Talbot Students Selected for Willard A. Lockwood Summer Arts Scholarships

The Talbot County Arts Council has awarded summer arts scholarships totaling $4,000 to nine Talbot County students who have just completed grades 9 through 12. This is the nineteenth year such scholarships have been available to students of exceptional artistic promise. Funding is provided by grants to the Arts Council from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

The program is named in honor of the late Willard A. Lockwood, the Arts Council’s former president and longtime board member, under whose leadership it was inaugurated in 2000. Members of this year’s selection committee were Arts Council board members Ann Farley, Nancy Larson and Jolyn Thompson. The recipients of this year’s Summer Arts Scholarships are:

Emily Wittman of Easton, who is completing her senior year at Easton High School, for vocal instruction and music theory with Chris Noyes of Claiborne. She was recommended by Andrea Davis, choir director and music teacher at Easton HS. This is her third summer arts scholarship.

Laurie Alltop of Easton, who is completing her junior year at Easton High School, to attend the Music for All Summer Symposium and Leadership Weekend at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She was recommended by Bri’Yahn Richie, director of bands and music teacher at Easton HS. This is her third summer arts scholarship.

Katelynn Cherry of Trappe, who is completing her junior year to St. Michaels High School, to attend the Mikael Eliason Voice Program at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia She was recommended by Alina Kozinska, adjunct voice faculty with Peabody Preparatory at Johns Hopkins University. This is her third summer arts scholarship.

India Johnston of Easton, who is completing her junior year at Easton High School, to attend a Summer Session of the Savannah School of Art and Design in Georgia. She was recommended by Jonathan Crist, art teacher at Easton HS.

Jessica Meadows of Easton, who is completing her junior year at Easton High School, to study voice at the Vocal Studio of Gail Aveson near Easton. She was recommended by Andrea Davis, choir director and music teacher at Easton HS. This is her second summer arts scholarship.

Justin Girard of Easton, who is completing his sophomore year at Easton High School, to study Fashion: Explorations in Sewing and Construction at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. He was recommended by Garnette Hines, interactive media production instructor at Easton HS.

Katherine Kilbourn of Easton, who is completing her sophomore year at Easton High School, to attend the Summer Intensive Session of the Washington School of Ballet in D.C. She was recommended by Shari Smigo, owner/director of The Mid-Shore Dance Academy. This is her second summer arts scholarship.

Seth Wagner of St. Michaels, who is completing his sophomore year at Easton High School, for voice coaching at the Vocal Studio of Kevin Thomas in Easton. He was recommended by Andria Davis, choir director and music teacher at Easton HS. This is his second summer arts scholarship

Karli Abbott of Trappe, who is completing her freshman year at Easton High School, to study painted stitches with quilting artist Sarah Jillard of New Church, Virginia. She was recommended by quilt historian Kay Butler of the Fiber Art Center of the Eastern Shore in Denton.

For further information on how the Talbot County Arts Council supports local arts, visit website www.talbotarts.org or contact Gerry Early, executive director, by phone at 410-310-9812 or email at gearly@talbotarts.org).

Summer Arts Scholarships Announced by Talbot County Arts Council

The Talbot County Arts Council has announced its nineteenth 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 2018 to students with outstanding artistic promise. It is named in honor of the late Willard A. Lockwood, longtime president of the Arts Council, under whose guidance it was developed.

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. The $3,000 that is available for summer arts scholarships this year was provide by grants from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

Programs that qualify in the visual, musical, 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.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Arts Council by April 30, and selection decisions will be announced in late May. 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. Applications must be co-signed by student and parent or guardian; include one supporting letter from an arts educator knowledgeable of the candidate’s artistic history, ability, and potential; as well as an example of the student’s work in electronic form.

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).

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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