State Awards Arts Grants

Arts and entertainment

June 11, 1991

Anne Arundel County will share in the $5.13 million in matching grants to Maryland arts organizations for fiscal year 1992. The grants were awarded by the state Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Economic and Employment Development.

This marks a 10.3 percent reduction in available money for grants, due to interim budget cuts in the 1991 budget.

The grants were made on the basis of artistic merit, administrative ability, financial stability, service to the community and the involvement of Maryland artists and audiences.

Recipients are selected through a competitive process in which applications are reviewed byadvisory panels of professionals in each artistic discipline. The amount of each grant is then recommended for the governor's approval bythe state Arts Council.

The following groups in Anne Arundel County received grants grants for fiscal 1992.:

* Annapolis Boys and Girls Club -- children's events, $1,000.

* Annapolis Chorale -- music, $2,500.

* Annapolis Opera -- general operating grant for two performances, $1,000; and a special grant for an operatic singing competition, $1,000.

* Annapolis Symphony Orchestra -- music, $19,800.

* Annapolis Theater Projects -- theater, $1,000.

* Ballet Theatre of Annapolis -- dance, general operating grant $8,000; and a special program with the Annapolis Chorale, $4,000.

* Bay Winds Band -- music, $500.

* Brass Chamber Music Society of Annapolis -- music, $1,500.

* First Night Annapolis -- multidiscipline, $7,500.

*Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Office of Cultural Services -- folk arts and heritage, $7,500; media, $7,100.

* Maryland Federation of Art -- visual arts, $1,000.

* Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts -- multidiscipline,

$39,600.

* Performing Arts Association of Linthicum -- music, $850.

* St. John's College (Mitchell Gallery) -- visual arts, $2,500.

The total awarded to organizations was $106,350.

The amount of the Community Arts Development Grant awarded to the county Commission on Culture and theArts was $41,777.

The county total was $148,127.

THEATER TURNS 25

June 22 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the area's most popular entertainment institutions -- the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatreat the Old Shaw Blacksmith Shop near the Annapolis City Dock.

Thefirst production at this location was "Carnival," directed by MarthaWright, with musical direction by Dick Gessner. And in honor of the anniversary, the company has chosen to revive that show.

To celebrate, the theater will sponsor a birthday benefit at 7 that night at the Charles Carroll House on Duke of Gloucester Street.

All proceeds will support capital improvements at the theater, such as a new sprinkler system, and other projects required by the city of Annapolis.

Light refreshments will be served, and a special guest, Charles Carroll himself (actor Dan Higgs, a veteran ASGT personality), has promised to attend. Afterward, the party will move down the street to thetheater for a special performance of "Carnival."

The production is directed by Judy Wobensmith, and Dick Gessner is again handling themusic. Other links with the first show include noted local actor anddirector Roger Compton, who originally played Paul Berthalet but is returning to play Paul's best friend, and Martha Wright's son, Bobby,then as now portraying a carnival roustabout.

Tickets to the benefit are $40 per person and $75 per couple. The tickets include the price of the show. Make the checks out to ASGT, and mail them to ASGT Birthday Benefit, 143 Compromise St., Annapolis, Md. 21401 by

June 17.

The show's regular run is Thursdays through Sundays until July20, with an 8:45 p.m. curtain. Tickets are $9 for Thursdays and Sundays, and $10 on Fridays and Saturdays. Discounts are available for seniors and groups.

Tickets may be purchased the night of the show or reserved in advance.

Information: 268-0809.

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