How can a local vintage movie house engage its community in ways beyond screening films? Dr. Caitlin McGrath, executive director of the historic Old Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland, tells us how the theatre serves as a cultural hub for lifelong learning in its community.
Do you know what a skipjack is? Or what a wooden eel pot is used for? These are just some of the traditions of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which will be brought to life for locals and visitors alike in the Maryland Humanities-supported Delmarvalous Festival on May 20. Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, tells us more.
As the continuation of federal funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities remains uncertain, we reflect upon the impact of the humanities and arts in communities both large and small throughout the country. Anne Wise, director of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s National Arts and Sciences Initiative, shares her perspective.
Each year more than 27,000 middle and high school students throughout the state compete in the historical research contest known as National History Day. On April 29, more than 600 of those students will move on to the state contest, Maryland History Day, at UMBC. Tiffany Nickels, a Calvert County parent of one of those talented students, tells us more.
How has historical preservation changed in today’s digital age? Jessica Douglas from the Maryland State Archives tells us how digitization has allowed for new perspectives to be shared and preserved.
Want to get some fresh air and learn about some of Baltimore’s literary greats? Spring marks the return of Maryland Humanities’ Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour, with tours beginning on April 15. Here to tell us more about the charms of Historic Mount Vernon is one of the tour’s docents, Anne Cantler Fulwiler.
How has the labor force changed in Maryland throughout the years? We’re bringing a new Smithsonian traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked, to five communities in Maryland this year and companion exhibitions will uncover the unique history of work in our state. Ms. Nina Johnson, Executive Director of Sumner Hall in Chestertown, tells us about the history of work in Kent County and the focus of the companion exhibit on this second stop of the tour.
Students who study the humanities as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education explore questions fundamental to the human existence. Who are we? Where have we been?
Through the study of the humanities, students develop the skills to prepare them for both their careers and a civically engaged life. Dr. Scott Casper, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of History at UMBC, provides this commentary.
On March 29, following a four-part series from the Baltimore Sun, Maryland Humanities, Loyola University Maryland, and the Sun are hosting a community conversation on school segregation in Maryland. Sun Enterprise Editor Diana Sugg tells us about the recent history of segregation in our schools.