The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC), in conjunction with local partners, will present the 20th-annual summer Chautauqua series in six Maryland counties from July 5 through July 14.
Free and open to the public, live local musical and theatrical acts open each show. Living history performances by actors/scholars are followed by question and answer sessions, which spark spirited conversation and provide informative family fun. Audiences will hear from the voices of the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and American painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Via partnerships with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Montgomery College, select performances will be live streamed; audiences will be able to access the performance via the MHC homepage at www.mdhc.org.
Chautauqua performances will take place at Garrett College in McHenry, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata (as part of their Twilight Performance Series), Montgomery College in Germantown, the Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk, the Cecil County Public Library’s Elkton Branch, and Perryville Middle School.
This year, the Maryland Humanities Council encourages audiences to celebrate the legacy of the Chautauqua program by reflecting on their experiences and sharing memories of past performances. Submit stories or photos of favorite characters via mail, online, or via Facebook and Twitter. Participants who submit their memories by June 27 will be entered into a random drawing to win a special prize.
Chautauqua is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the following on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum: Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore, Jocelyn W. Eysymontt, Catherine V. Hill, Cecelia V. Nobel, Kay W. Perkins, Blair Burns Potter, Karen Shook, Carolyn Hastings William, and MHC donors. Partner supporters include the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Garrett College, the Community College of Baltimore County, the College of Southern Maryland, Montgomery College, the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences, the Town of Perryville, Cecil County Public Library, Delmarva Power, and Cecil Tourism.