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Mar 12 2021

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is Looking for Your Feedback! MSAC is re-evaluating and considering changes to its general operating support program, Grants for Organizations (GFO), and its traditional arts program, Maryland Traditions. The proposed changes are scheduled to take effect with the FY2023 GFO application process, the FY2023 Folklife Network application process, and the FY2024 Folklife Apprenticeship and Heritage Award application processes. As MSAC considers possible changes, they would like to hear your thoughts and input. They will host the following three Listening Sessions, which are open to the public: Grants For...

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Mar 11 2021

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) want to hear from organizations doing cultural, historical, and natural heritage work around the state. How has your organization been impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting changes to the economy and daily life? Let them know by taking the COVID-19 Impacts on Maryland's Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage Organizations Survey. Based on results from a similar survey in 2020, MHT and MHAA grant programs extended reporting deadlines and began accepting secure electronic signatures on grant documents. MHAA also held an emergency grant round to distribute over $600,000 in operating funds and allowed grantees to use their existing MHAA grants for...

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Mar 10 2021

With the passage of the RELIEF Act of 2021 by the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) will distribute $5 million through its Emergency Grant Program. Created in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Emergency Grants provide funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled. This fourth round of MSAC Emergency Grant funding is available to independent artists, arts organizations, County Arts Agencies, and Arts & Entertainment District management entities. Per...

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Mar 09 2021

This week, celebrate Women's History Month by learning more about a distinctive woman of courage, get ready for St. Patrick's Day with the fighting Irish, or take some time to Lunch and Learn. Enjoy these events from our partners! Click on the event title for more information. Coffee with Ken: Folklife Date: Tuesday, March 9 Time: 9:00 am Location: Online Host Organization: Maryland State Arts Council Join MSAC’s Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz and your fellow colleagues across the state on Tuesday mornings with your favorite coffee drink (or tea, if you’re like Ken!) for...

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Mar 05 2021

Our friends at the Downtown Annapolis Partnership have been working hard to keep us busy this March, together with our own Maryland Day Weekend event and St. Patrick's Day, of course! Join in throughout the month for these events in downtown Annapolis, all great ways to support some of your favorite local businesses and organizations. Click on the event title for more information. Annapolis Oyster Fest Dates: March 1 to March 21 (Happening Now!) Featuring the Maryland Oyster, a Maryland seafood delicacy that goes perfectly with a craft beer. This culinary event features our...

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Mar 04 2021

A recording of the Site Directors and Managers Summit that Four Rivers hosted on February 17 is now available to view. This roundtable-style meeting includes updates from many key sites and partners in the heritage area. Please use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/jVocDTx7Sp_jz-jpN8uqC1pInL6TRbUgJX9gC1_ccrNznEar8sAi0t1O9H10QvZ6.ujDoujCJ9TNviXbr?startTime=1613658605000 NOTE: The required passcode is: [email protected]

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Mar 03 2021

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. On February 24, The Small Business Administration established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. This exclusive window is intended to give lenders and community partners more time to work with the smallest businesses to submit their applications, while also ensuring that larger PPP-eligible businesses will still have plenty of time to apply for and receive support before the program expires on March 31,...

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Mar 02 2021

Do you own a business in downtown Annapolis? If so, you could qualify for an Annapolis Main Street Grant. Our friends at the Downtown Annapolis Partnership shared the following information about their new grant program: Governor Hogan announced $7 million in grant funding for the MD-SERI Main Street Grant which is part of the Governor’s Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative. This program was funded out of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and will be divided among the state’s 33 designated Main Street Maryland communities and Baltimore City’s 8...

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Mar 01 2021

Enjoy an online lecture, wine tasting, or art tour this week. Our partners continue to do an outstanding job of bringing you new virtual experiences! Click on the event title for more information. Virtual Lecture - America's First Daughter: Patsy Jefferson Date: Tuesday, March 2 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Historic Annapolis Much of what we know about Thomas Jefferson is what his daughter Patsy Jefferson allowed us to know. Find out why that is when New York Times bestselling author Laura Kamoie discusses the history behind and writing of her...

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Feb 24 2021

The following was shared with us by the Maryland Transportation Authority and the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study. We encourage our partners and supporters to get involved by attending a public hearing and providing public comments on the project. Public comments are currently being accepted through May 10, 2021. Your input will have an impact on the future of mobility in one of the most important corridors of Anne Arundel County. The Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the...

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