Area artists have received NEA grants


October 16, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore sculptor Richard Cleaver has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of its annual fellowship award program to visual artists.

Eighty-eight artists were selected from the 5,168 photographers, sculptors and craft artists throughout the country who applied for fellowships. Maryland visual artists Pat Flynn of Accokeek and Mary Shaffer of Silver Spring also received $20,000 awards.

Other individuals and organizations in Maryland that received NEA awards are:

* Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore: $50,000 to support its folk-arts coordinator position.

* National Council for the Traditional Arts in Silver Spring: $51,900 to investigate the range of vernacular dance activities in the United States; $42,000 to support a folk violin tour; and $37,000 to support an art exhibition tour.

* Washington Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute in Silver Spring: $20,000 to support Chinese Peking-opera-style workshops for Chinese-American youths.

* Musician Douglas Quin of Rockville: $7,000 to support composing.

* Ramon Tasat of Rockville: $5,000 to support a series of university programs of Judeo-Spanish music for voice and guitar.

* Judy Luis-Watson of Hyattsville: $5,500 for a fellowship in the arts administration fellows program.

In this grants period, the federal agency awarded 334 grants totaling $6.6 million to individuals and arts organizations throughout the country.


* Auditions for Spotlighters Theatre's production of "Scrooge: The Musical" will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the theater, 817 St. Paul St. The December production calls for men, women and children who can sing and dance. For details, call (410) 467-0081 or (410) 254-1806.

* Avalon Theater Company will hold auditions for its November production of one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Catonsville Recreation Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave., in Catonsville. The company is looking for men, women and older teen-agers. For details, call (410) 744-4964 or (410) 788-0133.

* Singers ages 9 to 14 can audition Nov. 12 to sing in children's choirs in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," which will run at the Lyric Opera House in January. The auditions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at a location to be announced. For details, call (410) 625-4230.

* Part Two Dance Company will hold auditions for company, apprentice and trainee dancers from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 at the County Ballet Dance Studio, 2232 Old Emmorton Road in Bel Air. Dancers should have at least three years of ballet training and be at the intermediate level. Male and female dancers should audition in black leotards. The audition fee is $10. For details, call (410) 569-7441.

* Auditions for a multicultural dance company at Howard Community College are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the college, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Dancers should have at least three years of formal dance training and performance experience in modern, jazz or ethnic dance. The auditions will be held in the dance studio of the administration building. For details, call (410) 964-4958.


The deadline is Friday to enter the Egan Memorial Poetry Contest, run by the Maryland Poetry Review.

Winners will receive awards of $125, $75 and $50, and the Maryland Poetry Review will publish their poems.

There are no limitations on form, length or subject. Poets may submit as many unpublished works as they wish; the fee is $3 per poem. (Make checks payable to the Maryland State Poetry & Literary Society or Maryland Poetry Review.)

Each submission should include the author's name, address and telephone number. Mail submissions to Maryland Poetry Review, Drawer H, Baltimore, Md. 21228. Please mark the envelope "CONTEST" and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.


The Open Space Arts Organization will hold a crafts and flea market fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 246 Main St. For details, call (410) 526-9377.


The Baltimore Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ed Goldstein of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, will perform as the warm-up act and orchestra for singer Mel Torme during his Baltimore appearance later this month.

The newly formed, 17-piece Baltimore Jazz Orchestra was created by Ed Goldstein and jazz historian Louis Hecht to re-create original arrangements of the Big Bands of the '30s, '40s and '50s.

It will perform with Mr. Torme Oct. 27-30 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. For details, call (410) 783-8000.

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