NEA awards $551,050 in grants to variety of state arts programs and agencies


The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded $551,050 in grants -- including $135,000 to Center Stage -- to a variety of arts programs and organizations in Maryland. Federal funds went to support arts programs in artistically under-served areas, to theater, to radio and television arts programs, to special museum exhibitions and to arts education programs.

A list of recipients in the Baltimore area follows:

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Inc., for music recording, $28,000; Johns Hopkins University, for music professional training, $16,300; Children's Theater Association, for professional theater, $5,000; Center Stage Associates, for professional theater, $135,000; Soundprint Media Center, for radio programming, $35,000; Johns Hopkins University, media programming in the arts, $20,000; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, for visual artists' public projects, $20,000; Maryland Art Place, for visual artists' public projects, $7,750; Maryland Institute, College Art, for special exhibitions and for writers' residencies, $25,000 and $8,500; Baltimore Museum of Art, for special exhibitions, $15,000; the Walters Art Gallery, for special exhibitions, $10,000; Maryland State Arts Council, for arts projects in under-served communities, two grants totaling $72,900.

Arts organizations and projects in other areas of the state also received NEA grants:

* In Bethesda, the Institute for Family-Centered Care received $50,000 for a project in design arts. The Writer's Center Syndicated Fiction Project received $67,500.

* The University of Maryland, College Park, received $7,000 toward music recording and $7,600 toward music professional training.

* The Puppet Company in Glen Echo received $5,000 for professional theater.

* Larry Massett of Cabin John received $10,000 toward a radio/audio art project.

* Mark L. Puryear from Takoma Park received a $5,500 arts administration fellowship.

In this round of awards, the federal agency distributed $36.5 million nationally in 1,123 grants. Organizations must match these government grants with non-federal dollars. Historically, grants are matched 3-to-1.


After 39 years as president of the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, Baltimore arts patron Randolph S. Rothschild was recently named president emeritus of the society. Johanna Zacharias, who has served as managing director of the organization, will succeed Mr. Rothschild as president.

Mr. Rothschild has presided over 43 seasons of chamber-music concerts, which offered a mix of standard and contemporary repertoire presented by such internationally known artists as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the New World String Quartet. During his tenure, the society also commissioned and presented new chamber works by such composers as Milton Babbitt, Henry Cowell, Ernst Krenek, Robert Hall Lewis and Elam Ray Sprenkle.

Ms. Zacharias is director of corporate and foundation relations at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Arts and Sciences.


Arts organizations and arts presenters in Baltimore County have received $120,796 in grants from the Maryland State Arts Council to support their operations during the next fiscal year. A list of grant recipients follows:

The Baltimore Actors' Theatre, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, Charlestown Retirement Community, the Chimes, the Cloisters Children's Museum, Cockpit in Court Theatre, the Downtown Dance Company, Dundalk Community Theatre, Eastern Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce/Defenders' Day Committee, Goucher College/Department of Art, Greater Baltimore Cultural Arts Foundation, Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, Maryland Arts Festival, Maryland Sings, the Maryland Stage Company, Maryland State Boychoir, Maryland State Poetry and Literary Society, McDonogh School/Bowman Ensemble, Music in the Great Hall, Phoenix Repertory Dance Company, Pikesville Recreation and Parks Council, Pro Musica Rara, Shakespeare on Wheels, Towson State University/Asian Arts Center and TSU/Towson Ensemble Dancers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County/Fine Arts Gallery and Very Special Arts Maryland.

In addition, the state gave $47,330 in a community arts development grant to the Baltimore County Economic Development Commission.


* The Heritage Players will hold auditions for Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2 at Ames United Methodist Church, 9 Walker Ave., in Pikesville. The production is scheduled for November. Call (410) 665-7194.

* The Patuxent Theatre Company will hold auditions for Ira Levin's "Death Trap" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Suite 206, 10620 Guilford Road, in Jessup. The production calls for one woman aged 20-30, one woman aged 30 or older, one man aged 20-30 and one man aged 30 or older. The production will run in October. Call (301) 854-0534.

* Axis Theatre will hold auditions for Doug Wright's "Interrogating the Nude" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 and 11 at the theater, in the Meadow Mill complex on the corner of Clipper Mill Road and Union Avenue. The production calls for five men between the ages of 20 and 45.

In addition, Axis Theatre has scheduled auditions for "Cabaret TC Verboten," from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18. The production calls for two men and two women to play a multitude of roles. Call (410) 243-5237.

* High school music students may compete in a piano concerto competition to perform with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra in January, 1994. The competition, held by CYSO and the Anne Arundel Music Teachers' Association, will be held Nov. 21 at Ramsey Music Company, 161 West St., in Annapolis. The concerto is Mozart's Concerto No. 17 in G Major. Call (410) 263-8416.


A phone number for First Night Annapolis was listed incorrectly in Arts Notes July 18. The correct number is (410) 974-9332.

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