June 2, 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.
William Paca House
William Paca House & Garden

The William Paca House is a five-part Georgian mansion was built in the 1760s by William Paca, one of Maryland’s four Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the state’s third Governor. Carefully restored by Historic Annapolis beginning in 1965, today it is recognized as one of the finest 18 th -century homes in the country and a National Historic Landmark. William Paca Garden is a picturesque retreat from the bustle of the city.

Historic Annapolis’s  Hogshead at 43 Pinkney Street is an early 18th-century building similar to the modest wood frame structures that housed many colonial Annapolitans and new recruits to revolutionary service. Today, it serves as an interactive, hands-on museum and historic landmark, offering visitors the opportunity to experience what life was like during the 1700s in Annapolis.
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 Hammond-Harwood House is taking the event online in a creative way.

They're inviting gardeners to share photos of their own gardens and on June 6 and 7 they're inviting everyone to tour the gardens online . We are looking forward to seeing all the gardens!
Annapolis Green's Discussion on Zoom with Neighborhood Sun
Wednesday, June 3
7:00 pm

Join Annapolis Green for a free, brief Zoom discussion that will answer all your questions about what community solar is and how it can benefit you AND the environment. Their partner, Neighborhood Sun, will explain how community solar projects allow you to power your home or business with the sun and without solar panels on your roof.

They say, "Rooftop solar panels aren’t for everybody. Maybe you live in a condo or apartment and you can’t really control your rooftop. Or, your property is too shady. With Neighborhood Sun, a Maryland B-Corp, you can benefit from electricity provided by nearby solar panels."

To join the Zoom discussion on Wednesday, click here just before 7pm.
Creatives Connect: Using Art as Activism
Exploring art as a tool to improve social justice in African American communities in Maryland.

Join the Banneker-Douglass Museum for a “Virtual BDM” online panel discussion exploring art as a tool to improve social justice in African American communities in Maryland. Experts will examine the implications of mass incarceration, voter suppression, and policies that adversely affect communities of color. 

Panelists include: Jabari Jefferson, Artist; Greta Chapin-McGil, Artist; and Zaki Smith, Activist. This program is related to the exhibit,"The Black Vote Mural Project," and is funded in part by a Four Rivers Mini-Grant.
Call to Artists - Maryland Hall is Seeking Proposals
Maryland Hall is beginning to envision arts programming to serve its greater community through the summer and fall 2020. They know they need to adapt what they do in a creative and even more collaborative way in order to more safely meet the artistic and enrichment demands of our neighbors. They want to tackle this ever shifting landscape in partnership with the artists inside and outside of Annapolis, crafting new outlets for artistic expression and experimentation. It is their hope this request for artistic proposals will lead to new ideas and new ways of using Maryland Hall’s assets together with the creativity of our community to feed our collective artistic needs. 

To submit a proposal for consideration, please read the Request for Artists Proposals (linked above) then fill out the application form. Upon receipt, a member of Maryland Hall’s Creative Advancement team may be in touch for further clarification. Learn more about Maryland Hall's Call for Artists .
Maryland State Arts Council Awards $1 Million in Emergency Grant Funding
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, today announced awards totaling $1 million dollars to support arts organizations and independent artists across the state during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The funding will help adjust to losses sustained because of modified or cancelled programming and/or operations. MSAC received 155 eligible requests totaling $2.6 million by the May 1 deadline. Based on staff evaluation of applications against a rubric that considered the needs of the artist or organization relative to the available funding, the Council approved grants for 64 arts organizations totaling $869,318 and 61 independent artists totaling $128,682. For a full list of grantees, visit .

A portion of MSAC’s Emergency Grant funding comes from a $467,900 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts industry is an important sector of America’s economy, and NEA grants to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations ensure distribution of federal funds throughout the county. Additional funding for Emergency Grants comes from MSAC’s annual appropriation from the State of Maryland.
Cuseum Webinar - Museum Think Tank: Tapping into Fresh Ideas & Networks to Navigate the “New Normal”
Wednesday, June 3
2:00 pm

As museums and cultural institutions prepare to reopen, many are facing considerable challenges and new hurdles. Across the globe, organizations have been tasked with rapidly creating new approaches, exploring models of operating, and serving their audiences with limited resources. To tackle these challenges, cultural professionals are turning to their colleagues within the field, as well as seeking inspiration and guidance from other industries to generate fresh ideas and leverage new networks.

To help bring together innovative thinkers from inside and outside the museum field, this webinar will take the form of a museum “Think Tank.” Join Brendan Ciecko (CEO & Founder @ Cuseum), Douglas Hegley (Chief Digital Officer @ Minneapolis Institute of Art), Effie Kapsalis (Senior Digital Program Officer @ Smithsonian Institution), Bob Mason (Co-Founder @ Brightcove / Managing Partner @ Argon Ventures) & Claude Grunitzky (Visiting Social Innovator @ Harvard Kennedy School) as they break down some of the most pressing challenges currently facing the museum field and offer up interdisciplinary solutions and ideas.
London Town's Gardens and Grounds Have Reopened
Historic London Town and Gardens has re-opened   in conjunction with county and state regulations as well as guidance from the Center for Disease Control. As such, there are several new policies planned to keep you and all visitors healthy and safe. There will be a small fee to attend.

To ensure your health and safety, please follow these new policies:
  • Check in at the Greenhouse when you arrive. 
  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after your visit.
  • Consider wearing a face mask for the safety of you and others.
  • No gatherings larger than 10 people will be allowed.
  • The site may close if larger numbers appear than can be accommodated. 
  • Only the gardens and grounds will be open. All buildings and facilities (including the Visitor Center, historic area buildings, picnic area, and Sound and Sensory Garden) are all closed to the public.
  • Additionally, grounds may close if unsafe weather conditions arise since there are no covered spaces open.
  • Follow the route set up through the gardens to minimize cross traffic. Please abide by these directions. 
  • Practice social distancing. Leave 6 feet of space between you and others. If you wish to pass another person, please announce yourself and your intentions so that other person may move out of your way.
  • No trash cans will be available on site. Anything brought on site needs to be taken off site.
  • No bathrooms will be available on site.
  • No picnics.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact . ​
Contribute to #MuseumSurvivalKit
#MuseumSurvivalKit is a collaborative social media project designed to share tips, tricks, and tools ​rooted in the traditional skills and life ways found in our museums and cultural organizations.

From June 1-5, museums and museum folk nationwide are invited to share “survival skills” inspired by museum content or collections. Institutions and individuals can help build this virtual survival skit of tips, tricks and tools rooted in history by posting a video, Instagram or Facebook post, or blog entry tagged with #MuseumSurvivalKit. Together, these posts will demonstrate the incredible range of creative ways our ancestors (and contemporary communities) have found to care for themselves and others during tough times.

If you have historic or community-based knowledge to share, you can participate. The project was initially conceived to highlight museums as culture bearers that preserve and share useful skills - but these skills are found not only in history museums, but in art museums, science centers, archives, libraries, community centers, arts organizations, and in individuals themselves. If you have something to share that fits the project guidelines, please participate!

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