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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Nine Baltimore arts groups, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Artscape, have received a total of nearly $2.53 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants, announced Wednesday, included $100,000 for the BSO, $80,000 for the BMA and $45,000 for Artscape, Baltimore's free annual arts festival, which is scheduled this year for July 18-20. "These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape," said NEA acting chairwoman Joan Shigekawa.
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By Patti Restivo | April 28, 2014
Nature couldn't have been more gracious Saturday as she beckoned visitors of all ages to the 18th annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts at Montpelier Mansion in South Laurel. "We got very, very lucky with the weather," said Montpelier museum educator Holly Burnham, who organized the festival. Spread across the mansion's lawn under a near-perfect spring sky, more than 40 vendors and craftors offered bath products, fabric art, home and garden products, jewelry, plants and herbs, food and tea for sale.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1999
Arts groups throughout the state found themselves a little richer yesterday, as Gov. Parris N. Glendening announced more than $8.5 million in matching grants to be distributed among 264 organizations throughout the state."
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Nine Baltimore arts groups, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Artscape, have received a total of nearly $2.53 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants, announced Wednesday, included $100,000 for the BSO, $80,000 for the BMA and $45,000 for Artscape, Baltimore's free annual arts festival, which is scheduled this year for July 18-20. "These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape," said NEA acting chairwoman Joan Shigekawa.
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By New York Times News Service | April 6, 1993
The U.S. Department of Justice has appealed the decision by a federal judge in Los Angeles in June that declared unconstitutional the so-called decency standard, which required the National Endowment for the Arts to "take into consideration general standards of decency" when awarding grants.The action took many arts groups by surprise. Although the Bush administration had filed a notice of intent to appeal the decision, it was generally believed that the election of Bill Clinton had effectively killed the issue.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,Staff Writer | November 14, 1993
Maryland artists and composers, arts groups and a regional arts agency recently received a total of $190,435 from the National Endowment for the Arts.This latest round of grants from the federal arts agency covered programs and artists working in the areas of dance, design arts, folk arts, literature, media arts, music, theater and visual arts. The NEA also awarded funds to non-profit arts groups involved in presenting and commissioning the arts, to programs in museum training and to fellowships in arts administration.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1999
The executive director of the Carroll County Arts Council celebrated her second anniversary on the job with a hefty increase in her budget, courtesy of the Maryland State Arts Council."
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2008
After 10 years of performing The Nutcracker at Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia, the Howard County Ballet is moving its popular holiday tradition to Reservoir High School. The price tag was too high and funding too scarce to use the Rouse Theatre this year, said the ballet's director, Kathi Ferguson. She also has cut back on staffing and looked for ways to reduce overhead, and plans a smaller dance concert than usual in the spring. Like many other segments of society, local arts organizations are feeling the squeeze of the tough economy.
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July 3, 1998
LOCAL ARTS supporters, as well as six arts groups and their staffs, are to be congratulated for a milestone.The last of the institutions -- the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra -- recently met the rigorous financial and other goals necessary to qualify for a grant from the Baltimore Arts Stabilization Project, a partnership between National Arts Stabilization (NAS) and a local committee of contributing corporations and foundations.The other participating arts organizations are Center Stage, the Walters Arts Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Baltimore Opera Company.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | April 29, 2007
I FEEL LIKE DR. PHIL UP HERE," MICHAEL Kaiser says, looking out at rows of arts administrators gathered at a Capitol Hill hotel to soak up the wisdom of the "Turnaround King."
