Arts council announces annual awards


Shirley Giarritta, a founder of the Cumberland Summer Theater, has received a 1993 Maryland Medici Award from Maryland Citizens for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.

The annual awards recognize individuals, businesses and foundations that have made major contributions to arts in the state.

Ms. Giarritta purchased, renovated and donated the building for the Cumberland Theater/Creative Arts Center as well as providing houses for artists in Cumberland. She has also presided over the crafts festival component of the Rocky Gap Bluegrass Festival.

In the business category, First National Bank of Maryland and Spartan Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning of Prince George's County received awards.

First National has helped fund such arts programs and institutions across the state as the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Rocky Gap Foundation, the Columbia Festival for the Arts and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Patricia Bonacorda, owner of Spartan Plumbing, has established model partnership with the Prince George's County Arts Council to help fund art in education programs and has provided scholarships to young artists.

The Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust also received a Maryland Medici Award for its series of gifts and grants supporting concerts, workshops and artist residencies.


A symposium about the legal and philosophical issues confronting artists in this technological age is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Washington Post literary critic Jonathan Yardley will deliver the keynote speech.

Sponsored by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and the Smithsonian Associates, the symposium offers two panel discussions to reflect upon the effects of new technology and commercialization on artists and their attorneys.

Panelists for the discussion of the impact of technology and the legal implications for artistic endeavors are Edward Damich, commissioner, U.S. Copyright Royalty Tribunal; Christine Steiner, assistant general counsel, Smithsonian Institution; Russell Kirsch, director of research, Sturvil Corporation; Bennett Lincoff, senior attorney, ASCAP; Douglas Quin, musician and composer; and Barbara Mones-Hattal, professor of computer graphics, George Mason University.

The discussion of influences of commerce on the arts will include Sam Gilliam, artist; Fran Michelman, manager of cultural programs and promotion, Mobil Corp.; Michael Kahn, artistic director, Shakespeare Theatre; Sylvia Williams, director of the National Museum of African Art; and Kimberly Camp, director, Experimental Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

The symposium will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes lunch. The cost is $114 for the general public, $85 for Smithsonian Associates and WALA members and $40 for

students with an I.D. Advance registration is required. For details, call (202) 357-3030.


Artist Barbara Gillette Price, vice president of academic affairs at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, will become president of the Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia in January. During her 12 years at the Institute, she expanded the continuing studies programs and added new master's degree programs. In 1991, she initiated a summer program in Sorrento, Italy, which continues to serve faculty, students, alumni and art educators.


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will hold an open rehearsal and lecture program with conductor Sir Neville Marriner at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The program, which costs $5 per person, includes a lecture on the repertoire (at 9:20 a.m.) and a full working rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Mozart's Symphony No. 35, K. 385 "Haffner" and Berlioz's Beatrice & Benedict Overture (beginning at 10 a.m.)

The BSO's associate conductor, David Lockington, will speak about the program. For details and ticket information, call (410) 783-8000.


"Artistic Freedom," a symposium on free expression and censorship in the arts, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Price Auditorium of Hood College in Frederick.

Panel participants include a representative from the National Endowment for the Arts, Deanna Duby from People for the American Way, Angela Adams from the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Gary Hughes, former president of the Frederick Arts Council. Artist Jeff Gates, director of Art FBI, will serve as moderator.

The free program is sponsored by the Frederick Arts Council and the Hood College Department of Art. For details, call (301) 829-1527.


* Extras are needed at 11 a.m. today at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the filming of "Major League II," starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Corbin Bernsen. Wear blue or red.

* Talent scouts for Paramount Parks, which runs King's Dominion and four other theme parks in North America, will hold auditions for singers, dancers, actors, characters, instrumentalists, variety performers and technicians on Nov. 22 at Towson State University.

The talent search will visit 36 cities to recruit entertainment for parks in Charlotte, N.C., Santa Clara, Calif., Richmond, Cincinnati and Toronto. Auditions are scheduled in the concert hall of the TSU Fine Arts Center. The schedule calls for singers, actors and technicians to audition from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; instrumentalist and specialty acts from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and dancers at 7 p.m. For details, call (804) 876-5142.

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