Now Hiring Administrative Assistant!!!


The Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) is a 58,000 sq. ft. multi-discipline arts facility located in Northern Anne Arundel County, just inside the Baltimore beltway. Our facility houses a 752-seat Hammonds Lane Theatre, a 120-seat Studio 194 Theatre, The Hal Gomer Gallery, a large ceramic lab, two dance studios, multiple music rooms, traditional art classrooms, and maker space.

Our Mission Statement
Chesapeake Arts Center will use the arts to excite, educate, engage, inspire and grow this community’s people, its artists and the region through performances, exhibitions, classes, and collaborations with artists, educators, business and community leaders and organizations.

The Administrative Assistant provides administrative support and works closely with the Executive Director and Education Director in regards to general organizational tasks at Chesapeake Arts Center. This position is dual in assisting the daily functions of the both departments.
Executive Director tasks: Administrative support for Executive Director’s calendar, prepare for board meetings, thank you letters to donors, oversee membership, etc. and other special projects, and or job duties assigned by the Executive Director.
Education Director tasks: Candidate will manage the customized student registration database, working closely with the Education Director to assist with enrollment of classes, manage confidential student scholarship information, and track student tuition payments. Must have strong customer service skills to assist students and parents.

Reporting to: Executive Director and Education Director

Oversee aspects of a customized database, which includes timely and accurate data entry, updating records, organizing/coding, retrieving reports from the system, while maintaining an overall understanding of database.
Maintain data correctness by routinely checking information for errors and duplicate files, while maintaining an organized system of information.
Handle all student membership, class registrations, and scholarship recipients.
Generate and send monthly renewal mailings and communications.
Track memberships relating to Education and donation statistics on a monthly and annual basis.
File hard copies and digital copies of registration records, financial records and other educational documents.
Assist the Executive Director with administrative tasks and special projects as needed.
Attend events as needed.
Assist with educational event planning, such as recitals, career day, communications, volunteer coordination.
Additional duties as assigned; this may include processing class evaluations, taking supply inventory, answering phones, assisting in selling show tickets, etc.

Bachelor’s Degree preferred
Experience working in a nonprofit organization preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
Ability to create and adhere to schedules and deadlines required.
Strong interpersonal and time management skills; attention to detail is extremely important.
Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment, supporting shared ideas and goals.
Experience and comfort working on computers required (experience with Windows, Microsoft Office, database software, social media and different internet browsers).
Willingness to work some nights and weekends for events as required.
Flexibility to support staff and projects as needed for a small to mid-sized organization.
An interest in Chesapeake Art Center’s mission.

HOURS, SALARY AND BENEFITS: The Administrative Assistant position is a 25 hour a week position with the potential to grow into a full time salaried position with healthcare benefits within the next 12 months. Hours are 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Monday-Friday, and every other Saturday from 9:30 to 12:30.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to Education Director; Mollie McElwain via email at or by mail:

Chesapeake Arts Center
194 Hammonds Lane
Brooklyn Park, Md. 21225
Attn: Mollie McElwain

Chesapeake Arts Center Keeps Youth Learning and Creating this Summer

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The Chesapeake Arts Center will be offering camp programs to give kids and teens an adventurous and creative summer.  CAC camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

With more free time in summer, and parents having to work, the Chesapeake Arts Center provides a safe and fun learning spot for your children.  The CAC encourages parents to help their kids unplug from technology and explore all the CAC summer programs and classes the center has to offer.

“Chesapeake Arts Center has high quality, enjoyable educational programs that lay the foundation for lifelong learning. This summer we have a myriad of camp opportunities for your child that will give him or her glimpse into a world where dreams are born and lives are changed. “says Belinda Fraley Huesman, Chesapeake Arts Center’s Executive Director.

