New NEA grants top $363,000 in state


January 22, 1995|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Due to wrong information supplied to The Sun, an incorrect phone number for the Young Victorian Theatre Company's auditions appeared in Sunday's Arts & Entertainment section. The correct phone number is (410) 653-6065.

The Sun regrets the error.

In its latest round of grants, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $363,240 to arts organizations and artists in Maryland.

The awards cycle included funding to dance companies, museums, music festivals, arts presenters and opera and musical theater companies. In addition, choreographers, poets, literary translators and jazz musicians competed for individual grants.


Nationally, the NEA gave a total of $24,173,403 to 993 recipients. A list of Maryland awards follows:

* The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore: $196,990 to support artists' fees for regional presenters of dance; $18,750 to support a three-day jazz showcase presenting emerging regional jazz musicians.

* Center Stage Associates: $7,500 to support production expenses for 1995-'96 musical theater season.

* Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery: $35,000 to support &L publication of a catalog examining the museum's Thai sculpture collection.

* Maryland Historical Society: $20,000 to support scholarly documentation of the museum's collection of paintings.

* Museum for Contemporary Arts: $25,000 to support the expansion and enhancement of the museum's interdisciplinary curriculum initiative.

* The Chamber Music Society of Baltimore: $5,000 to support artists' fees for chamber music concerts during the 1995-'96 season.

* Baltimore Museum of Art: $7,500 to support costs associated with performing-arts events.

* Concert Society at Maryland: $7,500 to support American artists' fees for multi-music concerts during 1995-'96 season at College Park.

* Geraldine R. Connolly of Bethesda: $20,000 creative writing fellowship.

* Edgar G. Silex of College Park: $20,000 creative writing fellowship.

With the exception of individual fellowship awards, the National Endowment for the Arts requires a match of at least $1 for every federal dollar awarded.

'Barrymore' delayed

"Barrymore," the one-man show starring Christopher Plummer that was scheduled for a pre-Broadway run at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre from March 21 through April 9, has been postponed due to a delay in the production's Broadway opening. General manager Steve Goldstein said, "We're currently negotiating for its replacement," and added that he expects to have an announcement within the next 10 days.

Studio lease

The deadline is Feb. 7 for visual artists to apply to lease a studio at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. in South Baltimore. The well-lighted studio is more than 500 square feet and is suited for work in a variety of media. The lease, which is month-to-month for a year, carries a monthly rent of $175, which covers heat, electricity and water. Interested artists should submit an application, 10 labelled slides and a professional resume. For details, call (410) 396-4641.

Art and the PC

Designer and photographer Lancy Hidy will present the lecture "The Ancient Computer" at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Mount Royal Station auditorium of the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Mr. Hidy will show how the invention of movable type was, in some ways, an artistic disaster that lasted five centuries. Through his own work, the artist will show how the personal computer has increased artistic freedom as well as restoring ancient traditions.

The free lecture is the first event sponsored by the Institute's newly established Samson, Rossetta A. & Sadie B. Feldman

Residency in Visual Communications.


* Auditions for the Young Victorian Theatre Company's July production of "The Mikado" are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 in the music room of the Bryn Mawr School, 109 Melrose Ave. Singers should prepare one song or aria in English, preferably from a Gilbert and Sullivan show. To schedule an audition, call (410) 635-6065 from noon to 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. Leave name, phone number and preferred half-hour audition block. To inquire about available technical positions, call (410) 659-1308.

* St. Mary's Musical Theater and the Cultural Arts Institute will hold auditions for the production "Tribute to Movie Musicals" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 in St. Mary's Church Hall, 5502 York Road. For details, call (410) 931-2390.

* The Vagabond Players will hold auditions for "Light Up the Sky" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30-31 at 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point. Directed by Steve Goldklang, the production calls for six men aged from their 30s to 50s and four women aged from their late 20s to 60s. For details, call (410) 655-4826.

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