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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | February 24, 2010
Faced with a standing-room-only crowd of about 100 supporters of the arts and nonprofits organizations, the board of the Columbia Association voted unanimously to give the Columbia Festival of the Arts its full funding allotment of $95,000 for this year's event. The board also voted unanimously to fund a total of $234,000 for community grants and nonprofits instead of a lower amount approved in a straw vote Monday night. The actions -- which are tentative and await final approval -- reverse votes the board took Monday night to cut funding for grants to $200,000.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Funk revivalists Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Latin rockers Ozomatli, the jazz-funk sextet Galactic and R&B singer Anthony Hamilton headline the roster of musicians scheduled to perform at this year's Artscape, event organizers announced Tuesday. This year's free arts festival, scheduled for July 18-20 and billed as the largest such event in the country, will also feature an increased emphasis on dance and all things motion-related. Included under Artscape's exhortation to "Join the Movement!"
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | February 24, 2010
The Columbia Association board has voted preliminarily to cut funds to the Columbia Festival of the Arts, which organizers say might force them to cancel the popular June event. On Monday, the CA board tentatively voted against annual community grants, including a $95,000 contribution to the arts festival. A final decision on the proposed $59.3 million operating budget is scheduled for Wednesday. Other cuts included $6,000 for a July Fourth fireworks display that is mostly paid for by county government.
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By Cassidy Sterling | May 13, 2014
At Sunday's Art Outside event, local artists and crafters will gather at Druid Hill Park in a revival of sorts of the city's free al-fresco community art festivals of the 1950s and 1960s. Among the artists will be 28-year-old Brian Behm, also a designer and musician, who returns for the second year to Art Outside (11 a.m.-5 p.m.; artoutsidemd.org ). Behm, who lives in Windsor Hills, said he will showcase some of his large-scale paintings at Art Outside, but will also have for sale some pieces he has been working on recently - sunset scenery and city skyline paintings (go to briancbehm.com for more information)
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2011
The Bellevederes performing last Saturday at the Ottobar as part of the Baltimore Independent Music and Arts Festival, which apparently did not cancel any shows because of Hurricane Irene . The photo was taken by Flickr user @fwredelius . To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly.
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By Sloane Brown | July 23, 2000
Nope, Toto, we sure weren't in Kansas anymore. But the tent pitched in front of Towson University's Stephens Hall held some Kansas-like scenery along with that from a certain mythical land, as 265 guests circulated around props from the Maryland Arts Festival's stage production of "The Wizard of Oz." While there was no "man behind the curtain," the man in front of it was Dr. Hoke Smith, Towson University president and host of the opening night gala. Trees from the musical's Enchanted Forest arched over the carving station, Emerald City towers glistened above fresh fruit tart, and, with no witches around to destroy, the only melting seemed to be the ice cubes in partygoers' drinks.
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By Karin Remesch and Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | March 31, 1996
In Sunday's Arts section, the first day of the Columbia Arts Festival was incorrectly listed. The festival is scheduled to begin June 14. For information, call (410) 715-3044.The Sun regrets the error.The Columbia Festival of Arts, scheduled July 14-23, has announced its 1996 program.Featured in the festival, held at nine venues in and around Columbia, are: legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck; Grammy-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman; blues singer Joe Williams; veteran actor William Windom; and vocal quartet the Foremen.
