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A Fresh Take: Exhibit at Banneker-Douglass Museum, “The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy”

By Riley Hoaglin Did you know that the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Downtown Annapolis often has temporary exhibits? AND the current exhibit happens to showcase exceptional, powerful, and breathtaking works of fine art! The first and second floors of Banneker-Douglass house a fine arts exhibition called, "The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy." The exhibit explores “historic and contemporary themes of Black joy and healing created in opposition to and despite oppression.” The pieces were created by different Black Maryland-based artists. “Remnants/Peace and Joy Are Birthrights of All Beings,” by...

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Now Available! Recorded Webinar on the National Register Process in Maryland

Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area is proud to share this recording of a recent webinar, "The National Register in Maryland," and the related resources mentioned by our speakers, who joined us from the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). On Monday, March 6, we hosted a webinar presented by Jessica French, Administrator, Survey and Registration, MHT, and Heather Barrett, Administrator of Architectural Research, MHT. Watch the webinar recording here: https://youtu.be/22sqOw3zcbI. Here are the resources that the speakers recommended: Chapter 5, Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland (below) Standards and Guidelines ...

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Anne Arundel County Arts and Cultural Resources Grants

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is honored to partner with the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning Cultural Resources Division, which protects the County’s historic sites, buildings, archaeological sites and landscapes, to offer a second FY2023 grant funding opportunity. The Anne Arundel County Arts and Cultural Resources Grants will provide funding for programming that utilizes heritage resources in Anne Arundel County in a new or innovative way; increases public access to historic sites; improves or enhances how the public engages with heritage resources; and/or encourages the maintenance...

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A Fresh Take: Museum of Historic Annapolis

By Riley Hoaglin Located in the heart of downtown Annapolis is an imaginative museum curated by HistoricAnnapolis. Housed within the Museum of Historic Annapolis is a new permanent exhibition, "Annapolis: An American Story,” which focuses on the history of Annapolis over the past 400 years. The museum has three floors, and the exhibition follows a historical timeline. The timeline showcases major historical points in Annapolis’s history using historical artifacts and interactive components. The timeline starts in 1650, in the first chronological gallery. My favorite item in the first room was the printing...

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City of Annapolis Recognizes Black History Month with 2023 Proclamation and City Events

On Wednesday, February 1, 2023, Mayor Gavin Buckley issued a proclamation recognizing February 2023 as Black History Month in the City of Annapolis. Historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson created “Negro History Week” in 1926 (during the Jim Crow era) to encourage the study of Black life and history. Black History Month was officially recognized by Presidential Proclamation in 1976 as part of the nation's bicentennial celebrations. It aims to honor the contributions African Americans have made and to recognize their sacrifices. “Celebrating the contributions of African Americans honors not only...

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Year in Review: Grants Awarded in 2022

In 2022, the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area brought $367,768 in state funding to capital and non-capital projects at heritage sites, museums, and non-profit organizations in our area, as well as three grants to Chesapeake Crossroads, which include support for our important Mini-Grant program. The Mini-Grants were funded by a Block Grant from the state, plus $1,494 in private funds. These fully-matched grants leveraged more than $878,000 in total project costs. The full list of grants awarded is below: Grants-Grid-2022-2Download ...

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Year in Review: Thank You For Your Support in 2022!

Thank you to all our sponsors, donors and active supporters of the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area this past year! In 2022, we received major grant support from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis, and benefited from a generous partner relationship with Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (VAAAC). We are also grateful to the following donors: Louis Biondi, *Linnell Bowen, Tara Clifford, Deborah Coons, Dianne Feeney, Lynne Forsman, Mark Hildebrand, *Timothy Leahy, *Gertrude Makell, *Diane Nowak-Waring, Emily Oland Squires, Cathy Oliver, Openshaw Charitable...

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Year in Review: MHAA Grants Closed in 2022

Each year, grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) contribute significantly to heritage resources and attractions that tell our stories and strengthen the museums, history centers, exhibits, and attractions that heritage tourists visit in our area. This listing of MHAA grants closed in 2022 is only a fraction of the ongoing work that this vital source of state funding supports. The three partner sites in the list used MHAA matching funds to create outstanding new additions to the heritage interpretation in our heritage area: the Woodlawn History Center at...

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A Fresh Take: Chesapeake Arts Center

By Riley Hoaglin I recently had the opportunity to take a marvelous tour of the Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC). A few words that come to mind after visiting were: creative, inspiring, entertaining, and all-inclusive. Their facility is packed with high-end equipment, and it has a beautiful performing art space, and so much more! This hidden gem is located in Northern Anne Arundel County, near the Baltimore Beltway. The Chesapeake Arts Center is a 58,000-square-foot multi-discipline arts facility. CAC offers a wide variety of art classes, diverse performances, and art exhibits. Hal Gomer Gallery I...

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Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Announces FY2024 Grant Round

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) FY 2024 grant materials for heritage tourism capital and non-capital projects are now available, including a newly revised and streamlined application! (PLEASE NOTE that the questions in the application have changed.) Over $5 million in grant funding will be available for heritage tourism and education projects across Maryland’s 13 heritage areas. Begin the first step in the application process by completing the Intent to Apply form (due January 31, 2023) on the MHAA website and mark your calendar to attend one of several virtual and in-person information sessions. Begin the first...

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