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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Maryland State Arts Council Grants Support Maryland Presenters and Performers

Maryland State Arts Council Grants Support Maryland Presenters and Performers

More than $60,000 in grants awarded to 26 organizations

July 20, 2015Press Release

July 17, 2015 (Baltimore) - Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Arts Barn of Gaithersburg,  and Common Ground on the Hill are among the 26 nonprofit organizations  selected to receive Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) MarylandTouring Grants totaling $60,930 for FY2016.

Each grant recipient commits to matching funds to present an artist from the MSAC's highly competitive Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster, a vetted list of Maryland-based musicians, theatrical performers, dancers and others. Artists on the roster include The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Lovejoy Group, Back Porch Blues and more.

"The Maryland Touring Grant program and its accompanying Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster generate booking opportunities for both artists and presenting organizations in Maryland," says Program Director for Theatre, Music and Dance at MSAC, Steve Drapalski. "We are thrilled to further enhance the cultural landscape of the state by providing these organizations with the necessary funding to showcase such outstanding talent."

One grant supports the Baltimore Theatre Project that connects the area with the presentation of innovative contemporary theater, dance, music, opera, poetry and visual arts. The Project has presented more than 1,500 productions over its 44 years. They will stage the world premiere of "Look Through My Eyes," by Quest Visual Theatre of Laurel. This story builds upon the life experiences while celebrating the life of Melvin Primeaux-O'Bryant, a black, deaf, gay man. Primeaux-O'Bryant is the assistant director for Quest's Wings Company, an ensemble of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing performers. Founded in 1997, Quest Visual Theatre is a group of deaf and hearing artists, educators, and volunteers. They represent a diverse ethnic, cultural, and artistic body committed to creating, producing, and presenting theatre featuring casts and production staffs that are inclusive.

For more information on applying to the Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster or applying for a Maryland Touring Grant, contact MSAC Program Director, Steve Drapalski, steve.drapalski@maryland.gov .

MSAC FY 2016 Maryland Touring Grant

1. Applicant: Ann's Circle / Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
County: Calvert
Touring Roster Artist(s): Eric Byrd Trio, The Lovejoy Group, $3,000
 
2. Applicant: Arts Barn City of Gaithersburg
County: Montgomery
Touring Roster Artist(s): Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, $1,362
 
3. Applicant: Baltimore Rhythm Festival/Greater Homewood Community Corporation*
County: Baltimore City
Touring Roster Artist(s): SIDRA, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Amadou Kouyate, Elikeh, $3,000
 
4. Applicant: Baltimore Theatre Project
County: Baltimore City
Touring Roster Artist(s): Quest Visual Theatre, $2,000
 
5. Applicant: BlackRock Center for the Arts
County: Montgomery
Touring Roster Artist(s): National Players, Thomas Pandolfi, $3,400
 
6. Applicant: Caroline County Public Library
County: Caroline
Touring Roster Artist(s): Back Porch Blues, The Kuznik Trio, and Charles Rahmat Woods, $3,085
 
7. Applicant: Carroll County Arts Council
County: Carroll
Touring Roster Artist(s): National Players, $2,000
 
8. Applicant: Catonsville Presbyterian Church Concert Series
County: Baltimore County
Touring Roster Artist(s): Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, $2,000
 
9. Applicant: Common Ground on the Hill
County: Carroll
Touring Roster Artist(s): Sankofa Dance Theater, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble,  $3,000
 
10. Applicant: Community College of Baltimore Count
County: Baltimore County
Touring Roster Artist(s): Alif Laila, Beijing Guitar Duu,  $1688
 
11. Applicant: Contemporary Arts
County: Baltimore County
Touring Roster Artist(s): Charles Rahmat Woods,  $1,000
 
12. Applicant: CV Starr Center at Washington College
County: Kent
Touring Roster Artist(s): Back Porch Blues,  $500
 
13. Applicant: Frostburg State University Folklore and Folklife Festival*
County: Allegany
Touring Roster Artist(s): The Barnstormers and Rock Candy Cloggers,  $2200
 
14. Applicant: Garrett Lakes Arts Festival
County: Garrett
Touring Roster Artist(s): Ballet Theatre of Maryland,  $3,500
 
15. Applicant: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture
County: Montgomery
Touring Roster Artist(s): Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, Back Porch Blues, $2,070
 
16. Applicant: Gordon Center for the Performing Arts/JCC Owings Mills
County: Baltimore County
Touring Roster Artist(s): Carolyn Black Sotir,  $3,500
 
17. Applicant: Living Arts Concert Series at Resurrection Church
 County: Montgomery
Touring Roster Artist(s): Carolyn Black-Sotir, Kuznick Piano Trio, Ocean Orchestra, $3,365
 
18. Applicant: Maryland Hall for Creative Arts
County: Anne Arundel
Touring Roster Artist(s): Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, $3,5001
 
19. Applicant: Maryland Theatre Association
County: Washington
Touring Roster Artist(s): Ballet Theatre of Maryland,  $3,100
 
20. Applicant: Power Jam Music Alliance
County: St. Mary's
Touring Roster Artist(s): Eleanor Ellis,  $1,000
 
21. Applicant: Single Carrot Theatre*
County: Baltimore City
Touring Roster Artist(s): Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra,  $3,500
 
22. Applicant:  Strathmore Hall Foundation
County: Montgomery
Touring Roster Artist(s): Todd Marcus Jazz Orchesta, $2,885
 
23. Applicant: St. John Episcopal Church/Music in the Valley Concert Series*
County: Baltimore County
Touring Roster Artist(s): Beijing Guitar Duo, $1,500
 
24. Applicant: Unity by the Bay Church*
County: Anne Arundel
Touring Roster Artist(s): Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, $500
 
25. Applicant: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
County: Washington
Touring Roster Artist(s): Duende Quartet, Thomas Pandolfi, $1,475
 
26. Applicant: World Art Focus / Joe's Movement Emporium
County: Prince George's
Touring Roster Artist(s): Vincent Thomas Dance, $2,800
 
* First-Time Maryland Touring Grant Applicant