Arts organizations and arts agencies in Maryland have received $1,561,600 in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The latest round of grants distributed by the federal agency awarded money to worthy groups and programs in the areas of dance, design arts, folk arts, literature, media arts, museum conservation, music, opera-musical theater, theater and visual arts. There were grants to local, state and regional arts agencies as well.
A list of grants follows:
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, $5,000; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, $5,000 for choruses and $218,000 for its music series; Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, $4,300; Baltimore Clayworks Education Center, $5,000; Belles Lettres, $10,000; Maryland Art Place, $12,500; Maryland Historical Society, $8,000; Maryland Symphony Orchestra, $4,700; National Chamber Orchestra Society, $4,600; Pyramid Atlantic, $10,000; and School 33 Art Center, $12,500. The National Council for the Traditional Arts received two grants totaling $80,000.
In addition, the Maryland State Arts Council received $509,000 and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation received $673,000.
The latest arts grants to the state are part of $53 million in %J awards the federal agency gave to art groups throughout the nation.
Art for Life, a charity art auction to benefit Lifesongs For AIDS, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Truffles in the Belvedere, Chase and Charles streets.
Coordinated by Renaissance Fine Arts, the fund-raiser will sell work by such artists as John O'Brien, Robert Motherwell, Susan Mackey, Keith Haring, Amanda Watt and Frank Stella. Lifesongs for AIDS is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to raise funds to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Today's event also celebrates the birthday of interior designer Alexander Baer, one of the founders of Lifesongs.
Tickets are $25 per person. For details, call (410) 727-4100.
Visual artists may apply to rent studios at School 33 Art Center, according to the center and the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture. The studios are available beginning May 15 and June 1. The monthly rental of $175 includes heat, electricity and water. Each studio is more than 500 square feet in size and suitable for artists working in a variety of media. Resident artists are chosen by applications that are reviewed by a studio selection panel. Applications are due by May 7. For details, call (410) 396-4641.
More than $25,000 in prizes will be awarded at the 30th anniversary Baltimore opera vocal competition for American operatic artists held June 1-5 in Baltimore.
Sponsored by the Baltimore Opera Guild, the competition supports young artists who are American citizens. Judges this year are Licia Albanese, Eve Queler, Paul Cote, Irma Cooper, David Bamberger and Gueorgui Lalov.
The preliminary competition is at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 1-3 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. Semifinals are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 4 in Friedberg Hall in the Peabody Conservatory of Music. The final competition is at 7:30 p.m. June 5 in Friedberg Hall.
All sessions of the competition are free and open to the public. Competitors' entry forms must be received by May 15. For details, call (410) 727-0592.
Johns Hopkins University English professors Sharon Cameron and Alan Grossman and history of art professors Charles Dempsey and Elizabeth Cropper have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Cameron is widely recognized for her work on 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. Dr. Grossman has published eight books of poetry and many works of poetic theory. Dr. Dempsey is known for his scholarship in Renaissance art. Dr. Cropper is also a scholar in Renaissance art.
Actors can audition for a cable television amateur-hour soap opera by calling Isabelle Enterprises between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (410) 783-1681.