May 27, 2021

Serving the Community for 33 Years
Thank You for Your Continued Support!
  • Judy Burch
Featured Events
Students are encouraged to apply for the
Apply by June 1
Performing Arts
Check out the 18 talented winners of the CCPS Solo Competition!
High School Band
Third Place: Dinah Jones, flute
Second Place: Aaron Sellow, clarinet
First Place: Zander Barrow, oboe

Middle School Band
Third Place: Isaiah DeLeonard, euphonium
Second Place: Johnathon Compton, clarinet
First Place: Elizabeth Tober, flute

High School Orchestra
Third Place: Andrew Stancliff, cello
Second Place: Blythe McCammon, violin
First Place: Kelsey Njembu, violin

Middle School Orchestra
Third Place: Madeline Londres, cello
Second Place: Lydia Chandler, cello
First Place: Elizabeth Tober, violin
High School Vocal
Third Place: Tristan Jacobs, baritone
Second Place: Keanu Drinkard, tenor
First Place: Christian Gomez, tenor

Middle School Vocal
Third Place: Nina Brice, mezzo-soprano
Second Place: Mikayla Nairn, soprano
First Place: Grace Lamb, mezzo-soprano
The Southern Maryland Banjo Projects seeks to celebrate and illuminate the banjo's West African roots, its forgotten pioneers, and its significant history in Charles County and the Chesapeake region.

Panelists include Byron Thomas, Pete Ross, Kristina Gaddy, and David Wooldridge. Panel is moderated by Chuck Perryman.
Professor Chuck Perryman and Djali musician Amadou Kouyate discuss Jaliyaa, its instruments, and their connection to the modern banjo.

Watch it here and on our YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe!
Port Tobacco Players presents

June 4, 5, and 11 at 7:00 PM
Rated PG-13
(Strong Language)

This examination of 26 people from all walks of life proves that it’s more than just a job for the average working American. The musical is based on the 1974 Studs Terkel book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The book includes interviews with people from different regions and occupations. The idea for the musical was born after Stephen Schwartz read Terkel’s book and felt compelled to explore the voices of the men and women who comprise the fabric of America.
Details about this streaming event:

  • This is not an on-demand event and cannot be viewed at any other time.
  • This is a “Watch Party,” where everyone will be watching together. You will not be able to pause or rewind.
  • You can watch on a computer or mobile device or on your Apple TV by downloading the ShowTix4U app. 
  • You will receive an email with a link following your ticket purchase. 
  • Only one device can use the link at a time.
SATURDAY, MAY 29th, 2:00 – 6:00pm
PERIGEAUX WINERY (GrooveSpan Duo)  St. Leonard, MD
Enjoy a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend afternoon among the vines with GrooveSpan Duo jazz, blues, light pop songs, paired with your favorite local wine! Pack a picnic and enjoy the music!
SUNDAY, JUNE 13th , 4:00 – 7:00pm
ANTOINETTE’s GARDEN (GrooveSpan Trio)  Leonardtown, MD 
Enjoy a beautiful afternoon in Leonardtown Square with GrooveSpan Trio jazz, blues, light pop songs, paired with your favorite beverage and savories!

SUNDAY, JUNE 20th , 2:00 – 6:00pm
PERIGEAUX WINERY (GrooveSpan Duo)  St. Leonard, MD
Enjoy a beautiful Father’s Day afternoon among the vines with GrooveSpan Duo jazz, blues, light pop songs, paired with your favorite local wine! Pack a picnic and enjoy the music!

June 5 at 1:00 PM

Christ Church
112 Charles St.
La Plata, MD 20646

Sponsored by the
Rotary Club of Charles County

This concert is free and open to the public!
Click here to see what's happening in the Arts at 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 2021. For more information, visit the College's website.
Visual Arts
Closing Soon!
27th Annual Open Juried Show
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until May 30

Featuring artwork in a variety of styles and media in our spacious gallery located in Smallwood State Park on the scenic Mattawoman Creek in Charles County.
Park gate fee is waived for Art Center visitors.

MCAC is open and free to the public
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

If you are an art lover, please come out and see the show!

Covid-19 Protocol is in place to keep our artists, members, and visitors safe.
Face masks and social distancing are required.
Revisit CCAA's past galleries with our Flashback Gallery Tour! Check out the playlist on our YouTube channel.
Videos are shared every Sunday and Wednesday at noon.
Yesterday's Gallery:
Flashback Gallery Tour Schedule for May:
  • Sunday, May 2: Charlotte Hall Veterans Gallery, Fall 2016
  • Wednesday, May 5: Nick & Bob Kutchi @ UM Charles Regional, Spring 2015
  • Sunday, May 9: CBTC - Waldorf, Spring 2017
  • Wednesday, May 12: Nancy Owens @ Commissioners' Gallery, Summer 2015
  • Sunday, May 16: Waldorf West Library, Fall 2014
  • Wednesday, May 19: Sar'där Aziz @ UM Charles Regional, Winter 2017
  • Sunday, May 23: Charlotte Hall Veterans Gallery, April - October 2017
  • Wednesday, May 26: Lorina Harris @ UM Charles Regional, Summer 2015
  • Sunday, May 30: CBTC - Waldorf, Spring 2016
CCAA-Supported Galleries

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 Carl Harris
March 19 - July 13
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 May 28, 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

Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!
Literary Arts
Though library branches remained closed to the public,
lots of virtual programs are available!
 Click this button to register.
You have a voice and our community needs it!
Enter to become the inaugural

Southern Maryland Youth Poet Laureate

and be awarded:

A Message from
Life Journeys Writers Guild:
We're keeping our social distance, and nurturing healthy and literary relationships. While we're hoping 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 2021! Email or call (240)427-5594 for details.
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. 
Notable Author for May:
The Maryland Writers' Association (MWA) invites you to have fun being an investigative journalist like Will Englund. With just 100 words, pick any serious crime, political corruption, or corporate wrong and write an investigative report. Submit your Fun With Words response by May 25 and receive an MWA Fun With Words submission certificate. Selected responses will be published with next month's article.
Community, Heritage, & Cultural Arts
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.

Become an MSAC Teaching Artist.
Click here to apply via Smart Simple.

MSAC is accepting applications for the Creativity Grant!
Click here for the Guidelines and Application Process.
Professional Development Opportunities with MSAC:
Learn how the Maryland State Arts Council is working
to advance the arts in our State.
Click the button below to see what's available!
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.

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

Honorary Board Member
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The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible
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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: Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM