March 2021

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Mar 30 2021

Tonight! 3rd Annual Michelle Obama Awards

Join us tonight at 6:00 pm for the 3rd Annual Michelle Obama Awards in honor of Women’s History Month. About the awards Now in its third year, this award is designed to recognize women in our county who embody former First Lady Michelle Obama’s spirit. Compassionate, graceful, and intelligent are some of the words many have used to describe Mrs. Obama. The women we honor this year possess these same characteristics. Each of them is doing incredible work in our communities in their own way. The theme for this year’s awards...

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Mar 29 2021

Events This Week: March 29-April 4

It's an important week for events in the Four Rivers Heritage Area! Join us in congratulating our Executive Director, Dr. Carol Benson, for receiving a Michelle Obama Award from Anne Arundel County and the Caucus of African American Leaders, then learn more about our boundary expansion plans as the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority hosts a virtual hearing as part of the Boundary Amendment process. Or listen to a webinar from one of our partners! Thanks! Click on the event title for more information. POSTPONED Virtual Lecture – A Return to 1774: The...

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Mar 25 2021

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Guidance

Here's news some of our community members have been waiting for! Applications for the Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) open on Thursday, April 8. This grant provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible entities include: Live venue operators or promoters Theatrical producers Live performing arts organization operators Relevant...

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Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to Hold Virtual Hearing on Four Rivers Boundary Amendment

MHAA to Hold a Virtual Hearing on proposed amendment to the boundaries of the Four Rivers (Annapolis, London Town, and South County) Heritage Area Later this month, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) will hold a virtual public hearing on our organization's application to amend and enlarge the officially-designated boundaries of our Heritage Area. This is a requirement for all amendments to Certified Heritage Area (CHA) boundaries. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. and will include a request to enlarge the boundaries of the current...

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Mar 23 2021

Announcing the FY2022 Application Round for the African American Heritage Preservation Program

Applications will be available Thursday, April 1, 2021 and will be due July 1, 2021. About the African American Heritage Preservation Program The African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) provides grants to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. The AAHPP is administered as a partnership between the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). The program typically receives an annual appropriation of $1,000,000 for grants per year. Eligible Applicants The AAHPP...

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Mar 22 2021

Events This Week: March 22-28

We hope you enjoyed Maryland Day Weekend in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. The events from our partners continue this week! Whether you're interested in a virtual event or appreciating the lovely spring weather with an in-person tour, there are many ways to enjoy the special history of our area. Click on the event title for more information. Virtual Event - Coffee with Ken: How Do We Define Community? Date: Tuesday, March 23 Time: 9:00 am Location: Online Host Organization: Maryland State Arts Council Here’s your chance to get the ear of the...

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Plan Today for Maryland Day Weekend – Starting This Friday!

How do you celebrate Maryland Day? Observed as a state holiday on March 25, Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland. Here in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, we celebrate over an entire weekend with a unique heritage based group of events in Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County. Maryland Day celebrations in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are a hit with family and friends getting together to experience the local history, culture and heritage of the region. This year, Maryland Day festivities will take place Friday, March 19 to Sunday,...

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Mar 15 2021

Events This Week: March 15-21

What's happening this week? Maryland Day Weekend! Maryland Day Weekend takes place in the Four Rivers Heritage Area March 19-21. But as spring makes its appearance, there are other events happening around town as well! Click on the event title for more information. Smithsonian Virtual Scholar Talk – Women in Aerospace: Stories from the Smithsonian Collection Date: Wednesday, March 17 Time: 5:00 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Historic Annapolis Dr. Margaret Weitekamp has researched and written on how a groundswell of support helped create a LEGO® set representing women’s contributions to aerospace. Join...

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Mar 12 2021

Share Your Feedback – Join a Maryland State Arts Council Listening Session

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is Looking for Your Feedback! MSAC is re-evaluating and considering changes to its general operating support program, Grants for Organizations (GFO), and its traditional arts program, Maryland Traditions. The proposed changes are scheduled to take effect with the FY2023 GFO application process, the FY2023 Folklife Network application process, and the FY2024 Folklife Apprenticeship and Heritage Award application processes. As MSAC considers possible changes, they would like to hear your thoughts and input. They will host the following three Listening Sessions, which are open to the public: Grants For...

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Mar 10 2021

Maryland State Arts Council Emergency Grant Applications Now Open

With the passage of the RELIEF Act of 2021 by the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) will distribute $5 million through its Emergency Grant Program. Created in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Emergency Grants provide funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled. This fourth round of MSAC Emergency Grant funding is available to independent artists, arts organizations, County Arts Agencies, and Arts & Entertainment District management entities. Per...

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