Exhibits and Events

American Spiritual Ensemble presented by Dorchester Center for the Arts

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Events and News | 0 comments

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  

and Japan.

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:

 Advance tickets:

                                $20 DCA Members

                                $25  Non-members

                                $10 Students (K-12)

  At the Door:  

                               $30 Member & Non-member

                               $15  Students

Poetry Workshops with Sue Ellen Thompson

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Classes and Workshops, Events and News, Featured Slider, In the Galleries | 0 comments

Poetry Workshops with Sue Ellen Thompson

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.

2016-2017 Community Arts Grant application and guidelines

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Events and News | 0 comments

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.

August in the Gallery – “Lighthouse Views”

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Events and News, Featured Slider, In the Galleries | 0 comments

August in the Gallery –  “Lighthouse Views”


lores.CarlaHuber“Lighthouse Views”

 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

accomplished artists.

  Artists’ Reception, Second Saturday, August 13th  5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Luminary

with live music by Cynthia G. Miles

Light refreshments

DCA presents: Showcase 2016 on Historic High Street, Sept. 25, 2016

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Events and News, Featured Slider | 0 comments

DCA presents: Showcase 2016 on Historic High Street,  Sept. 25, 2016

DCA presents:

” 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


Gift Shop at the DCA

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Events and News, Featured Slider | 0 comments

Gift Shop at the DCA

DSCN1570016StudioWorks Artisans’ Shop

at DCA 

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

scarves, cards,

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

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Events and News, Ongoing Classes | 0 comments


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

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Events and News, Ongoing Classes | 0 comments

Important Notice:

Choptank Writer’s Group

meets every Wednesday at DCA from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

New members welcome.  




Voice lessons instructed by Bonnie Forgacs

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Events and News, Ongoing Classes | 0 comments

musicVocal Instruction

 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