hikes, African American history, children's activities, arts, historical reenactments, and demonstrations.

Save the date now! If your site wants to participate this year and hasn't already signed up, please contact the event Coordinator, Cindy Borchardt . Learn more about the Maryland Day Celebration here .
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