Daryl Davis featured in full weekend at Dorchester Center for the Arts

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The Dorchester Center of the Arts (DCA) has a weekend of events planned for community members. Festivities begin with the Daryl Davis lecture and concert on Saturday, and the Plein Air Golf Tournament on Sunday.

Daryl Davis, author, actor, international recording artist, and award-winning race relations expert returns to the Dorchester Center for the Arts on June 6 for a concert and lecture. This event is sponsored by Pauline F. and W. David Robbins Foundation Trust, and is the first of the Robbins Foundation Concert Series.

As a race relations expert, Daryl will present a free lecture at 4 p.m. in the DCA Performance Hall. Filled with exciting encounters and sometimes amusing anecdotes, Daryl Davis’ impassioned lectures leave an audience feeling empowered to confront their own prejudices and overcome their fears, seeking to build a bridge and forge peace with their most unlikely adversaries. There is no cost to attend the lecture but reservations are requested.
Then at 8 p.m., Daryl will present a concert of rock-n-roll, country, rock-a-billy and blues music. Apart from the Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters and others. Daryl’s CD’s American Roots and Alternate Routes received rave reviews from leading music magazines and he has won several awards for Best Artist in the Roots and Blues categories.

Tickets are $20 for DCA members; $25 for non-members and seating is limited. For more information, call 410-228-7782. (SOURCE – Author’s website)

Then June 7 is the Dorchester Center for the Arts Plein Air Golf Tournament and Cocktail Party at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort. The event is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management. Proceeds from this event benefit DCA programs and services.

This tournament is suitable for recreational golfers, who can enjoy a social day that combines golf and the arts, plus benefits art programs in this community. DCA is seeking golf teams and Plein Art Artists to participate, and all are included in the post event cocktail party.
Costs are $70 per person and include green fees, cart and the cocktail party for golfers.

For artists who wish to participate, there is no fee, and artists will enjoy the post event cocktail party, plus people will be bidding in a silent auction for the paintings. Proceeds from paintings sold will be divided 65 percent – 35 percent between the artist and DCA. If not an artist or golfer, tickets to the cocktail party are just $25 and provide the opportunity to bid on the wet paint sale.

Check in is at 1 p.m. A shot gun start scramble as well as the artists will begin at 2 p.m. The cocktail party will be at 4:30 p.m. All teams will be in a drawing for a prize, and there will be giveaways, plus great food from the Hyatt Chesapeake. For the artists, there will be a $100 cash prize for the Judges’ Choice selection. For more information, call 410-228-7782 or visit dorchesterarts.org.

DCA accepting community art grant applications

Applications are now being accepted for organizations wishing to apply for The Community Arts Grants program. The deadline for receipt of the applications is July 3. These grants are an allocation of the Dorchester Center for the Arts as the designated Dorchester County Arts Council, and monies are to be used for arts programming. The funds allocated in the grant are from the Maryland State Arts Council and are intended to encourage arts participation across the county. Supported arts disciplines include dance, theatre, visual arts, music, film/media arts, literary arts, folk/ heritage/ traditional and multi-disciplinary arts programming. Individual grants average $100-900. Granting allocations will total $2000 for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Programs must take place between July 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015.

Receiving awards for the January – June 2015 cycle were Christ Church Concert Series and Chesapeake Chamber Music.
Applications are evaluated on the following criteria: artistic merit, organizational effectiveness and service to the community. Organizations receiving funds must be located or producing programs in Dorchester County and be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization or be in the process of obtaining 501(c) (3) certification.

To obtain an application and grant guidelines, visit the Dorchester Center for the Arts, located at 321 High St. in Cambridge during normal business hours. These forms can also be obtained from the website at www.dorchesterartscenter.org. For more information, call 410-228-7782.
Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Mickey Love, executive director.

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