Small arts groups are awarded grants


The Baltimore Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $34,500 to six small arts organizations under the auspices of its Developing Arts Fund.

Arena Players, the country's oldest continuously performing African-American theater company, will receive $15,000 to help staff an audience development campaign.

The Baltimore Film Forum, which presents a wide variety of films year round, will receive $10,000 to help launch a membership campaign.

The Chamber Jazz Society, a 3-year-old presenting group, will receive a $3,000 challenge grant to attract additional supporters. The Maryland Museum of African Art will receive $3,000 to produce a brochure to build membership and attract visitors.

Mid Atlantic Jazz Showcase received $2,500 to support its first jazz showcase of local talent in Baltimore.

The Heritage Museum of Art received $1,000 to strengthen a summer children's program that concentrates on the art and history of American-Indian, Latin and African-American cultures.

The Developing Arts Fund was established by grants from the Rouse Co. and other local cor- porations and foundations, and with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.


* The Pasadena Theatre Company will hold auditions for its October production of "Hamlet" Saturday and July 31 at 2 p.m., and Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. at Baldwin Hall, Route 178 and Millersville Road, in Millersville. The production calls for 25 men and seven women. For details, call (410) 750-3114.

* Encore Theatre will hold auditions for roles in its coming season Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the theater, 4801 Liberty Heights Ave. Prepare to present a three-minute dramatic or comedic monologue and/or a musical selection. The theater needs actors, actors who can sing and dance, musicians and stage managers. For details and to register for an audition, call (410) 466-2433.

* Arena Players will hold auditions for its September production of "Once on This Island" Thursday at 7 p.m. at the theater, 801 McCulloh St. For details, call (410) 728-6500 or 752-2861, or (410) 728-2068.

* African-American actors interested in auditioning for a new film, "Just D-am Lucky," by Lowry Brooks of Utopia Entertainment, should contact Kelly Hill at (410) 783-1681 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Shooting is scheduled to begin in August.

* The Handel Choir of Baltimore will audition experienced singers in all voice parts for its 1994-1995 season. The concerts include ,, Handel's "Messiah" and "Israel in Egypt," Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass," and Bach's "Easter Oratorio" and "Cantata 79." Smaller choral works include Copland's "In the Beginning," Paert's "Summa" and antiphonal works of Gabrieli and Schutz. The choir will sing for Pope John Paul II during his October visit to Baltimore.

The choir rehearses Monday evenings from September through May at the First English Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles St. Singers must be able to read music well and sight-sing. For details and to schedule an audition, call (410) 366-6544.


Diana Franz and Sue Hommel, teachers from the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Towson, received grants to attend the Metropolitan Opera Guild's summer teaching training program at Yale University.

"Creating Original Opera" trains classroom and music teachers in the skills they need to enable students to create, produce and perform in original operas in their schools. Two dozen teachers from 14 schools in the Northeast are participating.

Funded by the GE Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the program joins general classroom teachers and music specialists in a demonstration of how the study of music embraces other subjects in the sciences and humanities. It was developed by the education department of the Metropolitan Opera Guild in 1983.

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