On Saturday, April 12, 2-4pm, the Caroline County Council of Arts (CCCA) will host a spinning demonstration at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), as part of the “Second Saturday” series offered at the Denton Artsway in downtown Denton. The event is free and open to the public. The Artsway is located on Fourth Street, between Market and Gay Streets in Denton.
Free demonstrations and activities from a variety of artists are held the second Saturday of every month from 2-4 p.m. Events will typically be held either at The Foundry community arts gallery (401 Market St.), FACES (7 N. Fourth St.) or at the Community Demonstration Garden (behind FACES). Upcoming dates are May 10 and June 14. For more information please contact the CCCA office 410-479-1009. Sign up for the CCCA e-newsletter at carolinearts.org, or friend us on facebook for more details.
“Stitching the Stories of Freedom: A Byway Quilt Trail Honoring the Underground Railroad” is a public art project developed by the Caroline County Arts Council and the Caroline County Tourism Office with support from the Maryland State Arts Council. Sixteen quilt block replicas are being installed at significant sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway in Caroline County.
“Through this partnership, we have been able to honor the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman and tell the story of the Underground Railroad through public art,” says Marina Dowdall, Executive Director of the Caroline County Council of Arts.
Blocks include Chips and Whetstones at the Linchester Mill, Underground Railroad at the Leverton House, Tobacco Leaf at the Village of Choptank, Log Cabin at the Webb Cabin, North Star at the Williston Grist Mill, Whig’s Defeat at the Williston Community Church, Hole in the Barn Door at the 4H Park, Children of Israel at the Tuckahoe Meeting House, Sailboat at the Choptank River Heritage Center, Cotton Boll at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, Garden Maze at the Foundry, Wagon Wheels at the Greensboro Riverfront Park, Maple Leaf at the Tuckahoe State Park, and Pine Tree and Wild Goose Chase at Adkins Arboretum. A companion trail-guide will be available in the new year with quilt block locations, stories, and parking information for each site. Details about the project can be found online at http://www.fiberartscenter.com/quilt-trail/.
This project has been made possible through the contributions of numerous volunteers, the Maryland State Arts Council, and by private sponsors. To sponsor a quilt block along the Stitching Stories of Freedom Byway Quilt Trail, complete the form online at http://www.fiberartscenter.com/quilt-trail/. Each $100 contribution will help maintain a quilt block throughout its lifetime. Sponsors will be recognized on the Byway Quilt Trail trail-guide, webpage and at the location of the block they have chosen to sponsor. For additional information on the Byway Quilt Block Trail or to get involved in the project, please contact Marina Dowdall at 410-479-1009
The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), located at 7 N. Fourth Street, Denton, is presenting the following classes:
- Youth Sewing Basics; 9am-12pm; Saturdays Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 26, & May 3; Instructor – Donna Hayes; $40; for ages 7 and up. Children and adults are welcome to join in to learn basics of sewing. Learn to use the sewing machine for basic projects. Students are encouraged to bring their own machine. However, a limited few are available for class, please arrange sewing machine rental in advance. Students will be able to take their knowledge into the follow up classes on either sewing 101 or quilting.
- Sewing Machine 101; 1-5pm; Sunday April 6, Instructor – Donna Hayes; $10; for adults. Dust off your sewing machine and learn the basics of sewing machine uses. Bring your owner’s manual and we will learn together. No longer be afraid of threading, bobbin winding, and playing with stitches. Students are encouraged to bring their own machine. However, a limited few are available for class, please arrange sewing machine rental in advance. Students will be able to take their knowledge into the follow up classes on either sewing 101 or quilting.
- Learn to Sew Basics; 1-5pm, Sunday April 13th , 6-9pm, Monday & Tuesday April 14th – 15th , Instructor – Donna Hayes; $45; for adults. Students with a basic knowledge of using a sewing machine will be able to increase their knowledge. Topics to be explored will include how to identify and understand fabric, how to use paper patterns, and how to use your sewing machine to make basic items. Other topics covered will include hems, buttons, repairs, and minor alterations. Students will have a completed item such as an apron at the end of the course.
- Learn to Quilt Basics; 1-5pm, Sunday May 4th , 6-9pm, Monday & Tuesday May 5th – 6th , Instructor – Donna Hayes; $45; for adults. Gain a basic understanding of how to make quilts on the sewing machine. Techniques will include beginning level piecing, quilting, and finishing. It is recommended that you bring your own sewing machine but other basic tools and pattern will be on hand for student to test run. Students will have a completed lap quilt square at the end of the course.
