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03/23/2020

'What Time It Is - COVID-19' A Poem by J. Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford, Poet Laureate of Prince George's County Maryland

These times seem unreal
Yet this is what time it is
No time for hand-wringing
It's hand-washing that saves lives
Yes, God has a plan
And cleanliness is next to Godliness
In the face of coronavirus

We’re used to having what we want
Going where we want
With whomever we want
Doing what we want just because
Now everything’s on pause
While we wait, we wash our hands

Exposure, infection, fatalities
Continue to soar
Increased global, national and local
COVID-19 cases confirmed around the world
As CDC, WHO and NIH search for vaccines
We check their websites daily
Tune in to CNN and MSNBC
For continuous coronavirus coverage
Searching for updates, see what they say
No longer laughing at those who pray
With hushed but not silent voices we wash our hands

The search is on for test kits, masks, hand-sanitizer
We pray that we, our families, hospitals and caregivers
Stay coronavirus free
Our language has changed
Social distancing, personal protective equipment
Self-quarantine, shelter-in-place
We struggle to maintain
Six-foot separation in public
Home-schooling our youth
Even attend virtual church services
And like Pilate, we wash our hands

Amid isolation, depression, fear
And other health-based realities of this pandemic
The economic fallout grows daily
As we await a trillion-dollar rescue plan
We are ever reminded that
Like the handshakes of yesterday
Coronavirus seals the deal
If we don’t each do our part
So we wash our hands and pray
This is what time it is



Sistah Joy
Prince George's County Poet Laureate
www.pgahc.org/poet-laureate

03/21/2020

Calling All Makers!

Helpers with skills and resources are needed- details in comments.
#MDartsunite

Let’s stay connected!  Share resources!   Share creativity!  Tag posts #MDArtsUnite
03/20/2020

Let’s stay connected! Share resources! Share creativity! Tag posts #MDArtsUnite

ATTN MUSICIANS!!
03/17/2020
Moog and Korg make synth apps free to help musicians stuck at home

ATTN MUSICIANS!!

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ATTN: high school performers and the audiences that love them!#SunshineSongs Broadway star wants to enjoy all of the hi...
03/17/2020
Laura Benanti on Twitter

ATTN: high school performers and the audiences that love them!

#SunshineSongs Broadway star wants to enjoy all of the high school musical performances that will not make it to the stage this spring. Everyone can enjoy them by searching for the tag sunshine songs.

Harford County Council of PTAs, Inc. Bel Air Drama Company

“Use the tag #SunshineSongs so whoever wants to can be your audience! https://t.co/32wMTLhB1l”

Talk to Maryland State Arts Council — they want to hear from you!
03/16/2020

Talk to Maryland State Arts Council — they want to hear from you!

We are hosting 3 online listening sessions this week where arts constituents are invited to join in conversation with MSAC Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz about the needs of the arts sector during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Registration not required! See below for details.

03/16/2020
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

If you doodle with Mo, we would love to see your drawings in the comments below!

Announcing Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (free video series) ✏📚

Join the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home as Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every weekday at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing—starting today! #MoLunchDoodles

Learn more ⤵
kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems

03/14/2020
Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort. The first of my #SongsOfComfort: Dvořák – "Going Home”

Stay safe.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses - Maryland Business Express
03/14/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses - Maryland Business Express

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses - Maryland Business Express

The State of Maryland has taken far-reaching and proactive steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 across our state, including ordering state employees to telework, closing public schools beginning on March 16, and activating the National Guard so it is ready to carry out any emergency functions, s...

03/12/2020

Harford County Cultural Arts Board believes that public health is of the utmost importance. The safety and peace of mind of our community has led us to decide to cancel and postpone upcoming programs. We will continue to monitor the situation and assess the next steps regularly.

Harford County Cultural Arts Board's cover photo
03/12/2020

Harford County Cultural Arts Board's cover photo

CDC Urges Citizens to Avoid Spreading Coronavirus by Greeting Exclusively with Jazz Hands
03/05/2020
CDC Urges Citizens to Avoid Spreading Coronavirus by Greeting Exclusively with Jazz Hands

CDC Urges Citizens to Avoid Spreading Coronavirus by Greeting Exclusively with Jazz Hands

by Brendan Leonard. @brennylen. WASHINGTON, D. C. - To combat the ongoing threat of coronavirus, the Center for Disease Control has urged citizens to no longer greet each other with handshakes or hugs, but to use exclusively jazz hands in hopes of preventing the disease from spreading further, the o...

