Capital Campaign

The Maryland arts community was stunned to learn that Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts was singled out as the only non-profit to have its funding deleted from the recently approved state capital budget.  This capital project funding was approved by the General Assembly – Republican and Democrats – to continue capability enhancements and renovations at Maryland Hall, including improvements to make the community arts center more accessible for those with disabilities.  This unprecedented action will harm the thousands of patrons, students, artists, volunteers, parents and supporters of Maryland Hall who benefit from this treasure in our community.  The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis Opera, Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale are all partners in the ongoing project to update Maryland Hall, and will be impacted from any delay caused by this significant cut in state funding.  We urge that the money be restored so that Maryland Hall can continue to enrich the community and transform lives.  We appreciate the continued support of the elected officials and community members who value Maryland Hall and regard the funding of arts, communities and education as a priority.

                                    Theatre Patron Wing                                                           Theatre Production Wing – Act 2
 

The Campaign for Maryland Hall is a five-year $18 million capital campaign to modernize and expand Maryland Hall, the region’s premier arts center.  We have already completed an upgrade of the main theatre (Act 1) and have made substantial progress with public and private funding sources so that we might soon begin Act 2 which will include the first major construction at Maryland Hall since 1932. But we need everyone’s support!

Thank you to the many community members who have already invested in this important project to expand, add capabilities and modernize Maryland Hall.  Please encourage everyone in the community to provide financial support – large or small – to help Maryland Hall engage more people.  Nothing speaks louder than action.  Over 100 individuals and all of the Boards of 4 of the 5 resident companies have contributed to the Capital Campaign just this year – demonstrating support for the planned improvements for Maryland Hall to enhance important mission delivery.

To contribute to The Campaign for Maryland Hall, click here. For more information, call 410-263-5544 ext. 26 or email capitalcampaign@mdhallarts.org

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Maryland Hall President, Linnell Bowen, sat down with Comcast Newsmakers' Elena Russo to discuss the first phase of renovations and future renovations. Click the video below to watch the full interview.
 

On Sunday, September 28, Maryland Hall unveiled the first phase of our renovated theatre at a presentation and performance attended by donors, members and community leaders.  The evening included performances by the Annapolis Chorale and musicians and dancers from the Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.  

As the 2014-15 fall performing arts season unfolds, audiences will find new, comfortable seats with more legroom, parterre seating (box-style) for a unique perspective, improved acoustics and lighting, and a greater floor incline for better sight lines to the stage.  Additional stage elements – an orchestra pit, stage extension and stage risers – showcase performers in new and exciting ways. The eight majestic windows have been beautifully restored and have operable acoustic shutters to perhaps allow sunlight into the theatre...for the first time in decades.

 
 
The theatre before the summer 2014 renovation. 
 
The theatre after the summer 2014 renovation.
 
 

Video created by videographer Julien Jacques
 
 
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