Artscape's literary arts awards given


May 15, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Fiction writer Rafael Alvarez, poet Barbara Hurd and playwright Rohn Luckett have won Artscape's 1994 literary arts awards, according to the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture.

Mr. Alvarez, a reporter for The Sun and a Baltimore native, won his award for the short story "The Fountain of Highlandtown." It will be printed in a chapbook edition of 240 copies.

Ms. Hurd, who teaches at Frostburg State University and directs the Western Maryland Writer's Workshop, won for her poetry collection "Objects in This Mirror." The collection will also be printed in a chapbook edition.

Mr. Luckett, a Baltimore playwright and actor, won for his one-act play "Jungle Lords." It will be presented during Artscape at 5 p.m. July 16 and July 17 in the Mount Royal Station Building of the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

The Artscape awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. July 15 in the Moot Court Room of the University of Baltimore Law Center, Maryland Avenue and Oliver Street. The ceremony is open to the public. For details, call (410) 396-4575.


Anne Harrigan, music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, has accepted a second post as music director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette, Ind.

While retaining her duties at BCO, Ms. Harrigan will preside over a 65-member orchestra which performs a season with six subscription concerts, several youth concerts and various special events. Its annual budget is $180,000.

Her duties include artistic supervision of all aspects of the organization and arts advocacy in the community, which is home to Purdue University.


Individual artists and community cultural organizations in Baltimore recently received CityArts grants for neighborhood arts projects and general operating funds. Awards were presented in the categories of visual arts, literary and theater arts and music and dance. Most individuals received grants for community arts projects.

More than half of this year's grants were awarded to community arts projects intended to stimulate interest, increase participation and provide accessibility to the arts throughout the city.

Here is a list of recipients:

* Literary and Theater: Community Arts Project Inc., $1,500; Fells Point Corner Theater, $1,500; Pumpkin Theatre of Baltimore Inc., $1,500; Natasha Saje, $1,500; Black Cherry Inc., $1,000; Bridget Benzing, $1,000; Bonni Goldberg, $1,000; New Breezes, $1,000; Impossible Industrial Action Theater, $500; Ronald B. Jones, $500; John Lewis, $500; Lenora McQueen, $500; Stages Theatre Company Inc., $500; Tropos Press, $500.

* Music and Dance: Mount Royal String Orchestra, $2,000; Performing Arts for Children's Education, $2,000; Baltimore Folk Music Society, $1,000; Beverly Dorsey, $1,000; Ruby Glover, $1,000; Le Trio Noir, $1,000; Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, $500; Concert Artists of Baltimore, $500; Gail Holness, $500; Sandra Mallory, $500; Pro Musica Rara, $500; St. James Jazz Festival, $500; Nancy Wanich-Romita, $500; West Indian National Association, $500; Thomas "Whit" Williams, $500; Women Composers Orchestra, $500.

* Visual Arts: The Contemporary, $2,000; Angela Franklin, $2,000; Anna Sobaski, $2,000; Ellen Dontigney, $1,500; Lisa Kolodny-Hirsch, $1,500; Maryland Lawyers for the Arts, $1,500; Margaret Price, $1,000; Michelle Spiziri, $1,000; Sandra Talley, $1,000; Sarah Glik, $500.


The radio station WGRX-FM is inviting local musicians to write a song for Baltimore during a monthlong campaign to produce a song which Baltimore can "call its own." Send a cassette tape of original material in any style to Song of Baltimore, c/o WGRX-FM, 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza Three, Suite 701, Hunt Valley, Md. 21031.


Casting director Kimberly Skyrme of Capital Casting will preside at a seminar aimed at informing producers and actors about the Baltimore-Washington market at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Flite Three Studios, 1130 E. Coldspring Lane.

Sponsored by Women in Film and Video of Maryland, the seminar is $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members. For details about the event, call (410) 685-3456.


* AXIS Theatre will hold auditions for its July production of "From Vision to Inheritance" from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 21 and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 22 at the theatre, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. The production calls for eight actors ages 18 to 35. For details, call (410) 243-5237.

* The Allenberry Playhouse will hold auditions for girls to act in "Meet Me in St. Louis" on May 21 at the playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pa. Roles are available for a 7-year-old and 12-year-old who can sing, dance and act. For details and to schedule an audition, call (717) 258-6120.


The deadline is May 20 for artists to submit proposals to a competition to create one of four city murals. Each selected artist will receive an honorarium to execute the mural as well as scaffolding and paint. Applicants must be over the age of 18. The program is sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, the Department of Housing and Community Development's Baltimore Boulevards Program and the Department of Planning. For details and applications, call (410) 396-4575, TDD accessible.

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