These are the six camps the Chesapeake Arts Center has to offer in summer 2017:

  1. Art and Animals – Maryland | Ages 6-12 | July 10-14, 2017: Five days of art and animals! Each day, students will learn about local wildlife, including visits from real animal ambassadors! Students will then take their observations and create their own unique artwork representing the animals. Students will draw and paint every day! Camp culminates on Friday with a gallery presentation of the students’ artwork for friends and family. Click HERE to register.
  2. Musical Theatre Camp | Ages 6-15 | July 17- 28, 2017: The camp centers on the creation of a full-scale revue of musical numbers from great Broadway shows. Divided by age into small groups, the children take classes in acting, singing, dancing, costumes and stagecraft, taught by a staff of musical theatre professionals. Over two weeks, students learn their songs, rehearse their scenes, make their costumes and build the set. On the final day, they present a free performance of their show for parents, relatives and friends.Click HERE to register.
  3. Art and Animals – Global | Ages 6-12 | July 31- August 4: Did you love Art and Animals week one? Come back for a second week where kids will learn about animals around the world. Live animal ambassadors will visit each day. Students’ daily artwork will reflect artistic styles from many countries. At the end of the camp, join us for a gallery presentation of student pieces! Click HERE to register.
  4. Magic, Muggles, and the “Mirror of Meetse| Ages 6-12 | August 7-11: 5 days of theatre camp from Erase Hate Through Art, culminating in a Friday afternoon performance of “The Mirror of Meetse” (open to friends and family). Campers will spend time each day in Charms, Potions, Herbology, and more! Daily activities include arts and crafts, recreational activities (quidditch!) and rehearsal time. Camp is based on the world of Harry Potter by JK Rowling, and centers around a strong anti-bullying theme.Click HERE to register
  5. Enchanted Daydreams: Dance and Drama | Ages: 6-12 | August 14-18 : Enter the fantastic world of fairies! Every day during the Enchanted Daydreams camp, we will use our imaginations to create fairy stories and crafts. Students will spend time each day in our dance studio, learning creative movement techniques and dance combinations. Wings and wands are a must, and will be included for each camper. Join the festivities and let your creativity shine! Click HERE to register
  6. Creature Colors  | Ages: 3-5 | August 14-18: For the younger kids who may not be ready for a full camp experience, join Echoes of Nature this week to learn all about different colors and textures found in nature. Meet animals up close! Books, songs, and crafts round out each day full of adventure! Click HERE to register

Chesapeake Arts Center is a leading non-profit community art center located in Northern-Anne Arundel County. The center continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with a caring and dedicated staff and volunteers. Additionally, the center provides art classes for all ages.

For more information, visit or call (410) 636 -6597.


About Chesapeake Arts Center:
The Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) is a vibrant community arts center that has nearly 70,000 visits annually through shows, art classes and community events.  The CAC’s diverse programming appeals to a variety of audiences and includes performances that educate and engage dialogue about social issues. CAC offers affordable and free arts programs to people of all ages and income levels, and it very proud to provide arts education classes and workshops for at-risk youth in the greater Brooklyn Park region.



On Saturday, August 26,2017, artist and musicians will join forces at the 4th Annual Arts in the Park Festival at the Chesapeake Arts Center located at 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225. Local artists will exhibit and offer their work for sale, while a festival of live music is presented from 11AM-3PM.

The Chesapeake Arts Center is currently accepting Art Vendor application until August 4, 2017.Space is limited and early registration is recommended! To All Vendors, Please Note: There is a $10.00 fee to reserve a spot at the CAC Arts in the Park festival. Art application available under the “Arts in the Park” event on the CAC website at or click here.arts in the park festival vendor application 2017

The free outdoor festival will include  live music , Corn Hole,  local art vendors, Face Painting and all different types of art and entertainment for all ages!

The Arts in the Park Festival is a great opportunity to see work of local artist and to enjoy some good music. For the music part of the festival, feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket. For further information, check the event on the Chesapeake Arts Center website, or call the office at (410) 636-6597.

If You Go

What: The Chesapeake Arts Center Arts in the Park Festival.

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 11:00AM-3:00PM

Where: Outside of the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225.( Rain or Shine)


 More Information: The Chesapeake Arts Center website;



Upcoming Holiday Events at the Chesapeake Arts Center!


