Grants For Local Arts Programs

The Talbot County Arts Council has approved Community Arts Development Grants to 34 organizations for arts-related programs and projects during fiscal year 2018 (July 2017 through June 2018). The tentative budget for these programs is $75,000. The exact dollar amounts must await advice from the Maryland State Arts Council on the size of its allocation to Talbot County for the coming year. The recipients of this year’s grants are:

Major Arts Organizations Based in Talbot County

  • Academy Art Museum for a general operating grant for FY 2018
  • Avalon Foundation for a general operating grant for FY 2018
  • Chesapeake Music for the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival during June 3-17, 2018, and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Jazz Festival during August 31-September 2, 2018
  • Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra for concerts in Easton during October-December 2017 and March-April 2018

Other Arts Organizations Based in Talbot County

  • Bay Country Chorus for its 2017-2018 concert season
  • Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund, an activity of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, for the quarterly Passport to the Arts calendar during 2017-2018; the Carpe Diem Arts Lunchtime Concerts at Brookletts Place during September 2017-May 2018; and the Carpe Diem Community Concerts at various county locations during December 2017-June 2018
  • Chesapeake Film Festival for the 10 x10 Film Series in 2017; and the Tenth Annual Chesapeake Film Festival at various locations in Talbot County during October 27-29, 2017
  • Eastern Shore Writers Association Education Fund for publication of the annual Delmarva Review in November 2017
  • Easton Choral Arts Society for a six-performance concert series in 2017-2018
  • Mid-Shore Community Band for the 2017-2018 concert season
  • St. Michaels Art League for Art Hunt – Free Community Program in July 2017; Under the Tent Labor Day Weekend Art Show during September 1-3, 2017; Monthly Speakers series during September 2017-May 2018; Celebrate St. Michaels Banner Program during January-November 2018; and the Regional Artist Three-Day Workshop with noted artist Sara Linda Poly in spring 2018
  • Tidewater Singers for annual concerts during 2017-2018
  • Tred Avon Players for the 2017-2018 season of four dramatic and musical productions; and two workshops on lighting and sound

Out-of-County Organizations Serving the Arts in Talbot County

  • Brown Box Theatre Project for an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “Hamletat Muskrat Park in St. Michaels on September 9; and a spring show in Muskrat Park during March-June 2018
  • Maryland Humanities Council at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Chautauqua 2017: Voices from the Great War in July

Art by Other Organizations in Talbot County  

  • Artistic Insights Fund, an activity of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, for ArtWorks for Freedom/Easton in Easton during September 8-October 1, 2017
  • Brookletts Place, the Talbot County Senior Center, an activity of Upper Shore Aging, Inc., for Music and Art on Brookletts during July 2017-June 2018
  • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for musician Pres Harding performing Wingate Stories at CBMM in July 2017
  • Chesapeake Center for the Ninth Annual Community Awareness Event, in which adults with various disabilities share their talents at Bayleigh Chase Retirement Community during October 2017; also Bringing the Arts to Chesapeake, including a concert series and visual arts residency, during September 2017-March 2018
  • Christ Church Episcopal in Easton for Sunday Concert Series during 2017-2018
  • Easton’s Costume Shop, an activity of the Eventful Giving Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, for assistance with the cost of housing a costume collection used by local and regional theater groups during 2017-2018
  • First Night® Talbot, an activity of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, in downtown Easton on December 31, 2017
  • Frederick Douglass Honor Society, an activity of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, for Frederick Douglass Day in Easton on September 23, 2017
  • Oxford Community Center, for and Live Music Series at OCC from July to September 2017; Summerfest @ OCC on July 30, 2017; OCC Goes to the Movies during August 2017-June 2018; Art Workshop Series during September-October 2017 and February-April 2018; and Model Boat Show @ OCC on November 11, 2017
  • Presbyterian Church of Easton for Sunday Concert Series during September-November 2017
  • St. Mark’s United Methodist Church for Sunday Concert Series during 2017-2018
  • St. Michaels Community Center for Community Mural with artist Susan Stockman during July 10-14, 2017; Summer Concert Series in Muskrat Park on Thursday evenings during July-August 2017; and “Santa Diaries” in the St. Michaels Auditorium in December 2017
  • Talbot County Free Library, for two children’s programs at the Easton Branch Library and one at the St. Michaels Branch Library during July-August 2017; and Marriage, Mortality, and Metaphor: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon, at the Easton Branch Library on November 13, 2017
  • Tilghman United Methodist Church, for Music of Tilghman and Friends Concert Series during July 2017-May 2018
  • Trinity Cathedral of Easton for Trinity Cathedral Concert Series during March-May 2018
  • Waterfowl Festival for Master Classes in Photography, Painting, and Wildlife Carving; Recycled Bay-Scape Collage; and Decoy Painting for Kids, during November 9-12, 2017

Programs for Children Outside Regular School Schedules

  • Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore for the Kids on the Block Early Learning Series with musician and educator Judy Amdur during July 2017-June 2018
  • Talbot Mentors for Partners in Art, including a final exhibition of students’ work, also art classes by the faculty of the Academy Art Museum for more than 25 children, both programs at the Talbot Mentors Center during September 2017-May 2018
  • Tilghman Area Youth Association for Kids’ Plein Air Event on July 12, 2017; Afterschool Art Adventures during September 2017-May 2018; and Art Showcase in May 2018

The Talbot County Arts Council’s next regular grant cycle will be for Arts-in-Education Grants to local elementary and secondary schools during 2017-2018. This will be announced in August with an application cutoff of September 30. Requests for Mini-Grants of up to $500 are accepted by the Arts Council at any time, with decisions and cash awards if appropriate the following month. For further information on Arts Council grant opportunities, visit or contact Gerry Early, executive director, at 410-310-9812 or

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