Jewish history museum is accredited

ARTS NOTES

February 07, 1993|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

The museum of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland has won accreditation by the American Association of Museums, the society announced recently.

An agency of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the Jewish Historical Society operates the Jewish Heritage Center at 15 Lloyd St. in East Baltimore. The center includes two historic synagogues, a museum and a research center.

AAM accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to the highest standards set by the profession; that it manages its collections, finances and educational programs responsibly,

and that it provides quality public service.

About 700 of the nearly 6,500 museums nationwide have earned this honor. Other Baltimore institutions with accreditation are the Baltimore City Life Museums, the Walters Art Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the National Aquarium. The JHSM museum is the first Baltimore museum to win accreditation since 1972.

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Maryland Lawyers for the Arts will present its third annual seminar on legal and business issues in the music industry on Feb. 20 in the Moot Court Room of the University of Baltimore Law Center at Mount Royal and Maryland avenues.

Entertainment attorneys and local record producers will offer advice during the day-long event. The program, which costs $15 per person, runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with registration at 9:30 a.m. The seminar is supported by a grant from the law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver.

Maryland Lawyers for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income artists and arts organizations within the state.

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Maryland Citizens for the Arts, a statewide arts advocacy organization, has appointed Sue Hess president. Karen Dement, former chairman of the Maryland State Arts Council, has replaced Ms. Hess as chairman of MCA.

The nonprofit organization is located in the Mercantile Building in office space donated by the Grant Thornton accounting firm. Founded in 1977, Maryland Citizens for the Arts has more than 10,000 supporters.

The organization's new 25-member board of directors includes business leaders, arts administrators, artists and arts supporters.

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The Baltimore Choral Arts Society has announced the appointment of Betsy Kunzelman as executive director. Formerly director of public relations at Center Stage, Ms. Kunzelman will oversee the non-artistic operation of the BCAS. In its 27th season, the society is comprised of 80 professional and volunteer singers under the leadership of music director Tom Hall.

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Producer and art executive Renee Levine is the new dean of continuing studies at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Ms. Levine worked most recently as an arts consultant to the Ford Foundation and Georgetown University and is producing a new music theater work, which will open the 1993 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Previously she served as director of the Inter-Arts program at the National

Endowment for the Arts and worked as the director of admissions and records at the California Institute of the Arts.

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The Contemporary has received a grant of $25,000 from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to document the "Mining the Museum" project, which is at the Maryland Historical Society through Feb. 28. The resulting book, produced in partnership with a nonprofit publisher in New York, will also provide a context for the collaboration between the two institutions and for artist Fred Wilson's work.

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Auditions for an original work choreographed by internationally renowned ballet dancer and teacher Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the Todd Dance Studio of Goucher College. Intermediate and advanced ballet dancers are eligible to audition. The work will debut at the college's annual dance concert April 23 and 24.

Auditions for the Center Stage production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" are set for Feb. 15 at the theater, 700 N. Calvert St. The theater is casting the role of Billie Holiday and her understudy. The production, directed by George Faison, will run March 31 through May 16. All auditioners must come with sheet music and a prepared Billie Holiday song. The roles must be filled by members of the Actors' Equity Association. For details and to make an appointment for an audition, call (410) 685-3200.

Auditions for Pumpkin Theatre's production of "Hansel and Gretel" are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 at the Roland Park Public School, 5207 Roland Ave. The performances are scheduled for May 15, 16, 21 and 22. For details, call (410) 323-9402.

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