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Artwork Sought for Ghanaian Exhibit at Columbia Art Center


Columbia Association (CA) is seeking a variety of artists and collectors of Ghanaian art for an upcoming exhibit that will introduce the community to Ghanaian artwork, while also celebrating Columbia’s new sister city of Tema.

“The Art of Ghana: A Contemporary and Traditional Art Exhibit,” will run from Thursday, May 8, through Sunday, May 18, at the Columbia Art Center. The exhibit will include paintings, sculptures, photography, textiles, jewelry, etc. It is being put on in collaboration with CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs.

There are no fees for participating. Artwork can be for sale or not for sale. Any sales from the gallery will result in a 70/30 split, with 70 percent of the proceeds going to the artist. Artists can also choose to donate a larger portion of their commission to CA’s Team Sister City Committee Fund.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. Exhibitors will be invited to discuss their gallery works with guests during an afternoon of Ghanaian food, music and conversation.

Interested artists and collectors should email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org for an Exhibition Entry Form, which must be received by email, fax or U.S. mail no later than March 15. Forms should be addressed to Laura Smit, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland, 21044. Acceptance letters and additional event information will be sent out after applications are received and reviewed.

Tema, a planned city of more than 160,000 people on the coast of Ghana, is located just east of the country’s capital, Accra. It is Columbia’s third sister city. The Tema Sister City Committee is focusing on developing virtual exchanges via online video chats between high schools in Columbia and secondary schools in Ghana; connecting Rotary clubs and religious institutions in both towns; showcasing Ghanaian art and music programs; and conducting artist exchanges.

CA’s International Exchange & Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The goals of the International Exchange Program include developing new exchanges with Columbia’s sister cities, and creating new Sister City relationships in other cities and nations. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as the World Languages Café, Culture Fests and the International Book Club. For more information, email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-3162.

Columbia Art Center is located at 6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to ColumbiaArtCenter.org or call 410-730-0075.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.


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Youth and Adults Invited to Enter Columbia Art Center’s Annual Umbrella Exhibit Art Contest


The canvas is a large golf umbrella. The rest is up to the artists, be they youth or adults, to express themselves as part of Columbia Art Center’s Annual Umbrella Exhibit art contest.

Columbia Association (CA) encourages kids (ages 6-17) and adults (ages 18 and up) to make original artwork with the umbrellas that demonstrates the concept of this year’s theme: “Respect.” Using this theme, artists are limited only by their imagination. Participants are encouraged to visually express their ideas, thoughts and feelings while exploring different aspects of respect — either the concept of respect in general, or respect for something specific such as the planet, the environment, other people or animals.

Parents-and-child entries, youth group efforts and adult collaborations are also welcome. A panel of jurors will select winners in seven groups: ages 6-9, ages 10-13, ages 14-17, adults 18 and over, best parent and child, best youth group effort and best adult group effort. In addition to the jurors’ awards, this exhibition will feature the viewers’ choice awards for the best entries in each category.

The entry fee is $15 and is required upon receiving each umbrella from Columbia Art Center, which is located at 6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center.

All imagery must be placed on the exposed area of the umbrellas, as they will be displayed open and at waist level. Artists must use paint, glues and additional materials and media that are waterproof and can sustain a 24-hour stay outside. Umbrellas are not required to be closed upon delivery to Columbia Art Center. Artists are welcome to utilize three-dimensional objects on the umbrella as long as they are safely secured to it and the umbrella is transferable to and from Columbia Art Center.

Entry forms are due by 9 p.m. on Monday, June 17, and umbrellas must be delivered by 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. The exhibition will be held at Lake Kittamaqundi in Downtown Columbia on Friday, June 21, in celebration of Columbia’s 46th birthday, and it will remain open to the public until 8 p.m. that evening.

For entry forms and for more information on contest rules, including when umbrellas will be available to be picked up afterward, please go to bit.ly/UmbrellaArt. Columbia Art Center staff can be reached at 410-730-0075 or Art.Staff@columbiaassociation.org.

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Check Out These Great Summer Offerings From Columbia Art Center


The Summer 2013 guide for Columbia Art Center has all sorts of camps, classes and workshops for people of all ages and any level of experience. Click here to check out the guide, then sign up and enjoy!

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New Painting Classes for Kids From 6 to 14 at Columbia Art Center

Columbia Art Center is offering two new painting classes for kids — one for children between the ages of 6 and 9, the other for youth between the ages of 10 and 14.

Painting Exploration shows kids that fun and learning can be done at the same time, as children between the ages of 6 and 9 will learn the basics of painting. With instructor Jackie Serpico, they will explore color values, mixing and other principles of design, all while learning different techniques developed by famous painters. A supplies list will be provided at time of registration.

