With $80,000 in federal funds the arts division of Prince George's County's department of parks and recreation has begun to implement its new Art for Public Places program.
Last September the arts division announced that the program's funding, received through the Labor Department's Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), would be cut to $50,000. Murals Coordinator Margery Freeman said that when the monies were awarded in mid-November by the county's personel department, however, the original request of $80,000 was granted.
CETA monies, though federal in origin, are allocated by local jurisdictions according to local needs.
Under the Arts for Public Places Program six indoor murals are to be executed at sites across Prince George's County. It is the second countywide public arts program to be funded under CETA. The first was an outdoor project for which $40,000 was allocated to place murals on exterior sites in the county.
The four criteria used by the arts division in deciding on locations for the indoor murals were public visibility, geographical distribution, suitability of the surface for painting and community support, Freeman said.
Once a site was selected and preliminary sketches of mural designs were made, the artist was asked to meet with a review panel that had been established by the arts division to give community representatives a voice in the program.
Members of the review panel were Sylvia Herman, a community activist for the arts division; Barbara Dillenger, an interior designer employed by the county; two professional county artist, Judy Andraka and Nancy Sanford; jerry Parsons, chairman of the art department of Prince George's Community College; a representative of the building in which the mural was to be placed, and Freeman.
The review panel, after examining and discussing the artist's plans, would then vote to approve the idea or ask the artist to submit alternative designs. Before work was started on any site, an assigned administrator has to give final approval.
Murals coordinator Freeman noted that the review panel had worked well in insruing community support for the program. A primary aim of the arts division was the creation of murals with which the community could feel comfortable, she said.
The first two indoor murals are scheduled to be completed in early February. One, to be located at the Cavert ice Skating Rink in Riverdale, is a skating scene. The artist is John Ford, who last year created an outdoor mural for Riverdale at the intersection of East-West Highway and Rte. 1.
Also slated for February completion is a mural that will cover three walls of the gymnasium at the Langley Park Boys and Girls Club. Artist William Rolig and his apprentice, Rick Weiss, have been painting for a month on the mural, which depicts baseball and softball teams and other activities sponsored by the club.
Work on two more murals started this week. Artist barbara Johnson and apprentice Kevin Grigsby are painting scenes from the past and present in Laurel on two adjoining walls in the cafeteria of the newly built Laurel Hospital. The mutal is to be finished by March 4, when the facility will be dedicated.
Artist Tim Tehan and apprentice Siadys are aiming for mid-March completion of the mural they have started in the father's waiting room at Prince George's Hospital in Cheverley. Their mural is to be a geometric design.
According to coordinator Freeman, plans for the other sites are still tentative. Pending approval by County Executive Winfield Kelly, a bronze frieze by artist Richard Zandler is projected for the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.
Negotiations are also went under way for a mural in one of the libraries, added Freeman, probably the new library in Fairmont Heights.
Freeman said that the arts division has also requested $5,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for two outside sculptures in Prince George's County. Like CETA monies, block grant funds are federal in source but locally allocated.
"The Oldest Living Graduate," by preston Jones, is being offered by the K.G. Players at The Playhouse in Gaithersburg. Performances will continue through Jan. 21.
This is an enjoyable show chiefly because the cast of nine maintains the sense of what each of the characters is about throughout most of the scenes.
The play is set in the small town of Bradleyville, Tex., in 1962. The central character, Colonel J.C. Kinkaid, played bay is set in the small town of Bradleyville, Tex., in 1962. The central character, Colonel J.C. Kinakaid, played by Timothy Rice, is the oldest suriving graduate of a small Texas military academy which for a number of very worldly reasons has chosen to honor him. Surviving is the theme of his class who survived the fighting in World War I. His youngest son, Floyd, Played by Richard Armstrong , unloving and unlovable, and his daughter-in-law, Maureen, played by Lynn Smith, are survivors of the prosperous and monotous existence of Bradleyville, which the playwright portrays as offering the humanistic amenities of a dose of mustart gas.
As the action of the play develops, one feels that the characters are in an on-going stalemate with each other. The humor of the trenches is written into the script, and it is much to the credit of the entire cast that moments of personal integrity and tenderness towards each other are discernible to the audience.
While the direction of Greg Gay offers no surprises, good or bad, it has created and sustained the values involved in this production. What takes place has a definite sense of scale and prupose. The rather literal setting, designed by Rollis Hargnett, contributes a very appropriate visual harshness to the proceedings.