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John Schratwieser Awarded 2017 Americans for the Arts “Alene Valkanas Award”

Kent County Arts Council’s incoming Director, John Schratwieser had been named the 2017 Americans for the Arts “Alene Valkanas Award” recipient for excellent in State Arts Advocacy for his work at Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) – where under his leadership arts funding in Maryland grew nearly 60% from $13 million a year to almost $21 million.

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. These awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts.

“These tremendous leaders have distinguished themselves as passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “They have implemented innovative and transformative programs to strengthen the communities they serve, and their unwavering commitment to local, state, and national support for the arts is deserving of this recognition.”
Since 2007, the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award has honored an individual whose arts advocacy efforts have dramatically affected the political landscape at the state level. John Schratwieser serves as director of the Kent County Arts Council, where he has launched ARTikultur-MD, an artist residency program and facility, the first of its kind in Maryland. It will serve as a space for citizen artists to create cross disciplinary works as arts-based solutions for civic and social challenges. Schratwieser is the former director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) where, for seven years, he led the state’s efforts to secure strong, consistent public funding for the arts; an effort that, with the help of hundreds of organizations and thousands of advocates, increased state funding for the arts by nearly 50 percent since the depth of the 2008 recession. Schratwieser received a B.A. from Fairfield University and an M.P.A. from The George Washington University. 
The awards will be presented at Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention in San Francisco on Saturday, June 17, 2017. FULL PRESS RELEASE >>

Poems for Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street Project “The Way We Worked”

Kent County Arts Council is participating in the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street project “The Way We Worked” which has traveled to Kent County. In addition to the exhibit at Sumner Hall on display April 1 to May 20, 2017, many groups and individuals are involved in related exhibits and productions.

Kent County residents recorded poems that address the Museum on Main Street topic of WORK. In addition to the recordings found on the Kent County Arts Council site, each poem is scheduled for broadcasting from local radio stations: WCTR (1530 A.M.) and WKHS (90.5 F.M.) Steve Payne at Sundown Studios in Rock Hall is engineer, and Robert Earl Price is producer of the project.

Robert Earl Price’s interview on WCTR’s The Shore Morning Show with Brian & Leslie on April 6 2017 about The Way We Worked Poetry Project.

Woman Work by Maya Angelou – Read by Linda Dutton

by Mary Wood Read by Mary Wood

Sending Flowers
by Hannah StephensonRead by Melinda Bookwalter

Work Poem
by Henry Van Dyke – Read by Robert Ortiz

The Wharf Rat
by Robert Earl Price – Read by Robert Earl Price

Po Boy Blues
by Langston HughesRead by Robert Earl Price

Hay For The Horses
by Gary SnyderRead by Pat Nugent

by Seamus Heaney – Read by Pat Nugent

To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing
by William Butler Yeats  – Read by Leslie Prince Raimond

The Secretary Chant
by Marge Piercy – Read by Linda Dutton

by Seamus Heaney – Read by Stan Salett


Dad On Work  by C.T. Dutton – Read by Philip Dutton


After Apple Picking by Robert Frost – Read by Chris Ames


Calling Him Back From Layoff by Bob Hicok – Read by Robert Earl Price


End Of The Season by Meredith Davies Hadaway – Read by Meredith Davies Hadaway


Cadence by Melinda Bookwalter – Read by Melinda Bookwalter


High Flight by John Magee – Read by Steve Croker


I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman – Read by Robert Ortiz


Physical Therapy by Mary Wood – Read by Mary Wood


Work by Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Read by Leslie Prince Raimond


Why I Take Good Care Of My Macintosh by Gary Snyder – Read by Pat Nugent


Night Shift, Fruit Cocktail by Susan King Salving – Read by Melinda Bookwalter

Booker T. and W.E.B.
by Dudley Randall – Read by Robert Earl Price

Psalm of Those Who Go Forth Before Daylight
by Carl Sandburg – Read by Chris Ames


Find Work by Emily Dickinson – Read by Linda Dutton


Notice, After April 15th the Doctor’s Office Will Close by Mary Wood – Read by Mary Wood


At The Narrows by Meredith Davies Hadaway – Read by Meredith Davies Hadaway


Wallace Stevens On His Way to Work by David Wagoner – Read by Stan Salett


Closing announcement from Leslie Prince Raimond



12th Annual Women Helping Women 2017

Pictures from the 12th Annual Women Helping Women Concert Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Women Helping Women 2017

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