FEATURES
January 7, 2004
Arts festivals pop up in Maryland as prolifically - and predictably - as daffodils in the spring. Now, there's a bright new blossom in the patch. The first Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, a two-day juried event that will showcase 150 top practitioners nationwide in the fine and applied arts, will be held May 15-16 in the Woodmount Triangle along Norfolk and Auburn avenues in downtown Bethesda. The show will include artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, furniture and other media.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 15, 2000
Towson University's Maryland Arts Festival kicks off tonight with a production of "Full Gallop," Mark Hampton's one-woman show about fashion legend Diana Vreeland, the late editor of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Maravene Loeschke, Towson's dean of fine arts and communication, stars under the direction of her husband, C. Richard Gillespie, founder of the theater program. Three other stage shows will be presented during this summer's festival: "Noises Off" (June 24-July 15), on the mainstage of the Center for the Arts; "The World Goes 'Round" (July 7-29)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2014
No matter how many good, even great, things we have going on in dear old Baltimore, there is always room for improvement or expansion -- well, always room for hoping, at least.  So, this being the start of a new year when we are all supposed to focus on fresh ideas, I thought I would offer a suggestion that might give the local arts scene a boost: A city-wide festival. It has been a little more than a decade since Baltimore witnessed a multi-genre, multi-organization festival.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
It was the summer of 1913 and the vegetables William Oktavec positioned outside his grocery store on North Collington Avenue were wilting in the sun. Trained as a butcher, but an artist at heart, the young man who had immigrated with his father from what today is the Czech Republic moved the groceries back inside, where they could stay cool, but painted the screens to look like they were display case windows showing off meats and fresh produce....
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Editorial from The Aegis | August 22, 2013
Seems like there's no such thing as a time of year in Havre de Grace that isn't busy with preparations for, clean-ups after or the actual celebration of some sort of festival. The city boasts a first rate Fourth of July parade and fireworks, as well as a seafood festival, its annual Decoy Festival, a related Duck Fair, a Children's Arts Festival, a Christmas Candlelight Tour of buildings and homes, and a few others, including some that have come and gone over the years. Aside from the Fourth of July, which is celebrated everywhere in some way shape or form, the event in Havre de Grace that made the others suddenly seem plausible had some rather auspicious beginnings a half a century ago, the Havre de Grace Art Show.
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May 25, 2013
The recent Art Outside at Druid Hill Park returned the park, Baltimore, and its environs to a rare and nostalgic experience ("Arts patron revives Druid Hill outdoor festival," May 17). To see the diversity of attendees melding among the art, entertainment and sheer fun - all within a unique, and naturally picturesque setting in the city - was a welcome breath of fresh air! The happening not only commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Druid Hill Park Reservoir, it also inspired people to pause, take a relaxed break from the distresses of the world and have an old-fashioned good time.
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May 23, 2013
Fred Rasmussen wrote a terrific article about Sunday's inaugural Art Outside at Druid Hill Park ("Arts patron revives Druid Hill outdoor festival," May 17). The event was outstanding, bringing the city back together in a beautiful setting. Many communities came together to support this wonderful day. Just like the art show of the '60s, Art Outside was festive, entertaining, relaxing and social. People got to enjoy special artists work in various medium - music, magic, painting, jewelry, clay, etc. It was a wonderful and special event that I hope will continue.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2012
Three-year-old Elijah Thomas had just seen a face. And he couldn't have been more excited. "Look, look," Elijah implored, turning his head to his mother and pointing at a 15-foot metal face about 20 feet away, its mouth opening and closing as the youngster tugged on a metal joystick. "It closed! It closed!" Elijah's mom, Erika Taylor, laughed and smiled, delighted. "He's having a blast," she said, realizing that the toughest part of her family's visit to Artscape on Friday afternoon would be separating Elijah from the mechanical face that was fast becoming his new BFF. But that's what happens when you hand over control of a 15-foot stainless steel face to a steady stream of Artscapers.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2012
Common Ground on the Hill, a festival celebrating the traditional arts on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, opens for its 18 t h season Sunday. The multicultural gathering of musicians, artists, writers, actors and dancers sharing their skills with students of all ages and abilities offers two separate weeks of daytime classes and many evening concerts through July 13. Participants can learn to play an instrument, everything from the standard piano to the unusual oud, or perfect their musical skills.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | June 6, 2012
There have been numerous open house events at the C Street Gallery, Venus Theatre Play Shack and other venues along C Street since the area was designated Laurel's official Arts District last year. In addition, members of the Laurel Arts District Committee have developed a blog and Facebook page to promote events on C Street, parts of Main Street and the few other blocks and alleys included in the arts district. Now, on June 9, committee members are taking an even bigger step to increase traffic in the Arts District by holding the first C Street Arts Festival, which they hope to make an annual event.
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