Special Report: The Academy Art Museum Summer Series Program

The Academy Art Museum (AAM) is having a HOT summer, and the forecast is that it will continue through the Fall! Thanks, in part, to their new Summer Series program, AAM has people asking, ‘what’s next?’


AAM created the Summer Series by enlisting the aid of four local creative personalities to design and execute a one-day program that would provide a unique experience to the community. The first event was the unexpectedly popular book signing and lecture The World Doesn’t Require You with author Rion Amilcar Scott and historian Professor Dale Green. It was conceived and moderated by Shore Lit Founder Kerry Folan. The large turnout and critical acclaim confirmed to AAM that the Eastern Shore was interested in these programs.


Next up, on Friday, July 29th, will be the screening of the film submissions from the 24-hour Video Race, which took place July 22 & 23.  Award-winning filmmaker Francisco Salazar designed the event. A panel of judges, including Cid Collins Walker (Festival Director) and Martin Zell (Board of Trustees President) of the Chesapeake Film Festival, chose the Best in Show for two categories—Student/Family (at least 50% of the filmmaking team are under 18) and Adult. Awards, including a People’s Choice Award (selected that evening), will be given out during the screening


August 6th will bring Exchange: A Pop-Up Art Expo featuring four artists and four creative entrepreneurs from Maryland, DC, and Delaware to exhibit and sell their goods. Guests can buy affordable paintings, ceramics, sculptures, mosaics, and macramé art. The event will be led by Brea Soul, a marketing specialist, and self-described multimedia storyteller.


Wrapping up the series, on September 2nd (Easton Night Out), will be a Variety Show being put together by Tori Paxton. The call is currently out for all musicians, dancers, comedians, etc., to bring their talent to the stage.


Jennifer Chrzanowski, AAM’s Development Manager, said, “We’re hoping by the measure of success from these events, to continue and repeat these next summer because they’ve been so well received.”


Besides the Summer series and their regular programming, AAM is always trying out new formats and ideas, including Yoga at the Museum. Their first in July had to be brought inside due to rain, but they’re hoping their next one on August 13 can take place either in the courtyard or on the front South Street lawn, depending on how many people they get. “It’s a really nice way to practice in and around the museum,” said Chrzanowski, “and to have that combination of nature and art is special.”


For more information, go to: https://academyartmuseum.org


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