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Aug 19 2020

Yesterday, August 18, 2020, was an important anniversary, the centennial of the passing of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. We encourage you to continue the recognition of this milestone by joining the 2020 Women's Centennial Summit on Wednesday, August 26. This Summit is presented by the Maryland Commission for Women in partnership with The Foundation for the Maryland Commission for Women & The Maryland Commission on the Commemoration of ​the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Presented virtually,...

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Aug 17 2020

Governor Hogan is allocating $50 million to the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) to assist nonprofit organizations whose critical operations have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and state-of-emergency. Round II of funding is now open and will close August 21 at 12:00pm a​​t the latest; the portal may close if and when grant requests exceed available funding. If you were unable to apply during the first round, you now have another opportunity. ​ The funding will be administered through FOUR funding applications administered as follows by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) or...

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Aug 17 2020

Although we don’t have any in-person events to highlight this week in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, here are some educational and informative webinars you’re not going to want to miss. Click the event title for links to each event’s page. Partner Webinars Earth Optimism Panel: Building Climate-Resilient Communities on the Coast Date: Tuesday, August 18 Time: 7:00-8:30 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Tens of millions of Americans make their homes in coastal cities. How these cities adapt to rising seas will determine their futures in the 21st century. In this webinar...

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Aug 13 2020

The General Development Plan (GDP) is Anne Arundel County’s comprehensive plan to guide land use in the County, capitalize on its assets and conserve critical resources. Adopted by the County Council, the GDP establishes policies and recommendations to guide land use decisions over a 20-year planning timeframe. Community engagement is critical! In order to promote continued public participation in this year’s Plan 2040, the County has developed Plan2040 Community [email protected] This interactive website gives the public the opportunity to review draft elements of Plan2040 and provide your comments. Plan2040 includes four...

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Aug 12 2020

Lately, we’ve been excited to watch Annapolis becoming more colorful with the addition of new murals and public art.  During this time of social distancing, several new projects have helped to bring our community closer together, and even into the national spotlight. The first is by Annapolis local artist Comacell Brown, who designed a mural dedicated to Carlester Smith, Annapolis’s legendary “Walking Man,” known for his fast-walking and trash-collecting activities along local streets for decades, stretching back some 40 years. Located on the side wall of Pinkey’s Liquors in outer West...

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Aug 11 2020

Maryland Department of Commerce recently announced a new grant fund, the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits. These organizations may have been excluded from previous funding opportunities that more specifically targeted 501(c)3 organizations. Please see below for further information. Applications will open on Monday, August 17! Overview To support Maryland’s nonprofit 501(c)(6) organizations facing financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) have established the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits...

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Aug 10 2020

This week, we've got a variety of interesting events for you to enjoy. Take an architectural walking tour or attend a virtual lecture. Learn more about local historical figures or how to be an environmental advocate. Click the event title for links to each event’s page. Clean Water is a Right: Equity and Environmental Justice Around the Bay Date: Tuesday, August 11 Time: 6:30-7:30 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Chesapeake Bay Foundation  While unprecedented social restrictions make CBF’s bimonthly Brock Environmental Center Learning Series impossible to do in-person for the time being, the issues...

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Aug 07 2020

What's new and open in the Four Rivers Heritage Area this weekend? We've got a couple of exciting announcements below as our partners and sites continue to reopen to the public. Hammond-Harwood House Last week, we announced Hammond-Harwood's soft reopening for members. Now, Hammond-Harwood House (19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis) is open for public tours by reservation every day except Tuesday. Subjects include the social history of the families and enslaved people who lived in the house, architecture, and the collection of fine and decorative art. Two exhibitions are currently on view at...

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Aug 05 2020

Museum and historic sites are popular attractions for a destination's overnight visitors interested in learning more about the history and culture of a place, but a post-COVID-19 reality means fewer people will be traveling long distances on vacation or holiday. These circumstances mean that museum professionals are now tasked with finding new, or reengaging familiar, audiences, particularly among locals and day trippers. Taking a look at your social media strategy is an important way to gain exposure to this target audience, while still expanding your reach to future markets. Below...

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Aug 04 2020

Last week, Four Rivers staff attended several outstanding online presentations related to the topics of Diversity and Equity. They were recorded, and are being made available to the public, free of charge. We encourage you to read more about these important programs, and to watch the sessions on YouTube that interest you. US/ICOMOS Webinar, U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites and the World Heritage List (July 30, 2020) The inaugural US/ICOMOS Webinar featured current efforts to preserve, restore, and interpret African American heritage sites associated with the Modern Civil Rights Movement of the...

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