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"Helping Today's Youth

Turn Their Creative Talents Into Artistic Opportunities For Their Futures."

Harbor City Maryland Chapter

Our Mission

The mission of this organization shall be to promote friendship and social exchange among members;​ to function as a resource for young people in the arts; and,​ to promote educational, civic, and cultural experiences within the community.

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Literary Arts

Hi.  My name is Elijah Barrett, age 8, and I was a winner in the "Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy" Essay Writing Contest.  I wrote an essay about if I were to meet Mr. Beethoven what would I say.   My essay was one of three winners from over 140 applications.  Once I won the essay writing contest, I had to then learn how to read my essay really good so it could be played over the radio.  Ms. Marion (Harbor City Maryland Chapter Member) taught me how to pro-nun-ci-ate my words.  I then practiced and my mom recorded me reading.  My essay was played during Mr. Beethoven's birthday week on the local classical radio station.  I am so happy The Society [Harbor City Maryland Chapter] cares about teaching children how to write and read essays to audiences. 

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Instrumental Arts

Hi.  My name is Ayiana Davis Polen.  I was the winner of the first Dr. David C. Driskell Scholarship Achievement Award.  To win, I first had to attend a resume and essay writing workshop sponsored by the Harbor City Maryland Chapter of The Society.  It was a great workshop where I learned to create a "performing arts" resume and to prepare different types of essays.  Next, I had to submit my resume and essay on the theme, "How music can help in down times." These were scored.  Then the hardest part was to play two classical piano pieces for a jury of professional musical artists and teachers.  I was also scored for my musical talents. All three top scores made me the winner.  My $1000 scholarship helped towards my first year expenses at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.  I am so grateful that this organization focuses on youth dedicated to instrumental arts.   

Visual Arts

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Visual Arts

I am Lynnette Haynes, the Vice President and Chair of our Arts Programs Committee.  It is with great pride that I share in 2021 our chapter focused on Visual Arts and awarded our 2021 Dr. David C. Driskell Scholarship Achievement Award to a deserving graduating senior, Brandon Morse, who created a winning Digital Art piece based on the theme, "Finding Strength, Courage, and Hope". 

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The Visual Arts, along with our other three arts genres make up the mosaic of programs we offer to support the development of youth in the arts.  Our chapter is honored to fulfill our mission of promoting students by exposing them to all forms of visual arts including painting, illustrating, ceramics /pottery, digital, fabric, sculpting, and many more. Are students only need imagination, innovation and creativity!   

Brandon Morse

2021 Graduate of Laurel High School

"Breaking Through"

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Performing Arts

Harbor City Maryland Chapter has been honored in the past to partner with the Prince George's County NAACP on their signature national youth program, Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO).  We have judged contestants and mentored our local winners as they prepare for the National Competition.  In 2020, we had five Prince George's County students participate at national in a variety of genres.  We are excited to highlight Ambar Matos who brought home Gold for Modern Dance and Bronze for Contemporary Dance.   Our commitment to youth in performing arts extends across many genres from dance to theatre.  This keeps us actively looking for passionate and dedicated youth seeking greatness.  

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