Chesapeake Arts Center Keeps Youth Learning and Creating this Summer


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 five camps the Chesapeake Arts Center has to offer in summer 2018:

Magic and Muggles Summer Camp | Ages 6-12 | July 9-13, 2018: 5 days of theatre camp from Erase Hate Through Art, culminating in a Friday afternoon student drama performance (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 PURCHASE!


Creature Colors  | Ages: 3-5 | July 9-13 , 2018: 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 PURCHASE
Musical Theatre Camp | Ages 6-15 | July 16- 27, 2018: 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 PURCHASE


Enchanted Daydreams: Dance and Drama | Ages: 6-12 | August 6-10, 2018 : 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 PURCHASE

Art and Animals – Maryland | Ages 6-12 | August 6-10 or August 13-17, 2018: Five days of art and animals! Each day, students will learn about various 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. There are two sessions available! Animals, projects and activities are different for both weeks. Register for one or both! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

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.


The Chesapeake Arts Center Launches New Resident Teaching Artists Program


The Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) is proud to announce the new Artists in Residence Program. The program is featuring local artists, Sean FitzPatrick, Sharon Goldner, Athena Hiotis and Noelle Tolbert.  The artists were selected from a competitive field of Maryland artists who responded to an open request for qualifications. The Resident Teaching Artists (RTA) Program was made possible by a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and Carol M. Jacobsohn foundation.

The RTA Program exists to strengthen local artists and arts organizations, trust and support the creative process, and allows artists and organizations to build a strong community presence though engaging and highly artistic works and outreach activities.

The Residency Program provides support in the form of time, space, and financial support, and allows artists time to reflect, produce, explore and take risks. Our residency provides 58,000 square feet of performance and rehearsal space, allowing artists to do the work they cannot do elsewhere – allowing each artist to concentrate fully on their creative process.

The RTA Program is a multi-disciplinary program that offers individuals of all ages an opportunity to work in-depth with an arts project. It can also expose them to a professional artist or company that will provide them with a unique, hands-on experience with an art form.

The RTA Program can also provide an innovative approach to solving a problem and achieving a goal. It can serve as a group and community building opportunity and a change to involve diverse populations in working together on a common goal.

Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) provides opportunities for culturally diverse, rewarding educational and artistic experiences in the literary, visual and performing arts. As a regional arts center, CAC serves Northern Anne Arundel County and the surrounding communities. CAC is a focal point of the arts in Northern Anne Arundel County, providing a broad range of creative experiences through quality arts education, visual arts exhibits and various performing arts productions. CAC’s education program offers visual art, music, dance and theater classes, studio space, gallery space, several performance areas and a home for community arts organizations. The MakerSpace, opened in fall 2017, expands the educational and artistic programming by offering advanced technology training in addition to traditional wood-working and metal-working skills. Our organization reaches pre-k children through seniors by offering highly artistic and diverse programming in performing and visual arts.

In addition, CAC’s partnership with local public schools gives the Resident Teaching Artists an opportunity to create with, perform for, and engage school-aged students throughout the year as well as during out-of-school time. CAC’s education program encourages Resident Teaching Artists to develop engaging workshops and projects that provide a platform for students to engage in practical and exploratory experiences with a core group of professional artists.

For more information about the Artist in Residence Program please contact Mollie McElwain, Chesapeake Arts Center’s Education Director at or 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.

About the Artists:

Sean FitzPatrick (b. 1990) is a painter and teacher based in Baltimore, MD. In 2012, he received his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has since exhibited his work in New York, Virginia, and Maryland. Select exhibitions include, a solo show entitled Stage Fright at Gallery CA (MD), Remixes at La Bodega Gallery (MD), BMRE 3 at the University of Maryland University College (MD), Juvenescence at the Silber Art Gallery (MD), Baltimore Artists + Mera Rubell + WPA = Love at Marianne Boesky Gallery (NY). In addition to his own art practice, FitzPatrick has been teaching art in Maryland since 2012. He has taught at a variety of programs and sites, including Baltimore School for the Arts, Art with a Heart, and Baltimore Office of Promotion for the Arts.

