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Maryland Arts Day 2013:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
At the President's Conference Center
in the Miller Senate Building in Annapolis.
2013 Maryland Arts Day - A New Partnership
We started a new partnership for the 2013 Maryland Arts Day with the Baltimore based Veterans Artist Program (VAP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunites, encouragement and motivation for returning Vets who are artists, to engage in the arts community. VAP provides the means to follow their passion in this next stage of their lives. MCA was joined by Maryland Vet Artists representing many legislative districts and featured some of their work.
Our Keynote Speaker
Our Keynote Speaker for Maryland Arts Day 2013 was world renowned surgeon, research, teacher and musician, Dr. Charles Limb, Associate Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins University and Faculty, Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Please take a moment to check out some of these links. The connection Dr. Limb is making between the arts and the development of the human brain are groundbreaking indeed. We were thrilled to have him as our guest speaker for the 2013 Maryland Arts Day.
Matt Wigler Jazz played a set during our lunch as we processed the experience of the delegation meetings with our lawmakers. Matt Wigler is a remarkable young pianist and composer who fell in love with jazz and blues at age 8, and since then has made a name for himself at festivals and venues throughout the U.S. An Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore in 2010, Matt now attends the Manhattan School of Music.
With the help of Community Arts Alliance in Maryland (CAAM), MCA staff worked with its partners to refine and sharpen our "playbook" for meeting with lawmakers in the delegation rooms this year. We focussed on two primary goals: 1) to maximize the number lawmakers with whom we reach; 2) to empower our unified and personally unique messages about the need for public support for the arts to be heard by lawmakers.
8:15 am Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:50 Opening Remarks
9:00 Greetings from Maryland Lawmakers
9:50 Greetings from Sponsors and Partners
10:00 Keynote - Dr. Charles Limb
10:35 Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award: Susie Farr
10:45 Budget Realities and Legislative Talking Points
11:00 Greetings from Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown
11:15 Visit to Legislative Delegations
1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:25 Performance: Matt Wigler Jazz
1:50 Wrap up and next steps
2:00 Conclusion and Shuttle Service
Dr. Charles Limb is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, where he specializes in neurotology and skull base surgery. He is also a Faculty Member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Director of Research of the Neuroeducation Initiative at the School of Education.
Throughout his career, he has combined his interests in auditory science, clinical treatment of hearing loss and complex sound perception, especially music. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins with Dr. David Ryugo studying the development of the auditory brainstem, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health with Dr. Allen Braun studying neural mechanisms of music production and perception using functional neuroimaging methods.
While at the NIH, Dr. Limb completed a unique study of jazz improvisation that revealed important new findings regarding patterns of brain activity that underlie spontaneous musical creativity. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of creativity (in various musical and other art forms) as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. In particular, he is interested in factors that encourage or disrupt creative flow. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Amplification, the only journal explicitly focused on auditory amplification devices and hearing aids. He is on the Editorial Board of the journals Otology and Neurotology as well as Music and Medicine. His work has been featured by National Public Radio, TED, National Geographic, the New York Times, PBS, CNN, Scientific American, the British Broadcasting Company, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the American Museum of Natural History.
Matt Wigler is a jazz and blues pianist, organist, singer and composer from Baltimore, Maryland. He began playing piano at age five, and even then revealed his talent for improvisation. At age eight, Matt met a musician at a camp who introduced him to jazz and blues and that is when he discovered his passion. This gifted, young artist has maturity, skill and versatility well beyond his years.
By age 16, Matt had already played at festivals and venues throughout the US and Canada, including the Monterey Bay Blues Festival (CA), Beaches International Jazz Festival (Toronto), Telluride Jazz Festival (CO), North Atlantic Blues Festival (ME), Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival (MI), Artscape (MD), Columbia Festival of the Arts (MD), The Birchmere (VA), and the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise (Caribbean).
Matt’s second CD, Epiphony, was released in July 2009 (Vista Records). With six original compositions, it honors the past and looks to the future with his mature, inventive and fresh approach. Epiphony was nominated for best jazz CD by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). Matt’s debut CD, Thirteen (Vista Records) was released in June 2007 and received outstanding reviews. Both were produced by Deanna Bogart, two-time Blues Music Award winner and Matt’s mentor. Matt also played Hammond B3 organ as a sideman on Deanna Bogart's Eleventh Hour and Rick Dempsey's Home Run Holiday.
Matt has appeared with many notables including Buckwheat Zydeco, Marcia Ball, Scott Ambush, Tab Benoit, Bob Seeley, Hod O’Brien and Stephanie Nakasian. Matt has also opened for blues guitar greats Buddy Guy and Joe Bonamassa.