Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Pulse opening day minus one

Up early in the am and took a pic of the spectacular view from the even more spectacular condo where I am staying courtesy of two dear old friends. And I was so tired from last night's march that I slept for a solid ten hours!

After waking up, I took the free Miami Beach trolley and for some reason I got of a few blocks before where Pulse actually is (46th) and thus had to walk again!

Once at Pulse, a few hours later the booth was all finished!

Around two I took the trolley back to the condo, showered (again) and then headed out to the Aqua Art Fair opening... to help out with the Washington Glass Studio's first ever art fair over at the iconic Aqua hotel on Collins Avenue.

When I got there around 4PM, there was a huge line outside Aqua (always a good sign)... part because Aqua has a great reputation as the best hotel art fair on the planet, and part because the Miami Beach fire marshal has suddenly decided to limit how many people can be inside the building's courtyards.

The gallery's room was on the second floor and the hotel was packed! They had work by two of the DMV's best known glass artists: Steve Wanna and Erwin Timmers, as well some spectacular assemblages by the DMV's Jordan Bruns (now living in Japan) and new DMV area glass artist Teri Bailey, the new face the Washington Glass School's staff and the director of its gallery.

While there I ran in to former DMV artist Cheryl Derricote, who is having a spectacular career since moving to the Bay area!

The Lenster with Cherryl Derricote
When I left... around 8PM, the line outside the hotel was almost a block long!

The trolley back to my place was packed and I rode on its steps!  Pulse opens tomorrow!

Maryland State Arts Council professional webinar series

The Maryland State Arts Council presents its first ever professional webinar series! Their Winter 2020 series will begin January 13th, and they will host multiple webinars each week until the end of February. All webinars are one hour long and free to the public. There will be a Q and A session after each webinar. If you have any questions you would like to submit before attending a webinar, please send them to Registration is required for each session.

January 13th: Welcome to MSAC! 
An overview of the Maryland State Council including what we do, ways to get involved and where to find information.
 Led by MSAC Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz and Deputy Director Steven Skerritt-Davis. Register here.

January 15th: Maryland Traditions: What is the Folklife Network?
MSAC will fund three new regional folklife centers in 2021: one in Baltimore City, one in mid-Maryland (Carroll, Frederick, and Howard counties), and one on the Upper Eastern Shore (Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot counties). Organizations interested in learning how to become a regional folklife center should join this webinar to learn more about the Folklife Network, which funds activities supporting Maryland's living cultural traditions. 
Led by State Folklorist, Chad Buterbaugh. Register here.

January 16th: Public Art 101 for Organizations
For communities interested in developing public art, this webinar will guide administrators/project managers from visioning and planning, through the artist selection process, artwork design, fabrication and installation. We will also review the Public Art Across Maryland grant program and address specific application questions to ensure your organization is prepared to apply. This webinar is also informative for artists seeking to enter the public art field.
Led by MSAC Public Art Program Director, Liesel Fenner. Register here.

January 22nd: Folklife Opportunities for Independent Artists
MSAC supports folklife artists with direct grants, resources at regional folklife centers, professional development, and consultation. Independent artists working in folklife, or community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth, should join this webinar to learn more about opportunities through MSAC's folklife program, Maryland Traditions. 
Led by State Folklorist, Chad Buterbaugh. Register here.

January 28th: Understanding and Marketing Arts & Entertainment District Property Tax Incentives 
(for A&E District Managers)
Maryland’s A&E Districts legislation allows local jurisdictions to enact property tax credits, but implementing and marketing the credits can be tricky. Join MSAC staff and A&E District Managers Stuart Eisenberg (Gateway) and Jennifer Merritt (Crisfield) for an interactive discussion about creating, implementing, and marketing A&E District property tax credits. 
Led by MSAC Deputy Director Steven Skerritt-Davis. Register here.

February 6th: Smart Simple Tutorial
Smart Simple is MSAC's new grants platform. Learn how to navigate the platform and how to complete applications such as the Creativity Grants application and the Maryland Touring Grants application.
Led by MSAC Program Directors Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss. Register here.

February 10th: MSAC Grantwriting 101
Learn basic do's and don'ts in writing grant narratives for MSAC and what our panelists look for in describing yourself as an individual artist, teaching artist, and/or organization.
Led by MSAC Director of Grants and Professional Development, Dana Parsons. Register here.

February 21st: Equitable and Accessible Regranting for County Arts Agencies
Maryland’s 24 county arts agencies help extend the reach of MSAC, in part by distributing grant funds to local nonprofits and independent artists. This webinar will review strategies local arts agencies can employ to distribute grant funds equitably and to make grant processes accessible and transparent. 
Led by MSAC Director of Grants and Professional Development, Dana Parsons. Register here.

February 26th: Canva Tutorial
Learn how this free tool can help with your print & digital marketing. Walk through the basics on how to utilize this website to make flyers, social media posts, brochures, presentations and more. 
Led by MSAC Program Director, Emily Sollenberger and Marketing & Communications Manager, Amelia Rambissoon. Register here.