Chesapeake Arts Center Seeks Storytellers, Photos for Historic Book on Brooklyn, Brooklyn Park and Curtis Bay


BROOKLYN PARK — The Chesapeake Arts Center is looking for people with stories to tell about the memories of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Park and Curtis Bay to help fill a one-of-a-kind history book that will help capture those memories and bind them with the community so they are never lost.

The goal of the book is three-fold:

  • provide the local community with a unique written and illustrated retelling of the area;
  • offer the CAC a meaningful way to connect with the communities it serves;
  • provide local photographers, illustrators and writers an opportunity to publish their work

The book will spotlight histories of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Park and Curtis Bay, and will also focus on areas such as:

  • Masonville
  • Fairfield
  • Hawkins Point
  • Fort Armistead
  • Cedar Hill
  • Pumphrey
  • Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard

In addition to written stories on local events, people and landmarks, the CAC is seeking people who have photos that may have historic significance to these areas. In many cases people may have photos in their personal collections to share. Photos that have a relevance to the book include photos of significant local events, community leaders or landmarks, such as the Polish Home, Club 4100 or Masonville, Fairfield, Pumphrey, etc.. Those with the ability to scan these photos can upload them for consideration to the book team at

The CAC board of directors approved the history book project in 2016 and the Center will be having a gathering on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:30PM at its headquarters at 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park. The Center hopes to pull together people who would like to contribute short stories on their memories for the book that will be published for the holiday shopping season in December 2017.

Proceeds from the book will be directed back into the CAC’s non-profit programs aimed at using 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.

Those interested in using their writing skills to help us document their memories for this project should attend. For more information contact Nicole Caracia at or Rik Forgo at

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.



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;



Chesapeake Arts Center is pleased to introduce our new Dance Department Chair, Noelle Tolbert!


Chesapeake Arts Center is pleased to introduce our new Dance Department Chair, Noelle Tolbert. Noelle will be leading instruction for our dance classes, ages 2-adult. We are excited about this new step towards the future at CAC, and are looking forward to kicking off the Fall semester with our new curriculum. Dance classes are scheduled to begin in mid-September, so be sure to register early to hold your place in class! Click here to view CAC dance classes.

About Noelle: Noelle Tolbert, a creative artist from Philadelphia, has merged her artistic journey in Baltimore and has become a ruby inside of this small city. She 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. Poetry, improvisational writing, and dedication to growth as a performance artist strengthen her movement practice. Noelle considers herself a warrior of defeat, whose life struggles never stopped her from being a dancer and artist.

Her talent has graced the stage with training received from Rennie Harris Puremovement, Colleen Hartman, and Music and Motion Dance Company in Philadelphia since the age of 14. From 2003-2008 Noelle 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.

Building upon years of passion and drive, Noelle has taught dance in many different schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County partnered through BOPA, Concepts by Cash, Parks and People, and Chesapeake Arts Center to influence children of all ages in developing their inner artist voice and to help others expand their existing talents and technique. She is a woman of courage, fight, understanding, versatility, and instinct. She always looks forward to the next step of her journey to be fulfilled.



The 3rd annual “Be the Band” hosted by the Chesapeake Arts Center is meant to find outstanding musicians and help our community rock out like they were meant to with live music! Make sure you vote for your favorite band and support the local scene!

1st Round:Bands Enter Competition Aug 3-September 2, 2016 by noon; CAC Staff picks top 15 bands

2nd Round: Voting begins on CAC Facebook page from September 2, 2016-September 9, 2016. The BAND with the most”likes” will get to pick their time slot.

Top 7 Round: Bands Perform on October 8,2016 at 4:30pm

Top 3 Round: Bands Perform final round on November 8, 2016 at 7:30pm

Prizes: $1,000 cash prize + 4 hours of studio time at Konexion in Baltimore, Maryland


 & Konexion Recording Studio in Baltimore, Maryland

Band Application Here: Chesapeake Arts Center’s “Be the Band” Application 2016

Band Rules and detailed info click here: Chesapeake Arts Center- be the band rules 2016



Chesapeake Arts Center is a community arts center operating year round in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Located just south of Baltimore, the Center has free and ample parking for both crew and patrons.
The Center employs positions in stage and event management, lighting, sound and general crew labor, house management and box office attendants.

All employees must submit to a background check (paid for by the Center).
All of our shifts are based on 4 hour minimums, with $15 per hour.
Please submit your resume and references to:
Please use “Free Lance Technician” in your subject line.

Chesapeake Arts Center is located at 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225.  View our upcoming events and classes at

CALL FOR ARTIST:An exhibition inspired by “Colors of Summer”

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Chesapeake Arts Center will be hosting an exhibition at the Hospice of the Chesapeake from July 18-August 26, 2016. Proposal is reviewed by the Chesapeake Arts Center’s Gallery Coordinator and must be turned in by Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Artwork must be framed by the artist; the only sizes accepted will be 16×20 or 20×24 Black Frame. Artist must also provide a short Bio and information for each artwork. The exhibit will host 12 local artists, 5 pieces per artwork.

Theme of the Exhibit: Local inspiration: An exhibition inspired by “Colors of Summer”.

Artwork Accepted: Photography or Paintings


16X20 OR 20X24 ONLY! Artwork MUST be framed in Black Wood OR Metal Frames only!  Artist frame own artwork.



Be specific about what work you wish to show at the BWI Airport Gallery—no longer than one page


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

DIGITAL IMAGES: You can enter up to 10 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 Wednesday, July 8, 2016. Only up to 5 images will be selected.


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.

CONTACT INFORMATION :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/ ready to be hung to the Chesapeake Arts Center by Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Artwork will go on display at the Hospice of the Chesapeake starting July 18, 2016. Artwork will stay on display until August 26, 2016. Artwork will need to be picked up at the Chesapeake Arts Center by Thursday, September 1, 2016.


Nicole Caracia at .


Colors of Summer Exhibit Sponsored by:

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