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Blackstone Amphitheater for Humanity

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power point presentation about the 300 year old historical site being developed to help the community by Graciela Blackstone a 5th generation farmer who has changed the concept of farming to include …

power point presentation about the 300 year old historical site being developed to help the community by Graciela Blackstone a 5th generation farmer who has changed the concept of farming to include growing people !


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  • 1. Blackstone Memorial Auditorium Theater for HumanityPresented by:Graciela BlackstoneApril 2012 From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds 4
  • 2. Why this Project? Vital Educational Center Desirable Community Gathering Space Key Economic Development Engine Critical African American Historical Site PreservationVital historical location to provide a facility with a size and location convenient for all nonprofit, civic, and private organizations to raise admirable funds to help Maryland citizens in need. From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds 4
  • 3. Community SupportersEdward R. Riley, Maryland SenatorCathleen M. Vitale, Maryland DelegateJohn R. Leopold, County Executive, Anne Arundel County,Maryland From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds 4 3
  • 4. Historical Preservation We are transforming a 140+ year- old family farm, the last African American owned farm in Anne Arundel County, to a historical location for public use . From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds 4
  • 5. Amphitheater Plans AdvanceMuseumAmphitheaterWalking TrailsEducation CenterHall Brown HouseArcheological Dig Opportunities – Historic Maryland life beginning early 1600’s From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds
  • 6. About Graciela Blackstone5th Generation Farmer on theborderline of Crownsville andAnnapolis, MarylandFamily lived, worked, andeventually owned the land since1659U.S. Army VeteranFather: MSGT James Blackstone Sr.– Chief of Mechanical Engineers– Tuskegee University Flight Instructor for the Red Tails in 1941 Graciela Blackstone, who’s leading plans to build the Amphitheater for Humanity on her family farm in Crownsville, kneels on the property. Her family has had links to the land since the 1600s. From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds
  • 7. Amphitheater Features24,000 sq. ft. steel frame structureProscenium seating, thrust stage, sound and lighting controlroom; seating for 750 to 1,000 peopleEquipment storage for scenery and propsLobby area expanded into gathering space – Community multi-purpose spaceWarming kitchen for cateringAdministrative officesOpen space, greenery and buffersParking From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds
  • 8. Contact Information Graciela Blackstone Blackstone & Associates, LLC 1820 Hall Brown Road Annapolis, Maryland 21401 gra102358@yahoo.com 301-633-7697 From cultivating the ground, to cultivating minds