February Education Program
THE PERFORMING ARTS DURING COVID
The first 2021 education session offered by AAWGT via Zoom highlighted three organizations: The Annapolis Shakespeare Company, The Maryland Hall Outreach Program and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Academy. Each has effectively reinvented how and where they deliver their arts offerings, thereby helping to ensure the continuance of a vibrant arts community in Maryland’s capital.
Our creative speakers presented ways the local arts community is using the power of the arts to positively impact youth in Anne Arundel County. Sally Boyett spoke about the Shakespeare Company and its online performances for AACPS classes. She also described extensive outreach partnerships and internships with local performing and visual arts programs. Laura Brino included videos of students, powerfully demonstrating Maryland Hall’s efforts to provide local youth with a safe environment for self-expression, confidence building and the motivation to stay in school. Netanel Draiblate described how ASO professionals teach and mentor music students regardless of income level, with full and partial scholarships offered on a financial needs basis. He also showed touching videos highlighting student performers and what this program means to them.
You can watch the entire program, including the video of Mary Spencer of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, HERE.
AAWGT Is Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary This Year!
2021 marks the 15th year of collective giving for Anne Arundel Women Giving Together. Beginning with a small group of women in 2006, AAWGT has grown into a vibrant organization of 225 women who have raised and awarded $1.2 mil to local nonprofits working every day to improve the quality of life for women and families in our community.
We started off the year on January 13 by hosting a virtual celebratory event for members that featured a video of several of our founders and gave us an opportunity to join small break-out rooms for informal conversation. We’ve just completed the first of three education programs to be held this year (see article above) and are beginning the very intensive process of reviewing grant applications which will result in a new set of grant awards to be voted on by the membership in May.
Despite the challenges we all continue to face, AAWGT is pursuing its mission with an ever-increasing dedication to responding to the tremendous needs we see around us. To our members, thank you for your valuable engagement and commitment.
To those not currently members of AAWGT, we cordially invite you to become part of an amazing group of talented women looking forward to the next fifteen years of making a deep and lasting difference in Anne Arundel County. Everyone is welcome. Please join us!