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Grants Provide Support for Cultural Institutions in the County

Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) announced that the application process for the FY2021 Baltimore County Arts, Sciences and Humanities Operating Grants is now open through Wednesday, October 23, at 4 p.m.

These competitive, general operating grants are available to nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan area that serve Baltimore County residents in the fields of arts, sciences and humanities. In previous years, Baltimore County Government has made over $3 million available to help recognize the importance of arts and culture to the quality of life in Baltimore County.

“These grants, and our efforts to increase the number of applicants, provide important funding to help organizations realize their missions and connect our residents with arts and cultural opportunities here in Baltimore County and throughout the region,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

“These grants will help organizations bring more quality arts and culture experiences for our residents,” said Will Anderson, Director of DEWD. “This goes right along with County Executive Olszewski’s vision to help further promote tourism initiatives in Baltimore County.”

Arts organizations have a serious economic impact in Baltimore County. Over 1,700 arts-related businesses already exist across Baltimore County, employing 7,000 people. So, while we enjoy the quality of life impacts of these creative industries, we need to remember the financial benefits they bring as well.

Application and Guidelines Information Sessions

Two information sessions will be held regarding the operating grant application and guidelines. It is advised if you have not applied for a Baltimore County Arts and Sciences Operating Grant that your organization send a representative to an information session.

First Information Session
Tuesday, October 1, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
North Point Library
1716 Merritt Boulevard
Dundalk, Maryland 21222

Second Information Session
Thursday, October 3, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Pikesville Library
1301 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Baltimore County grants support regional nonprofits, including a robust County arts community. County organizations receiving support include the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Towson Arts Collective, Baltimore County Arts Guild and Contemporary Arts Jazz. In addition, the County supports institutions located in the region such as Everyman Theater, the American Visionary Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Industry, which are central to the region’s quality of life.

Find more information about eligibility and the grant application.

About DEWD

DEWD provides business and workforce services that attract, retain and expand businesses; foster the creation of high quality jobs; prepare and train residents for in-demand careers; bring employers together with the qualified talent and expands Baltimore County’s economic base. Learn more about DEWD.

The new edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television show, explores Baltimore County filmmakers, looks at what motivates a jazz artist, and offers ideas for exploring arts with kids. CCBC Dance performs an original work. The program airs on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Featured segments include:

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with saxophonist Gregory Thompkins on what motivates his music.
  • Baltimore County has some great local filmmakers and “made in Baltimore County” films. Scott Braid from the Maryland Film Festival and filmmaker Joe Tropea go behind the screen credits.
  • Tommy Parlon from CCBC Dance talks about careers in dance, and the CCBC Dance company performs a new work.
  • Trisha Chason from the Baltimore County Arts Guild offers visual arts activities that nurture creativity in the children in your life.

smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.- noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments can be viewed on the Baltimore County Government YouTube channel.

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.




Event features Koresh Dance, Snow White, Dissonance Dance

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration, takes to the stage January 4 - March 8, 2019. The celebration, in its sixth year, features national and regional performers, master classes with guest artists, and student dance and choreography showcases.

Featured performances include contemporary dance from Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company; Dissonance Dance Theatre performing selections choreographed to Vivaldi, Philip Glass, gospel and disco; and intermedia performances by the Baltimore Dance Project. In addition to Koresh Dance Company, the Gordon Center presents Snow White from Maryland Ballet Theatre and the Baltimore Dance Invitational featuring original works by regional professional dancers and dance companies.

“Take a Leap is for anyone who moves!” said Alyson Bonavoglia, artistic director for the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. “The Take A Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration is a highlight of my year. I am thrilled to work with colleagues from Towson University, Goucher College, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.”

For the sixth year running, the Gordon Center brings an internationally renowned dance company to Baltimore County —Koresh Dance in 2019 — and sponsors extensive outreach activities with the company for Baltimore County Public Schools students including master classes and a student-only performance, all free of charge.

The full Take a Leap calendar and ticket information are available online at

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and the Baltimore region’s dance community.

Featured Take a Leap Performances

Snow White

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019, 3:00 PM

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: In advance: $20 At the door: $25

A premiere performance by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Brothers Grimm fairytale Snow White comes to life at the Gordon, debuting nationally in celebration of Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s 40th anniversary.

