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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.