Exhibits and Events
American Spiritual Ensemble
presented by Dorchester Center for the Arts
in the George B. Todd Performance Hall
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of
some of the finest singers in classical music, and are soloists in their own right.
The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the
world with their dynamic renditions of classical spirituals, jazz and Broadway numbers.
The American Spiritual Ensemble was founded by Everett McCorvey in 1995. Its members have
sung in theaters and opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New
York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and abroad in Italy, Germany, Britain, Scotland, Spain
The mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive, however, their repertoire
ranges from spirituals to classical to Broadway and dance.
Ticket prices are as follows:
$20 DCA Members
$10 Students (K-12)
At the Door:
$30 Member & Non-member
Poetry Workshops with Sue Ellen Thompson
Wednesdays, September 21 and November 16
Sign up for one or both.
Known for her elegant control of form, Sue Ellen Thompson’s poetry has been praised for its metaphorical heft and sinuous syntax. Her poems have been read on National Public Radio by Garrison Keillor, featured in U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s nationally syndicated newspaper column, and received numerous awards, including the 1986 Samuel French Morse Prize, the 2003 Pablo Neruda Prize, and two Individual Artist’s Grants from the State of Connecticut. She is the author of five books, including most recently: They (Turning Point Books, 2014). Previous books: The Golden Hour(Autumn House, 2006), and The Leaving: New & Selected Poems(2001) were both nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
September 21: “Opening the Door: How Poems Begin”
Let us go then, you and I, where the evening is spread out against the sky like a patient etherized upon a table…” Poets and poems are often remembered for the opening lines, but is there a “right” or at least a “better” way to begin a poem? In this workshop, we will explore some of the ways in which poets have traditionally chosen to open their poems and then look at some poems that break with tradition and still manage to draw the reader in.
November 16: “How to End a Poem”
Is there a right or wrong way to end a poem? A better way? This workshop will focus on closure— the strategies that poets have traditionally used to bring their poems to a clear, resonant conclusion. We will also discuss anti-closure– the resistance that so many contemporary poets feel toward poems that “click shut.” Bring a poem of your own and get feedback on your approach. Open to poets at all levels.
Please call DCA to register. $50.00 per class for DCA members, and $75.00 for non-members.
Applications are now being accepted for organizations wishing to apply for The Community Arts Grants Program.
These grants are an allocation of the Dorchester Center for the Arts as the designated Dorchester County Arts Council.
Deadlines: July 15, 2016 for programs July 30, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2016 and December 21, 2016 for programs Jan. 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017.
Supported Arts disciplines include: dance, theatre, visual arts, music, film/media arts, literary arts, folk/heritage/traditional & multi-disciplinary arts programming.
Individual grants average $100-$900.
Application and Guideline forms are available by using the sidebars on the front/main page. Just click on the appropriate sidebar and open. You may then print or download to your computer.
in the Galleries for August 2016
Thursday, August 4th through August 28th.
A series of photographs of the Choptank River Lighthouse
by Jill Jasuta,
along with selected paintings and renderings by other
Artists’ Reception, Second Saturday, August 13th 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
with live music by Cynthia G. Miles
” Showcase 2016, our 40th year.”
Showcase is an art walk and street festival featuring juried fine art and artisan
works, music, maritime heritage and Eastern Shore cuisine.
The Showcase takes place along historic High Street in downtown
Takes place rain or shine.
September 25, 2016
12 noon to 5 p.m.
Vendor spots are still available ——– Call 410-228-7782
Our shop is full of beautiful works of art for sale.
We have framed paintings, framed
photography, jewelry, knitted pieces, crocheted/beaded cowl scarves, silk
note cards, pottery, stained glass, mobiles, felted wool purses,
books, & many other items.
All items are created by local or regional artists. Stop in to see us during our regular business hours.
If you are looking for a specific item just give us a call, 410-228-7782.
We also have gift certificates for gift giving.
Come in and browse at your leisure.
Fiber Art Friday
Every Friday 10:00 am to 12 noon
Bring your project and join a great group of fiber artists.
From knitting to quilting to
rug hooking – all are welcome!
This is a FREE class.
If you need instruction on a fiber project, we have two instructors available.
Windy Karpavage is skilled in knitting, crochet, crewel, needlepoint, sewing, etc.
Mary Romans is skilled in crochet.
Stop by on a Friday and join our group, you will have a great time.
DCA membership is encouraged, but not required.
Questions call 410-228-7782.
Choptank Writer’s Group
meets every Wednesday at DCA from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
New members welcome.
Instructed by: Bonnie Forgacs
DCA is pleased to welcome Bonnie Forgacs, mezzo soprano and gifted teacher. Ms. Forgacs has had a distinguished career in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, television, and radio. Ms. Forgacs is the director of Music of Wye Parish and the Director of the Wye Conservatory of Music. She developed the Wye Choral Scholars and is now bringing her time and talents to Dorchester.
Vocal instruction in the classical Italian style will be individualized to meet the needs and goals of each student. Open ages 13-80 !
Classical vocal music, musical theater, technique, and singing in various languages are a few of the areas that can be explored.
Call DCA for information on signing up with Ms. Forgacs. 410-228-7782