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Donna Anderson, Maryland Hall's VP, Marketing and Development was recently interviewed on Comcast Newsmakers about Maryland Hall's Summer events and performances.

Click here to see the interview.  

 

Corporate sponsors provide vital operating support for Maryland Hall's creative arts activities. In return for their financial contribution, local businesses receive a variety of benefits that provide extensive visibility and the opportunity to "give back" to our community. "Maryland Hall must raise approximately half of our revenue from private sources -- individuals, corporations and foundations to ensure our creative programming thrives and grows," says Donna Anderson, MHCA's VP, Marketing and Development. "We are very grateful to corporate sponsors, like Severn Savings Bank, for their valuable support helping us deliver art for all to our community." Businesses interested in learning about sponsorship should contact MHCA's Development Office at 410-263-5544, ext. 25.

Kevin Carter, Severn Savings Bank

Why did Severn Savings Bank decide to be a Maryland Hall sponsor?
As the bank's CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) Officer, one the many things I’m responsible for is looking at where we are donating to the community we serve, what organizations we’re selecting and what those organizations do. We’ve made the conscious decision that one of the avenues we are going to support is the arts. Maryland Hall is the melting pot of the arts. It’s not just the performing arts, or dance or theatre, it’s also sculpture, painting. (Maryland Hall) provides summer programs for kids and programs throughout the school year, especially programs for underserved children. That’s a key part and that brings the CRA tie back in. One of the main things I look at is who is supporting the underserved and ensure that some of our dollars get directed towards those types of programs. At Maryland Hall, you can support all of the arts versus just one....It is a hub for the arts in the Annapolis community. It has sustainability.

Why is supporting the arts important?
Study after study show how the arts impact grades and education. Local school systems can fade in and out of the arts, but Maryland Hall is that constant where even if you feel as though your child isn’t getting (the arts) in their local school, there’s an avenue that you can go to. There is that tie into education and the importance of education in arts....It’s also clear that there’s an importance to the arts as it is related to the community that we live and work in. There’s also a tie to the arts and business and tourism....When there is a show at Maryland Hall, it affects the local restaurants that are within walking distance...there is an economic effect that the arts has and Maryland Hall has on this community.

Severn Savings Bank is very philanthropic in our community, why is that important to your business?
There are two parts. There is the part that by law and regulation--we are required to and that’s the CRA Act. But the bank has always been philanthropic. Our leader, Alan Hyatt, has always given back to the community either personally or through the bank....We feel it’s important to give back to the community that you serve--it's that simple...We support 40-50 nonprofits and I’m still running across some I never knew existed....All of the nonprofits seem to work together and support each other. You can go to a nonprofit event and see three other Executive Directors from other nonprofits attending and supporting that event....Being a small community bank, we all live and work and play in the Annapolis area. It is important to support the area and local organizations.

In a few words, how would you describe Maryland Hall?
Stability, innovative, fun, entertainment.

Every day we see examples how Maryland Hall and our creative programs impact lives.  We are delighted to share the stories of two women whose careers and lives were recently changed through Maryland Hall. 

New Experiences Lead to A New Career

This spring, Nancy Politsch (pictured:  Nancy, left with Amy Crain) dramatically changed her life. And Maryland Hall played a large role in that change.

Nancy first got involved with Maryland Hall in 2012 through our annual art auction, All That Art.  As Senior Vice president of Wells Fargo, Nancy facilitated the bank’s role as a corporate sponsor of the event.  In 2013, at the suggestion of MHCA Board member Amy Crain, Nancy joined the All That Art Advisory Committee, which helps plan and execute this annual fundraising event.   And in 2014 Nancy became chair of the Action Committee, a role she repeated in 2015 and 2016.  “Her leadership, commitment and attention to detail helped the auction raise nearly $90,000 each year for Maryland Hall,” says Donna Anderson, MHCA’s VP of Marketing and Development.  "She brought great new ideas and helped recruit new artists, sponsors and attendees."  Nancy joined the Maryland Hall Board in 2014 and became Maryland Hall's Treasurer. 

During this time, Nancy also began taking fused glass classes at Maryland Hall.  “I took one class and I was hooked," she says.  A lifelong photographer who had published two books of photographs, Nancy fell in love with fused glass as an art form.  She became so interested in the craft, she bought a personal kiln and glass fusing equipment so she could create fused glass pieces at home.  “Every night after work, my kitchen became a de facto glass studio," she says. 

In late 2015, Nancy heard from a friend that a position was open at the Lighthouse Art Center in Jupiter, Florida.  She applied for the position and was hired this spring as the Center’s Executive Director; overseeing this non-profit organization’s museum gallery and school of art.  On May 1, Nancy and her husband moved from Maryland to Florida and Nancy started her new career. 

“I feel like the artistic experiences and leadership opportunities I had through Maryland Hall came together at the exact right time for me to make this huge life change,” says Nancy. "While my finance and 38 - year banking background was helpful, it is my experiences through Maryland Hall as a Board and Committee member and as an art student that really helped me understand how a nonprofit arts center operates.  Without the expertise I gained through Maryland Hall, I would not have felt confident to make this drastic life and career change."

An Email...A Class...And A New Career As An Artist

Janey Harrington had always been interested in art and had been painting as a hobby for many years.  She had participated in many activities at Maryland Hall in the past--performances, exhibits and classes for her kids.  But with a career and children to raise she was just too busy to invest in an arts class for herself.  Then one day she received a Maryland Hall email about a silk painting workshop we were offering.  "I was so excited because it was what I had always wanted to learn," she says. 

She enrolled in the class advertised in the email and several others afterward.  "The classes I have taken at Maryland Hall have contributed greatly not only to my technical development as an artist, they have has also helped with my personal and professional confidence in sharing my art," she says.  "From watercolor classes with the late Lee Boynton to the silk painting classes with Nadia Azumi, the instructors helped me lose my hesitation of expressing myself through my painting and have supported my reaching my dream of sharing my passion with the world."  

Two years ago Janey made the decision to pursue art as a full-time career.  She has created more than 500 works including silk scarves for women battling cancer.  "The most useful thing I learned through classes at Maryland Hall is to believe in yourself and your art. Whether you are a painter, sculptor, dancer, actor, writer....whatever your passion, take the leap to reach for your dreams.  One cannot fly unless you take that first leap!"

If you'd like to explore a Maryland Hall class for adults, browse through some of our fall offerings:

Learn to Draw

Glass Fusing

Painting

 

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