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Sharon Goldner is a writer who perpetuates the notion that crazy is just a frame of mind. Her creative goal is to make audiences laugh at things they feel guilty for laughing at because she thinks humor helps break down barriers, enabling honest discussion. Sharon’s award-winning (and published) plays have been performed in theaters from Off Broadway to Los Angeles, and all in-between. She is a 2014 fellowship recipient with Newfoundland’s SheSaidYes! Theatre, a 2017 Midwest Dramatist Conference playwright, a member of The Dramatists Guild, and is honored & thrilled to be a 2018 Resident Teaching Artist with Chesapeake Arts. Her award-winning short stories have been published in literary journals all over the U.S.A, and in England, and she is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee.. Sharon assures audiences that no letters of the alphabet have ever been harmed in the creation of her work.

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Athena Hiotis is a musician, producer, and songwriter from Baltimore, MD. With a penchant for a wide range of music, she studied music throughout high school at the Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts magnet program, being one of the first students to participate in both the vocal and instrumental magnet programs. Athena also studied at the University of Maryland at College Park, diving into a wide range of music eras and genres, affirming her love of and sparking her professional career in songwriting, composition, and production. After graduation, she began writing and producing professionally in styles ranging from pop to rock to classical.

Athena co-founded and owns PopRiot Music Group, a boutique songwriting and production house, providing music for TV/Film projects and artists. In addition, she is a member of many successful projects: RÊVE, an art-rock band known for creating and pairing cinematic visuals (both motion and live) along with their music; Steep Steps, a production duo that creates dark, electronic music for film and television; and, the rock group, Circuit Villains, whose focus is to create raw and provoking music with a pulse and a groove. She enjoys sharing knowledge from her experiences to hungry creatives.

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Noelle Tolbert, a creative artist from Philadelphia, has used dance, choreography, performance art, teaching, and storytelling to heal and connect people in order to challenge how we engage with and define art. With a commitment to movement expression training for over 12 years, Noelle is a becoming master of hip-hop, popping, house, modern, ballet and movement research technique. Her talent has graced the stage with training received from Rennie Harris Puremovement, Colleen Hartman, and Music and Motion Dance Company in Philadelphia. Noelle has performed at numerous venues throughout the tri-state area including the Philly Fringe Festival and Live Arts for all five productions including International Touring in Canada. Upon moving from Philly to Baltimore, Noelle graduated from Community College of Baltimore County with a major in Dance, became an immediate member of Poetic Xpressions Dance Company under the leadership of Amanda Fair, and co-founded NAP movement research.

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On Saturday, August 18, 2018, artist and musicians will join forces at the 5th 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 3, 2018.Space is limited and early registration is recommended! To All Vendors, Please Note: There is a $15.00 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 arts in the park festival vendor application 2018

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 18, 2018 | 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;




Chesapeake Arts Center’s Gives Back This Holiday Season By Creating Hand-Made Toys in the new MakerSpace for the AACPS Ruth Parker Eason School


Brooklyn Park—  The Holidays are here! The Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) opened a new MakerSpace in September 2017 and wanted to give back to the community this Holiday season. Approximately 65 wooden toys, hand-made and painted in the CAC’s new MakerSpace with the direction of the CAC’s MakerSpace coordinator, Henry Scott, and Professor Stephen Bradley UMBC ‘Social Entrepreneurship in Place’ class was giving to children at the Anne Arundel County Public School Ruth Parker Eason school.

Ruth Parker Eason is a public, separate day school located in Millersville, Maryland in Anne Arundel County. The school provides a special education program for students ages 3 through 21 with moderate to severe disabilities.

On Thursday, December 21, 2017, a selected group of children from the school came to the Chesapeake Arts Center’s Makerspace to create some festive crafts, enjoy some snacks and receive the toys that were created for them.

“Giving back to the community in any way, shape, or form is definitely a win-win. To see the excitement on the kids’ faces when they got to create the art and receive the hand-made toys was just amazing”.  Nicole Caracia, Marketing & Program Director, Chesapeake Arts Center

“The toy making project was a unique experience for the UMBC students in the course, Social Entrepreneurship in Place, who collaborated with CAC’s Makerspace director, Henry Scott on making a number of unique toys that were given to the creative students from Ruth Parker Eason School.   This was a perfect project for the students to apply many of the concepts they learned in the course through direct engagement. ” says Stephen Bradley, UMBC Visual Arts Professor and CAC resident artist.

