The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (CSC) is excited to bring you a new video series PAST IS PROLOGUE, where each week CSC’s Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar will bring you stories and reflections from some of the world’s leading Shakespeare artists, educators, and fans.


What can we learn from the past to create our future? Ian Gallanar, Founding Artistic Director of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, explores this question with leading Shakespeare artists to share lessons learned while working with the Bard’s canon and why his plays still capture our imagination.

Subscribe to the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s YouTube channel to get new episodes delivered each week!

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young recently announced COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Initiative, which establishes the COVID-19 Small Business Task Force, a public-private partnership, and a $5.5 million fund to provide financial assistance to small businesses, as well as other resources and guidelines to help businesses reopen, without compromising public health, once the State of Emergency is lifted. More information about the initiative can be found here.

Small Business Assistance Fund Grants

The Baltimore Development Corporation is now accepting grant applications for the Small Business Assistance Fund until May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Grants WILL NOT BE AWARDED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST- SERVED BASIS. All applications received during the Grant Application Period will be considered. Any applications received after the end date will not be considered. Please review the documents below regarding eligibility and other requirements:

Apply here

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M:BRACE is a FREE professional development series for Maryland’s creative education force: Arts Educators, Arts Integration Teachers, and Teaching Artists.

Expert facilitators will examine the intersections of art and wellness by exploring creative practices to keep us open, curious and reflective during COVID-19. 

For the workshops, space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot in the workshop/s of your choice. After registration, you will receive a Google Hangouts link to the online session.

Partnership of the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education and Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance.

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The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announces the “Women and Nature” exhibition, its first online exhibition. Over the next few weeks, MSAC will be highlighting 25 featured visual artists from all across Maryland on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Take a look at a couple of the highlighted artists below, including Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan.

The full virtual exhibition is also included below and available here.

The Saturday Visiter Awards, presented by Poe Baltimore, recognize Edgar Allan Poe’s continuing legacy in the arts and literature around the world.  The prizes will honor media, art, performance and writing that adapts or is inspired by Poe’s life and works. 

Though he was not wealthy in his lifetime, Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to support himself entirely by his pen. The Saturday Visiter was the name—and spelling—of a local periodical that held a contest for poetry and short stories. Poe won the award for his short story “MS Found in a Bottle” (which he wrote at Poe House.) The Saturday Visiter Awards are named after the prize a young Edgar Allan Poe won while he lived in Baltimore which helped to launch the famed writer’s career. 

Saturday Visiter Awards will be given in two categories: works that adapt Poe’s life or writing(including biography, or true adaptations of his poetry or prose), and original works that are inspired by Poe’s life or writing. In addition, important “Poe Places”, including The Poe Museum (Richmond, VA) ,  The Poe Cottage (the Bronx NYC) and Poe House (Baltimore , MD) will highlight exceptional entries specific to their region.

Deadline to enter: May 30, 2020

Call for entries will close May 30, 2020. Visit our FAQs page for more information.

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Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic (TAMA) is a network that advocates forsupports and empowers Teaching Artists in the Mid-Atlantic region.

TAMA Network Events
TAMA is using its networks to support Teaching Artists as they experience the impact of COVID-19.

Quarterly Member Meeting: Tuesday May 12 | 9-11AM
TAMA is excited to Host every TA in the Mid-Atlantic region to their next Quarterly Member Meeting! RSVP Today.

TA Café: Mondays | 9:30 AM
Start your work week out with TAMA! Rise and shine TAs! Before you plug into the news, grab your coffee or tea and plug into your network. As Teaching Artists are invited to reinvent their work, this is an opportunity to share your dreams and invent the future together.

Click here to see available dates. Eventbrite requires you to register for individual sessions. Refresh the page to register for multiple sessions.

Genesis: TAs of the Diaspora: First Mondays | 1PM
Individual artists of color have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly because people of color are disproportionately getting and dying from COVID. Artists who do not have the backing of a large institution are left to navigate canceled gigs and mounting bills while trying to balance the stress, fear, and anxiety all alone. This Brainstorm Group Share, led by TAMA NJ State Director and Certified Life Coach, Wincey Terry-Bryant, is exclusively for individual Teaching Artists of color living and/or working in the Mid-Atlantic region. Come share your heart, your fears, anxieties, ideas, and resources. Know that you are NOT alone. We will get through this together.

Click here register for June. Eventbrite requires you to register for individual sessions. Refresh the page to register for multiple sessions.

More information about TAMA is available on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

The Gallery in Baltimore City Hall is proud to feature an extraordinary talent and photographer, Devin Allen, in its first virtual gallery exhibition, The Beautiful Journey: The Lens of Devin Allen.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Allen is often called the most important photographer since Gordon Parks. Motivated by representation and burdened with misrepresentation, Allen set out to capture what he calls “the beautiful ghetto.” In 2015, Allen gained international attention when Time magazine selected his momentous black and white photograph capturing the Baltimore Uprising for its cover.

“During our nation’s most trying times, it is art that uniquely captures the moment and preserves it for the future,” says Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Young continues, “I am proud to announce our very first virtual gallery exhibition featuring one of Baltimore’s most acclaimed and celebrated artists, Devin Allen. Devin made history when one of his photos landed on the cover of Time magazine. Today, he takes us on a beautiful and virtual journey of Baltimore City through the lens of his camera. So, stay inside, stay safe, and enjoy this fantastic journey of our beloved Baltimore from home.”

Visit the full virtual gallery here.

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