The Kent Cultural Alliance announces 2024 Independent Artist Grants for Kent County Artists

The Kent Cultural Alliance (KCA) will open applications for the 2024 Independent Artist Grants application in on February 1. KCA has $20,000 to award in this category allowing for 40 $500 grants.  This will be a one-time cash grant and is open to any artist who is living and creating in Kent County.

The application window will open on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 10 am.  It will close on Sunday March 4, 2024 at midnight. The application includes questions about the artists’ practice, plans for using funding and the exhibition of their work.  (As with all KCA funding, these grants are only available to Kent County residents.  If you do not live in Kent County, please contact your County Arts Council to inquire about funding in your county.)

It is not a requirement of this grant that art is your primary source of income.  The KCA’s definition of art is multidisciplinary and includes practices often referred to as craft.  The funds from this grant can be used to purchase supplies, go towards a studio rental, marketing costs, equipment repairs, or anything else that is directly related to your art. (Funds may not be used for travel.)  

If there are more qualified applicants than the fund is able to accommodate, their names will be placed into a randomizer in order to select 40 artists to receive grants.  This will not be a first come/ first served process.

A link for an online application and a downloadable PDF can be found on the KCA website, To receive a printed copy of the application, or if you have any questions, please call the KCA at 410-778-3700 or email the Deputy Director, Hester Sachse at   Artists can also pick up a paper application at the Raimond Center, 101 Spring Avenue, Chestertown, open Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.

2024 Resident Artists - L to R: Austen Camille, Alyssa Dennis, Dennis McNett

Kent Cultural Alliance Announces Inaugural SFW Residency Artists for “LAND”, Spring 2024

The Kent Cultural Alliance announces its first class of visiting artists for the SFW Residency for spring 2024. This inaugural residency session features three talented artists/educators from Friendswood, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; and Luray, Virginia. These artists will work under a collective theme of “LAND” as they explore agriculture, soil, family farms, and more with our local partners for the session; Kent County 4H, Kent County High School Future Farmers of America, and Harborview Farms. This social practice residency has its foundation in community engagement and seeks to create broader participation around issues important to the people who call this county home.

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Featured poet Naomi Shihab Nye
2024 Poetry Festival Headliner Naomi Shihab Nye

The 15th Annual
Kent County Poetry Festival
April 5-7, 2024

Featured Poet
Naomi Shihab Nye, “the Wandering Poet” and Poetry Foundation’s
“Young People’s Poet” 2019-2021

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Photo Credit: David Pugh

Coming February 2024

Pádraig Ó Tuama returns to Kent County – Two Events!

  • Friday, February 23 at 7 pm
    READING: Readings from Pádraig’s forthcoming volume Kitchen Hymns (Copper Canyon Press, October 2024) – Free but Reservations Required
  • Saturday, February 24 from 10 am to 1 pm
    WORKSHOP: Conflict and Poetry: a conversation
    $20 per person, light lunch included

    Much poetry thrives from conflict: conflict between what you can say, and what you feel you can’t; what is possible to do in language and what feels impossible. Some poems represent conflict directly, some poems cause conflict, and still others speak from an insider point of view.

    In this workshop, we will explore poems that speak to conflict: looking at the relationship between poetry and opinion; considering justice, injustice, statement, power, power imbalance, resolution and demand.

    We will explore poems, form, and respond to some prompts. Please come prepared to be in a room with people who may approach topics differently to you.


The Kent Cultural Alliance (KCA) has elected Marlon Saunders to its Board of Directors. KCA Director John Schratwieser warmly welcomed Saunders, stating, “Marlon’s talent and passion, honed over a 20-year collaboration, make him an ideal fit for our mission. These recent years of close collaboration convinced me he should join us, and I’m thrilled he said yes!” Marlon Saunders is an accomplished composer, singer, producer, and playwright whose collaborations with various artists have included Michael Bublé, Sting, Angelique Kidjo, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Shania Twain, Bobby McFerrin, and more.

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Friday, August 18, 2023 at 5:30 pm

The Kent Cultural Alliance is thrilled to announce the premiere of this Documentary, “LOOKING INWARD: Art & History in Kent County, Maryland”, on Friday, August 18, 2023 at 5:30 pm as a Pre-Opening Event for the 2023 Legacy Day Weekend with Sumner Hall.   The screening will be held at the Vincent and Leslie Prince Raimond Cultural Center and will be followed by a reception and viewing of the work associated with the Fellowship, and conversations with our five participating artists.  The artists: Bogey, Allen Johnson, Jason Patterson, Mike Pugh, and Gordon Wallace will share again their work sparked by this partnership.  The media for these works are portraiture in pastels, photographs, digital art, oils & acrylic, and ceramics.

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ISAAC Goes to Washington!

KCA announces that ISAAC, by Marlon Saunders, is heading to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for an invited workshop residency through the REACH Social Impact Theater development project.

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