The Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC) seeks candidates for a MakerSpace Coordinator position. The Coordinator will oversee the day to day management of the new MakerSpace at CAC’s facility in Brooklyn Park, MD. The official opening of the MakerSpace is scheduled for late September 2017. The CAC MakerSpace will integrate STEM and the Arts by providing an environment that supports the development of skill sets that use both conventional and digital machinery, hand and power tools, and computer technology to facilitate both workforce development and artistic initiatives. The MakerSpace will serve a diverse population of users, from children to adults and beginners to experienced makers.

The MakerSpace Coordinator will manage all aspects of the MakerSpace, including materials, inventory, equipment maintenance, and supervising MakerSpace instructors. He or she will provide insight into technology education, and in conjunction with CAC’s Education Director plan for workshops and classes that align with industry standards.  He or she will provide training on a regular basis for MakerSpace users to become qualified to operate machinery and tools, and continue to evaluate and monitor users to ensure a safe workshop area. The Coordinator will be the primary staff member assigned to the MakerSpace and ultimately responsible for its use at all times.



-High School Diploma minimum education level

-Desire to seek and pass on knowledge to others

-Expert in handling, maintaining, and teaching the Industrial Arts including the use of Machine and Power Tools.

– Familiarity in the Digital Arts and maintaining computer based systems and labs

-Strong organizational, interpersonal and communications skills

-Applicants must have reliable transportation and pass a background check.        


-Previous teaching experience and familiarity with Technology Education

-Bachelor’s degree or higher education level

-Experience in maintaining PC’s and LANs (your home and PC LAN may be sufficient)

-Applicants with prior office experience, arts administration, or education (especially K-12) with a passion for the arts are preferred.  Interest in working in the non-profit sector is also strongly desirable.




$20-$25 per hour commensurate with experience



Interested applicants must provide:

– A cover letter expressing interest in the position

– A current resume with accurate contact information, work, and volunteer experience

– Three references

Applications can be sent by email to Mollie McElwain, CAC Education Director at with the subject line, “MakerSpace Application.” Application Deadline: June 9.


The Chesapeake Arts Center is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Accordingly, all terms and conditions of employment will be carried out without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, age, or disability.



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, professional ceramics lab, two gallery spaces, two dance studios, multiple music rooms, traditional art classrooms, and MakerSpace. Visit our website at for more information.


Chesapeake Arts Center Mission Statement: 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.




The seniors in the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) program at Annapolis School perform COMBAT HERION at the Chesapeake Arts Center on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Studio 194 theatre located at 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225. The show is free and open to the community.

Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, shopping, gambling or something else, addiction’s hold is strong. For the PVA theater seniors at Annapolis High School, it’s an issue they’ve been addressing for over a year, specifically the heroin epidemic. After being approached to be a part of the Governor’s Emergency Heroin and Opioid task force by Ken Skrzesz, the Coordinator of Fine Arts as MSDE, these seniors toured a devised theater performance to middle schools, luncheons, teacher’s conferences and inpatient rehabilitation centers. And though the seniors will soon be graduating high school, they all know the performance has touched them in many ways. “I guess the cliche saying “if my art can help just one person, I will feel good,” is true for me,” said Austin Ubannwa, who plays many roles as part of the ensemble, “To hear it touched somebody makes me want to continue to have this effect on people. Specifically, I learned that when you’re facing a crisis, you can’t do it alone all the time. Support makes the healing process more achievable.”

When asked why he brought this to the PVA seniors, Ken Skrzesz said, “My hope was the theatre departments across the state would have created impactful work seen by thousands of students.  Now, I realize, if only one student is positively changed the initiative has worked. “The process to creating this piece was a lengthy one, but it had to be to ensure that the students fully understood the issue.

“The piece involved a fair amount of research into what addiction is like,” commented Seth Hanley, who primarily plays as one of the two characters suffering from a heroin addiction, “Many of us do not have the personal experience to draw from in this circumstance and thus we delved into the plethora of shared experiences online provided by rehab centers.”

“We went over first hand pieces from people who’d actually been addicted to drugs,” added Miel Hunt, who also plays many roles in the ensemble, “One of the best things was art from the addicts.” After talking to one of their teachers, Jeffrey Harrison, about a “back door approach”, and another student, Matt Lucente, brought up an interesting internet video he had watched, Miel Hunt came up with an idea. The group had decided from the beginning that they wanted something physical to represent the addiction, and that because this was initially targeted at 8th graders, they wanted it to be a secret that the performance was about drugs. Miel Hunt brought up the idea of using coats as a metaphor, and the students ran with it.

After touring the performance to several middle schools, they happened to perform at a luncheon addressing the heroin issue, and their piece blew up. Amanda Larkins, a supervisor at Pathways, a rehabilitation center, reached out to students and has now been able to bring the students in to perform for patients. “I was speechless,” she said after witnessing the performance for the first time, “It is so emotional and the actors portray the reality of addiction, the heroin epidemic, and the hope of recovery. The piece takes you in so many directions and the moment you realize the connection between the coat and heroin is quite astonishing.  It uncovers the mental health connection, the fact the addiction doesn’t discriminate, internal pressure, peer pressure, the hope of recovery, and the unfortunate reality that addiction is lifelong and every day will be a battle.”

As for why she brought a performance originally about prevention to recovering addicts, she answered, “I think for people in treatment or in recovery it brings them hope.  You can see them shake their heads in agreement to so many parts of the piece.  You can see them make a connection and that will not be forgotten on their journey of recovery. I think the intention for me was to promote the piece for prevention purposes, however, this piece is appropriate for prevention, intervention, and recovery.”

After performing at Pathways, Miel Hunt said, “To talk to real addicts and to get their perspective on the piece [was a meaningful experience].To have the piece validated in that way was amazing. I learned that there is no difference between them and us. Oftentimes that’s one of the biggest issues is breaking the divide. We can make an impact despite not being addicted ourselves or not having a personal connection.” Austin Ubannwa added, “To know we actually touched them in some way was a good feeling. It’s why we do this.”

And the students aren’t stopping there. With 40 performances under their belt, the PVA seniors have 10 more before they graduate, and won’t stop trying to make their community, and the world, a better place. “We have the power and we should use it,” Miel Hunt said, “Even if we impact one person, that’s enough.

For more information on the event, contact Nicole Caracia at or by calling the Chesapeake Arts Center at 410-636-6597.



If You Go

What: COMBAT HERION performed by students in the performing and visual arts (pva) program at Annapolis High School

 When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 6:00pm

 Where: Chesapeake Arts Center in the Studio 194 Theatre | 194 Hammonds Lane Brooklyn Park MD 21225

Tickets: Free Admission


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.

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;