The Maryland Cultural and Conference Center (MC3), formerly known as Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts (MTPA), is debuting a new vision for the Annapolis arts community with the One Annapolis Community Art Project. The project will feature a vibrant mural created by renowned artist Comacell Brown and will be painted on the wall adjacent to MC3’s StageOne at Park Place.
The mural will memorialize Carr’s Beach, a historical landmark in the Annapolis community that catered to Black audiences. Performances often attracted tens of thousands of people; its impact on the community was significant. Carr’s Beach hosted several notable artists including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, James Brown, Little Richard, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin. Today, Carr’s Beach is rarely recognized for its integral part in Annapolis’s rich cultural history. For more information about this historical venue, see: http://upstart-annapolis.com/ago-carrs-beach/
"This mural presents MC3 and The City of Annapolis with an exciting opportunity to commemorate the historical relevance of Carr's Beach. In alignment with MC3’s mission to provide equitable access to innovative and diverse arts programming to the Greater Annapolis region, we recognize that Carr's Beach was our city's original presenter of culturally diverse entertainment that celebrated the performing arts' power to unite a community”- MC3 Board Member and Project Lead, Dr. Eric Elston
A historical discussion will be presented by MC3 in conjunction with Maryland Day on Youtube live, March 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM. The panel will include local historian Janice Hayes-Williams, Founder of the Blacks of The Chesapeake, Vince Leggett, Corey Lewis of the Maryland State Archives and Mural Artist, Comacell Brown. To follow the progress of this project or to get involved please visit and share the One Annapolis Community Art Project Gofundme or follow MC3 on Social Media @MC3Annapolis.
This project has been made possible, in part, by Annapolis Art in Public Places, Bates Legacy Center, Leadership Anne Arundel, Annapolis Heritage Commission, Four Rivers Heritage, and The Maryland State Archives.
The mural is set to be painted in March, 2021 but we cannot do it without the help of our community!
*If you would like to receive donor recognition, please provide your email address when prompted by Gofundme.
Meet the artist:
Comacell Brown – Eye of Fire
Comacell Brown, aka Cell Spitfire, is a multi-disciplinary artist from Annapolis, Maryland, specializing in painting, graphic design, entrepreneurial skills, and local outreach through art. His clients include Lamar Jackson, 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Angela Davis, Young Jeezy, Cam Newton, Amara La Negra, Young Dylan, FUBU Frames, YBS Skola, PNB Rock, Kane Beatz, Ransom, FreeWay and the Ice City Click, Memphis Bleek, and more.
- Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center
- Annapolis Art in Public Places
- Karin Geiselhart
- Candra Cummings
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