Daliy Times Artist Spotlight: December, 2012
What type of art do you create?
I am a writer. Most of my past work has been nonfiction, such as “Women of Achievement in Maryland History.” But I have finally written my first novel.
Describe your work:
“A Gold-Mended Life” is metaphor for the ancient Japanese tradition of repairing an object that is broken with gold, thus making it stronger and more beautiful than before it was broken. All the main characters are over 50 years old and are wonderfully gold mended.
When did you start making your art?
I can’t remember the first day I started writing, but it was decades ago when I was young(er).
What inspires you?
Older persons inspire me because their life is like a library.
What are the challenges of creating your art?
It is one thing to develop the skill of writing, a big challenge, but having the stories comes from a lifetimes of experiences, which you have to seek out. Being an older adult myself, I can relate to the many stories told to me by baby boomers and beyond.
Do you make a living through your art?
Sometimes, but I am not canceling my Social Security check.
Do you have a job outside of your art?
I work part time as a consultant for MAC, the Area Agency on Aging, where I also direct The 50+ Network for Creative Engagement. Before that I taught at Salisbury University for 25 years.
Who is your favorite artist?
I love the writings of Anne Tyler, who, by the way, lives in Baltimore.
Where in the community can your work be seen?
On Amazon, Kindle, at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center or my website, www.carolynstegman.com.
What do you think the Eastern Shore can do to improve its arts scene?
I think the Eastern Shore has wonderful opportunities in most arts: To name a few, The Ward Museum, Community Players, Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, the new Association for Lifelong Learning, and of course, our universities and colleges — all places we can either enjoy watching the arts or taking classes.
Original Article published December 30, 2012.
Stegman Receives 2011 Community Leadership Award
SALISBURY, MD---Recipients of Salisbury University’s 2011 President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award are: Dr. Carolyn Stegman, an author, educator and volunteer, and Dove Pointe, Inc., which assists people with disabilities.
Their work is celebrated during SU’s 85th year Spring Commencement on Thursday, May 19, at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. The awards are presented during the 10 a.m. ceremony.
Stegman has been called a “champion of diversity, women’s rights [and] the aging.” She also is a “thought-provoking catalyst” for global understanding and social change.
For two decades, Stegman has taught communication, education and psychology to students at SU, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Wor-Wic Community College. A cultural events supporter, she helped bring singer/songwriter Holly Near, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison and feminist leader Gloria Steinem to SU. She also has opened her home to international visitors, from Tibetan Monks to exchange students.
A longtime volunteer, consultant and past board chair for MAC Inc., Stegman is currently developing its 50+ Network for Creative Engagement to empower older adults to achieve the greatest creative potential within themselves, their relationships and their community. She recently wrote a successful $1.5 million grant for the new Salisbury-Wicomico Senior Services Center, and obtained funding to build its therapy garden for dementia and Alzheimer’s clients. She hosts MAC’s PAC-14 show, covering issues facing older adults, and writes and edits its newsletter. She is a member of the Wicomico Commission on Aging and has served on Life Crisis Center and American Cancer Society boards.
In the 1990s, Stegman authored a weekly column for The Daily Times, exploring diversity, gender issues and other topics. In 2002, she published Women of Achievement in Maryland History, highlighting some 300 state heroines. She is a founding member of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, the first of its kind in the nation.
Dove Pointe and executive director Donald Hackett are credited for helping those with disabilities develop a sense of purpose and productivity within their communities. The parents of one client said they appreciate Dove Pointe’s “outstanding services, care and encouragement.”
Started in 1968 in a vacant school in San Domingo, near Sharptown, Dove Pointe is now located in Salisbury. The non-profit currently supports over 300 individuals with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, autism, and medical and therapeutic needs.
Through vocational training and placement, Dove Pointe helps adult clients work within its departments and at 10 community sites. Also offered are arts programs, daycare, music therapy, mentoring and home living skills instruction.
Dove Pointe runs some 67 vehicles daily, transporting clients for trainings, jobs, appointments and community integration experiences, including volunteer work. In addition, the organization serves children, providing everything from summer camps and afterschool programs, to respite care and behavioral support for families.
Recently, Dove Pointe partnered with Rotary International to expand its Mobility Opportunity Via Experience (MOVE) program to South Africa. This initiative helps the physically disabled of all ages improve skills with specialized equipment. Dove Pointe is a recipient of the Richard Henson Award for Excellence in Community Service.
The Community Leadership Awards are presented annually in two categories: individual and organization. Those in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, Accomack, Northampton and Sussex counties are eligible.
Past winners include the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore; former Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Lewis Riley; Women Supporting Women and its founder, Sue Revelle; MAC Inc.; Henry Hanna, III; the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore; and Dr. Peggy Naleppa.
“The award allows SU to say ‘thank you’ to the community and to celebrate honorees as exemplars of civic excellence for our students,” said Town-Gown Council Chair Scott Jensen.
Admission to Commencement is by ticket only. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu/communityleadership.
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