Change in Leadership of Talbot County Arts Council

Talbot County Arts Council president Peggy Ford of Easton has retired from the organization’s board of directors after the maximum allowable six years of continuous service. She was honored during the organization’s annual retreat on May 20, during which her successor as president, Robert J. Forloney of St. Michaels, presented her with an Arts Council commemorative bowl.  Also departing the Arts Council after two non-successive six-year terms, and honored with an Arts Council mug to go with his previously-awarded bowl, was former vice president Dick Hott of Easton.  The retreat was held at the home of Arts Council board member and treasurer Carol Gordean and husband Bill Gordean on Solitude Creek near St. Michaels.

Talbot Arts Scholarship Applications Due April 30

The Talbot County Arts Council reminds local students that April 30 is the cutoff date for applications for scholarships to support advanced arts studies during Summer 2017.  To be eligible for the program, students must be residents of Talbot County and now enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.

There is no specific dollar limit to individual grant requests, but the amount asked of the Arts Council must be matched dollar-for-dollar by funds from other sources (so that if a program costs $500, no more than $250 may be requested from the Arts Council).  A total of $2,500 is available for summer arts scholarships this year.

Programs that qualify in the visual or performing arts include summer arts camps, summer arts programs or classes, or private lessons.

For further information on the scholarship program, including application materials, contact the Talbot County Arts Council, P.O. Box 6, Easton, MD  21601 (phone 410-310-9812/ e-mail gearly@talbotarts.org).

Talbot County Arts Council’s Grant Application Cutoff is March 31

The Talbot County Arts Council reminds local arts organizations and programs about the deadline for applications for Community Arts Development (CAD) Grants for arts activities that will occur between July 2017 and June 2018.  The cutoff date for grant applications is March 31.

The Arts Council is offering a CAD Grant Workshop at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 28, in the county office complex at 215 Bay Street in Easton.

Anyone who plans to attend should confirm arrangements in advance by contacting the Arts Council by phone (410-310-9812) or email (gearly@talbotarts.org).

Violin Concert at St. Mark’s Feb. 12

will curryNew York musician Will Curry will present a violin concert at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m.

The concert, which will feature classical favorites, is free and open to the public.

The program will feature music “to clear the head and calm the soul” by such composers as Mozart, Vivaldi, Telemann, Elgar and more. Curry will be accom-panied by Elizabeth Doran on the piano.

Curry has a diverse musical career in New York City as a violist, violinist, con-ductor and assistant conductor. He currently is violist and assistant conductor for the upcoming revival of the Broadway show, “Miss Saigon,” and held similar posi-tions with revivals of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Les Miserables.”

Prior to his time in New York, Curry was an associate conductor of the Mirvish’s “Les Miserables” in Toronto and an assistant conductor and concertmaster for the touring production of “Le Miserables.” He recently made his Lincoln Center debut with the American Songbook in a concert featuring the music of Andrew Lippa.

Curry has released two albums, “Fill in the Words” and “The Time of Year for Mi-racles,” with actor-singer Patrick Gibb.

Trained in the Suzuki method at the School for Strings in New York, Curry has a teaching studio and is a teaching artist with Broadway Classroom.

The concert here is part of the St. Mark’s Sunday afternoon series which is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. A love offering will be received to help cover costs.

Talbot Arts Council Invites Grant Requests for Arts Programs

The Talbot County Arts Council invites applications for Community Arts Development Grants to support arts projects and programs during July 2017 to June 2018. The cutoff date for grant applications is March 31, and organizations selected will be notified by April 30.

Applications are judged on the basis of the artistic merit of the proposed arts activities, the perceived ability of the applying organization to carry them out, and how well the program will serve the residents and guests of Talbot County. Because the Arts Council receives more grant requests than can be accommodated by available resources, it retains the right to accept or reject applications, suggest changes, and support grant requests in full, in part, or not at all.

As required by the Maryland State Arts Council, local grant awards must be matched on at least a one-for-one basis in cash by the requesting organization. Applicants must be organized as Maryland non-profit corporations with IRS tax-exempt status, or be government-related entities such as libraries or parks and recreation departments. Organizations that would like additional information about CAD Grants, or assistance with the application procedure, are welcome to contact the Arts Council by phone or email.

The Arts Council is offering a workshop on CAD Grant preparation to which the public is invited. The workshop will be held at 7 pm, Tuesday, February 28, at the Arts Council office in the county complex at 215 Bay Street in Easton. Anyone interested in attending should advise the Arts Council in advance.

