April 2019 Around Town 2

AACC Professor Darian Senn-Carter Appointed to Bowie City Council

The Bowie City Council appointed Anne Arundel Community College associate professor Darian Senn-Carter to represent District 3, filling a vacancy left two months ago when Councilwoman Courtney Glass stepped down. Darian, 32, is a professor at Anne Arundel Community College’s Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute. He developed a mentorship program there called Aspiring Leadership Academy connecting students and faculty. In 2017, he won the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Zeitgeist Award after helping to lead a social justice program at the school.

The 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival Is Underway in Washington D.C.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington, D.C.’s and the nation’s greatest springtime celebration that annually celebrates the gift of the cherry blossom trees and their symbol of enduring friendship between the citizens of Japan and the United States. During peak blooming period of the trees, the city-wide event attracts visitors and area residents to hundreds of events in partnership with more than 30 local organizations. The Festival is organized by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship.

Group of Artists Push for Old Bowie Revitalization through Art

Local artists are seeking to revitalize Old Town Bowie by securing an arts and entertainment designation from the state, a move they hope will spark a renaissance of music, art and culture for the neighborhood. They asked the Bowie City Council to approve sending a letter of intent to apply for an arts and entertainment district designation to the Maryland State Arts Council, which has established 26 districts across the state since the program launched in 2001. The designation offers arts-related tax incentives for property owners, event venues and artists.