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Dance in the Spotlight

By Riley Hoaglin We can look at dance as a universal language that brings people together from different cultures and backgrounds. There are several Four Rivers Heritage Area sites offering enriching dance companies, programs and educational opportunities that are easily accessible to the general public. For those that just love to move, and aspire to learn the fundamentals of various styles of dance, Maryland Hall, located in the Annapolis Arts District, and Chesapeake Arts Center, located in Brooklyn Park, are two great options to consider. They both offer a wide range...

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Watch the Recorded Webinar by Janice Hayes-Williams about the Annapolis Port Marker Project

On Wednesday, February 16, Four Rivers hosted a webinar on Zoom by Janice Hayes-Williams, about the plans in Annapolis to install a Port Marker as part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) program that recognizes designated locations as a “Site of Memory,” associated with the Slave Route. Please use the link below to watch the recorded webinar. Read more here:, Read the Press Release from 2019, when Annapolis was designated: ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 23, 2019) – Annapolis was recently designated as a “Site of Memory associated with the Slave...

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Launching Next Week! Persistence, Purpose, and Preservation: Rosenwald Schools in Anne Arundel County

Galesville Community Center announces the launch of the Anne Arundel County Rosenwald School History Project Join the Galesville Community Center Organization, Inc. (GCCO) on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. for a free online public program to launch an innovative local history project titled “Persistence, Purpose, and Preservation: Rosenwald Schools in Anne Arundel County.” The online program will be available live on the Galesville Community Center Facebook page at The program will introduce this County-wide Rosenwald School history project, provide an overview of the history and legacy of Rosenwald Schools,...

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View these “Story Project” Videos to learn about African American Heritage Sites to Visit

Have you heard of the Four Rivers Heritage Story Project? Five of the videos focus on important African American stories of our history and heritage, told by individuals who lived that history. Once you view the videos, you will want to visit the related sites, to learn more. Video with Tony Spencer, about Freetown: Tony Spencer was born and educated in Anne Arundel County. A renowned performing and vocal recording artist, composer, poet, model and storyteller, Tony was surprised to discover the impact his great great grandfather, James Spencer, had in founding...

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Anne Arundel County and Arts Organizations Announce Call for Artists for Mural Project

Phase 1 materials due by February 18; mural sought for southeastern wall of the Arundel Center Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis Arts District, and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County announced the call for artists for a mural project along the southeastern wall of the Arundel Center, located at 44 Calvert Street. Phase 1 materials are due by Feb. 18, after which a jury will review materials and select artists to move into the next phase of consideration. The project is part of a series of creative, place-making enhancements Anne Arundel...

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A Look Back at 2021 — Partner Grants Closed, Projects Completed

As we look back at 2021, we are proud of this long list of grant-funded projects, from both the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and Four Rivers Mini-Grant funds, that were completed in 2021. Due to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, some of this funding was provided for Emergency Operating costs, a departure from usual practices. MHAA Grant Projects Completed in 2021 -- Annapolis Maritime Museum, Inc., "Our Changing Waterfront" - Exhibit Fabrication & Installation, $50,000-- Annapolis Maritime Museum, Inc., Restoration of Skipjack Wilma Lee, $34,841-- Annapolis Maritime Museum, Inc.,...

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Volunteer Opportunities in Our Heritage Area

Our partner sites are always looking for dedicated volunteers. Below are a couple of organizations that have recently put out requests based on their specific needs. Volunteering is a terrific way to support our area's heritage and preservation community! Annapolis Maritime Museum The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (AMM) is dedicated to educating students and adults on the area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Want to learn more? AMM is holding a Volunteer Open House on February 21, 2022 from 4:00-6:00PM in the Museum’s Bay...

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Civil Rights Virtual Tour
Feb 08 2022

Explore the Civil Rights Era in Anne Arundel County

We have timely news to share from our friends at Anne Arundel County’s Cultural Resources Section, as they launch a new opportunity to explore the Civil Rights Era. This project is part of their commitment to increasing access to research tools and resources that support the preservation of local African American heritage and history. Learn more below! In celebration of Black History Month, Anne Arundel County’s Cultural Resources Section is excited to unveil a new virtual tour that explores the Civil Rights Era in Anne Arundel County, MD. This online...

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Feb 02 2022

Now Open! Maryland Historical Trust’s FY2022 Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program

Now open for applications! The Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program administered by the Maryland Historical Trust promotes the acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic properties in Maryland. Eligible properties are limited to those listed in or determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A total of $600,000 is available for grants each year. Only online applications are accepted. The program provides grants to nonprofits, local governments, businesses, and individuals for eligible projects. All applicants except for nonprofit organizations are required to provide a dollar-for-dollar match. Visit the Historic Preservation...

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Save the Date! Anna E. Greenberg Board Leadership Event Scheduled for May 14

Join the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) and presenters Eliot Pfanstiehl and Monica Jeffries Hazangeles for the Anna E. Greenberg Board Leadership Workshop taking place on Saturday, May 14 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Nonprofit board members are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the workshop is to promote strong and effective board leadership and governance for nonprofit organizations in Anne Arundel County. CFAAC invites nonprofit executives, fund development professionals, board chairs, and members; seats are available by registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration info is coming...

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