Students invited to say why they love Baltimore Contest: High school juniors, seniors eligible. Top prize is $10,000 scholarship. Deadline is Dec. 1.

Arts Notes

November 10, 1996|By Kenya M. Brown | Kenya M. Brown,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Mayor Kurt Schmoke wants to know why you love this city. He has been named honorary chairman of the "Why I Love Baltimore" essay contest being sponsored by the Advertising and Professional Club in honor of Baltimore's Bicentennial Celebration. High-school juniors and seniors are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in college scholarship money and prizes for essays that say, in no more than 500 words, why they love Baltimore.

"Baltimore offers so much to so many that's it's difficult to sum up the reasons for loving this city in a mere 500 words. But I'd sure try, and I urge all 11th and 12th graders to accept the challenge," Schmoke said.

Deadline for the contest is Dec. 1. First prize is a $10,000 college scholarship; second prize is a $5,000 scholarship; and there are five third prizes of $1,000 each. Libraries of the winners' schools will receive $500 awards. Contestants can send their entries with name and number where they can be reached to P.O. Box 43335, Baltimore, Md. 21236.

Author Tom Clancy will announce the winners at a luncheon in January at the Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St. Judges are Sun columnist Gregory Kane; Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler; Alan Walden, author and WBAL Radio 11 personality; Rolf Hertsgaard, television and news commentator; and DeWayne Wickham, author and USA Today columnist.

The winning entries will be read by the judges at the luncheon. For more information, call (410) 529-4840.

Grants available

The Maryland State Arts Council is seeking applicants for its fiscal year 1998 Arts Organization Grant program. The grant provides general operating and incentive funding for organizations that produce and present arts through public programs and services.

General operating grants are available in these categories: children's events, dance, folk arts/heritage, literature, media, multidiscipline, music, theater and visual arts. Organizations may apply for only one category.

The applicant can request up to 10 percent of the program's operating cash budget and requests must be based on operating cash expenses for the most recent completed fiscal year. The applicant must match MSAC funds on a 3-to-1 cash basis. The grants will be reviewed based on the artistic merit of the proposed activities, organizational effectiveness and service to the community and strength of planning.

Organizations applying for general operating grants may also request incentive grants for improvement or expansion of programming to serve minority artists and/or audiences, to provide accessibility to individuals with disabilities and to serve rural artists and/or audiences. Incentive grant proposals will be reviewed based on the artistic merit of the project, the ability of the applicant to carry out the project, the purpose of the project for the artists as well as the audience and the ability to provide funds for the project. The applicant may request up to 50 percent of the total cost of a project. Grantees must match MSAC funds on a 1-to-1 cash basis.

New applicants are encouraged to contact an MSAC member before an application is submitted in order to ensure that the applicant applies for the proper grant and category. MSAC members can be contacted at (410) 333-8232 or TDD/TTY (410) 333-4519. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before Dec. 4 or hand delivered by 5 p.m. that day to MSAC, 601 N. Howard St.

Art for BCAS

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will be holding its seventh annual Benefit Art Sale and Exhibit, Art96, featuring 27 regional artists, Nov. 16-24 in the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St. Paintings, photographs and sculpture will be on display and for sale. An opening-night reception, featuring appetizers and an open bar, will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 to meet the artists and preview the exhibition; reservations can be made by calling BCAS at (410) 523-7070 for $50 per person with $35 tax deductible. Art96 is free to the public beginning Nov. 16. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Vocal competition

The Rosa Ponselle Foundation will conduct its sixth annual "All Marylanders" opera singing competition March 19-23 at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. Events are open to the public at no charge.

An audio-visual lecture about Rosa Ponselle and a meeting with the jury and the 1996 laureates and medalists are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 19. Competition auditions will be held noon to 6 p.m. March 20-21 and noon to 4 p.m. March 22. The Showcase Concert for the 1996 laureates and medalists of the "All Marylanders" and "Young New Yorkers" competitions begins at 8 p.m. March 22; tickets (at no charge) are required. On March 23, award announcements and evaluations will be presented to the 1997 laureates and medalists.

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