Art

A Surge in Outdoor Art

MLK Mural, Sharing the Dream. Image courtesy of Jeff Huntington

Anne Arundel County is adding to its reputation as an outdoor destination and has recently seen a surge in outdoor art around the City. With the ever-expanding opportunities to see the work of talented artists on what used to be ugly blank walls, Annapolis is in the midst of an urban beautification. The area’s recent mural additions and those that are in the works, provide vistas ranging from simple beauty to complex history lessons.

Finding Flowers in Bloom in Winter

Farmhand Ron McCrary helps Cindy paint. Image courtesy of

John Iaquinta and Kim Breton Iaquinta, directors of Langton Green Community Farm, which provides vocational training to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, were looking for a way to carry a view of summer over into fall and winter.

Image courtesy of Cindy Fletcher Holden.

One of Annapolis’s most talented muralists, Cindy Fletcher Holden, had been teaching art classes at the farm prior to the pandemic, and the owners turned to her for help.  She designed two murals that really pop against the fallow fall fields at the farm’s entrance near Millersville. It is their hope to eventually open the farm to the public and sell their produce direct to the customer.

Year-round sunshine. Image courtesy of Cindy Fletcher Holden.

Welcome Home!

Hard at work in Cape Arthur. Image courtesy of Cindy Fletcher Holden.

The residents of the Severna Park community of Cape Arthur wanted a way to showcase their community’s waterfront setting. Cindy provided this glorious mural of sea, sand, and sun, located at the Cape Arthur playground.

The finished product! Image courtesy of Cindy Fletcher Holden.

Surprisingly and in a sign of strong community spirit, one day when Cindy arrived at the site to paint, there were dozens of girls from the neighborhood lined up to help.

A Short Walk through Three Centuries

Future History Now, (FHN) under the direction of one of the group’s founders, the amazing artist Jeff Huntington, is designing the Kids Making History Mural Tour. The KMH tour will maximize sightseers’ appreciation of FHN’s murals, which capture the history of the US and Annapolis. The young artists from underserved neighborhoods who painted the murals will provide the recorded narration of the tour.

Artists hard at work on the John Lewis mural. Image courtesy of Jeff Huntington.

The John Lewis mural at 95 West Street honors Lewis and other activists who led the Selma to Montgomery marches over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.

A memorial for generations to come. Image courtesy of Jeff Huntington.

Your Vote Is Your Voice

Young artists hard at work. Image courtesy of Street Art Films.

This mural represents one of America’s most powerful popular movements that will continue to resonate for decades to come.

The power of the vote! Image courtesy of Street Art Films.

The mural is entitled, “Mary Church Terrell: Key Pioneer in the Intersectional Movements for Civil Rights and Suffrage”. Completed this year, it is located in the Banneker-Douglass Museum

Remembering the Star

The Star Theater Mural Project was painted in collaboration with Stanton Center youth. Image courtesy of Street Art Films.

FHN is prolific in murals around Annapolis as demonstrated in the Star Theater Mural Project in collaboration with Stanton Center youth. It was completed last year at Calvert & Northwest Streets and pays tribute to the Star Theater, the only African American movie theater in Anne Arundel County from 1926 until it closed in 1965.

The Star mural and it’s young artists . Image courtesy of Street Art Films.

The mural highlights the old Star marquee; Joseph “Jake” Levin and Levin’s Store, which was located on the next block; and a 1920s era map of this location.

More on the Way

Watch this space! Image courtesy of Jeff Huntington.

Thankfully, with a supportive city government, including its Art in Public Places Commission, the transformation of Annapolis into an outdoor art gallery will continue at a steady pace. The City’s new art initiatives are gaining national attention, as in the case of the Breonna Taylor Mural in Chambers Park. The future is bright and the surge in outdoor art in Annapolis is far from over.

Read this newsletter from Mayor Gavin Buckley to find out what other murals are slated for approval.

Jane Green

Jane Green finally tired of her daily 100-mile round-trip commute to her federal government job as an expert on international issues and is now spending her days enjoying all that Annapolis and the surrounding area have to offer. Jane was raised in Indiana, receiving a B.A. in political science from Indiana University, but came east to earn a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She and her family moved to Annapolis in 1986. An avid genealogist, Jane discovered that she was not the first of her family to live in Anne Arundel County—that honor goes to a 7th great-grandfather. Jane and her husband, Tom, have two children, both married, three grandchildren, two dogs, and two granddoodles. Tom is the founder and president of DesignAmerica, an aerospace software development company. Jane’s favorite things about living in Annapolis include gazing out at the Bay from her deck, exploring new restaurants and shops, and attending musical and historical programs.