Our commitments to you: when curating programming, MC3 recognizes all contributors, past and present. While creating programming, MC3 will be proactive in identifying and including projects that involve the voices of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)artists. MC3 displays the artist(s) at the forefront of their project(s). MC3’s default aesthetic is expansive, using inclusive artistic values that represent all of the cultural heritages within our community.
For four evenings in November of 2020 MC3’s StageOne was transformed by Orange Grove Dance (“OGD”) into a live, site-specific, socially-distanced performance, Still Standing. Featuring a vivid light installation of 150 wireless lighting units that gently reflected the adjacent Annapolis National Cemetery, dancers and light served as a reminder of the importance of casting our lights together during times of darkness. With the audience viewing from MTPA’s Veterans Overlook, OGD brought their trademark virtuosic athleticism and the alluring music of Composer Dylan Glatthorn to this surreal luminescent landscape designed by acclaimed Lighting Designer Peter Leibold.
Peter Kater entertained the sell-out crowd of over 75 people for over an hour, using his wit and charm to complement his skillful mastery of his music. As he played several selections from his album, “Wings of Sound,” he encouraged members of the audience to lie down beneath the piano to experience the full impact of the music, and many took advantage of the unique opportunity.
The Maryland Cultural & Conference Center (MC3) celebrated Spring at Park Place in Annapolis with Project Disco! This Silent Disco + Light Show featured well-known Maryland based DJs “DJ Griff” (@dj_griff_) and “ALWZ SNNY” (@alwzsnny). The interactive lighting and projections show was developed by MFA students within The University of Maryland Lighting Department, led by renowned Director and Multimedia Designer Jared Mezzocchi.
Comacell Brown cut the ribbon for his new mural celebrating Carr’s Beach in Annapolis, with special guests Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Senator Sarah Elfreth, Delegate Shaneka Henson, Delegate Heather Bagnall, County Executive Steuart Pittman, Mayor Gavin Buckley, and Commissioner at Maryland Heritage Area Authority Janice Hayes-Williams. Attendees enjoyed performances from the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra and The Company @ MC3 and celebrated the integral role Carr’s Beach played in the Annapolis community.
The Ascension Project by UpRooted Dance, set to Sufjan Steven’s Ascension Album, is an indie-rock dance opera offering audiences the chance to reflect on the events of the past year and the world we now live in through the lens of dance, music, and art. Exploring ’20/20′ vision, The Ascension Project will take audiences through an emotional trajectory through space and time. The work explores isolation in small spaces, anxiety, disability, trauma and loss, and finally ends with transcendence.
The performances at MC3 also included a collaborative guest work created by Keira Hart-Mendoza, Katie Harris Banks, and feature live taiko drumming by Mark H Taiko.
The Company @ MC3, Greater Annapolis Ballet, and Level Dance Project hosted the HOPE DANCE CONCERT on October 22, 2021 in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and it’s Annapolis Out of the Darkness Walk. Together the three dance programs raised a little over $11,000 for the foundation.
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Join local artists Brenda Larson and Kathy Strouss for an opening reception for their new exhibit, “Reflections of Annapolis” at The Gallery at MC3. Enjoy lite fare, wine and a meet and greet with the artists. Shop for holiday gifts including artwork of all sizes, ornaments, mugs, coasters and so much more!
About the Exhibit: The exhibition theme’s focus is a complement to coastal bay living, showing the long history of Maryland’s capital city and a celebration of traditions through art. This exhibit is a fusion of the beautiful blue palette of the Chesapeake Bay region and our flora, people and sea life. The two artists complement their styles through contemporary and traditional artwork for the holiday season.