NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
March 31, 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!
 




Maryland Heritage Areas Program COVID-19 Impact Survey
The Maryland Heritage Areas Program and MHT are seeking information about the economic and human impacts of the current health crisis – the spread of the COVID-19 – on heritage sites and organizations in Maryland. Please share your feedback via a short online survey! Your participation will help MHA tailor assistance and support.


While you're at it, here are three other surveys that can help local and national organizations in their response efforts:

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce

Americans for the Arts
Highlighting our Four Rivers Heritage Sites
While our local sites are closed to 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.
Captain Avery Museum
At the Captain Avery Museum , experience life as part of a 19th-century waterman’s family or learn how later residents brought their families here year after year to “Our Place” for summer getaways at this active community-based museum with a lovely waterfront setting. Their mission is to engage our community and visitors with activities that explore evolving connections to the Chesapeake Bay through the prism of our historic home and waterfront property.
Chase-Lloyd House
An Anglo-Palladian mansion built between 1769-1774. Architect William Buckland contributed to the design of the Chase-Lloyd House . For the past 125 years, it has operated as a home for elderly ladies. The formal entertainment rooms are open for tours. While operating as an independent living facility for elderly woman today, the house also exists as a monument to Georgian architecture and an important part of American history.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay. Serving as a watchdog, CBF fights for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. The foundation’s motto, “Save the Bay,” is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake’s six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed.
Additional COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs for Nonprofits
Federal Emergency Management Agency's

FEMA has announced it is allowing private nonprofit organizations to apply for Public Assistance Program funding for COVID-19 related expenses. This means that you may be eligible for reimbursement of up to 75% of eligible costs related to COVID-19. FEMA is simplifying the process so applicants may directly apply for assistance through the PA Grants Portal .

If you have questions please contact: Sara J. Bender (443)381-3209 or email publicassistance.mema@maryland.gov .
Captain Avery Museum Shares Past Winter Luncheon Lecture Highlights
This year, Captain Avery Museum had six wonderful speakers at their annual Winter Luncheon Series. While spending more time at home, why not take some time to learn more? 
 
From a series of e-blasts from Captain Avery Museum we will provide links to further information on our speakers and topics. First off, here are two of the speakers from this year's series: Stephanie Sperling, Maryland State Archaeologist and Chris Haley, Director of Research for Maryland State Archives.
  
Stephanie Sperling, M.A.A., has been working as an Archaeologist in the Middle Atlantic for 20 years. 
 
Here's a link to a video Stephanie made about Climate Change: 
and another about Maryland Archaeology more broadly: 
 
Chris Haley is Director of Research for the 
Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives. 
Here is the link to information on the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland.
 
Here are additional links of interest:
Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, his home in Anacostia, Maryland
Introducing "AASLH Conversations" Webinars for Addressing COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented crisis in our local communities, country, and world. In response to concerns from the history community, AASLH has developed a new webinar series—AASLH conversations—to help practitioners and institutions discuss how to respond to the current crisis. While no one has all the answers, we hope these topic-focused webinars will provide a space to share ideas, learn from each other, and help us all keep moving forward. Access additional crisis resources for historical organizations here .

The webinars in this series are being offered at significantly reduced prices ($5 members / $10 non-members, unless otherwise noted). You may also register for free using the promo code 'FREEWBR20'.

March 31, 3:00 pm

April 2, 3:00 pm 
SBDC Webinar: Coping with COVID-19 Financial Tools & Resources to Help Small Business
March 31, 1:00 pm

The Small Business Administration is providing low-interest disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. The Maryland Small Business Development Center is hosting a webinar in which a lender relations specialist of the Small Business Administration SBA will explain the program and how the affected business can pursue assistance in this program.

An SBDC consultant will go over State and County business resources loans, and grants for Coronavirus.

Note: By registering to attend this webinar/virtual training session, you consent to your participation in the webinar being recorded and used for additional training purposes by Maryland's SBDC.
You MUST sign-in/register to attend this training. Webinar details and instructions for joining will be provided once you have registered for the training session. If you have difficulty signing in, please contact the training organizer.


Point of Contact: Ruth Chavez (202) 763-1447
Anything in the works for Easter?
If so, let Visit Annapolis know!

Many of you are keeping Visit Annapolis posted about the creative ways you’ve come up with to combat the impact of COVID-19.
Now’s the time to let them know if your business or organization has any plans in the works for Easter. Perhaps you’re planning a carry-out Easter brunch or dinner. Maybe you’re offering a virtual Easter Egg Hunt, or a video of an old-fashioned Easter Parade. Let them know, so we can help spread the word.

Contact: Susan Seifried, Destination Expert: International Media & Internal Communications, s seifried@visitannapolis.org
Local Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant Winners!
In last week's newsletter, we announced that Forever Maryland Foundation awarded 80 Keep Maryland Beautiful grants totaling $307,500 toward environmental education, community cleanup and beautification projects through the  Keep Maryland Beautiful   program.

We're excited to let you know that some of our local partners were awarded grants:


Among other Anne Arundel County winners!

Join us in congratulating these organizations! And stay tuned for more information about some of these grant winning programs.
Maryland State Arts Council Actions Regarding COVID-19
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is announcing a number of actions it is taking to support the state’s arts community in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. 

MSAC recently held four separate listening sessions online for county arts agencies and the public, which gathered feedback on the immediate needs of the arts community. For a list of actions, see here .

In addition, MSAC is taking measures addressing emergency needs in the creative sector, including establishing an emergency grant program fund for organizations, suspension of grant match requirements for several programs, the broadening of allowable expenses to address immediate needs, as well as some additional actions. A recommendation for an emergency grant program for artists is currently under review. For a full list of MSAC measures, visit MSAC’s COVID-19 resource page or contact the program director for your granting program.

MSAC has announced the schedule for Creative Conversations, webinars that are discipline and topic-specific, and a Professional Development Series to include: Season Planning Post COVID-19; Small Business Administration Loan and Grant Guidance; Increasing an Online Presence: How to Monetize Online Services/Products; Self-Care and Coordinating Funding Resources: and MSAC and Maryland Philanthropy Network.

Additionally, MSAC’s Marketing and Communications office will release increased promotion of the Maryland Artist Registry and Marketplace to bolster artists’ ability to sell work; an online portal for artists to offer services for hire; a CALL BOARD for updated cancellations and rescheduling announcements; recommended language for fundraising asks; and a vision for marketing the resurgence of arts activities after the state of emergency is over.

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