The four sessions will be held on Tuesdays between May 14 and June 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Painting Exploration is $55 for CA residents and $65 for non-residents.

Painting by Design is for youth between the ages of 10 and 14 and will expand their understanding of color theory and how to choose subjects for paintings from photographs. As a group, and led by instructor Kate Cavanaugh, they will work on one painting together, exploring various ways to begin a composition. They will then choose their own subject matter for a painting.

The four sessions will be held on Mondays between May 13 and June 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with no class on Memorial Day, May 27. Painting by Design is $50 for residents and $60 for non-residents.

To register, please call 410-730-0075 or email Art.Staff@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Famed Cherry Trees Coming to Lake Kittamaqundi Beginning with Arbor Day Ceremony

It’s not just the District of Columbia that offers the sight of cherry trees blooming on the shores of a signature body of water — soon this sight will be a must-see springtime stop in downtown Columbia, Maryland, where people can come to see cherry trees on  Lake Kittamaqundi.

Columbia Association (CA) will be hosting a planting ceremony on National Arbor Day — Friday, April 26 — at 5 p.m. at Kennedy Gardens, which is located on the east side of Lake Kittamaqundi. Three  Yoshino cherries grown from the stock of the original Washington, D. C. cherry trees will be planted at the ceremony. These special legacy trees are a gift from Blossoms of Hope. The local organization also donated 25 additional trees to the restoration effort at Kennedy Gardens, including  Kwanzan cherry trees, dogwood trees and redbud trees. CA will plant these and dozens more trees, shrubs and perennials at Kennedy Gardens later this spring

“We expect that the blooming cherry trees will be a beautiful sight from the plaza across the lake,” said Jan Clark, landscape architect with CA’s Bureau of Community Building and Sustainability.

Also featured at the ceremony will be selections from the Haiku for Hope art and poetry exhibit currently showing at CA’s Columbia Art Center. Haiku for Hope paired 45 paintings — many of which were related to cherry trees — with poems. Fourteen of those have been selected by Howard County Tourism to be reproduced on banners that will be shown at Kennedy Gardens.

The full Haiku for Hope exhibit continues at the Art Center through April 28.

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Dog Day Afternoon, Xbox Challenge and more: This Week@CA, April 1, 2013

This Week@CA is your source for weekly updates on what’s happening at Columbia Association. On this week’s episode, we spotlight Dog Day Afternoon.

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How Arts and Culture Can Be a Catalyst for Columbia: Presentation Scheduled for April 30

The arts can play a key role in a community. They have been an integral part of Columbia since its founding, have continued to grow into a significant element of the local lifestyle and will remain a crucial component of downtown redevelopment.

With that in mind, residents are invited to “Cultural Catalyst: Arts, Creative Placemaking and Economic Prosperity,” a presentation and question-and-answer session featuring Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the Horowitz Center Smith Theatre at Howard Community College. The event will start with refreshments, and Cohen’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Cohen is vice president of research and policy for the nonprofit, which focuses on advancing the arts and arts education. He will speak about how investment in cultural facilities and programming has helped recast communities across the country and has improved their vitality and prosperity.

Registration for this event is not required but is encouraged, via speakerseries-arts.eventbrite.com.

“The arts can and should play a role in any community redevelopment,” said Liz Henzey, director of Columbia Art Center. “The arts engage and mobilize various facets of a community —  schools, businesses, nonprofits, individuals — for cultural experiences and timely causes. In turn, local businesses thrive, residents feel a sense of belonging, artists have the opportunity to hone and express their talents, and the community as a whole is all the more enriched.”

Merriweather Post Pavilion opened during Columbia’s first year, and so did Columbia Art Center. The arts and arts businesses — and the creative people they employ — stimulate a sense of community, exploration and innovation, not to mention enjoyment. Today, there are numerous arts organizations, festivals and events in and around Columbia. The arts are a big part of life in Howard County, from the outstanding and award-winning music programs in the schools to the museums, theatres, concerts and creative industries that call the area home. In 2012, Howard County had nearly 1,000 arts-related businesses employing more than 3,000 people, according to an annual survey conducted by Americans for the Arts.

“Cultural Catalyst: Arts, Creative Placemaking and Economic Prosperity” is co-sponsored by Columbia Association (CA), the Howard County Arts Council, and HCC’s Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. It is the 7th installment of CA’s Community Building Speakers Series, which hosts thought-provoking speakers on topics that stimulate people to discuss, engage and build a sense of community in Columbia.

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