FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CCAA 2018-07
November 28, 2018
Contact:
Judy Crawford
CCAA Office
301-392-5900

Charles County Arts Alliance
Awards $65,741 in Grants for Arts Programs to Area Schools and Organizations

Arts in Education Grant Recipients (Schools)

Community Arts Development Grant Recipients (Nonprofit Organizations)

17 Schools and 16 Nonprofit Organizations Receive Funds for 2018-2019

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, the Charles County Arts Alliance awarded $60,741 in Arts Grants to 17 area schools and 16 nonprofit organizations to enhance their programs in the fields of visual, performance and literary arts.  The funds will be used to present a myriad of cultural programs and events in Charles County, as well as workshops, demonstrations, concerts, theatrical performances, international programs and literary development.

In addition, $5,000 was awarded to the Charles County Board of Education to fund a project to bring in clinicians and artists to work with the middle and high school bands, orchestras, and choirs in preparation for performance assessment concerts. This program was funded with great success in the previous school year, with the decision between the Arts Alliance and the Board of Education to continue the same opportunity for a second year.

The Grants were presented at the Arts Alliance's Annual Grantee, Membership and Public Gala, held at the Old Waldorf School. Over 100 guests joined in the celebration, enjoying music by the Gretchen Richie Jazz Cabaret and delicious food by Rucci's.

The Arts Grant Program has been the focal point of the Arts Alliance since the volunteer nonprofit organization was founded in 1987. The purpose of the Program is to enhance the quality of cultural life for the citizens of Charles County, and help make it a more vibrant, exciting and diverse place to live. The grants are awarded on an annual competitive basis following an application process and review by the Arts Alliance Grant Committee, comprised of Board members and local citizens. 

Congratulations to the FY 2019 CCAA Grant Recipients:

Arts in Education Grants

Archbishop Neale School
Arthur Middleton Elementary School
Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School
Dr. James Craik Elementary School
Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School
Gale-Bailey Elementary School
Grace Christian Academy
Grace Lutheran Church and School
Henry E. Lackey High School
J.C. Parks Elementary School
Malcolm Elementary School
Mary H. Matula Elementary School
Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
St. Charles Children's Learning Center
Westlake High School

Community Arts Development Grants

Charles County Department of Community Services,
 Aging & Human Services
Charles County Freedom Landing
Charles County Public Library
Charles County Youth Orchestra
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
College of Southern Maryland
College of Southern Maryland Foundation
Friends of Chapman State Park
Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation
Life Journeys Writers Guild
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Music Teachers Association of Charles County
Nanjemoy Community Center
Port Tobacco Players
Southern Maryland Carousel Group
Steam Onward

The Arts Alliance sponsors many other programs throughout the year for local residents, such as five public gallery spaces, art boxes for elementary students, the ArtsFest annual arts festival, and its weekly free Arts Newsflash that keeps citizens informed of upcoming arts and cultural events and activities.  For more information on the Arts Alliance, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, info@charlescountyarts.org, or www.charlescountyarts.org.