Havre de Grace Secret Garden Tours
03/04/2020

Havre de Grace Secret Garden Tours

We would love some vendors that create yard and garden art, statues, stepping stones, bird baths, metal work, etc.

Send us a message, please!

Pam
02/28/2020
Pam

Pam

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists to take part in the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2020. The annual plein air paint-out will be held June 25-29 in picturesque and historic Ellicott City, Maryland, with a minimum of $1,000 in total awards given to participating artists. The event will culminate in a gallery exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts from June 29 - August 14. Juror: TBA. Deadline for entry: April 12. https://www.hocoarts.org/2020-02-call-to-artists-paint-it-ellicott-city-2020-juried-exhibition/ #hocoarts #paintitec #pleinair #artistopportunity

The 2020 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is accepting submissions through March 6.  This contest is for high schoo...
02/26/2020

The 2020 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is accepting submissions through March 6.

This contest is for high schoolers with a passion for writing songs, encompassing the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musicals.

02/22/2020
Art2Life Interview with Brent Crothers

In-depth interview with Brent Crothers, Sculptor, beloved local artist, covering the evolution of his life and art. Follow his work on Instagram at BrentCrothers2

02/20/2020
Arts Across Maryland (Statewide)

The arts bring us together and make our communities stronger. New video for #MDartscouncil by Wide Angle Youth Media

The Maryland State Arts Council advances the arts in the state by providing leadership that champions creative expression, diverse programming, equitable acc...

02/20/2020

A BRAVE AND STARTLING TRUTH

~dedicated to the hope for peace, which lies, sometimes hidden, in every heart~

By Maya Angelou

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet
Traveling through casual space
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns
To a destination where all signs tell us
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth

And when we come to it
To the day of peacemaking
When we release our fingers
From fists of hostility
And allow the pure air to cool our palms

When we come to it
When the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate
And faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean
When battlefields and coliseum
No longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters
Up with the bruised and bloody grass
To lie in identical plots in foreign soil

When the rapacious storming of the churches
The screaming racket in the temples have ceased
When the pennants are waving gaily
When the banners of the world tremble
Stoutly in the good, clean breeze

When we come to it
When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders
And children dress their dolls in flags of truce
When land mines of death have been removed
And the aged can walk into evenings of peace
When religious ritual is not perfumed
By the incense of burning flesh
And childhood dreams are not kicked awake
By nightmares of abuse

When we come to it
Then we will confess that not the Pyramids
With their stones set in mysterious perfection
Nor the Gardens of Babylon
Hanging as eternal beauty
In our collective memory
Not the Grand Canyon
Kindled into delicious color
By Western sunsets

Nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe
Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji
Stretching to the Rising Sun
Neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor,
Nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores
These are not the only wonders of the world

When we come to it
We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe
Who reach daily for the bomb, the blade and the dagger
Yet who petition in the dark for tokens of peace
We, this people on this mote of matter
In whose mouths abide cankerous words
Which challenge our very existence
Yet out of those same mouths
Come songs of such exquisite sweetness
That the heart falters in its labor
And the body is quieted into awe

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet
Whose hands can strike with such abandon
That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living
Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness
That the haughty neck is happy to bow
And the proud back is glad to bend
Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE  | APPLY BY FEB 24 Americans for the Arts' Annual Convention + Public Art & Civic Design Conferen...
02/19/2020
2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE | APPLY BY FEB 24 Americans for the Arts' Annual Convention + Public Art & Civic Design Conference 2020 in DC this summer brings together arts & community leaders with a focus on the intersection of arts, culture, community development, creative economy, education, and social impact.

CALL FOR JURORS | Maryland State Arts Council is seeking jurors to review visual art and poetry submissions for "Women a...
02/19/2020

CALL FOR JURORS | Maryland State Arts Council is seeking jurors to review visual art and poetry submissions for "Women and Nature," MSAC's spring exhibition exploring artists' relationship with Mother Earth through visual art and poetry. This exhibition will be open April 2 - June 18th! Info: https://tinyurl.com/SpringJurors2020

Congrats to Mind on Fire and the other January 2020 Creativity Grant recipients!  Learn more about the Creativity Grant ...
02/14/2020

Congrats to Mind on Fire and the other January 2020 Creativity Grant recipients!

