City is heading into a month of culture Mayoral proclamation: Baltimore will celebrate the arts and humanities with free concerts, walking tours, a festival and other events in October.


Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke Thursday proclaimed October as Baltimore's Arts and Humanities Month. In celebration, the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture and the Maryland Humanities Council have scheduled free events in October. Events include walking tours, concerts and an Avenue of the Arts Festival.

An October cultural calendar listing activities and programs is available. For information, call (410) 396-4575.

Screen-writing seminar

Professional Hollywood motion picture and television writers will conduct a free seminar to determine and develop interest in screen-writing among people in the Baltimore area. The seminar is scheduled at 7 p.m. Oct. 10. Reservations are required for the meeting, which will be limited to the first 60 applicants. Call (410) 663-0641 for location, directions and details.

New BMA staffers

The Baltimore Museum of Art has announced the appointments of Kathleen Basham as deputy director for administration and Paul S. Papich as deputy director of external affairs. Ms. Basham, who assumed her duties on Sept. 6, will oversee the departments of administration, facilities and capital projects, programs, retail operations, and security. Mr. Papich, who will oversee the departments of annual giving, grants and sponsorships, membership, public relations and marketing, and visitor services, will join the staff on Oct. 16.

Musical Open House

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is offering a free open house 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Visitors can meet the musicians, try out instruments used by the symphony orchestra and visit the BSO Music Library. For information, call ((410) 783-8000.

Choreography workshop

The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, with Baltimore's Festival of the Arts Inc., invites applications for the 1996 Maryland Dance Showcase: Workshop for Choreographers. Fifteen applicants will be selected for the free workshop, which will run Jan. 15-20 and which will be led by Viola Farber.

Ms. Farber is a former soloist in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the former artistic director of the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France. She is currently the director of dance programs at Sarah Lawrence College.

Applicants must submit an application form and videotape to the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, postmarked no later than Nov. 13. For more information and an application, call fTC (410) 396-4575.

Reading by Merle Collins

Grenadian author Merle Collins will read from her works at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Anne Arundel Community College. Ms. Collins is the author of "The Colour of Forgetting" (1995) and "Angel" (1987). The reading will be held at the Andrew G. Truxal Library of the Arnold campus, located on College Parkway, just off Route 2. For more information, call (410) 541-2211.

Arts grants

The Carroll County Arts Council has awarded grants to the following organizations through its Community Arts Development Grant Program: A Month of Sundays, which holds free outdoor summer concerts on Sunday evenings in July at the Westminster City Park; Choral Arts Society of Carroll County, which presents at least two choral concerts each year; Chamber Music on the Hill, which is planning three concerts for the coming year; Hollyberry Chorus, a chorus composed of children and adults with disabilities, nondisabled adults and senior citizens; Art '96, a program that offers art classes for developmentally disabled adults; Children's Chorus of Carroll County, which offers a quality choral experience for children; Art As Aspire, an art program for the chronically mentally ill; Carroll Players Acting Workshop for Children, which leads aspiring young actors along the path of developing acting skills; Carroll County Handbell Association Festival Conference, which will sponsor a handbell festival in Carroll County; Piney Run Nature Camp, a summer day camp for kindergartners and elementary-level students; Theater on the Hill, an organization that provides professional summer theater; Copper Ridge Creative Expressions, a program that assists those who have suffered cognitive losses; and the Carroll County Public Library's Summer Reading Day at the Farm Museum.


* The Vagabond Players will hold auditions for Jean Anouilh's "Becket" at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Vagabond Theatre, 806 South Broadway, Fells Point. The script calls for a large cast of men and women. For more information, call (410) 563-9135.

* The Spotlighters Theatre will hold auditions for "Rumors" by Neil Simon at 7 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at the theater, 817 St. Paul St. The script calls for five men and five women. Auditioners are asked to prepare a two- to three-minute comic monologue, and photos and resumes will be requested, but not required. For information, call (410) 666-9200.

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