The Annapolis Arts Alliance is “an organization dedicated to all the arts. Whether you are a professional or amateur artist, a patron of the arts, a visitor or a resident in our capital city; the creative arts make our lives richer. Our goal is to provide one collective voice for anyone interested in or touched by arts.” The Annapolis Arts Alliance had its beginnings when Mayor Ellen Moyer extended an invitation to a diverse group of locals involved in the arts community. She cast her net wide into the artistic world, bringing together representatives from visual arts, dance, music, theatre, written word and the business community surrounding the arts. The Annapolis Arts Alliance provides a forum for members of our arts community to network, collaborate, polish creative skills, and showcase the rich artistic life of Greater Annapolis. The Alliance supports resource identification, information dissemination, arts education and event programs, and provides a collective voice for the Annapolis arts community.
The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) is a nonprofit membership organization of artists and art patrons. MFA’s mission is to provide exhibit and professional development opportunities for artists and to provide arts education and outreach opportunities for all Maryland citizens. The MFA was established in 1963 by US Navy Commander Charles Holley, Mrs. Margaret Farmer, and a group of dedicated Annapolis-area artists interested in developing professional exhibit opportunities for Maryland’s creative community. As a result of their dedication, the Circle Gallery was founded in Annapolis, Maryland, and continues more than 45 years later as the oldest operating artist gallery in Maryland.
The MFA focuses on encouraging emerging and under-represented artists and strives to meet the developing needs of all artists, at all career stages. In addition to its member-only artist shows, the MFA also hosts solo and small group exhibits and sponsors regional and national competitions, inviting artists from across the US to submit works for consideration. These exhibits provide Maryland audiences and the many national and international visitors to the Annapolis-based Circle Gallery with the opportunity to view original work from every region of the country and to expand on their understanding of art.
The MFA’s community outreach over the years has included partnerships with local government agencies and nonprofits to provide at-risk youth, learning-disabled adults and many others in the community with art experiences.
The U. S. Naval Academy Museum serves as an educational and inspirational resource for the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy, other students of American naval history, and thousands of visitors each year. Through its collections and exhibits, the Museum contributes to the recognition of history as … Continue reading →