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Aug 13 2020

Be a Part of Anne Arundel County’s General Development Plan – Plan 2040

The General Development Plan (GDP) is Anne Arundel County’s comprehensive plan to guide land use in the County, capitalize on its assets and conserve critical resources. Adopted by the County Council, the GDP establishes policies and recommendations to guide land use decisions over a 20-year planning timeframe. Community engagement is critical! In order to promote continued public participation in this year’s Plan 2040, the County has developed Plan2040 Community Engagement@Home. This interactive website gives the public the opportunity to review draft elements of Plan2040 and provide your comments. Plan2040 includes four...

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Check Out the New Murals in the Heritage Area

Lately, we’ve been excited to watch Annapolis becoming more colorful with the addition of new murals and public art.  During this time of social distancing, several new projects have helped to bring our community closer together, and even into the national spotlight. The first is by Annapolis local artist Comacell Brown, who designed a mural dedicated to Carlester Smith, Annapolis’s legendary “Walking Man,” known for his fast-walking and trash-collecting activities along local streets for decades, stretching back some 40 years. Located on the side wall of Pinkey’s Liquors in outer West...

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Aug 11 2020

Announcement! Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)6 Nonprofits

Maryland Department of Commerce recently announced a new grant fund, the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits. These organizations may have been excluded from previous funding opportunities that more specifically targeted 501(c)3 organizations. Please see below for further information. Applications will open on Monday, August 17! Overview To support Maryland’s nonprofit 501(c)(6) organizations facing financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) have established the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits...

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Aug 10 2020

Events This Week! August 10-16

This week, we've got a variety of interesting events for you to enjoy. Take an architectural walking tour or attend a virtual lecture. Learn more about local historical figures or how to be an environmental advocate. Click the event title for links to each event’s page. Clean Water is a Right: Equity and Environmental Justice Around the Bay Date: Tuesday, August 11 Time: 6:30-7:30 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Chesapeake Bay Foundation  While unprecedented social restrictions make CBF’s bimonthly Brock Environmental Center Learning Series impossible to do in-person for the time being, the issues...

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Aug 07 2020

Announcements and Openings This Weekend

What's new and open in the Four Rivers Heritage Area this weekend? We've got a couple of exciting announcements below as our partners and sites continue to reopen to the public. Hammond-Harwood House Last week, we announced Hammond-Harwood's soft reopening for members. Now, Hammond-Harwood House (19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis) is open for public tours by reservation every day except Tuesday. Subjects include the social history of the families and enslaved people who lived in the house, architecture, and the collection of fine and decorative art. Two exhibitions are currently on view at...

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Aug 05 2020

Webinars to Watch: Marketing Strategies for Local Audiences

Museum and historic sites are popular attractions for a destination's overnight visitors interested in learning more about the history and culture of a place, but a post-COVID-19 reality means fewer people will be traveling long distances on vacation or holiday. These circumstances mean that museum professionals are now tasked with finding new, or reengaging familiar, audiences, particularly among locals and day trippers. Taking a look at your social media strategy is an important way to gain exposure to this target audience, while still expanding your reach to future markets. Below...

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Aug 04 2020

Recent Webinars on Diversity and Equity Topics

Last week, Four Rivers staff attended several outstanding online presentations related to the topics of Diversity and Equity. They were recorded, and are being made available to the public, free of charge. We encourage you to read more about these important programs, and to watch the sessions on YouTube that interest you. US/ICOMOS Webinar, U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites and the World Heritage List (July 30, 2020) The inaugural US/ICOMOS Webinar featured current efforts to preserve, restore, and interpret African American heritage sites associated with the Modern Civil Rights Movement of the...

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Whats Happening
Aug 03 2020

What’s Happening in the Four Rivers Heritage Area this Week

Mark your calendars! Whether your interest is art, history, education, or even shopping for local produce, we've got a variety of offerings this week that we're highlighting. Click the event title for links to each event’s page. Lecture: Augustine Herrman's Remarkable Map of the Seventeenth Century Chesapeake Date: Thursday, August 6 Time: 7:00-8:00 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Historic Annapolis Tucked inside a now almost-forgotten set of maps once owned by famous London diarist Samuel Pepys is one of the most extraordinary maps of colonial English America. Created by a colonial merchant, planter,...

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Have a Nice Weekend
Jul 31 2020

Activities and Openings in the Four Rivers Heritage Area This Weekend

Although we don't have any big reopenings to announce this weekend, we wanted to let you know about an upcoming opening as well as activities taking place in the Four Rivers Heritage Area so you can consider making our partners part of your weekend plans. Openings and Activities Tours are a great socially distanced activity, so this weekend, join a Watermark tour focused on local history. During their Colonial Annapolis Walking Tour, you can stroll through the charming streets of the historic district with your colonial attired guide who will share the...

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Annual Youth Conference
Jul 30 2020

Tomorrow! The Banneker-Douglass Museum’s Annual Youth Conference

Four Rivers Heritage Area is a proud supporter of the BDM Annual Youth Conference 2020. Now in its third year, this is the first time the conference has gone virtual! Join the Banneker-Douglass Museum on Friday, July 31, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for the for the third annual BDM Youth Conference. This year's theme is The Black Vote Mural Project. Viewers will experience motivational speakers, spoken word performances, learn ways to use public art as activism, and more. Your input is needed in the national dialogue of healing social ills...

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