December 3, 2020

Serving the Community for 33 Years
Welcome to our Newest CCAA Members!
Thank You for Your Continued Support!
  • David & Susan Lynch
  • Tommy Higgins -Century 21 New Millennium Realtors
  • Kathleen Noel
  • Justin Bowie
  • Kim Bowie-Hendricks
Featured Events
Call for Artists:
CBTC Waldorf Branch Gallery
CCAA is seeking artists to feature in the upcoming gallery, January 8 - April 16, 2021, at the Community Bank of the Chesapeake - Waldorf Branch. Please send up to two .JPG images of your work to for consideration by Friday, December 18. There is no submission fee. For more information, click here.
CCAA's 2nd Fridays presents: DanceVisions
with McDonough High School's new dance instructor:
Sheryl Pollard-Thomas
December 11 at 7:00 PM

Sheryl Pollard-Thomas is the new Dance Instructor at McDonough High School. She is a D.C. native, her pre-professional training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (HS). S.U.N.Y.@ Purchase College is where she received a B.F.A. in Dance. She was also trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School on a Merit Scholarship. She has served as Co-Chair of the Department of Dance at the Boston Arts Academy for twelve years and dance teacher for 18 years. She has also served as Adjunct Professor at Harvard University and at George Mason University. Ms. Pollard-Thomas has conducted master classes in the Lester Horton dance technique, the official technique of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, in Italy, Germany, Detroit, NYC, Miami and Boston. She is on faculty at City Dance DREAM and Assistant Director and Residential Director at the Earl Mosley’s Institute for The Arts. She lives in Fort Washington, MD with her partner and one of her two daughters. 
CCAA Office Operations Update
The CCAA office at 10250 La Plata Road has reopened for limited, appointment-only visits.

Please send an email to to schedule your appointment.

Appointments are available for the following days:
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Performing Arts
Upcoming Concerts with
Charles County Youth Orchestra
December 11, 2020
Virtual Winter/Holiday Concert
CCYO Masterclass Series
December 3, 7:00 PM
Jody Gatwood, violin
Professor Emeritus at Catholic University of America
Upcoming Online Theatre Productions
by Charles County High Schools
Encore Kids
La Plata High School Theatre presents:

"The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon"
by Don Zolidis

December 17, 2020
7:30 PM


"The Enchanted Bookshop Christmas"
by Todd Wallinger

December 18, 2020
7:30 PM

Contact to receive a link to these free performances.

Donations via check to help offset the cost of royalties may be sent to the following address:

La Plata High School Drama
6035 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646
Henry E. Lackey High School Theatre presents:

"Help Desk"
Stay-At-Home Version
by Don Zolidis

December 11, 2020
6:30 PM

Contact to receive a link to this free performance.

If you are inclined to donate to help cover the cost of royalties, please mail checks or cash to:

Henry E. Lackey High School
3000 Chicamuxen Road
Indian Head, MD 20640
Encore Kids
Westlake High School Theatre presents:

"The Day the Internet Died"
by Ian McWethy & Jason Pizzarello


"Identity Play; or Who You Are If You Think You Are"
by Jon Jory & Jason Pizzarello

coming January 2021

Contact for more information

Accepting donations to offset royalty costs mail send checks (include Drama or Theater Department on check memo) to:

Westlake High School
3300 Middletown Road
Waldorf, MD 20603
Calling All Dancers!!

Dance studios and independent artists: send your dance video (5 minutes or less) to and get featured LIVE on December 11 as part of CCAA's new 2nd Fridays lecture/performance series!
Friday Night Concert Series

This week: Blythe McCammon, violin and Natalie Beal, piano perform Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto No .1 in E major, Op. 8 "Spring" at the CCYO Concerto Competition on January 11, 2020.

Don't forget to Subscribe to our channel for new videos every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday!
A Message from the College of Southern Maryland:
Campuses will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to allow for some in-person student services in a carefully-regulated basis.

The College of Southern Maryland has announced that the campus will remain in Remote- or Restricted Operations mode through MAY 21, 2021. For more information, visit the College's website.
Visual Arts
Introduction to
Abstract Painting:
Watercolor or Acrylic

December 11
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Connie Canby
$95 for registration
$5 for supplies

Through this series of painting experiments you may experience a new freer more expressive artist and your already “famous art” to have a renewed enthusiastic and vibrant feel and look.
Let’s discover this new or renewed relationship with our medium and run with it. I guarantee fun, laughter, and “wow” moments.
Due to the COV-19 virus face masks must be worn at all times. The Workshop will be in the main gallery with tables spaced 6-feet apart. Bring your own lunch. Contact Nancy Owens with questions.

Beginning Scratchboard

December 5
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Janice Elliott
Fees: $65

Many people have noticed the pumpkins and tomatoes hanging as paintings in the gift show. Now is the time to find out more about them. Janice Elliott is offering a four hour workshop for adults on Scratchboard painting. She is a life-long artist with experience teaching children, teens and adults.

While everyone in the class will be working with the same image, participants will be encouraged to choose mark-making that best suits their interpretation of the subject. Instruction will include transferring images to the 5x7 board, indicting shapes and value changes, scratching the image into the surface, correction methods, and finishing. The amazing differences depicted, even when everyone is working with the same image, is always fun to see.
All materials are included. Come enjoy a wonderful morning.

