Community Partners/Affiliates | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Community Partners/Affiliates

The Community Partners Program offers artistic programming to the community through partnerships between Maryland Hall and non-profit organizations or appropriate individual artists who are not otherwise participants in the Artists-in-Residence Program or Resident Company Program.  This is a mutually beneficial, collaborative opportunity to complement the mission of Maryland Hall by inspiring, nurturing and engaging interest in the arts.  

Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1990 to provide young musicians in the Annapolis-Baltimore-Washington region with an opportunity to perform symphonic works from the standard repertoire, the CYSO has grown to comprise two levels of string orchestra, an intermediate level full orchestra, two levels of flute ensemble and a Wind Ensemble, in addition to the Symphony Orchestra. Approximately 200 students participate, ranging in age from 8 to 18. A professional conductor leads each of the ensembles, under the overall direction of Music Director and Symphony conductor Julien Benichou. Tours abroad are planned about every three years for older students.


VisionWorkshops is the creative force behind a series of highly effective photography workshops for youth from underserved communities worldwide. Its mission is to provide innovative, dynamic, educational and life changing experiences for youth, using the tools of photojournalism. VisionWorkshops’ goals are to give young people a voice, challenging them to see themselves and their communities in a new light; to encourage them to explore their world through the lens of a camera; and to share their perspectives with others through the publication and exhibition of their work. Their workshops inspire youth with positive role models and with opportunities to display their photographs and writings at galleries from Annapolis to Europe to India and the Middle East.

Peabody Preparatory

The Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University offers early childhood and harp ensemble courses, as well as individual instruction in guitar, harp, piano, and voice, at the Annapolis campus located in Maryland Hall. Children and adults of all levels of musical experience and ability work with the Preparatory’s acclaimed faculty and staff to realize their highest potential and capacity for artistic expression.


The Writer's Center

In 1976, a group of literature enthusiasts led by Allan Lefcowitz, Barbara Lefcowitz, Jane Fox, Merrill Lefler, Ann McLaughlin, Richard Peabody, John Hill and others embarked on a mission to make an independent home for the literary arts in the D.C. area. A community where like-minded individuals could share their love of literature, build relationships with one another, and create great art. Since those modest days out at Glen Echo Park, the home they built has grown to become a destination for many. Through the years, The Writer’s Center has remained dedicated to the core aspirations of our founders. In addition to providing writing workshops—both on-location and online—they also host more than 50 outstanding literary events each year, featuring authors of local, national, and international renown.