EASTON — The Talbot County Arts Council held its annual Winners Circle Reception at the Academy Art Museum Nov. 20. The ceremony honored five teenage recipients of summer arts scholarships, as well as 34 nonprofit and government-related organizations, and nine schools, that received grants from the council this year.
The more than 100 participants and guests were welcomed by Alice Jane Lippson of St. Michaels, president of the arts council, who observed that since its founding in 1987, the arts council has awarded almost $1,333,000 in grants to local arts programs and arts in the schools. Special guests for the evening included Dels. Adelaide Eckardt, R-37B-Dorchester, and Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, R-37B-Talbot, Talbot County Manager John Craig and Easton Town Council President John Ford.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of an Outstanding Arts Achievement Award to Nancy Tankersley of South Street Art Gallery Guild of Fine Artists in Easton. The presentation recognized her advocacy for the arts, especially as the driving force behind the initiation and continuation of the annual Plein Air Easton! competition and arts festival whose 10th anniversary occurs in July 2014.
The students who received 2013 Summer Arts Scholarships were Easton High School seniors Conner Dorbin, to study illustration and graphic design at the Pre-College Art Studio Week of the Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington; Bradley Milligan, to study fine arts in the summer Art Tutoring Program with artist Jonathan Crist in Trappe; Brittany Patrick, to study photography and graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore; and Ian Young, a four-time arts scholarship recipient, to study vocal arts at the Tanglewood Institute of Boston University. Also receiving a scholarship was Hannah Zerai of Easton, a home-schooled sophomore, to study vocal music at Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins University, in both the summer Vocal Academy in Annapolis and the Classical Singers Workshop in Baltimore.
Grant recipients recognized during the evening received awards of almost $70,000, including $25,000 allocated for arts programs for schools and students. Most of the funding was provided by a Community Arts Development grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, plus contributions from Talbot County and the towns of Easton and Oxford. These government revenues were supplemented by fundraising by Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation for arts-in-education programs in the schools.
Talbot County Councilman Thomas G. Duncan, who is also a member of the board of directors of the Talbot County Arts Council, was master of ceremonies for presentation of grant award checks in several categories.
Grants for major arts organizations based in Talbot County went to Academy Art Museum Inc., Avalon Foundation Inc. and Chesapeake Chamber Music Inc.
Grants for other arts organizations based in Talbot County went to Bay Country Chorus Inc., Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore, Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Chesapeake Children’s Theatre Inc., Chesapeake Film Festival Inc., Chesapeake Youth Chorale Inc., Easton Choral Arts Society Inc., First Night Talbot Inc., Hugh Gregory Gallagher Motivational Theatre Inc., Mid-Shore Community Band Inc., St. Michaels Art League Inc., Tidewater Singers Inc. and Tred Avon Players Inc.
Grants for out-of-county organizations serving the arts in Talbot County went to Maryland Humanities Council Inc., Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Society Inc. and Mid-Shore Symphony Society Inc.
Grants for art by other organizations in Talbot County went to Brooklets Place, the Talbot County Senior Center; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Inc.; Chesapeake Center Inc.; Christ Church Episcopal in Easton; Claiborne Association Inc.; Historical Society of Talbot County Inc.; Pickering Creek Audubon Center Inc.; and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Easton.
Grants for art programs for children outside school schedules went to Mental Health Association in Talbot County Inc., Talbot County Free Library and Talbot Mentors Inc.
Grants for arts programs in the schools went to Chapel District Elementary School, Easton Elementary School, St. Michaels Elementary School, Tilghman Elementary School, White Marsh Elementary School, St. Michaels Middle/High School, The Country School, Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary and Middle School, Sts. Peter and Paul High School and Talbot County Public Schools.
The Talbot County Arts Council’s next regular grant cycle, for organizations other than schools, will be announced in February, with an application cutoff of March 31, for arts projects and programs between July 2014 and June 2015. Arts-in-Education grants for the next school year will be announced in August 2014. Mini-grant applications may be submitted at any time. For further information, contact executive director Gerry Early at 410-310-9812, email@example.com or visit www.talbotarts.org.