NEA funds go to state artists and groups


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Historical Society and Maryland Art Place are among the Maryland arts organizations, individuals and agencies receiving a total of $1,841,900 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The federal agency awarded mid-year grants worth $78 million to arts projects and artists in every state. Support went to symphony orchestras, visual arts organizations, dance companies, music festivals, opera and musical theater companies, folk arts programs, literary publishing, media arts centers, community-based arts organizations, museums and other state arts agencies and regional arts organizations.

This funding also offered fellowships to such individual artists as jazz musicians, writers, literary translators and choreographers.

In the Baltimore metropolitan area, the following list of organizations, agencies and individuals received mid-year grants:

* The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: $212,000 for celebrity, casual, favorites, uncommon concerts and Sundays at the Symphony series.

* The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra: $4,300 to support engagement of an American guest conductor, engagement of American guest artists and orchestra musicians' compensation for the preparation and performance of American repertoire.

* The Baltimore Opera Company: $9,500 to support production expenses.

*The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture: $16,500 to support exhibitions, programs and services to visual artists at School 33 Art Center.

* Maryland Art Place: $16,000 to support exhibitions, programs, installations and services.

* The Baltimore Museum of Art: $60,000 to support the reinstallation of its African art collection.

* The Maryland Historical Society: $30,000 to support an exhibition and catalog of its collection of Baltimore album quilts.

* The Chamber Music Society of Baltimore: $5,000 to support American artists' fees for chamber music concerts.

* The Howard County Arts Council: $75,000 to support an arts-in-education project.

* The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation: $654,000 to support its regional arts programming grant activities.

* The Maryland State Arts Council: $495,000 to support its state grant activities.

* Peter Fillat III: $25,000 to support research and design of new low-income housing units for sites in Baltimore.

* Michael Collier of Catonsville: a $20,000 fellowship in creative // writing.

Elsewhere in the state, the following grants were awarded: Library Theatre in Bethesda, $5,000; University of Maryland, College Park, $4,500 for the 1994 Maryland Handel Festival; the Concert Society at Maryland in College Park, $5,000; the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown, $5,500; Pyramid Atlantic of Riverdale, $12,000; the National Chamber Orchestra Society of Rockville, $4,500; Martha Westin of Chevy Chase, $5,500 arts administration fellowship; Robert Withey of Salisbury, arts administration fellowship; musician Enrique Rios of Hyattsville, $4,400; Leland Edgecombe of Hyattsville, $9,500 for a design arts project; choreographer Eileen Carson of Crownsville, $20,000; writer Michael Tidwell of Takoma Park, $20,000; and writer Molly Tinsley of Silver Spring, $20,000.

The National Council for the Traditional Arts in Silver Spring received three grants totaling $98,000.

With the exception of individual fellowships, all grant categories require a match of one dollar for every federal dollar awarded.


Baltimore Artists' Housing Cooperative, the state's only cooperative housing for artists, will present an afternoon of free workshops, demonstrations and performances from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the courtyard of 1426-1452 E. Baltimore St. in Washington Hill.

Resident artists who will display their work include Jennifer LaChappelle, Susan Mangan, Marie-Therese Fernandez, Michelle Spiziri, Kirk Defontes, Katherine Kendall and Bryan Burris. The resident musicians who will perform include progressive rock musicians with Jag and the Incredible Pollen Crayons and progressive folk artist Lisa Jordan.

Workshops designed to encourage creativity in all age groups will offer chalk drawing, T-shirt printing and creative writing.

The 7-year-old artists' housing cooperative, which consists of various units within 10 rehabbed rowhouses, combines living and studio space.

The rain date for the event, funded partially by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, is June 5.


The Cultural Arts Institute recently received $10,000 from the Baltimore Community Foundation to help hire an administrative director. This staffing addition should expand the services of CAI, which holds after-school arts programs in eight city schools. CAI also offers an arts program as part of the daily curriculum of St. Mary of the Assumption School in Govans.


* Auditions for "Jungle Lords," a one-act play to be presented at Artscape July 16 and 17, are scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St. The production calls for an African-American male in his early 20s, two African-American females in their early 20s and one African-American female aged 40 to 55. For an appointment and details, call (410) 728-3553.

* Auditions for the Arena Players' September production of "Once on This Island" are scheduled for noon Saturday and 7 p.m. June 6 at the theater, 801 McCulloh St. The production calls for male and female singers. Also needed is a female aged 8 to 12. For details, call (410) 728-6500.

* Liberty Showcase Theatre will hold auditions for its summer production of "Into The Woods" from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and June 5, and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 6 at Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road, Randallstown. Actors and actresses should prepare a song for the audition. For details, call 247-7754.

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