- Beginning Knitting; 10am-12pm, Saturdays May 10th through 31st ; or 6-8pm, Tuesdays June 17th – July 8th , Instructor – Alida Greenhalgh; $40; for adults. The course consists of four 2 hour sessions. Students will learn all the basics for successful knitting, open to beginners or those needing a refresher course. Topics covered will include pattern reading, assembling materials, knit, purl, casting on and off, increasing, and decreasing. All projects end with a series of cotton dishcloths.
Visit www.fiberartscenter.com to register and for more information. The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) is a program of the Caroline County Council of Arts and is open Thursday to Saturday from 12-4pm. Visit the Quilts of the Eastern Shore exhibit which is on display January 9th through March 22nd.
FACES is proud to host classes for students of all ages. Learn a new skill for the New Year! Children and adults are encouraged to come and learn together in one of our intergenerational classes. Visit our new exhibit, Strictly Alpaca. Please contact email@example.com or 410.479.0009 for more information.
Caroline Summerfest is scheduled to take place Friday August 15th and Saturday August 16th, 2014. It will again be centered around the historic Denton Courthouse Green and adjoining streets. Denton is the county seat and heart of Caroline County located on the beautiful Choptank River. All booth spaces can be accessed easily by vehicles during set-up. The festival includes great food, family entertainment and of course the best artists and craftspeople.
APPLICATION DEADLINE is May 15, 2014.
COST (10x10 space): Returning vendor $80
First-time vendor $90 (includes jury fee)
State’s investment in 241 Maryland organizations supports job growth, sparks visitor spending.
Maryland’s nonprofit arts sector has a $1.07 billion impact on the state’s economy and supports 12,700 full-time equivalent jobs—a 1,266 jobs increase over last year, according to a report released today by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland: FY2012 report details how spending by the MSAC’s 241 grantee arts organizations and their audiences boosts Maryland’s economy by creating and retaining jobs, and generating revenues for businesses and state and local governments.
“Our investment in the arts fuels job growth, attracts visitor spending and promotes our vibrant, inviting climate for business and residents,” said Maryland Governor O’Malley. “The arts support the vitality of Maryland’s economy and advance some of our highest priorities as a state like education, community revitalization and quality of life.”
The benefits of Maryland’s vibrant nonprofit arts industry are felt widely. According to the report, the cultural sector generates 12,700 full-time equivalent jobs that return $426.5 million in salaries to local residents. Local business owners and workers are not the only ones to benefit; nonprofit arts generate $47.9 million in tax revenues for Maryland’s state and local governments. And, every $1 of the arts organizations’ operating budgets generates an additional $3.60 in total economic activity.
Areas of Growth
The number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts organizations and audiences in FY 2012 increased by 11.1% compared to FY 2011, with the greatest increase—43.6%—occurring in the Upper Eastern Shore region of Maryland. An overall increase was also seen in total salaries, which grew by 6.9% over FY 2011.
The arts industry supported state and local tax revenue of $47.9 million, up from $37.8 million last year—an increase of 27%. Visitor spending has increased 14% from last year, with 7.7 million arts events visitors generating an estimated $345 million in direct spending, up from $302 million in fiscal year 2011.
Visitors to Maryland's non-profit arts organizations generate significant economic impacts for the state. An estimated 7.7 million people visited the MSAC’s 241 grantee organizations—and of that group, nearly 63% attended free.
Based on the number of visitors to Maryland's non-profit arts organizations, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) estimates spending of $345 million on lodging, transportation, restaurants, gifts, and other travel-related incidentals in FY 2012.
Economic Impact by Region
The study analyzed the state regionally, dividing it into six regions. Maryland’s Central region comprised of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford and Howard counties contributed $547.5 million in economic impact from the arts, and supported 6,568 arts-related jobs. The Capital region, which includes Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, contributed $438.2 million and supported 5,226 jobs. The remainder of the state, which is divided into Western Maryland, Southern Maryland, the Upper Eastern Shore and the Lower Eastern Shore, contributed a combined $80.2 million and supported a combined total of 906 arts-related jobs.
To review the complete report, visit www.msac.org/economicimpact.
About Economic Impact of the Arts FY 2012
Statistics for the study were drawn from 241 Maryland organizations that produce or present the arts around the State, and receive grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for ongoing support of their operations and programs. Data was collected utilizing the Maryland Cultural Data Project. The study did not take into account the economic impact of for-profit arts organizations and the activities of individual visual, performing and literary artists.
About the MSAC
The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council call (410) 767-6555 or TDD/TTY (410) 333-4519 or connect to the MSAC web site at www.msac.org.