January 2, 2019
Happy New Years from the Four Rivers Heritage Area!
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority FY2020 Grant Round is Now Open!
The FY2020 MHAA Grant Round is now open!

Click on the links to access the FY 2020 Grant Guidelines , as well as a flyer announcing the upcoming webinars and workshops for prospective applicants.  

All applicants must complete an online Intent to Apply form by January 31, 2019 . The link to begin a new Intent to Apply form is available on the MHT website: . Projects must be located within the boundaries of a Certified Heritage Area, such as Four Rivers, to be eligible. Please call our office at 410-222-1805 if you are planning an application in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Many thanks, and best of luck with your upcoming projects!
Temporary Exhibits Coming to t he Banneker - Douglass Museum
Laurence Hurst Anniversary Show
and Songs of the Caged Bird

January 8, 2019 – June 8, 2019

In celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, Banneker-Douglass Museum proudly presents the Laurence Hurst Anniversary Show and the Songs of the Caged Bird exhibition.

The Laurence Hurst Anniversary Show – Curated from his personal collection, Laurence Hurst puts his talent on full display while weaving in the history of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. 

Songs of the Caged Bird – This thought provoking exhibit features works from Maryland based African American artists including: Daniel Brooking, Joseph Edwards, Diane English, T.H. Gomillion, David Allen Harris, Aziza Hunter, Esther Iverem, Ulysses Marshall, Ida Mitchell, Greta McGill, Kamala Subramanian, and Lilian Burwell.

Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
To RSVP for the opening reception on January 12, 2019, from 3 pm -5 pm, click here .
Lecture: "Bones of Contention: St. Margaret’s, St. Anne’s and the Exhumation of Sir Robert Eden"
Thursday, January 3
7:00-9:30 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church
731 Benfield Rd, Severna Park

Anne Arundel Genealogical Society features guest speaker Michael P. Parker, Professor of English (Ret.) United States Naval Academy

The mania for assembling colonial tombstones in St. Anne’s Churchyard, Annapolis, culminated in June 1926 with the translation, not of another stone, but of human remains: those of the last prerevolutionary governor of Maryland, Sir Robert Eden. Lawyer and antiquary Daniel Randall crowned his three-year search for the bones in the ruined church of St. Margaret’s Westminster by commissioning an elaborate stone to mark the new grave and planning a grand re-interment ceremony. The Eden translation relied extensively on forensic analysis and public pageantry to secure national, and even international, validation for the groups that supported it. The reburial, however, ignited a most public dispute between the parishes of St. Margaret’s and St. Anne’s that soured Randall’s triumph and raised questions about the bones that remain unanswered today.   

For more information about this meeting or AAGS, go to or call the Kuethe Library 410-760-9679 .
Twelfth Night Concert at Hammond-Harwood House
Saturday, January 5
Reception: 6:00 pm
Concert: 7:00-8:30 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

Join a Christmas Concert
featuring   Élan  Ensemble, Elissa Edwards soprano and Dr. Anastasia Pike harp in the ballroom of the Hammond-Harwood House.

The Élan Ensemble performs music from the 17th–19th centuries in historic venues and museums, bringing modern audiences into the spirit of the musical and social world of past eras.

Elissa Edwards and Dr. Anastasia Pike specialize in creating thematic concerts through the use of original editions and historical performance practices such as ornamentation and expressive gesture. They are passionate about enhancing the intimacy, beauty and significance of historical performance through chamber music.

$40 per person/$35 per member. Buy Tickets
2019 Maryland Arts Summit - Call for Proposals
June 6-8, 2019. Presented by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, in conjunction with The Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education, and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance.

The 2019 Maryland Arts Summit will be the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities. Dialogue, learning and networking opportunities will focus on the growth of Maryland arts.

All those involved in Maryland arts communities will be attending the Summit. This
includes, but is not limited to:

  • Arts Advocates
  • Arts Educators/Teaching Artists
  • A&E Districts/County Arts Councils
  • Independent Artists
  • Arts Organizations

Call for Proposals will be accepted through February 15, 2019 at 5PM. You will be notified of the status of your proposal by March 15, 2019.

Accepted presenters will be offered free Summit registration and an honorarium. Learn more here.
Workshop: Introduction to Finding Grants
Wednesday, January 9
2:00-4:00 pm
Edgewater Community Library
25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater

Need grants for your nonprofit organization, but aren't sure where to start? 

Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants, and how to find potential funders by using the Anne Arundel County Public Library's Funding Information Network resources.

 Register by visiting this online form , calling 410-222-1538 or by emailing .

This is a free event.
Sign Up Now! Workshop on Improving the Visitor Experience for Visitors with Physical Disabilities
Four Rivers Education Committee Presents: 
Improving the Visitor Experience for Visitors with Physical Disabilities

Date: Thursday, January 17
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This training will provide knowledge and understanding about the experiences of people with physical disabilities, including tips on how museum professionals can enhance the visitor experience at their sites for all patrons.

Who Should Attend? Guides, Volunteers, Museum Educators, and Site Directors

Marian Vessels – Former Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, speaking about visitors with physical disabilities.
Meredith Peruzzi – Manager and Curator of the Galludet University Museum, speaking about visitors with hearing impairment.
Caleb Berkemeier – Training Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, speaking about visitors with visual impairment.

Workshop Location: Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Eastport.

Cost is FREE, but space is limited. Reserve your space today! Call our office at 410-222-1805, or e-mail: . Learn more here.
Call For Nominations: Maryland Black History Month Community Leaders Awards
Do you know a Maryland-based, African American-founded organization that provides volunteer service to improve Maryland communities for all? The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is now accepting nominations for the Second Annual Black History Month Community Leaders Awards. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is this Friday, January 4 at midnight. Selected recipients will be invited to the Black History Month Community Leaders Awards ceremony in February 2019.
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