Community Arts Development (CAD) Grants
The Worcester County Arts Council’s Community Arts Development Grants program is designed to assist local community based groups produce and present arts activities in Worcester County and is funded and supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.
In the first granting cycle of FY 2015 the Worcester County Arts Council awarded $10,000 in Community Arts Development Grants program to various art projects and events to be presented by local nonprofit arts organizations beginning July 1, 2014. Last fiscal year the Arts Council awarded a total of $20,000 to local organizations thru this program.
Funding will support a wide variety of creative and innovative projects that are of outstanding artistic quality and demonstrate community benefit enhancing the lives of everyone living and visiting the Worcester County.
The next grant deadline is 2 pm on October 15, 2014.
PAINT BERLIN - 5th ANNUAL PLEIN AIR: ARTISTS REGISTRATION OPEN
SEPTEMBER 18 - 20, 2014
ARTISTS: Artists will paint any or all days during the event at a location of their choosing. Artists will have an opportunity to network, exhibit and sell their artwork as well as compete for attractive cash prizes.
Artists and Art Lovers are invited to make plans now to attend Paint Berlin, our 5th annual plein air event!
FOLLOW THE LINK TO VIEW THE YOUTUBE VIDEO, created by our Gallery artist, Robert Johnson, promoting this year's Paint Berlin.
ARTIST REGISTRATION FORM & EVENT SCHEDULE ARE AVAILABLE HERE: PAINT BERLIN 2014 REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULE.
Registration deadline: August 31, 2014.
VISITORS: You’re invited to come and watch the artists work during this event and to attend the "Wet Paint" sale and exhibit to be held on Saturday, September 20 from 1 pm - 4 pm at the Worcester County Arts Council Gallery. In addition, visitors will have an opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” award.
Paintings from the exhibit will be available for sale and remain on display until October 31.
SUMMER ARTS CAMP IS A KEY TO SUMMER FUN!
Summer Arts Camp 2014 was again a huge success!
The goal of our Summer Arts Camp program is to help area children improve themselves while having fun engaging in art activities. Involving children in self-expression and creative discovery engenders an enthusiasm for learning that has a positive impact on each child’s development.
Over the past 21 years, the Summer Arts Camp has grown in popularity! This year more than 100 campers, grades 3 – 8 who participated in this program, had an opportunity to experience not only the visual arts, but also music, dance, and theater arts.
Here is what our Campers say about their experience:
"I like that we get to use oil pastels and paint to make beautiful portraits. I also liked that Mr. Simpson brought in (his own paintings) what he made for us." - Cassie Perry (Extreme Color Exploration Class)
"I got to learn a new instrument (violin) quick and fast and it was so easy! We got to play games that helped us remember the notes." - Samantha Mc Manus (Learn to Play the Violin Class)
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Membership in our organization plays an extremely important part in promoting the Arts in our County. Membership dues notices are sent out monthly. Please show your support for the Arts in Worcester County by renewing your Annual Membership promptly!
The President and the Board of Directors take great pleasure in welcoming the following new members to our organization:
Individual:Karen Dimaio, Nancy Fortney, Antoinette Greaves, Joan Roache, Richard Segars, Thomas Strah
Family: Mike and Jennifer Labesky
Sponsor: Don and Kathy Westbrook
We thank you for your support, help and dedication!
JOIN TODAY! MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
Arts Council Elects New Slate of Officers
The Worcester County Arts Council elected a new slate of officers at the Annual Membership Meeting that was held on Sunday, June 10th at the Hotel Atlantic in Berlin.
MARYLAND ARTS DELIVER $1 BILLION BOOST TO ECONOMY!
The arts industry generated a total of $501 million in direct spending and had a total economic impact of $1 billion during fiscal 2010, according to a recently released economic-impact study from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development concerning the state’s arts industry that year.
Here are some of the findings in the report:
• About 7.6 million people attended arts events in Maryland, spending an estimated $292 million on related goods and services.
• The arts industry generated 10,671 full-time equivalent jobs.
• Arts-related employment accounted for $385 million in salaries.
• Arts organizations generated $209 million in direct spending on goods and services.
• The arts industry provided $36.5 million in state and local taxes.
• Every $1 in arts organizations’ operating budgets led to $3.78 in additional economic activity.
• Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council represent $1 out of every $19 in the operating budgets of arts organizations.