The Ruth Parker Eason School has been a great partner of the Chesapeake Arts Center. The children have attended many events at the center and we value the relationship with them and the staff at the school. We wanted to give back to them by creating the quality toys for their children to cherish and enjoy.

The Chesapeake Arts Center MakerSpace is a creative and collaborative workspace designed to enhance a hands-on learning experience, bring technology based tools into the hands of the community, and foster an environment for invention and play. We’re hoping to create more experiences like this in the future our community.

For more information or interviews, please contact Nicole Caracia at or by phone at 410-636-6597.

About the Chesapeake Arts Center : 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 an 752-seat Hammonds Lane Theatre, a 120-seat Studio 194 Theatre, gallery space, ceramics lab, dance studios, music room, and classrooms. This fall, CAC opened its newly renovated MakerSpace : a creative, collaborative workspace designed for hands-on learning and invention.

In addition to multiple outreach programs, CAC offers classes in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts for ages 2-adult. A full season of performances and gallery exhibits are also available. Visit for more information!


CALL FOR ARTIST:“Things that make you HAPPY” Exhibit

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“Things that make you HAPPY” Exhibit

At the Chase Brexton Health Care

Glen Burnie Center




Chesapeake Arts Center will be presenting the “Things that make you HAPPY” exhibition at the Chase Brexton Health Care office located at 200 Hospital Dr #300, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 from December 20-March 2, 2018.Proposal is reviewed by the Chesapeake Arts Center’s Gallery Director and must be turned in by Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Artwork must be framed by the artist; the only sizes accepted will be 16×20 black wood or metal frame. Artists must also provide wire on the back of the frames and each artwork must have label on the back and wrapped in bubble wrap when dropped off at the center.

Theme of the Exhibit:  Things that make you HAPPY

Artwork Accepted: Photographs, Drawings or Paintings


16X20. MUST be framed in Black Wood OR Metal Frames only!  Artists frame own artwork with wire on the back.

How many can you submit? Artists can submit up to 5 pieces. Artwork will be selected by the Chesapeake Arts Center’s Gallery Director. Only 25 pieces will be selected for this exhibit.



The work should be no more than five years old, no nudity, violence or foul language allowed.

DIGITAL IMAGES: Send 5 images in jpeg format- no larger than 1024 pixels in any direction at 300 dpi for review. All image files are to be titled. Email to Nicole Caracia at by Saturday, December 9, 2017.


A numerical listing including artist’s name, title, dimensions, medium, and file name of each jpeg sent with digital images.


One or two short paragraphs- A condensed informative statement with your artistic highlights.


Name, address, phone number(s) email address of the artist, and website information.

Only complete proposal package including all the information listed will be reviewed.  If accepted into the art show, all artwork will be due to the Chesapeake Arts Center by Tuesday, December 19, 2017 between office hours of 10:00am-6:00pm.Artwork will go on display at the Chase Brexton Health Care, Glen Burnie Center building on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. If artwork does not follow the guidelines or drop-off by 12/19, artwork will not be included in the exhibit.


Nicole Caracia at .


About Chesapeake Arts Center: 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, gallery space, ceramics lab, dance studios, music room, maker-space and classrooms.

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

About Chase Brexton: Founded in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood in 1978, Chase Brexton began as a volunteer-run gay men’s health clinic. Our work took on a new and difficult challenge in the early1980s when we became one of the first clinics on the front lines of the fight against HIV/AIDS. After seeing the needs of the family and loved ones of those we served, we expanded our services, adding Behavioral Health and Case Management services in 1991 and finally expanding to full Primary Care services in 1995.

Chase Brexton became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 1999, the same year we opened a second center, now located in Randallstown. Two years later, Chase Brexton earned accreditation in both Ambulatory and Behavioral Health from The Joint Commission. As the decade continued, we opened centers in Columbia and Easton, and, in 2013, moved our Mt. Vernon Center to its current home in the historic Monumental Life Building on Charles Street. In 2014, we opened our Glen Burnie Center, and in 2015, we achieved recognition as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home.

Though health care continues to rapidly change, we will always honor our heritage, embrace diversity, and empower our patients, while innovating for the future.


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Production Assistant at the Chesapeake Arts Center

Position: Production Assistant at the Chesapeake Arts Center

Job Days: 9 month contract – 20 hrs. weekly

The Production Assistant provides comprehensive support for all events on CAC. Responsible for assisting and supporting all administrative activities of the rental, facilities and production departments.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

• Supports Production Manager and production department during technical, dress rehearsals and previews as assigned.

