Federal, state and local arts and humanities grants-makers have recently awarded more than $180,000 to dozens of local organizations and individuals.
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded four grants to Maryland presenters of concerts and music festivals totaling more than $27,000.
The Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Inc. has been awarded $14,400 to support concerts in genres ranging from jazz to choruses in a seven-state region, including Maryland and the District of Columbia. The concerts must serve rural or minority audiences, or use minority artists.
The Chamber Music Society of Baltimore received a $3,000 grant and Res MusicAmerica $6,200 towards their 1991-'92 seasons. And the University of Maryland got $3,500 to help defray artists' fees for its 1991 Maryland Handel Festival.
Meanwhile, the Maryland Humanities Council, an independent affiliate of the National Humanities Council, announced it had awarded $68,349 in outright grants and another $27,448 in matching funds to 19 cultural and education organizations throughout the state.
Among them were $1,200 to Res MusicAmerica for two pre-concert lectures examining the contribution of electronic music to American classical music; $1,200 to the Artscape festival for a "Go Global" exhibit examining several foreign cultures; and $8,438 to Har Sinai Congregation for a fall symposium and exhibit examining the history of religious tolerance in Maryland.
Last but not least, the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture announced the award of CityArts Grants totaling $60,000 to 88 individuals and organizations.
Among organizations receiving $1,000 grants, the largest awarded, were BAUhouse, the Downtown Dance Company, the Lois J. Wright Memorial Concert Series and the Museum for Contemporary Arts.
John Bright Mann won the Barry Levinson Arts Award for excellence in film and video, while writers Tracy Wallace and Carol Wood won the Anne Tyler and Taylor Branch awards for excellence in literary arts. All the awards carry prizes of $1,000.
Other individual grantees receiving the top award of $1,000 included photographers Jennifer Bishop and Lisa Lewenz, painter Chevelle Moore and sculptors Ivy Parsons and Rodney Carroll.
The CityArts grantees will be honored at a ceremony at City Hall April 2 at 10 a.m. For information, call 396-4575.
The following auditions are coming up:
*The Annapolis Dinner Theater, 339 Revell Highway, for "Robin Hood," tonight and tomorrow night from 6:30 to 8:30. Call (301) 757-9450 or (301) 974-0058.
*The Edwin Booth Theater, 704 N. Hickory Ave., Bel Air, for "The Makings of a Trial," an original drama. Auditions will be today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call *The Young Victorian Theatre Company, for "H.M.S. Pinafore," Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Bryn Mawr School, 109 W. Melrose Ave., Baltimore. Call 323-3077.