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History comes alive at Chautauqua at CCBC Dundalk July 11-13!
7 p.m., CCBC Dundalk, “Creative Women: Breaking the Mold”
July 11- Georgia O’Keeffe; July 12- Emily Dickinson; July 13 Frida Kahlo

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (June 5, 2014) – Due to construction in the Theatre at CCBC Catonsville, Chautauqua has a new home this year -- CCBC Dundalk. The Community College of Baltimore County and the Maryland Humanities Council invite you to join us for Chautauqua 2014 at CCBC Dundalk 7 p.m., July 11-13, 2014 in the John E.Ravekes Theatre in the College Community Center at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road. The program is free and open to the public.

Chautauqua 2014This three-evening cultural event brings three “Creative Women: Breaking the Mold” to the stage:

Georgia O’Keeffe, the first woman of the modern American art movement – portrayed by Kelley Rouse on Friday, July 11;

Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most celebrated poets – portrayed by MiMi Zannino on Saturday, July 12;

Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most influential and controversial artists – portrayed by Marian Licha on Sunday, July 13.

The name “Chautauqua” (pronounced shuh-TAW-kwa) comes from Chautauqua Lake in New York, where Chautauqua began in 1874 as a training course for Sunday school teachers. In the early decades of the 20th century, Chautauqua took to the road as part of the Lyceum movement, bringing lectures and entertainers to towns across America. Although it died out in the 1920s, Chautauqua was revived by state humanities councils in the 1970s.

This year the Maryland Humanities Council marks the 20th Anniversary of Chautauqua, bringing celebrated figures from the past to life through interactive performances that engage and inspire audiences of all ages. Scholars perform as historical figures and then have a conversation with the audience. Chautauqua events are held in six regions of the state each summer. Past historical figures have ranged from President Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr., from Francis Scott Key to Julia Child. For additional information about this event visit

CCBC began sponsoring Chautauqua 10 years ago under a tent on the Catonsville campus. Over the years, the tent gave way to the Theatre and this year marks the first year that the program will be held on the eastside of town in Dundalk.

The John E. Ravekes Theatre at CCBC Dundalk is accessible for people with disabilities. For special accommodations or other questions, call 443-840-4668.

Credit art to Tom Chalkley
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