Inside the Hall: Maryland Hall News Blog

On Tuesday, September 24, at a special event with Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Busch, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) announced a $25,000 contribution from AT&T to support the Young Artists Apprentice Program, a highly-interactive Maryland Hall program that introduces underserved high school students to a variety of career options associated with the arts.  The program is part of Maryland Hall's ArtReach Program.

J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic, joined Speaker Busch and Linnell Bowen, president and CEO of Maryland Hall, for the announcement.

The contribution will be used to underwrite a two-week, all-day 2014 summer camp that will serve up to 30 underserved 9th and 10th grade students who have an interest in or talent in the arts.  The camp will utilize Maryland Hall’s cultural programs to teach students about career fields such as sound and lighting, marketing and promotion, exhibit layout and design, theatre production and arts administration. 

Speaker Busch said Maryland Hall is a valuable resource for the residents of Annapolis and for the entire region.

“Maryland Hall is our region’s top community arts program, offering residents of all ages access to extraordinary performing and visual arts programming,” said Busch.  “AT&T’s contribution will keep strong this valuable community asset and help our children learn more about careers in the arts.”

“We are extremely grateful to AT&T for their generous contribution to underwrite this valuable education program,” said Linnell Bowen, President of Maryland Hall.  “We see the arts impact young lives every day positively at Maryland Hall, and this camp will provide hands-on, real-world opportunities for students in our community to enhance their creativity, learn new skills and build confidence to help them succeed in high school and beyond.”

 “Exposure to the arts can help round out a child’s education and introduce them to a wide variety of career opportunities that are possible if they stay engaged in school,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. “I applaud Speaker Busch and MHCA for their commitment to providing the region’s children with access to quality arts and educational programs.”

Schweder adds that the contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.  Last year, AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program, bringing the total commitment to $350 million since the program was launched in 2008.

MHCA was founded in 1979 by a group of artistic visionaries who believed the former Annapolis High School could best be re-used as a community arts center. Today, the historic landmark building is the community's gathering place for the arts.  Through year-round classes, performances, exhibits, tours, workshops and demonstrations, people of all ages discover the transformative power of the arts.  Each day, Maryland Hall nurtures inspiration, cultivates originality and fosters the imaginations of the children, families, students and adults who come through our doors.

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. In 2012, more than $131 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.   Learn more about AT&T Aspire by visiting www.att.com/aspire.

 

Maryland Hall will be holding volunteer orientations on Thursday, September 19, 5:30 – 7 pm or Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 – 7 pm. Volunteers are vital in maintaining Maryland Hall’s reputation as an outstanding arts center serving the entire region.  We welcome your interest in our programs. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities - possibilities include performing arts ushering, visual arts, and special events. If you are interested in Volunteer Ushering for performances, there will be additional training dates.

If you are able to join us, RSVP to Louise White, Volunteer Manager, at 410-263-5544, extension 23 or lwhite@mdhallarts.org

Click here for more information about volunteering at Maryland Hall. 

 

Volunteer Benefits:

Nurturing the arts at MHCA
Ensuring the success of programs
Community involvement
Continuing arts education
Arts-related fellowship
 

 

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Kim Farcot's Portrait and Figure Drawing Workshop 7/9/13 - 7/11/13

Get a solid foundation in figure and portrait drawing to enhance your portfolio and prepare you for college. Create a series of charcoal or graphite life drawings starting with gesture drawing, the basic form and proportions of the human head and figure, then break down each part of the head and figure. Draw from a live clothed model on the last day. 

Kim Farcot's Portrait and Figure Drawing Workshop 7/9/13 - 7/11/13
 

Classes begin with a series of gesture drawings and build up to longer poses and more detailed drawings by the end of the day. Demonstrations and examples will broaden the students' knowledge and appreciation for the beauty and grace of the human figure in art. Attention to line, form, shading, cross-hatching, using dramatic lighting affects and composition of multiple figures will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on students finding their own artistic voice and style. 

 

Click here for a list of upcoming Teen Portrait and Figure Drawing Classes.

