Five Maryland museums have been awarded the maximum $75,000 annual operating grants by the federal Institute of Museum Services.
Baltimore City Life Museums, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Walters Art Gallery and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels all received the highest allowable amount.
Two other institutions, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, received grants of $42,583 and $16,469 respectively.
In all, the IMS awarded $20 million to 432 museums across the country. The recipients were selected from 1,390 applicants.
Also on the federal grants front: The Downtown Dance Company has received a $4,900 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its 1991-'92 Dance on the Edge series, which presents performances at the Baltimore Museum of Art by innovative companies from around the country. The Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Inc., a multidisciplinary arts presenter, received a $5,000 NEA grant for promotional and administrative expenses.
The 10th annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival will run this year from June 14 to Aug. 25. The schedule is:
* "Twilight, With Roses," by Sally Darnosky, June 14-30, Avalon ,, Theatre, 106 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville, 242-6416.
* Three short plays -- "Life in the Last Act," by Robert Dunn; "Hearing Test," by Willy Conley; "Talk of God," by Brian Patrick McCormick -- June 27 to July 14, Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, 563-9135.
* "Whistle the Devil," by Kathleen Barber, July 5-21, Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann Street, 276-7837.
* "The Naked House-Painting Society," by Robert R. Bowie Jr., July 5-28, Spotlighters Theatre, 917 St. Paul St., 752-1225.
* "Murder Case," by Lance Woods, July 25 to Aug. 11, at the Vagabonds.
* "Outside the Norm," by Gregory Jenkins, Aug. 2-25, at the Spotlighters.
* "Alley Apples," by Herman Kemper, Aug. 9-25, at Fells Point Corner Theatre.
Ticket prices range from $6 to $8 and are available from individual theaters. Discount tickets of five for $25 are also available.
The deadline for submissions to the 11th annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival is Nov. 30. Full-length and one-act plays will be considered. For a copy of the rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, c/o the Vagabonds, 806 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Md. 21231.
The following auditions are coming up:
*The Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, by appointment, June 6 and 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Essex Community College. Call 522-1421.
*Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St., June 1, for free after-school classes in performing and visual arts for students in grades 5 to 8. Call 396-1185.
*Onstage Productions, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., for a teen production of "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat," at the Little Theatre on the Corner, 8217 Main St., Ellicott City. Call 461-8717.