Each year the Maryland Traditions presents a gathering and showcase featuring recipients of the masters and apprenticeship awards. The day is a celebration of folk and traditional artists from throughout the state and is a unique opportunity to engage with the artists, community members and colleagues all in one place. The traditions presented encompass art forms long rooted in Maryland communities from fox hunting, musical instrument and boat building to centuries old traditions based in diverse cultural communities throughout the state.
As director of Montgomery Traditions I’m very excited as this year’s gathering features four Montgomery County based folk and traditional arts apprenticeship pairs. These artists from Montgomery County represent a glimpse at the wealth and breadth of folk and traditional arts practiced in our community. The Montgomery-based artists include Colombian vallenato accordion master Gustavo Nieto and apprentice Edwin Lozano, Hindustani Classical vocalist Samia Ahmad and apprentice Irum Ahmad, Persian sufi percussionist Ali Analouei and apprentice Giti Abrishami with the Sama Ensemble and Guatemalan marimba master Robert Giron and apprentice Beverly Giron of Marimba Linda Xelaju.
There is something for everyone with a passion for folk and traditional arts from material and occupational culture to culinary traditions for the foodies. Come honor and celebrate the recipients of the ALTA (Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts) Awards, presented annually to individuals and organizations who exemplify outstanding stewardship of Maryland’s traditions. The award is given in three categories: People, Place, and Tradition.
The event schedule includes:
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
• Edwin Remsberg Photo Exhibit- Masters and apprentices;
• Maryland Masters of Material & Equestrian Arts – Live Demonstrations;
• Economy & Community – Maryland’s Traditional Small Businesses;
• Serving Up Traditions – Traditional Cooks Share Their Stories;
• 2010 ALTA (Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts) Awards Ceremony and;
• Taste of Traditions – “The Meal”
• Maryland Masters Showcase
2010 Gathering and Showcase Maryland Masters
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010
Time: Gathering – 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Showcase – 7:30 pm
Venue: Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224
Tickets for the evening performance are gratis if you register for the daytime gathering. Otherwise they are $8 ($6 for Creative Alliance members). For tickets go to Creative Alliance, Maryland Traditions or call 410-276-1651 to order.
Maryland Traditions web site