 

Portrait Sculpture Intensive Workshop | August 13 - August 17

Students will have the opportunity to sculpt a life-like portrait in clay, working directly from the model. This workshop is designed for all levels of ability. Instructor Rick Casali's innovative teaching style embraces the French concept of "secret figure" - a knowledge/concept approach to understanding the portrait. This unique five-day workshop will consist of daily sculpture demos by Casali covering proportion, pose, geometric planes along with the anatomy of the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and the forms of the hair. Thorough measurements of each model will be recorded prior to class as a reference. Students will have their choice of a male or female model (model fee TBA). Recommended for portrait painters, sculptors, illustrators, and computer animators. Materials List.

Maryland Hall's signature fundraising event is a nautically-themed party this year and includes entertainment, live and silent auctions, and delicious wine, appetizers and hors d’oeuvres all evening long from the area’s finest restaurants, caterers and hotels.

If you would like to be a sponsor for Arts Alive, click here to download the sponsorship package.

Thanks to ARINC for signing on as a Stars Sponsor once again this year.  Click here for more information about Arts Alive.

In celebration of African American Music Month, an exhibit of album cover art will be on display in the Martino Gallery from Friday, June 14 to Wednesday, June 26. The album covers will showcase influential African American music makers and African American music of impact through the years. This unique gallery experience will be a visual journey of nostalgic sound and artistic excellence.

Join us on Wednesday, June 26 starting at 5:30 pm for some pre-concert festivities before a free concert by Art Sherrod, Jr. Food and drink will be available for purchase and the gallery will be open for viewing. Tickets are required for the concert. Click here to reserve your tickets now! *The concert is SOLD OUT but add your name to the waitlist and you will be notified if tickets become available.

The exhibit was originally mounted at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center in Baltimore, MD in 2011. Exhibit text by Troy Burton, Managing Director, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center; C.T. Goodman, entertainment feature writer; Lee Mergner, publisher, JazzTimes Magazine; and Carla Willis, Producer, WEAA FM. Album covers will be provided by WEAA FM, Record and Tape Traders and private donors​.

You may also be interested in a panel discussion presented by WEAA 88.9 FM and Creative Alliance on African American music. "1963: The Music and The Movement" will be held at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson on Wednesday, June 19 from 7 - 10 pm. Click here for more information.

Maryland Hall's Fall Catalog is now on line with more than 200 classes for adults and children.

Explore your creative side this fall with a Maryland Hall class. For adults, why not take a pottery class, make a ring or bangle in a jewelry class or take up Pilates or Tai Chi? Children and teens can choose from classes and workshops in drama, dance, drawing, painting, clay, musical theater and much more!

Remember, you now don't need to be a member to take a class--but if you join or renew your membership you'll save money all year long on class tuition and registration fees and also enjoy benefits throughout the year.

Printed catalogs are in the mail to our members; but you can click here and download a copy of the catalog now.

The Annapolis Shakespeare Company has a great one-week workshop for ages 11-18 starting on June 26. Explore the explosive alchemy of melding modern filmmaking with classical theater in Shake the Screen! On location in and around Annapolis Shakespeare Company's new headquarters on Chinquapin Round Road, you'll get staff guidance, but few limits, as you direct, act, costume, score, shoot and edit your own films--based on Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, histories, and poetry of your choosing. Learn new skills, make new friends, collaborate, create! Challenge and express yourself like nowhere else!

Click here for more information and to register now!

Maryland Hall has selected Sheila DeLaquil and Merla Tootle to become Artists-in-Residence (AIR). Their one-year terms will begin on July 1, 2014. Visit our Artist-in-Residence page to read more about them and the other eight AIRs.

Sheila DeLaquil

Merla Tootle

The goals of the MHCA’s AIR program are to provide a supportive atmosphere for artists to create new work in a collective setting and to educate the public about the artistic process through their interaction with artists and access to their work. 

There will be a closing reception for Anima Mundi on Saturday, June 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  The exhibit features more than 40 works in clay, marble and bronze along with drawings by internationally-known sculptor Claire McArdle. Enjoy light refreshments and brief remarks by the artist. The exhibit will be open to the public on its final day, Sunday, June 9 from noon to 5 pm.

Click here for more information about the exhibit and the artist.

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