Grants to public and private schools in Talbot County under the Arts-in-Education Program are handled separately. That announcement will be made in mid-August for programs during school year 2017-2018. Mini-grants up to $500 for new arts organizations or initiatives may be requested at any time, with grants considered in the month following their submission.

CAD Grant information is being sent directly to organizations that received grants during the past two years. Packets are also available for downloading from the Arts Council’s website: www.talbotarts.org. For further information, contact the Talbot County Arts Council by phone 410-310-9812 or email gearly@talbotarts.org.

Talbot Arts Council Announces Online Artist Registry

As a service to the artists of Talbot County, and to local residents and visitors who would like to see or buy their work, the Talbot County Arts Council has added a new online artist registry to its website.

Arts Council President Peggy Ford says this new initiative is expected to establish stronger ties between the Arts Council and the county’s large and highly accomplished community of practicing artists, and to provide much-needed visibility for the artists’ work.

Visual artists who live, work, show or sell their art in Talbot County may now self-register on the website (www.talbotarts.org) by clicking Local Artists and following the instructions. The registry is initially focused on the work of visual artists. After this phase is completed, the Arts Council plans to expand its capability to including other art forms, such as in the literary, musical, and performing arts.

The registry is the work of website designer Danielle Darling of Denton.  Its specifications were developed and tested by a committee including visual artists on the Arts Council’s board of directors as well as members of the St. Michaels Art League and the Working Artists Forum.

Local artists of all kinds may also arrange to be listed on the Maryland Artist Registry, maintained by the Maryland State Arts Council.  For information about this service visit the MSAC website (www.msac.org) and click on Artists and Maryland Artist Registry.

For further information on the Talbot County artist registry, contact Carol Gordean at email cgordean@me.com.

Talbot Arts Council Offers Arts-In-Education Grants for School Programs

talbot county artsThe Talbot County Arts Council has announced its program of Arts-in-Education (AinE) Grants to local public and private elementary and secondary schools for the 2016-2017 school year.   The grants support visiting artist or visiting performer programs during school hours.

Applications for AinE Grants must be signed by school principals and submitted by September 30.  Selections are made by the board of the Arts Council and announced by end-October.  The visiting artists and performers must normally be from the rosters of artists on the website of the Maryland State Arts Council (www.msac.org), but exceptions may be arranged for local and national/international artists through advance coordination with the Arts Council.

AinE program funding comes from MSAC and must be matched on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis by the requesting school—most often from parent-teacher organizations.

At 7 pm on Tuesday, August 30, the Arts Council is offering an AinE Workshop, combined with a visiting performer block-booking meeting with the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.  This will occur at the Arts Council office at 215 Bay Street in Easton–the county office building behind the ponds on Bay Street between the Easton Parkway and North Washington Street.

Information/application packets for AinE Grants are available for downloading from the Arts Council’s website: www.talbotarts.org.  For further information contact the Talbot County Arts Council by phone 410-310-9812 or email gearly@talbotarts.org.

Summer Arts Scholarships Announced by Talbot County Arts Council

The Talbot County Arts Council has announced its annual program of summer arts scholarships for Talbot County residents now enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. The program provides grants for advanced art studies during Summer 2016 to students with outstanding artistic promise.

There is no specific dollar limit to individual grant requests, but the amount asked of the Arts Council must be matched dollar-for-dollar by funds from other sources. For example, if a program costs $1,000, no more than $500 may be requested from the Arts Council. A total of $2,500 is available for summer arts scholarships this year, provided by grants from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

Programs that qualify in the visual, performing, or literary arts include summer art camps, music camps, and writing workshops, as well as other group or private programs or lessons in art, music, and writing. Contact the Arts Council with questions on program eligibility.

Nominations for arts scholarships may be submitted by Talbot County arts organizations, civic clubs, principals, teachers, or parents. Students may also apply directly for scholarships. Nominations require a supporting letter from an arts educator who is knowledgeable of the candidate’s artistic history, ability, and potential, as well as an example of the student’s work in electronic or hard copy form.

Applications must be submitted to the Arts Council by April 30, 2016, and selection decisions will be announced by early June. Scholarships are talent-based, not need-based, so no family financial information is required— although a letter may be included from parent or guardian indicating any special considerations that could bear on scholarship selection.