Learn more about the Creativity Grant & apply for the next round: www.msac.org/programs/creativity-grants

#MDartscouncil

02/06/2020
Joyce J Scott: New Work at Grounds For Sculpture

Keynote address by this amazing human at Maryland Arts Day, Thurs 2/13. Advocate, network, be inspired! More info on our website.

At Grounds For Sculpture, MacArthur Genius Joyce J. Scott uses beads, glass, fabric, and even dirt in her new exhibition: "Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and...

🐦 🌞 Great news!  Early bird pricing to attend Maryland Arts Day has been extended through today!  And, we still have a f...
02/03/2020

🐦 🌞 Great news! Early bird pricing to attend Maryland Arts Day has been extended through today! And, we still have a few seats left on the bus traveling from Harford & Cecil Counties. Join your friends & colleagues and let the Maryland General Assembly know #MDlovestheArts

Show some love to those you really care about - your partner, your family, or your coworkers  ❤️ 💗 💛  Send a singing Va...
02/02/2020

Show some love to those you really care about - your partner, your family, or your coworkers ❤️ 💗 💛 Send a singing Valentine!

How lucky is Harford County to have Bay Country Gentlemen?

https://baycountrygentlemen.com/node/340

* A quartet dressed in formal tuxedo
* A two song serenade sung in the four part Barbershop harmony style.
* A fresh long stemmed red rose
* A small box of chocolates
You are welcome to take souvenir pictures or video.
$60.00

Hop on the bus, and come along with us on February 13!
01/31/2020
Maryland Arts Day

Hop on the bus, and come along with us on February 13!

​Maryland Arts Day needs your participation to show strong support for the arts, and their impact on the economic and cultural vitality of every Maryland's communities.

ARTS ADVOCATE UNITE on February 13, 2020  ~~ Join friends and colleagues & let your voice be heard in Annapolis.
01/30/2020
Maryland Arts Day

ARTS ADVOCATE UNITE on February 13, 2020 ~~ Join friends and colleagues & let your voice be heard in Annapolis.

​Maryland Arts Day needs your participation to show strong support for the arts, and their impact on the economic and cultural vitality of every Maryland's communities.

Artists Emporium
01/30/2020

Artists Emporium

One of the artists, Tom Sterner, will be giving a brief talk at the sculpture show's opening reception this Saturday. He created the public sculpture 'Big Fish, School of Fish' on display at Concord Point Park​.

ATTN PHOTOGRAPHERS:  6th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition is accepting entries through Fe...
01/29/2020

ATTN PHOTOGRAPHERS: 6th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition is accepting entries through February 10

Tidewater Players
01/24/2020

Tidewater Players

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT

All Roles Open!!

Auditions for Tidewater Players’s “9 to 5: The Musical” will be held February 8th and 9th at 203 Market St. Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Direction by Dickie Mahoney
Musical Direction by Terri Mathews
Choreography by Leslie Perry
Assistant Direction by Mark Briner

The musical is based on the 1980 movie “9 to 5,” which starred Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. In the musical, set in the late 1970s, three female co-workers, pushed to the boiling point, concoct a plan to get even with their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” boss.

Performances are scheduled May 8 – May 24, with rehearsals beginning of March.

Auditions will be on February 8th, 1:00- 4:00p.m and February 9th, 2:00-5:00p.m

Callbacks (if needed) will be February 10th, 8:15-10:15.

The cast consists of 8 women and 7 men, and an Ensemble ages 16– 50.

All vocal ranges and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

CHARACTERS

VIOLET NEWSTEAD
Violet Newstead is a smart, efficient, widowed mother of a teenage son who is constantly being passed up for promotion in the boys’-club world of climbing the corporate ladder. She runs the office from her desk while her boss takes the credit. She is frustrated with her position, but not bitter. Comedic role – witty and sharp. Low Voice.