Due to the COV-19 virus face masks must be worn at all times. The Workshop will be in the main gallery with tables’ spaced 6-feet apart. No lunch will be available. Contact Nancy Owens with questions.

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Design Workshop
Saturday, Jan 9, 2021
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Instructor: Janice McConnell

Fees: $55 before December 20
$65 after December 20
Learn how to approach and design a new painting. Choose the main attractions from your idea or photograph and work with those new concepts and ignore the clutter. Emphasize your original idea. Take away the distractions. Due to the COV-19 virus face masks must be worn at all times. The Workshop will be in the main gallery with tables’ spaced 6-feet apart. No lunch will be available. Click here to download the registration form.
Items you are comfortable with; such as pens, pencils, pastels, watercolor or acrylics
No oil paint please due to the odor
A pad of inexpensive watercolor paper
3-4 photographs to inspire you
A very open attitude.
Also pieces of interesting paper that cross your path over the next few months
Example: Christmas wrapping paper no matter how small.
Yesterday's Gallery:
CBTC - Waldorf Branch
featuring various artists
December 2018 - April 2019
Revisit CCAA's past galleries with our Flashback Gallery Tour! Check out the playlist on our YouTube channel. New videos every Sunday and Wednesday at noon.
Last Sunday's Gallery:
Commissioners Building
featuring Walter Pearsall
April - July 2019
CCAA-Supported Galleries

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Open 10:00 am - 8:00 pm daily
E-wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall MD

Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday;
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
30165 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall MD
CCAA-Sponsored Galleries
Solo Show with Gordon Johnson
Open 8:00 am - 4:30 pm weekdays
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata MD 20646

Solo Show with Josh Owen
Open 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata MD 20646

Multi-Artist Show through January 8, 2021
Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm weekdays
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf MD 20603

For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact our office at 301-392-5900 or
Literary Arts
The Charles County chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association
provides support to aspiring and established writers in all aspects of the craft, including basic writing, editing, beta readers and critiques, publishing and marketing. We also set up periodic book signing events, though these are largely on hold due to the pandemic. Our monthly meetings cover where we all are on our literary journey, guest speakers, upcoming events, and opportunities for submission. Our chapter meets virtually the third Wednesday of each month, with a critique group from 6PM to 7PM, followed by a business meeting, speakers and writing prompts from 7-8:30PM. E-mail Lewis McIntyre to be added to our mailing list to receive our Zoom meeting links. 
A Message from
Life Journeys Writers Guild:
We're Keeping our Social Distance, and nurturing Healthy and Literary Relationships!!! While we're hopeful to return to the Waldorf West Library and other venues in the future, we are here for you, Virtually!!!! Inquire about our special Writing Workshops, held monthly, and our Literary Events throughout 2020! Email or Call 240.427.LJWG (5594) for details.
Though library branches remained closed to the public,
lots of virtual programs are available!
Click the button below to register.
Call for Stories: Women in the Arts
Deadline: Ongoing

The MSAC is seeking stories about women in the arts and making efforts to highlight these stories throughout the year. When sending your ideas, include "Year of the Woman" in the subject line. For more information, click here.
Call for Stories:
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Deadline: Ongoing

The MSAC is seeking stories about entrepreneurship in the arts and making efforts to highlight these stories throughout the year. When sending your ideas, include "Entrepreneurship in the Arts" in the subject line. For more information, click here.
Community, Heritage, & Cultural Arts
The Underground Railroad: Network to Freedom
The State of Maryland Office of Tourism invites you to "explore Underground Railroad sites in all of Maryland’s regions to become familiar with personal stories of escape from this tumultuous era in our nation’s history" - including Camp Stanton in Hughsville, right here in Charles County!

Check out Maryland's Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Guide to get started on your journey.
A brave space for virtual learning about racial equality for the Maryland arts sector.

Facilitators: Quanice Floyd & Alysia Lee
Fall Academy:
Understanding Race, Privilege, and Bias

Reflect on how racial identity and implicit bias affect the arts sector and our constituent communities.

Moving Toward Racial Justice

Lunchtime Book Club:
How to Be an Anti-Racist
by Ibram X. Kendi
#mcreds are back! click here for more information.
Class Catalog by Age:

The Thinking Kid is a live online academy for kids, ages 6-17, offering a wide range of fun after-class clubs and virtual field trips. Classes meet in real time, so students can engage in discussions, ask questions, and participate in activities while being seen and heard by their online classmates!

Please visit The Thinking Kid online or email to register.
MSAC is accepting applications for the Creativity Grant!

Click here for the Guidelines and Application Process.
Community Senior Centers
Get The SCOOP on What's Happening!
All Senior Centers and the Nanjemoy Community Center are closed to participants. All scheduled activities, classes, and programs for older adults are canceled. For more information, visit the Charles County Government website.
Charles County Public Library
Stream TV, Movies, and Music for FREE
Click here to start your Hoopla experience today!

CCPL is excited to announce a new partnership with Hoopla Digital. Hoopla is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and comics. With Hoopla, you can borrow, instantly stream, and download free dynamic content with your library card. And the best part: there are no late fees! Each cardholder is allowed six checkouts per month, All content is accessible via Hoopla's mobile app and online at

CINDY JOHNSON, Vice-President
RONALD G. BROWN, Secretary/Treasurer
GALE S. KLADITIS, Past President

Honorary Board Member
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About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.

The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit. Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland. In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County. The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's under-served population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County. 
CCAA Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM