Baltimore Community Foundation awards $100,000 for arts education programs


June 20, 1993|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

The Baltimore Community Foundation has announced it will use its $1 million Arts and Culture Initiative to fund programs in arts education run collaboratively between arts organizations and schools. It recently awarded $100,000 to programs run collaboratively between five arts institutions and local schools.

* The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland received $15,000 to bring instructors to 30 area schools for two-day workshops and to develop additional activities for teachers and students.

* The Baltimore City Life Museums received $10,000 to expand its partnership with City Springs Elementary School. BCLM works with teachers on programs to reinforce learning priorities.

* The Baltimore Museum of Art received $25,000 toward endowing the Close Encounters program, which teaches the basic elements of art to fourth graders in city schools.

* The Baltimore Shakespeare Partnership, an alliance between Center Stage, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the city schools, will receive $15,000 toward training 175 teachers. These teachers will teach language arts, teamwork and other skills through drama. The grant will also help make the partnership's annual Shakespeare Festival a permanent part of the schools' curriculum.

* The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will receive $35,550 to develop new programs for children through partnerships with schools.

All grants were awarded on the basis of these organizations' continuing programs; the Community Foundation did not issue a general call for proposals.

Last fall, when the Community Foundation announced it would provide $1 million to strengthen arts and cultural programs in Greater Baltimore, it also issued a 42-page report on the state of local arts that it had commissioned from educator Ernest Boyer. "Building Community: The Arts & Baltimore Together" suggested innovative approaches -- such as organizing a "United Way" shared fund-raising program for emerging arts institutions -- to advance arts and cultural institutions in the region.

"The board determined we couldn't focus on all the areas [of the report] so we decided to focus on arts education," says program officer Martha Johnston. "We're interested in true collaboration with the schools so that the arts programs are tied to curriculum needs.

"Education and the arts are two different worlds, and we hope that some money and some resources can help bring these worlds together."

Arts organizations with ideas about participating collaboratively with schools should call Ms. Johnston at (410) 332-0486.

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.


A free reading of "Ghosts Play One," a new play by Steve Schutzman, playwright-in-residence for Center Stage's Young People's Theater program, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Head Theater at Center Stage. For details, call (410) 685-3200.


Two groups of young performers from Silver Spring -- Young Americans and Upbeat Unlimited -- have been invited to perform July 4 in Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The performers, aged 7 to 18, study musical theater with Young Americans Inc., a non-profit organization that also runs a musical theater summer day camp in Silver Spring. They will perform at the Fantasy Faire stage in the Magic Kingdom section of the theme park, according to artistic director and founder Richard Hartzell.


Theatre Therese will hold auditions for its production of "Gypsy" at 7 p.m. next Sunday and June 28 at the Shrine of the Little Flower School, 2800 Brendan Ave. Prepare a song from the show or another Broadway musical and be prepared to dance. The production, directed by John Libertini, is scheduled for early October. Call (410) 483-2055.

Stages Theatre Company, in cooperation with the Fells Point Corner Theatre, will hold auditions for its local touring theater for young audiences at 7 p.m. July 7 at Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. The current production calls for eight adults, two teen-agers and two stage managers. For details, call (410) 323-7810.

The Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick will hold auditions for its production of "A Chorus Line" at 7 p.m. next Sunday and June 28 and July 5 at the Weinberg Center, 20 W. Patrick St. The production calls for 19 principals and 10 dance extras. All roles are paid. Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a ballad or up-tempo piece. For details, call (301) 662-7085 or (301) 694-8585.

Harford Dance Theater will hold auditions for "Harriet's Happiest Halloween" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in room S012 of the Susquehanna Center of Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The production, which will run Oct. 29, 30 and 31, calls for dancers aged 15 and older with at least one full year of dance training. The audition consists of a warm-up and simple choreography. Wear comfortable clothing and jazz shoes. For details, call (410) 836-4112 or (410) 879-8920, Ext. 112.

Musicians are invited to audition for the Jewish Community Center's new jazz ensemble from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave. All types of instrumentalists are welcome. The director is Michael Scott Raitzyk, jazz guitarist and founder of Pacha Mama, a six-piece rhythm and blues and reggae band. For an appointment and details, call (410) 542-4900.

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