MCAG Arts Education Fund
The Muddy Creek Artists Guild is proud to support local arts education in K-12 schools and beyond through its Arts Education Fund. 20% of the Guild's net proceeds go to supporting local schools through this fund annually. In addition, Guild members donate art work at each show to the Arts Education Raffle. All proceeds from ticket sales support the fund, giving show visitors a chance to win some amazing artwork while simultaneously supporting art education in our local county schools.
2021 Education Fund
In March 2021, MCAG launched its "Cards for Education" campaign to support the Arts Education Fund while COVID restrictions continue to prevent in-person shows. MCAG members have donated cards typically for sale to create a variety pack of 10 greetings cards, now available for $30 in the Guild's online store. All proceeds will go directly to the 2021 Education Fund.
Members voted in April to use proceeds from the "Cards for Education" campaign and a portion of proceeds from the planned 2021 Holiday "Gifts from the Arts" show to support the art departments of local Southern High School and South River High School, in southern Anne Arundel County, Md.
In 2019, MCAG unanimously voted to take proceeds from the Spring and Holiday shows to support the Central Special School in Edgewater. On January 7, 2020, members presented the school with a check for $3,471. Art teacher Gillian Connor and school principal Natalie Marston accepted the check, with plans to purchase a kiln to enhance their programming.
Though COVID-19 dashed our plans for a regular show season and our usual process for raising funds for the program, the MCAG Board voted to preemptively donate $600 to Camp Wabanna in Edgewater, Md. to support its art programming needs for summer campers.
In January 2020, MCAG representatives present Central Special School with the 2019 Arts Education Fund Award of $3,471.
The Gail Henderson Memorial Scholarship Benefits Art Students at AACC
Friends and family of the late artist Gail H. Henderson, in partnership with the Muddy Creek Artists Guild, have established the Gail Henderson Memorial Scholarship housed at the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation to benefit AACC art students.
Muddy Creek artist Gail Henderson was an abstract painter who used vibrant colors to portray scenes from the American Southwest and rural Spain. In memory of her lifelong passion for art and her professional career in education, the Gail Henderson Memorial Scholarship was established in December 2013. Thanks to the generous donations of her friends, family and colleagues, as well as the sale of artwork at our Muddy Creek shows, the fund has exceeded $8,000 to date.
In August 2015 MCAG President Bea Poulin (right) and Vice President Mike Dennis (left) presented Dr. Dawn Lindsay, President of AACC, with a check to benefit the Gail Henderson Memorial Scholarship Fund.