• Provide supervision for load-ins and strikes as assigned

• Ability to work hands-on in an electrician capacity including comfort working at heights such as catwalks, ladders and lifts is a must.

• Position requires the following abilities: Hang, focus lighting instruments, program and operate the ETC EOS stage lighting consoles as needed.

• Working knowledge of Midas M32 and Behringer X32 sound boards.

• Basic knowledge of A/V systems

• Act as run crew for various technical aspect on the production during the run of the show.

• Perform general and preventative maintenance of technical equipment.

• Serve as Stage Manager for selected performance.

• Flexibility to work weekends, evenings, mornings and holiday shifts

Education and/or Equivalent Experience Preferred:

• 3 to 5 years professional theatre experience in production.

Other Skills, Ability and/or Knowledge:

• Software: Qlab, Power Point

• Ability to work very long hours as workflow increases and deadlines approach.

• Calm / Professional demeanor, sense of humor encouraged

• Working knowledge of professional theatre systems and personnel

• Familiarity with existing and emerging technologies and practices relevant to theatre and the entertainment industry

• Ability to organize and prioritize a variety of job assignments

• Ability to work independently on multiple projects and be a self-starter

• Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

• Very solid interpersonal, motivational and organizational skills with very strong attention to detail.

• Excellent organizational skills for managing multiple tasks successfully.

• Ability to collaborate and work well within a team environment

• Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.

Please email cover letter and resume in PDF format to: No phone calls please.

Chesapeake Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity

Call for Teaching Artists – 2018 Residency at Chesapeake Arts Center

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Call for Teaching Artists – 2018 Residency at Chesapeake Arts Center

Invitation for Applications: Teaching Artists

Chesapeake Arts Center invites dynamic, experienced and creative Teaching Artists to apply for a 2018 residency at our Brooklyn Park, MD location. CAC seeks Teaching Artists that work in (but not limited to) the following disciplines:

  • Visual Arts – Mural, Painting, Air-Dry Clay Techniques, Collage, etc.
  • Digital Media – Animation, Photography, Website Design, etc.
  • Theatre – Puppetry, Playwriting, Devising, etc.
  • Vocal Music – Chorus, Musical Theatre, etc.
  • Instrumental Music – Beginning Instruments, African Drumming, Rock band, etc.
  • Dance – Hip Hop, Jazz/ contemporary, International/Folk genres, etc.
  • Literary – Storytelling, Graphic Novels, Poetry, etc.

Four Teaching Artists will be selected for residency for January-December 2018. Through our residencies, CAC provides and promotes quality arts education programs that:

  • Foster creativity and imagination
  • Expand verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Enhance capacities for critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Fortify social-emotional skills


Teaching Artist Responsibilities Include:

  • Designing and executing an age-appropriate, project-based arts curriculum. Programs will be scheduled during after-school and evening hours.
  • Preparing for and producing culminating presentations at assigned site(s).
  • Collaborating effectively with coworkers, and communicating regularly with supervisory staff.
  • Submitting complete lessons plans, timesheets, reports and other vital administrative documentation in a timely manner.



CAC selects Teaching Artists who embody the following qualities:

  • Artistic Excellence, including quality and scope of professional artistic work, and depth of knowledge within an artistic discipline.
  • Engaging Teaching, especially incorporating the creative process, reaching students across diverse developmental levels, yielding quality student work, strong understanding of arts learning standards, and substantial experience in public school classrooms or working with urban youth, including strong classroom management skills.
  • Professionalism, including abilities to plan with others, to articulate goals and objectives, and to adapt to varying student populations and school environments.


The CAC Resident Teaching Artist will be paid a monthly stipend in exchange for teaching up to four classes per week, on site at CAC or off-site at a local school. Additional benefits include personal studio and storage space at CAC and a CAC-sponsored performance or exhibit to be included in the 2018-2019 CAC season program.

To Apply

All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, sample lesson plan, and work samples of your professional and student work. Materials should be submitted electronically to CAC’s Education Director at
Deadline for applications: October 20, 2017.

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.

For more information about the Chesapeake Arts Center visit or Call us at P: 410-636-6597.