Last year’s five scholarship winners were Rachel Cox of Easton, a graduate of Kent Island High School, to study voice with Kevin Thomas of Easton before beginning studies in music at Frostburg State University; Alexis Hembree of Cordova, a junior at Easton High School, to study French horn at the studio of Anthony Valerio of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra; Tyler Judd of Easton, a sophomore at The Gunston School, to study performance arts at Stagedoor Manor in Sheldrake, New York; Summer Snead of Easton, a junior at Easton High School, to study musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City; and Hannah Zerai of Easton, a home schooled senior, to study musical theatre at the Broadway Artists Alliance in New York City.

For further information on the scholarship program, including application materials, contact Gerry Early, executive director, Talbot County Arts Council, P.O. Box 6, Easton, MD 21601 (office phone 410-310-9812/e-mail gearly@talbotarts.org).

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Arts Council Elects New Officers and Members

Talbot County Arts Council Elects New Officers and Members

The board of directors of the Talbot County Arts Council has elected its Executive Committee for Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1. The officers for the coming year are Stephanie Handy of Easton as president, Marie R. U’Ren of Easton as vice president, Robert J. Forloney of St. Michaels as secretary, and Peggy J. Ford of Easton as treasurer. The election took place at the board’s annual meeting and strategic planning retreat on Saturday, May 16.

The Talbot County Arts Council’s leadership team for Fiscal Year 2016:  From left to right, Marie U’Ren,  vice president; Peggy Ford, treasurer; Stephanie Handy, president; and Robert Forloney, secretary.

The Talbot County Arts Council’s leadership team for Fiscal Year 2016: From left to right, Marie U’Ren,
vice president; Peggy Ford, treasurer; Stephanie Handy, president; and Robert Forloney, secretary.

The Nominating and Bylaws Committee also proposed candidates for election or reelection to the Arts Council’s board of directors. Board member Stephanie Handy of Easton was reelected for a second three-year term. Two new members were elected to initial three-year terms to replace retiring board members Alice Jane Lippson and Wilson Wyatt, Jr., both of St. Michaels.

Yolanda Escobedo of Easton began her working career for the Social Security Administration at age 19 in Corsicana, Texas, and after 34 years of federal service retired in 2013 from the executive position of Deputy Associate Commissioner for the Office of Training at SSA headquarters Woodlawn, Maryland. She took a break from her SSA career for 10 years in the 1980’s to manage and run her own gallery and picture framing business in Fort Worth, Texas. While she was working for SSA, she was a founding partner and operations officer for the Easton Studio & School LLC, established in 2009 and dissolved in 2013 after a successful five-year venture. In 2013, she and her husband purchased a building at 717 Goldsborough Street in Easton, where she is currently the gallery director for 717 Gallery LLC as well as business manager for her husband, the nationally recognized artist Louis Escobedo.

Richard D. Welch, Jr. of Easton holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a masters degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois. He spent 20 years as a Field Artillery officer in the U.S. Army, with assignments to troop units in Germany and Vietnam, instructor tours at West Point and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and analytical and management jobs in the Washington DC area. His Washington service centered on the Army’s early attempts to automate support for command and control functions. After Army retirement, he continued this work as an analyst and project manager with SRA International in Northern Virginia. Dick and family moved to Easton full-time in 2003, after 10 years of weekends and vacations here. He spent nine years on the Pickering Creek Board of Trustees, is active in Christ Church, St. Peters Parish, and he meets regularly with Poetry at Noon, a poetry reading and discussion group.

Additional information on the Talbot County Arts Council is available by phone at 410-310-9812 or by visiting website www.talbotarts.org.

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Ukes on the Move: Learn to Play The Ukulele

5322943Victoria Vox will be in Talbot County the week of March 23-27 doing an artist residency at Tilghman Elementary School with 5th grade students. Each student will be given an ukulele to keep, and will learn how to play the instrument and then do public performances.

March 23-27, 2015
Ukes on the Move residency with 5th grade class
Tilghman Elementary School
Tilghman, MD
Teaching artists: Victoria Vox with Rachael Sandri

Made possible by a grant from the Tilghman Area Youth Association, Talbot County Arts Council, Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund, and with support from KALA Brand and House of Musical Traditions.

March 25, 2015
Ukulele Workshop and Concert with Victoria Vox (open to the public)
The Studio
933 S. Talbot St. #14
St. Michaels, MD
Info & reservations: BusyGraham@gmail.com / 301-466-0183
5:30-6:00pm Pizza supper for $5 (RSVP by Mon March 23)
6:00-7:30pm Ukulele workshop with Victoria Vox ($25)
7:30-8:00pm Social break and set-up for concert
8:00-9:00pm VICTORIA VOX IN CONCERT ($10-20)

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