Art grant opportunities at DCA

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The Mid-Shore Community Band is one group that has received an art grant.

Dorchester Center for the Arts serves as the state-designated County Arts Council for Dorchester. Each county in the State of Maryland, as well as Baltimore City, has an Arts Council dedicated to ensuring local access to the arts.

This service includes providing Arts in Education Grants to Dorchester County Public Schools as well as Community Arts Grants to nonprofit arts organizations to encourage and support the arts in Dorchester County.
The Community Arts Grant program has two cycles.

For activities held January 1-June 30 the application deadline is Dec. 1. For activities held July 1- Dec. 30 the application deadline is June 1.

Recent grant recipients have included The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance, Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care Center, WHCP Community Radio, Christ Church Concert Series, Mid-Shore Community Band, Alpha Genesis CDC, Eastern Shore Hospital Center, and The National Outdoor Foundation. Supported disciplines have included visual, performing, and traditional arts as well as music, dance, and film.

Assistance is available for program planning as well as the application process. Please call DCA for more information: 410-228-7782.

Individual artists are encouraged to join the artist registry available on the Maryland State Arts Council website: This registry showcases the breadth of creative talent in the state and connects artists of all disciplines with art buyers, curators, institutions and one another. Artists are listed by county, and while several for Dorchester are currently included, we know there are many, many more!

Wellness in the Storm Wraps this Weekend
There is still time to take in the April exhibit at DCA. “Wellness in the Storm” will be in the galleries through April 27.

This is an exhibition full of stories in three parts; dozens of drawings by Dorchester County residents caught up in the storm of substance use accompanied by captions sharing their experiences; a photo essay spotlighting people and places in and around Cambridge in the eye of the opioid epidemic, like Ikea Cornish and her family; plus a group exhibition of Maryland artists whose works represent a spectrum of hurting and healing.

April 26 offers the Final Friday Coffeehouse Open Mic from 7-9 p.m. — this one featuring special guests whose stories are relevant to the project theme of wellness in the storm.

April 27, the final public event for this arts initiative will be held at Mace’s Lane Middle School: a youth forum with spoken word artist, poet, and acclaimed author of Hummingbirds in the Trenches Kondwani Fidel from 3-5 p.m. Both programs are free and open to the public.

For more information on activities at Dorchester Center for the Arts stop by 321 High St., call 410-228-7782 or visit online at Find us on Facebook!

DCA is dedicated to enriching Maryland’s Eastern Shore community through high quality, engaging programming in the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Barbara J. Seese, executive director.

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