This holiday season, the Chesapeake Arts Center is continuing its tradition of offering a variety of fun, holiday performances and activities for the whole family. Now in its 14th season, Spencer Humm Entertainment Presents The Baltimore Special’s Christmas Radio Comedy show on December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18, 2016. Saturday shows starting at 8:00pm and Sunday shows starting at 3:00pm in the Studio 194 Theatre located at 194 Hammonds Lane Brooklyn Park, Maryland. Tickets $35-55. As always wear your pajamas! Tickets and information available at

The CAC will be hosting two holiday workshops. On Saturday, December 3, children ages 6-11 can enjoy the “Young At Art” one day workshop with instructor Alexis Smith from 10:30am-11:30am. Register ahead or just drop in for the morning of creative art for kids. The theme for December is “Winter Holidays”. Tuition Fee $15.00.

Or, on Saturday, December 10 bring the whole family for the Nature Ornament Workshop with Echoes of Nature from 1:00pm-2:30pm. A hands-on workshop that’s great for the whole family! Each individual is invited to create a unique holiday ornament out of materials found in our natural environment. Class includes a “guest appearance” by some friendly animal ambassadors! CAC Member $25 for the whole family or $30 for non-members.

Catalyst: The Art of John Gornto gallery exhibit runs from December 9th to the 17th in the Hal Gomer Gallery. An opening reception will be held Friday, December 9th from 6 PM to 8 PM featuring the Pandemic Steelband, and is free to the public. Catalyst: The Art of John Gornto is presented by the Museum Practice students of UMBC Visuals Arts Department and hosted by Chesapeake Arts Center.

In science, a catalyst incites reaction. John Gornto, artist and aerospace engineer, works in the Baltimore area. He creates artworks that react to his personal struggles and to his environment. Over 15 artworks, both large and small scale, including acrylic and watercolor paintings and sculptures within cigar boxes will be featured.

Join us on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Hammonds Lane Theatre with the Annapolis Junction Big Band. They will be performing this year’s family-friendly show that promises to delight all ages. Following the concert, we invite everyone to attend the CAC annual Tree Lighting event in front of the Hammonds Lane Theatre and enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate from Dunkin Donuts Cruiser.

Also on Tuesday, December 13th, the CAC will be hosting its monthly In the Studio talk with guest speaker, actor and singer, Maia Rodriguez at 6:00pm in Studio 194 Theatre. This event is free to the community.  Maia Rodriguez, a graduate of Syracuse University’s Musical Theater program, she’s worked for Syracuse Stage, Universal Studios, Tokyo Disney Sea, Don’t Tell Mama’s Cabaret NYC, Cirque Du Soleil, Pirates Dinner Adventure in LA & Orlando, and the Star Theatre in Oceanside, CA. She’s sung National Anthems for the Cleveland Browns, the San Diego Padres and the San Diego Chargers, as well as Superbowl XLVIII under Renee Fleming & 50 with Lady Gaga. Maia is the composer of two full length musicals: The Hack & Slash Christmas Special & Evernight: the Musical. Her new production company is “Little Fox Productions” (, taking fantastical stories and setting them to music. She sings with the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters as an alto vocalist, performing every year for the PBS Memorial Show hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna.

Finally, the CAC will be offering a 25% off Chesapeake Arts Center membership from December 1- December 31, 2016. Save on class tuition; receive special mailings and every year the CAC host a special members only party.

For more information about holiday programs or classes at the Chesapeake Arts Center, call 410-636-6597 or visit


About Chesapeake Arts Center: The Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) is a vibrant community art center that had nearly 70,000 visits annually through shows, art classes and community events. The CAC’s diverse programming appeals to a variety of audiences and includes performances that educate and engage dialogue about social issues. CAC offers affordable and free arts programs to people of all ages and income levels, and is very proud to provide arts education classes and workshops for at-risk youth in the greater Brooklyn Park region. For more information about the Chesapeake Arts Center visit or call us at 410-636-6597.