The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County distributes grant money to over 40 different non-profit Arts and Historic preservation organizations in Anne Arundel County. This past year they expanded their impact on local residents and the organizations they mentor by launching the Strategic Grant Program. Checks totaling $60,000 were written to nine recipients.
What makes this program unique is that it puts the emphasis on encouraging nonprofits to approach their outreach goals in innovative ways. Inside the Annapolis Maritime Museum, volunteers are working hard to achieve the goal of creating an original multi- media production which will bring to life what it was like to work on the 20th Century Annapolis Waterfront .
The process has facilitated the preservation of important documents by converting them to a digital, non-volatile format. “We are thrilled to be mining the gold that has been hidden in the museum’s collection,” says Maritime Museum Executive Director Alice Estrada. “We are nearing completion of the initial catalog entry phase where we have handled over 500 photos and over 100 oral history artifacts through over 400 hours of volunteer effort. It is our hope that this collection will be the impetus for a film
documenting the rich maritime heritage in Annapolis.”
Funded with the help of $5,000 awarded through the Art’s Council’s Strategic Grant program, “Working on the Annapolis Waterfront” will utilize the museum’s archive of recorded interviews, videos, and historic photographs.
“I’ve been very pleased with the innovative use of this new grant program, and look forward to seeing the creativity that will be presented in the 2014 Strategic Grant requests,” says Arts Council Executive Director April Nyman. “ Applications will be available online after September first on our website www.ACAAC.org for Arts Organizations that have previously received grants from the Arts Council. Now is the time to start thinking of how your organization can take a different approach to reaching a new audience.”