Baltimore Dance Invitational


Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: In advance: $20 At the door: $25

Experience an evening of the best in regional, professional dance from the area’s top talent. An eclectic showcase of original contemporary dance works.

Inner Sun by Koresh Dance Company

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019, 8:00 PM

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: In advance: $30 At the door: $35

Inner Sun features the stunning choreography of Artistic Director Roni Koresh to commissioned music pairing composer John Levis and poet Karl Mullen. Dancers from Towson University Community Dance will open the show.

Baltimore Dance Project

FEBRUARY 7, 8, 9, 2019, 8:00 PM

UMBC Proscenium Theatre, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 students/seniors, $7 UMBC students. Tickets online and at the box office one hour prior to showtime.

Free parking

Baltimore Dance Project infuses visual media, sound, light and technology into riveting dance performance. The company presents the creative work of co-directors Doug Hamby and Carol Hess, performer and choreographer Sandra Lacy, and guest artists.

Rewind to Fast Forward by Dissonance Dance Theater


UMBC Proscenium Theatre, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Tickets: $25 General Admission, $15 Students

A contemporary ballet company that evokes emotional experiences with a blend of “classic” modern styles with nuances of classical ballet, Dissonance Dance Theatre (DDT) performs selections choreographed by Shawn Short to music ranging from Vivaldi to Philip Glass, gospel to disco.

Meet the Artist/Open Rehearsal: Durante Verzola

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019, 6:00 PM

Goucher College Todd Dance Studio, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD


Dance View Times described Durante Verzola as “carefree, bringing show biz airs and ballet with a jazz bounce to the stage." Watch a rehearsal of Durante Verzola's work to be performed on the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble spring concert, and participate in a Q&A session.

Next Generation of Dancers and Choreographers

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration also includes showcases of up and coming student dancers and choreographers.

Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019, 7:00 PM [Snow date: January 7]

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors

Baltimore County Public Schools Student Choreography Showcase

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019, 7:00 PM

Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave, Dundalk, MD 21222

Tickets: $5/adults; $3/student and seniors. Tickets available at the door, cash or check only.

2nd Annual Dance Your Heart Out Charity Concert

Hosted by The Moving Company Dance Center


Hereford High School, 17301 York Road, Parkton, Maryland 21120

Tickets: $10 adult, $5 children under 8, free children under 3

Tickets available at the door

Dancers from The Moving Company Ensembles, Hereford High School Dance Company, Dulaney High School Dance Company, and Sudbrook Middle Magnet Dancers perform to benefit the One Love Foundation.

Maryland Dance Alliance

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019, 7:00 PM [Snow date: February 25]

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: $10/general admission; tickets available at the door

More info:

The Maryland Dance Education Association presents an engaging program of student and community dancers from throughout the State.

Especially for Dancers

Take a Leap offers a program of master classes with national guest artists and local professionals. Free or low cost classes for advanced and professional dancers include jazz/modern fusion with Jon Lehrer, contemporary with Katie Currier of Peridance Contemporary Dance, ballet with Melinda Blomquist and jazz with Tommy Parlon.

“We’re pleased to support our Baltimore County dance community with opportunities to take their dance training to new heights,” said Sonia Synkowski, president of the Maryland Dance Education Association and Dance Resource Teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools.

Jazz Master Class with Tommy Parlon

FEBRUARY 11, 2019, 11:15 AM

CCBC Essex Campus, Athletics and Wellness Center (WELL), Dance Studio Room 220, 7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237


Open Classes with Durante Verzola, Guest Artist in Residence, Goucher College

FEBRUARY 12-20, 2019

Goucher College, Todd Dance Studio, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204

Class fee $20 For class time and details, call the Goucher College Dance  410-337-6390

CCBC Guest Artist Jon Lehrer: Modern Master Classes and Open Rehearsal

FEBRUARY 19, 21, 22, 2019, 11:00 AM

CCBC Essex Campus, Athletics and Wellness Center, Dance Studio Room 220, 7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237


Peridance Contemporary Dance Workshop/Audition

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019, 1:30 PM

UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building, The Dance Cube, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Tickets: $30. Register online:

Ballet Master Class with Melinda Blomquist

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019, 11:00 AM

CCBC Essex, Athletics and Wellness Center (WELL), Dance Studio Room 230, 7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237










Keywords: arts, dance, take a leap

Revised September 11, 2017