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May 11 2020

Join the Four Rivers Heritage Area on Tuesday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m., for Strategies for Making Heritage Sites Accessible. While our partners’ sites are closed to the public, we know you have been hard at work planning for the future, including ways to fill accessibility “gaps” and welcoming all audiences. This webinar features Robert Forloney, Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant, who will lead a discussion on the key aspects of planning for accessibility. He will focus on the ethical and legal requirements of ADA compliancy, strategies to serve audiences with special needs, the WHY...

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May 08 2020

Last week we announced our new Virtual Experiences page, highlighting a variety of online exhibits, educational resources, activities, webinars, and video tours from our partners. Are you interested in offering a virtual experience for your visitors? Below are some tools that can help you create a virtual tour or even venture into augmented reality. Clio Clio is your guide to the history and culture around you. Discover nearby historical and cultural sites. Each entry and walking tour is created by local historians, universities, historic sites, and museums. With a free Institution Account,...

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May 07 2020

Many of our previous posts have focused on how you can take care of your organization throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is also important that you take care of yourself. The following resources offer support and encouragement to help you cope with the wide range of health- and wellness-related challenges you may be experiencing during this crisis.   The American Alliance of Museums shared an article on Seeking Self-Care Solutions, for COVID-19 and Beyond, sharing some of the biggest stressors facing museum employees and ways employees and...

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May 06 2020

Our nonprofit donors play an integral role in allowing us to fulfill our missions. For that reason, even with our sites closed for now, donor engagement remains important. The resources listed below may be helpful to reach a better understanding of how this engagement might change and evolve due to our shared experiences with COVID-19, and how we may want to shift our approaches towards donor relations in order to ensure the financial sustainability of our organizations.  Bloomerang has compiled a library of crisis fundraising advice, articles, opinions, webinars, videos and...

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May 05 2020

As we begin to look towards reopening and deciding how our organizations can best respond to the current crisis, we will depend upon the support and leadership of our boards to help guide us. Below, find some resources for nonprofit boards during COVID-19. American Alliance of Museums has put together a selection of resources on Leading in Time of Crisis to help guide nonprofit leaders and board members. In this section, you will find information for cultivating effective leadership practices and be inspired by examples of visionary leaders who have found...

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May 04 2020

Our local heritage sites have done a fantastic job in adapting and adjusting to the current crisis. Now is the time to start planning ahead to reopening and determining what’s next for your organization. The below resources have helpful guides to assist you in the process. American Association for State and Local History First, read AASLH’s It’s Strategic to Think of the Future: Strategic Planning in the Time of COVID-19 to understand why you need to start thinking now not only about your pending reopening, but what your organization will look like...

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Apr 30 2020

Four Rivers Announces our Newest Story Project Video! [su_youtube_advanced url="https://youtu.be/29YYAd_TnS0" rel="no" modestbranding="yes"] Watermen have long been an integral part of life in Southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and the boats they used for their trade go hand-in-hand with their way of life on the water.  A few months ago, several organizations from South County came together to showcase the intricate, hand-made wooden boat models that bring to life this key element of a waterman's life and livelihood. This video features those boat models, as well as interviews with Dorothy Whitman of the...

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Apr 30 2020

Applications Open May 1 Maryland Humanities is accepting applications to its $500,000 CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants Fund. The funding is made available by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the CARES Act. The goal of this new program is to sustain Maryland’s public humanities infrastructure and to ensure that organizations can continue to provide opportunities for Maryland’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this unprecedented time. Grants will support nonprofit general operating expenses. Eligible nonprofit organizations include: museums, historic sites,...

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Apr 29 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers are working hard to make sure our community has access to healthy food and fresh produce. According to the Maryland Farm Bureau, Anne Arundel County has 381 farms totaling 28,111 acres. Fortunately, farmers’ markets in Maryland are considered an essential business and can remain open. Here are some ways you can continue to buy local and support our farmers. Farmers’ Markets Guides Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation publishes the Arundel Grown Guide, an informative directory of locally grown and produced goods in Anne Arundel County. Southern Maryland Farmers’...

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Apr 28 2020

We are pleased to announce a new section of our website! Check out the Virtual Experiences listings page! While our heritage sites are currently closed to the public, many of our partners have gone virtual, offering online exhibits, educational resources, activities, webinars, video tours, and more! Four Rivers is sharing these these virtual experiences in a new section on our website to highlight our partners as they strive to remain accessible to you wherever you are. Visit our all-new Virtual Experiences page to learn more -- and continue to check back as more online...

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