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April 10, 2014
The Maryland General Assembly has shown that funding for the arts is more precarious than a house of cards ( "How the 'House of Cards' film tax credit shrank ," April 8). Our homegrown nonprofit arts groups simply cannot compete in glamour with the decidedly for-profit Netflix and HBO projects shot in the state, yet lawmakers recently considered dipping into the tiny, $2.5 million Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts in order to lure Netflix into staying in Maryland.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2013
No two adaptations of "Moby-Dick" are the same, but it's doubtful that any previous rendition featured a synchronized-swimming skit to Rick James' song "Super Freak," a chance to win a Groupon to a local hair salon or a cameo by Esther Williams. This eclectic twist on Melville's classic whaling novel came courtesy of the Baltimore-based performance group Fluid Movement in its 12th annual Water Ballet Spectacular on Saturday afternoon at Druid Hill Park Pool before a crowd of about 400. The troupe will repeat the performance at 5 p.m. Sunday at Druid Hill Park Pool with encores on Aug. 3 and 4 at Patterson Park Pool.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
The turning point for the Wham City Comedy Tour came at a gig in Buffalo, N.Y. And, in typical Wham City fashion, it took some unexpected chaos and quick improvisation to reach it. On Monday, the tour - which consists of six comedians from the city's experimental arts collective Wham City and a director, all traveling the Northeast and Midwest in a white van for about three weeks this month - played an arts gallery/performance space called the...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
It's springtime, and with the beautiful weather and perfect light comes an age-old ritual as artists set up their easels around Maryland. You can find them working in a variety of mediums in Druid Hill Park, roadside in the Green Spring and Worthington valleys, along the winding stone-lined streets of Ellicott City, or on the wharves of St. Michaels and Rock Hall. And among the artists will be many members of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the nation's third-oldest such organization.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
Art Modell did not just play a major role in the sports life of Baltimore. He and his wife Pat were among the region's most generous donors to the city's cultural institutions, including the Lyric Opera House , Walters Art Museum , Baltimore Museum of Art and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. "When Art brought his team to our great city, he brought back to Baltimore the energy and excitement that we had lost years before," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
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Eileen Ambrose | November 4, 2011
If you have the hankering for a good cigar, you will be able to jump on a charter flight from BWI to Cuba beginning in March and buy a box there. Island Travel & Tours Ltd.  will be operating the weekly service that departs mid-afternoons starting March 21. William Hauf, president of Island Travel, said in a statement:  “These flights will greatly expand opportunities for increased engagement between the two countries and facilitate legal travel to Cuba for business leaders, government officials, diplomats, academics, cultural groups, agricultural interests, performing arts groups, and Cuban-Americans wishing to reconnect with their families and their country.” Baltimore is entering an elite travel niche.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2000
Walking through the darkened Carroll Theater, architect Dean R. Camlin discerns more than worn red vinyl theater seats and crumbling plaster ceilings. He sees a classic, 500-seat movie house where he and his wife went on their first date 21 years ago. He also sees an art deco building that could again attract arts patrons and rejuvenate West Main Street -- if the city of Westminster carries out its plan to buy and renovate the structure for use by the Carroll County Arts Council and other arts groups.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 31, 2003
THE ARTISTIC highs and lows for Maryland Hall-based arts groups in 2003 were reviewed last week. But here in Anne Arundel County, we have a large number of performing arts groups extending well beyond Maryland Hall's confines to enrich our cultural life. During this busy holiday week, most arts groups contacted seem generally optimistic about 2004. They range from established groups such as the 25-year-old Pasadena Theatre Company to a one-year-old theater upstart. The Bay Theatre Company is a 2003 success story.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2011
When seven former college friends first ventured inside the former shoe factory at 306 W. Redwood St., it was filled with junk and there were holes in the floor. There wasn't an electrical outlet to be found, let alone the remnants of the former heating and cooling systems. Each footstep unearthed more rats. And everything, including the ceiling, was covered with grime. No wonder they fell in love with the place. "As soon as we walked in the door, we could see the potential," says Brad Leroy Cartwright, a local writer and member of the EMP Collective, an energetic group of young artists, musicians and actors.
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By TIM SMITH | February 2, 2010
The "jobs, jobs, jobs" mantra in Washington also will be heard next week in Annapolis, but with a slightly different emphasis. On Feb. 9, the 12th annual Maryland Arts Day, organized by Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and MCA Foundation, will bring together about 500 people for a daylong session of energizing, strategizing and advocacy training. One message sure to be emphasized is the need, even in the midst of a state budget crunch and a national recession, to keep money flowing to the arts.
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