College to rededicate Levine Hall during event this...


April 19, 2002

College to rededicate Levine Hall during event this afternoon

Musicians at Western Maryland College will show off their new rehearsal facilities at 4:30 p.m. today during the rededication of Levine Hall.

The public ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the addition of a three-story section, complete with a rehearsal hall with 18-foot cathedral ceilings, and modern, soundproof practice rooms, to the oldest academic building on campus.

The new section allows the school's band to move out of small practice space in Baker Memorial Chapel and the rooms will allow student percussionists to practice without disturbing other musicians.

The addition also features a brick tower with restrooms and an elevator, making it accessible to the disabled.

Two bequests helped finance the $1.5 million addition to Levine Hall, including the $415,418 estate of Edward J. Nygren, Class of '47. Nygren died in 1994 leaving a bequest to the college to "enhance the music program." He also left his two violins, which are used by students for practice and recitals.

The other bequest, from the estate of Evelyn C. Mackenzie, Class of '31, also funds a visiting musician concert series at the school.

Information: 410-857-2290.

Arts council schedules free poetry writing classes

Carroll County Arts Council will hold a series of free poetry writing classes taught by local poet Barbara DeCesare.

Students can attend one or all of the sessions, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the arts council's downtown Westminster classroom.

Thursday: "Engaging a Critical Eye" will explain how to critique poems and offer dialogue about poems.

May 1: "Creating Strong Images" will offer ways to make poems vivid and lasting.

May 2: An open-mike session at the monthly "First Thursdays" gathering of poets.

May 9: "Form-Fitting" will describe new forms of poetry and offer practice on different styles.

May 16: "Writing for Publication" will offer suggestions on how, where and when to send work.

Sessions are free, but reservations are required.

Information: Barbara DeCesare, 410-840-9980, or the arts council, 410-848-7272.

St. Joseph church to hold scrapbook seminar May 4

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Eldersburg invites the public to a workshop on how to make scrapbooks. It will be held at the church, 915 Liberty Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4, National Scrapbook Day.

Experts will help participants start a photo album and offer creative ways to preserve photos. Participants should take photos to start a scrapbook.

The cost is $30. A mother/daughter discount is available.

The workshop is sponsored by Creative Memories, direct-selling company based in Minnesota that offers photo-safe scrapbook albums, supplies, home classes and shows, and workshops. Registrationand information: Jean Maher, 410-795-5158.

Participants needed for `Art in the Park'

Carroll County Arts Council invites artists to submit their work for display and sale at "Art in the Park" at Westminster City Hall Park on June 1.

Artists selected to participate will be eligible to compete for cash awards totaling $800, including a prize for "Best New Artist" which will be awarded to a first-time participant.

Acceptable media include oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, photography, drawing, collage, fine printmaking, mixed-media and fine crafts.

Fees for display spaces are $35 for arts council members and $50 for nonmembers, which includes a complimentary membership. Artists may use their display systems or one that will be provided free by the arts council. Deadline for submissions is April 26. Information: 410-848-7272 or 410-876-8550.

Art grants are available for nonprofit organizations

Community Arts Development Grants are available to nonprofit organizations presenting arts and cultural activities in Carroll County.

Applicants must be based in Carroll County and conduct their regular operations, performances or activities in locations that are in full compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. Commercial businesses, individuals, programs within the public school system, and for-profit organizations are not eligible.

Projects must take place between July 1 and June 30 of next year. Awards range from $300 to $3,500 and are based on the size of the organization, artistic quality and total amount available for distribution.

Applications are reviewed by an independent committee of artists, educators, arts patrons and arts council board members. Funds are provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Applications are available at the arts council or www.carr. org/arts and are due by 3 p.m. June 28.

Information: 410-848-7272.

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