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 2019.  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 $1,000, no more than $500 may be requested from the Arts Council).  A total of $4,500 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 Teen Singer Performs at Carnegie Hall

 

Soprano Victoria (Tori) Gomez, a junior at St. Michaels High School, is shown in the massed choir during the final Honors Choral Performance of the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City during February 7-11.  She was one of 700 students nationwide selected from more than 18,000 applicants for the prestigious program, which includes study under master conductors, working on an advanced level with other finalists, and enjoying a taste of New York City, which in her case included attending the Broadway musical, “Wicked,” and going on a tour of Times Square.  Part of her expenses was paid by a scholarship from the Artistic Insights Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

Tori’s other recent musical activities include singing in the SMMHS Chorus directed by Amy Effler, who also was the one who recommended her for HPS.Tori also played Natalie Haller in the recent SMMHS student production of “All Shook Up,” and is serving as a cantor for Saints Peter and Paul Church.  The daughter of Victoria Gomez Lozano of Easton, she was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and moved to the United States when she was five years old.

Summer Arts Scholarships Announced by Talbot County Arts Council

The Talbot County Arts Council has announced its twentieth 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 2019 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 $3,500 that is available for summer arts scholarships this year was provided 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.  However, 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).

Talbot Arts Council has Two New Board Members

The Talbot County Arts Council has welcomed two new members to complete its fifteen-member board of directors.  The newcomers, both residents of the Town of Easton, are:

Janet Adams was born in Queen Anne’s County and graduated from Kennard High School in Centreville.  She earned a BS degree from Bowie State College and taught for 34 years as a first and second grade classroom teacher, a reading teacher, and a teaching specialist in the schools of Queen Anne’s and Charles Counties.  Afterward she was director of the Even Start Program in Queen Anne’s County and later of the Judy Center in Kent County. She was married to the late Charles E. Adams, and they made their home in Centreville for their daughter and other family members. From childhood she was exposed to literature, music, museums, and theater.  She took piano lessons and played the clarinet in the high school and college bands.  After retiring in 2002 she started quilting and loves the process of creating with fabric–putting the small pieces together and making something entirely new and beautiful.  Since moving to Easton in 2013, she has taken art classes from local artist Jane Bollman. Always active in church and community, she is member of the trustee board and communications chairman of the New Life Community United Methodist Church. She is also past president of the Cambridge Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Queen Anne’s County Quilt Guild, and the Queen Anne’s County Homemakers, and a present member of the Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore.  Her volunteer experience includes the Hospice of Queen Anne’s County and Brookletts, Place, the Talbot County Senior Center.  She enjoys traveling, jewelry making, flower arranging, and collecting children’s literature that is illustrated or written by African Americans.  She also collects elephant figurines—symbolizing strength wisdom, and loyalty.

Pete Lesher succeeds Dirck Bartlett as the Talbot County Council’s representative on the Arts Council.  A native of Pennsylvania, he graduated from Lafayette College and holds a masters degree in history from Columbia University. He has served on the staff of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum since 1991. As chief curator, he leads a team that creates new exhibitions, and he has authored, edited, or contributed to exhibition catalogs, monographs, and periodical articles. He does frequent public speaking on a variety of maritime history topics.  His civic engagements include serving as chairman of the St. Michaels Historic District Commission, on the board of Maryland Humanities, on the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, on the Council of American Maritime Museums board, and as an accreditation peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums.  Past service includes curatorial chairman of the Talbot Historical Society, president of the Museum Small Craft Association, president of the Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities, and member of the Easton Historic District Commission.  He is past council president of Grace Lutheran Church in Easton and a current member of the choir and worship leadership team. He has performed as a vocalist with the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the ensemble now known as Tidewater Singers, where he was also a board member. An Eagle Scout, he is a den leader with Cub Scout Pack 190 in Easton and a member of the Talbot County Public Schools’ Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of the Maryland Municipal League’s Academy for Excellence in Local Government and was a member of the Easton Town Council from 2009 to 2018.   He is now serving his first term on the Talbot County Council.  Pete lives in Easton with his wife, Mariana, and two children who attend Talbot County Public Schools.

For further information on the Talbot County Arts Council is available by phone 410-310-9812/email gearly@talbotart.org/or www.talbotarts.org.

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 2019 to June 2020.  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, January 29, 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 the next school year.  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.

TCAC and SMAL Announce Winners of Joint Art Show

Katherine Binder – Embroidery

The Talbot County Arts Council and the St. Michaels Art league are pleased to announce the winners of their first jointly sponsored art show currently being held at the Easton Library.

The event was judged by Julie Madden of Howard County and St. Michaels. Julie, a prior board member and Executive Director of the Maryland State Arts Council, is currently serving as vice-chair of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Counselors.  The exhibit includes work in various mediums from artists that live, work or sell their art in Talbot County.

First Place was awarded to Katherine Binder for her untitled Embroidery work. Second Place went to Lee D’Zmura for her botanical watercolor “Petunias and Tiger Swallowtail”; while Third Place was awarded to Susan MacKinnon for her etching “View of Mull from Iona.” Honorable mentions went to Pat Lang for her oil painting “Lemons and Lace”, Robert Manning for his oil “Delmarva Icon-Perdue Grain Bins”, Beth Taylor for her photograph “Adjust the Sails”, and Anna Harding for her colored pencil botanical work titled “Zeus and the Wild Bunch.”

