Artists, organizations receive city grants

ARTS NOTES

May 14, 1995|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

The Fell's Point Corner Theatre, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Mount Royal String Orchestra, Eva Anderson Dancers Ltd. and the Contemporary are among 53 artists and community cultural organizations to receive recent CityArts grants from the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture.

These grants, in their 14th year, are given to small cultural organizations for their general operating funds and their community arts projects. Individual artists may also apply for grants to help fund community arts projects. All applicants must be based in the city.

A list of this year's awards, which range from $500 to $2,000, follows. All individuals listed received money for a community arts project.

Literary and theater: Fell's Point Corner Theatre, $2,000; Community Arts Project Inc., Dolphin-Moon Press, Pumpkin Theatre of Baltimore Inc., Stages Theatre Company Inc. and the Lite Circle Inc., $1,500 each; Baltimore Shakespeare Festival Inc., Black Cherry Inc., Bonni Goldberg, Everyman Theatre, Impossible Industrial Action Inc. and Tropos Press, $1,000 each; Magical Experiences Arts Company, Megan Hamilton and Lenora L. McQueen, $500 each.

Dance and music: Concert Artists of Baltimore, Eva Anderson Dancers Ltd. and Mount Royal String Orchestra Inc., $1,500 each; Beverly Dorsey, Geraldine Ezibgo, Baltimore Center for the Creative Arts, Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, Baltimore Folk Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, Harbor Opera Company Inc., Vanessa L. Jackson, Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore Inc., Performing Arts for Children's Education, Positive Expressions, Pro Musica Rara, Gary Richardson, Second Presbyterian Concert Series, Shriver Hall Concert Series, St. James' Jazz Fest, Thomas "Whit" Williams and Women Composers Orchestra, $1,000 each; Delores Taylor Jones, Cheryl F. Morris, the Moving Company, Nathaniel T. Rice/P.S. Mad, Trinidad & Tobago Association of Baltimore, Le Trio Noir and West Indian National Association, $500 each.

Visual arts: The Contemporary and Tsehai Johnson, $2,000 each; Jonatha Caspian-Kaufman, Mary Carfagno Ferguson and Luis Flores, $1,500 each; Ellen Marie Dontigney, Skizz P. Cyzyk, Michael T. Lamason, Maryland Lawyers for the Arts and Sculptors Inc., $500 each.

Scholarship winners

Jennifer Harris, a senior at Towson Senior High School, will receive a $3,000 scholarship from the Maryland Artists Equity Foundation to pursue the visual arts. Additional scholarship winners include D. Brandon Jones and Victor Sanz of Calvert Hall High School, Ellie Nall of Towson Senior High School, and Michael Ross and Natalie Garrett of Walt Whitman High School.

A reception, which is open to the public, is scheduled at noon May 21 at the World Trade Center. Founded in 1984, the Maryland Artists Equity Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to award scholarships to talented high-school seniors. More than 90 students from around the state participated in this year's competition.

Art lecture

Lynn Nicholas, author of "The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War," will give a free lecture at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. For details, call (410) 547-9000.

Rome Prize

Peabody Conservatory graduate Nathan Currier has won the 1995 Rome Prize for musical composition from the American Academy in Rome. The Rome Prize provides fellowships for American artists and scholars to attend the academy. Mr. Currier, who lives in New York, received his undergraduate degree from Peabody in 1984. He also recently received a Guggenheim fellowship as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gamelan work

Robert Macht, composer and Peabody Conservatory faculty member, will perform and direct "Kreasi Baru," a work for Indonesian gamelan, next month with the Nusantara Chamber Orchestra and Gamelan Ensemble in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mr. Macht's piece combines symphony orchestra and Javanese gamelan, an ancient Indonesian percussion instrument. The Nusantara Chamber Orchestra is directed by Peabody graduate Yazeed Djamin.

Auditions

* Open Space Arts' Studio Theatre Company will hold auditions for children in grades 8 through 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 24 at Open Space Arts, 360 Main St. in Reisterstown. Those auditioning should prepare a monologue. For details, call (410) 526-9377.

* The Baltimore School for the Arts will hold auditions Saturday for Baltimore City students in grades 5 through 8 who want to pursue free after-school classes in music, dance, visual arts and theater. The T.W.I.G.S (To Work in Gaining Skills) program is designed for those who wish to begin studying the arts and for those who want to continue their training. Classes, which run from Sept. 1995 through May 1996, are taught by professional artists from the school's faculty. Auditions will be held at the school, 712 Cathedral St. For details and for audition times, call (410) 396-1185.

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