The Maryland Humanities Council has awarded $113,455 to 19 Maryland cultural and educational organizations for public humanities programs throughout the state. Those institutions receiving money toward future programs are:
* The Walters Art Gallery: $7,814 in outright funds and $10,891 in matching funds toward programs accompanying the exhibition "Pandora's Box: Women in Classical Greece."
* Baltimore's Festival of the Arts: $2,252 in outright funds and $1,578 in matching funds for literacy workshops and celebrity readings at Artscape 1995.
* Columbia Festival of the Arts in Columbia: $4,178 for area performances of "Free at Last: Images of Emancipation," a documentary drama based on archival letters.
* Baltimore City Life Museums: $8,764 for a symposium about findings from recent archaeological investigations behind Baltimore's Carroll Mansion.
* The Heritage Museum of Art in Baltimore: $7,045 in outright funds and $5,000 in matching funds for a 30-minute film about the legacy of African-Americans and Native Americans in early Maryland.
* Howard County Poetry and Literature Society: $6,706 in outright funds and $7,020 in matching funds for symposiums and cable television interviews with notable authors.
* University of Maryland, Baltimore County: $1,200 toward a poetry reading and scholarly discussion by poet Galway Kinnell.
* Maryland Arts Festival, held at Towson State University: $700 for lectures on classic opera and ballet.
* Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute in Howard County: $7,658 for a program to interpret the history of the Greek-revival school and archaeological sites.
* Maryland National Capital and Planning Commission in Prince George's County: $7,995 for "Voices and Visions," a series of videos and discussions on the lives of selected American poets.
* Concert Society at Maryland in Prince Georges County: $3,786 in outright funds and $1,478 in matching funds for a series of four preconcert seminars to introduce audiences to the evolution and history of new musical forms.
* Furnace Town Foundation in Worcester County: $4,020 for several presentations of "Pageantry and Weaponry of the American Revolution."
* Historic St. Mary's City Foundation in St. Mary's County: $7,797 in outright funds and $6,000 in matching funds for the exhibition and accompanying seminar "St. Maries Citty, circa 1685."
* Battle Creek Nature Education Society in Calvert County: $5,885 for an exhibition about how human history has intersected with the Battle Creek cypress swamp.
* The Historical Society of Frederick County: $1,200 for an exhibit about the impact of the Civil War on families and communities.
In addition, a New York organization, Media Network, received $10,000 toward a documentary film about Depression-era children who left their homes and "rode the rails" in order to survive. Among those interviewed is Marylander John Layne. (The film will be seen by Marylanders if it is picked up by PBS after its scheduled completion this fall.)
The Maryland Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore will hold a staged reading of Steven Sater's play "Asylum" at 2:30 p.m. March 19 at the theater, 908 Washington Blvd. The production is free. For details, call (410) 727-1847.
Twenty members of Baltimore's graphic arts community -- writers, photographers, designers, printers and account representatives -- will perform in the fifth annual "20/20" fund-raiser Tuesday at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
A benefit for the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a national non-profit organization that promotes excellence in graphic design, this event offers 20 one-minute performances as well as a raffle and live music. Tickets for the program, which begins at 7 p.m., are $20 per person.
Pianist Lydia Artymiw will present a free recital at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Merrick Hall at Goucher College in Towson. In addition, the public can observe a master class she will hold with area piano students at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Merrick Hall. For details, call (410) 337-6276.
* The Talent Machine Company will hold auditions for children aged 7 to 15 for its annual summer "Talent Express" at 1 p.m. Saturday at West Annapolis Elementary School. Those auditioning should bring sheet music or tape accompaniment and be prepared to sing and dance. For details, call (410) 956-0512, ext. 2.
* The Hilton Theatre Company will hold auditions for its summer production of "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center of Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Road. Those auditioning should bring their own music. For details, call (410) 455-6123.
* Howard Community College will hold auditions for the county's best solo and ensemble high school performers from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Smith Theatre at the college, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Those chosen will perform in the fourth annual Howard County Honors Recital April 9 at HCC. Applications for audition are available through the music departments at Howard County high schools. For details, call (410) 964-4914.
* Beatnik Productions will hold auditions for experienced singers for a staged reading/singing of "Etheria" at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Singers should prepare a musical piece. For details, call (410) 633-0870.
* Auditions for the play "Etta Jenks" are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at Theatre Project, 43 W. Preston St. The production calls for men and women aged 18 to mid-50s. Auditioners should prepare a contemporary monologue. For details, call (410) 342-1209.