Meredith Michael Reffner, a high school senior from Glen Burnie, has been selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts for her commitment to ballet. Ms. Reffner will be recognized along with 19 other scholars during National Recognition Week, June 21-25. She was selected to receive the designation because of her participation in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts' 1994-1995 Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) program, an awards program for graduating seniors.
Also selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts was Linette Patricia Cheng, from Potomac, who was chosen for her outstanding work in visual arts. Ms. Cheng and two of the other 19 scholars will attend Maryland Institute, College of Art.
A call for proposals
The Maryland Humanities Council will grant awards for exhibits, films, lectures, conferences or public programs in academic disciplines related to the humanities. Eligible sponsors include nonprofit organizations such as libraries, museums, local governments, public radio and television stations, educational institutions, historical organizations, civic groups, senior citizens centers, churches and synagogues, jails and prisons.
First drafts of proposals are due Thursday. For information, call (410) 625-4830.
Concerts at Ladew
On June 18, Ladew Topiary Gardens will begin its summer concert series. The opening concert will feature the music of Tir Na Mhairi (formerly the Dunloggin Pipe Band), with bagpipers, drummers and dancers performing in the Great Bowl.
Summer concerts will start at 6 p.m., and admission prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $2 for children. Picnic baskets can be ordered by calling (410) 557-0424. Additional concerts are: July 2 -- Maryland Pacesetters Steel Band; July 16 -- Foggy Bottom; July 30 -- Baltimore Jazz Orchestra; Aug. 13 -- Bob Barrett's Big Band; Aug. 27 -- The Lone Starlets.
The Baltimore Bicentennial Celebration is seeking original artwork for a logo design competition. The competition is open to all Baltimore-based advertising, design and public relations businesses. The winning design will be featured as the official logo for the Baltimore Bicentennial Celebration in 1997.
A letter of intent must be received by June 19. For a complete set of rules, call (410) 752-8632 or fax (410) 385-0361.
Jazz at the museum
The Baltimore Museum of Art will kick off its third annual Summer Jazz Series Saturday with the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble. The regional jazz group will be showcased in the outdoor setting of the BMA's Wurtzburger Sculpture Garden. Concert tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for BMA members, seniors and students. For tickets, call (410) 253-0100 Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Additional Jazz Series concerts are: July 1 -- Spirit of Life Ensemble; July 15 -- Aleta Greene; July 29 -- Moon August with band leader Greg Hatza; Aug. 12 -- Jazz Street Station.
5) For information, call (410) 396-6314.
Murals for the city
A competition for the commissioning of three murals in Baltimore has been announced. The commissions will be awarded by a panel of arts professionals and community representatives, based on submitted proposals.
The deadline for submissions is June 23. By applying, applicants verify that they are physically and mentally capable of working on scaffolding and executing the mural, and that they will be at least 18 years of age by June 23. For an application or more information, call (410) 396-4575 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The Chorus of the Chesapeake is offering a series of four free vocal lessons for male singers beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the North Point Government Center Auditorium, Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue. Voice teacher Fred King will instruct the barbershop-style workshops. For details, call (410) 377-1015.
Open Space Arts will hold auditions for Great Doings Day, the Giant Summer Puppet Pageant, June 20. Audition times are 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for ages 8-12, and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for ages 13 to adult. All auditioners will receive a part, either as an actor, puppeteer, artist, musician or backstage helper. Call (410) 526-9377