JUDY BERNLY
Judy Bernly is a meek housewife with her first foray into the working world when her husband runs off with his secretary. Judy changes throughout the play into a force to be reckoned with, taking control of herself and her life. Comedic role – confusion. Medium-high voice.

DORALEE RHODES
Doralee Rhodes is a sexy, country gal who is the secretary for the boss, Franklin Hart. She is misunderstood at the beginning of the play due to rumors about an affair with the boss, but comes to be a strong cog in the machine that destroys Hart. Country singing. Comedy is sharp and no-nonsense. High-Voice.

ROZ KEITH
Roz Keith is the office busy-body. She is in love with Mr. Hart, and does everything she can to undermine the rest of the office to earn his affections. Over the top comedic role. Low Voice.

FRANKLIN HART
Franklin Hart is a pompous jerk of a boss. If he weren’t the boss, he would have no friends at all. Was trained by Violet, and then promoted ahead of her, so there is no love lost between them. Spends his time trying to seduce Doralee. Smarmy. Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical, Bigot. Baritone.

JOE
Charming, attractive accountant who is interested in Violet. Tenor. Doubles in the Men’s Ensemble.

KATHY
Office Gossip. Doubles in the Women’s Ensemble. Doubles as a new employee at the end of the show.

DWAYNE RHODES
Doralee’s husband. Country. Doubles in the Men’s Ensemble.

MARGARET
Office lush. Doubles in the Women’s Ensemble.

MISSY HART
Hart’s Wife. Fluttery and Ditzy. Doubles in the Women’s Ensemble.

JOSH NEWSTEAD
Violet’s teenage son. Must look young enough to pass as a teenager, but old enough to double in the Men’s Ensemble.

DICK BERNLY
Judy’ sleazy ex-husband. Also doubles as the detective.

BOB ENRIGHT
Franklin Hart’s Yes-Man. Also trained by Violet and promoted over her. Also doubles as the cop.

MARIA
Young and vibrant secretary. Gets fired by Hart wrongfully. Doubles in the Women’s Ensemble. Also doubles as the Candy Striper.

RUSSELL TINSWORTH
Chairman of the Board of the company. Colonel Sanders type.

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​As the government-appointed local arts agency, Harford County Cultural Arts Advisory Board is the premier local resource for arts organizations, individual artists, and the residents of Harford County, Maryland.

Harford County Arts Advisory Board advocates for the arts, offers administrative support, sponsors workshops, events, and promotional opportunities to the community, and distributes grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools.

Activities are made possible by a Community Arts Development grant from Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the State of Maryland under the authority of the Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. Since December 2015, Harford County Cultural Arts Advisory Board has operated under the auspices of Harford County Public Library.

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The Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists to take part in the juried portion of Paint It! Ellicott City 2020. The annual plein air paint-out will be held June 25-29 in picturesque and historic Ellicott City, Maryland, with a minimum of $1,000 in total awards given to participating artists. The event will culminate in a gallery exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts from June 29 - August 14. Juror: TBA. Deadline for entry: April 12. https://www.hocoarts.org/2020-02-call-to-artists-paint-it-ellicott-city-2020-juried-exhibition/ #hocoarts #paintitec #pleinair #artistopportunity
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Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) is pleased to announce that the 2019 Congressional Art Competition is now open for submissions. The competition recognizes talented high school artists from around the country, and is supported by the entirety of the U.S. House of Representatives. Winners from each congressional district will be eligible to attend the National Reception in Washington, D.C. All high school students in Maryland’s First Congressional District are encouraged to apply. A winner from each congressional district will be chosen to display his or her artwork in the U.S. Capitol building for one year. “I am pleased to announce that the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are once again sponsoring a nation-wide high school art competition this spring, and I appreciate this opportunity to recognize the talented young artists of Maryland’s First District,” said Congressman Harris. “I am continuously impressed by the submissions we receive and am honored to display the First District runners-up in my office. I eagerly anticipate seeing the winning piece from the First District hanging in the U.S. Capitol.” Since the first Congressional Art Competition in 1982, over 650,000 high school students have submitted their art work to the competition judges. For full competition guidelines and the student release forms, please visit Congressman Harris’ website at harris.house.gov. Go to the “Services” tab at the top of the screen and click on “Art Competition.” The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 22nd, 2019.
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