Local foundation pledges $1 million for Baltimore arts


December 06, 1992|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

The Baltimore Community Foundation will provide $1 million to strengthen arts and cultural programs in Greater Baltimore, it announced this week to a gathering of corporate, political, education and arts leaders.

The foundation's pledge is based upon a report on the state of local arts: "Building Community: The Arts & Baltimore Together," which was written by Ernest L. Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The report calls for a regional effort to advance arts and cultural institutions.

After discussing the report's recommendations with local arts and cultural leaders, the Baltimore Community Foundation will set up programs to begin awarding grants to qualified organizations. No funds are available at this time.

The Baltimore Community Foundation, with assets of $30 million, was organized in 1972 by leaders of Baltimore's business and philanthropic communities. In 1991, it awarded $2.1 million in grants to non-profit organizations. It helps small and emerging arts organizations through its developing arts fund and works with major arts institutions through the Baltimore Arts Stabilization Project, a program that concentrates on improving arts management.

Free copies of the 42-page report are available through the foundation. A 20-minute videotape of Dr. Boyer speaking about the study is $10. For details, call (410) 332-4150.


Paramount's King's Dominion will hold auditions for performers at its Richmond theme park on Friday in the concert hall of the Fine Arts Center of Towson State University.

Available positions include spots in popular music revues, children's shows and variety shows. Auditions for singers, actors and technicians are scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; instrumentalists and specialty acts, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and dancers, 7 p.m.

All auditions are limited to two minutes; a piano accompanist is provided. Singers should prepare two selections, preferably a ballad and an up-tempo tune. Instrumentalists will demonstrate various playing styles and may be asked to sight-read. Dancers will be taught a short dance combination and will also sing. Actors should have comic monologues of two minutes or less. Technicians should bring resumes and will receive personal interviews. Musical groups should bring all necessary equipment. For details, call (804) 876-5141.

Benefit exhibition

A benefit exhibition and sale with one-of-a-kind jewelry, ceramics, dolls and accessories is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the main gallery of School 33 Art Center at 1427 Light St. The center will receive half of the proceeds of all sales. For details, call (410) 396-4641.

Open screening

Local filmmakers can participate in an open film screening at 8 p.m. Friday in the Mount Royal Station Auditorium of the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Films must be super 8, 8- or 16-mm format, and run shorter than 30 minutes. Videos must be VHS or half-inch tape and run shorter than 15 minutes.

Films will be shown in order of registration, which begins at 7:15 p.m. The first two hours of registered films will be shown. Admission is $3.50 for the public and free to Institute students. Call (410) 225-2284.

Student composer

Musician Carrie Mallonee, an 18-year-old senior at Friends School, is the winner of the 1992 Student Composer Project sponsored by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Her composition "Gloria," one movement of a Mass written for unaccompanied chorus, will receive its world premiere in three Christmas performances by the full chorus of the BCAS during the weekend of Dec. 19.

Ms. Mallonee has studied music at the Peabody Preparatory and composition at the Walden School in New Hampshire, a summer camp for composition students. She also won the first student composer competition sponsored by the BCAS in 1990.

The Student Composer Project gives musically gifted high school students in the Baltimore metropolitan area the opportunity to have their compositions performed by a professional ensemble in a high profile venue. For details, call (410) 523-7070.

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