This joint-collaboration celebrates milestone anniversaries of the Maryland State Arts Council (50th) and the Talbot County Arts Council (40th).  The Maryland State Arts Council and Talbot County Arts Council both have provided millions of dollars in arts funding to organizations and schools in Talbot County. Maryland recently ranked third in the United States for money allocated to Arts Spending, and Talbot County is the top recipient in the state.The St. Michaels Art League is also celebrating more than 25 years as an arts organization serving and representing artists from all around the mid-shore.

The awards were presented at a reception at the Easton Library on October 5th. In addition to the art prizes, Addie Eckhardt, Senator for the Maryland House of Delegates and Johnny Mautz, Delegate attended the reception and awarded citations to all three arts organizations from the Governor, the State Senate and the Maryland General Assembly for their milestone anniversaries.

The exhibit is being held at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton located at 100 West Dover St. The show is open through October 31st. Library hours are Monday and Thursday 9am – 8pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-6pm and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.

For more information visit talbotarts.org or smartleague.org.

Art Show to Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries of Arts in Talbot County

The Talbot County Arts Council and the St. Michaels Art League are jointly sponsoring an art exhibition during October at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. This event is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maryland State Arts Council and the 40th anniversary of the Talbot County Arts Council—both of which over the years have provided millions of dollars in arts funding to organizations and schools in Talbot County.

Maryland is currently ranked 4th in the United States for money allocated to arts spending. Talbot County boasts many talented artists who live, work or sell their art here. This is a great opportunity to see local talent in the disciplines of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and various other visual art forms. Many of the works are offered for sale by directly contacting the artist.

Jo Merrill pastel “I Feel Pretty”

The exhibition is open October 1-31 and takes place at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library located at 100 W. Dover St. in Easton, MD. Library hours are Monday and Thursday 9am-8pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-6pm and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.

The event is judged by Julie Madden of Howard County and St. Michaels. Julie recently completed a term on the board of directors of the Maryland State Arts Council followed by six months as MSAC’s interim executive director.

The public is invited to a free reception on October 5th, 5-7pm at the library where awards will be announced and presented.  Refreshments will be served.

For further information check the bottom of the home page of the Arts Council’s website (talbotarts.org); or visit smartleague.org.

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

The 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 2018-2019 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 must be matched on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis by the requesting school—most often from parent-teacher organizations. Last year the Arts Council approved over $27,000 in AinE Grants, with $12,000 provided by the Maryland State Arts Council and the other $15,000 generously contributed by four local organizations: Artistic Insights Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Carpe Diem Arts, the Ruth and Robert St. John Foundation, and the Dock Street Foundation.

At 7 pm on Wednesday, September 5, the Arts Council is offering an AinE Workshop, combined with a visiting performer block-booking meeting with Busy Graham of Carpe Diem Arts . 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. All are welcome, but to ensure sufficient handout materials those planning to attend should tell the Arts Council in advance.

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.

 

Talbot County Leads Maryland in Per Capita State Arts Funding

The State of Maryland has announced grants for the arts totaling almost $16.6 million for fiscal year 2019, which began on July 1. The funds are being distributed through the Maryland State Arts Council to arts organizations, programs, and county arts councils.

Maryland’s 24 local arts councils were awarded almost $3.3 million in MSAC Community Arts Development (CAD) grants. These were calculated on the basis of a block grant of $122,246 to each of the 23 counties and Baltimore City, which constituted 90 percent of the totals, with the other 10 percent based on local populations.  More than $13.3 million was awarded to 290 arts organizations and programs statewide under the MSAC Grants for Organizations (GFO) program.

Once again, Talbot County was first among the state’s 24 political jurisdictions on a per capita basis, at $14.04 per resident, followed by Baltimore City at $12.00 and Kent County at $9.59.  The following local organizations got the state grants:

Talbot County
Academy Art Museum                             $127,167
Avalon Foundation                                   $142,075
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum     $7,500
Chesapeake Film Festival                       $1,500
Chesapeake Music                                    $29,125
Easton Choral Arts Society                     $6,456
Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra       $10,000
Tidewater Singers                                     $2,500
Waterfowl Festival                                    $70,377
Talbot County Arts Council                     $124,244
County total                                             $520,944
Per capita                                                  $14.04

The full listing is available on Maryland State Arts Council website (msac.org). Information on the Talbot County Arts Council is available on its website (talbotarts.org) or by calling 410-310-9812.

Call to Artists Who Live, Work, or Sell Their Art in Talbot County

The Talbot County Arts Council and the St. Michaels Art League have announced plans to jointly sponsor an art exhibition during October at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. The event is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maryland State Arts Council and the 40th anniversary of the Talbot County Arts Council—both of which over those years have provided millions of dollars in arts funding to organizations and schools in Talbot County.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to experience the creativity of local visual artists who work in the disciplines of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and various other visual art forms.  The opening reception on Friday, October 5, will be an ideal time to visit with these creative people who live, work, and sell their art in Talbot County.

Participants in the show must be part of the online artist registry maintained free of charge on the Arts Council’s website (talbotarts.org)as a service to local artists and the art-loving community.  The registry is intended for use on a do-it-yourself basis, but artists needing technical assistance are welcome to contact its designer Danielle Darling (email dannidarling79@gmail.com).

Judging the competition will be Julie Madden of Howard County and St. Michaels, who recently completed a term on the board of directors of the Maryland State Arts Council followed by six months as MSAC’s interim executive director.  She will be selecting the recipients of first place ($250), second place ($150), and third place ($100) awards, as well as honorable mentions.

Registrations for the exhibit must be filed by Tuesday, September 4.  For further information check the bottom of the home page of the Arts Council’s website (talbotarts.org), or contact the Arts Council (phone 410-310-9812/email gearly@talbotarts.org).

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