ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

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  • Students learn how to play the steel drum and work together to prepare for a final performance—the culminating event of their residency program with Young Audiences steel drum musician Kevin Martin. Imagine Discovery Public Charter School, Baltimore, Maryland.

    Arts Transform
    Classrooms!

    Young Audiences for Learning

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Arts in Education

  • Slow Boat Captains for Truth and Justice play at the annual Taste of Cambridge crab celebration in the Cambridge A&E District. Photo by Dave Harp.

    Arts Anchor
    Communities

    Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off

    Cambridge, Maryland

    Community Arts Development

    Photo by Dave Harp
  • The Last People by Stephen Hendee

    To Honor and Celebrate
    The Artists

    The Last People by Stephen Hendee

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Individual Artist Award

    The Last People by Stephen Hendee
  • FLOWER OBSERVATORY by Olafur Eliasson

    Cutting-Edge Arts
    Happen Here

    Baltimore Museum of Art

    Baltimore, Maryland

    Grants for Organizations

    Photo by Christopher Myers
  • Artist Foon Sham’s CHAPEL OAK VESSEL, installed at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia as part of ARTsites 2014, a year-long Howard County Arts Council public art exhibit

    Art Enhances Place

    Howard County Arts Council

    Columbia, Maryland

    Public Art

    Photo courtesy of Howard County Arts Council

Maryland State Arts Council

With a celebrated history of commitment to innovation, collaboration and leadership in the arts reaching back four decades, the Arts Council was founded to encourage and invest in the arts for all Marylanders. With a strong record of support for artists, arts programs and organizations, the MSAC continues its work to build an even stronger creative community across our state.

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Arts Mean Business.

Did you know that nonprofit arts in Maryland have a $1 billion annual economic impact?

Yes, In Our Backyards!

The Maryland State Arts Council supports 24 local art councils that ensure equitable access to the arts statewide.
 

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The national program celebrates its 10th Anniversary during the 2014-2015 school year!

 

Arts Across Maryland

August Newsletter
Governor O'Malley awards $13.4 in arts awards, new leadership for MSAC and MCA, NEA Our Town grants in Maryland and more--Arts Maryland, August
MSAC Chair Carol Trawick
MSAC: You’ve been an entrepreneur, teacher, philanthropist, community leader, arts supporter…and the list goes on. But in your own words, how would you describe yourself?
Station North A&E District in Baltimore
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award 66 Our Town grants totaling more than $5 million to arts-based community projects within 38 states, NEA Chairman Jane Chu announced. Maryland is...
Arts Maryland, July
Touring Grants send Maryland performers statewide, a new executive director for Allegany County Arts Council and the winners of Star-Spangled Sing-Off are announced--Arts Maryland, July
Visiting Performers Clancy Works Dance Company
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking Maryland-based performers and teaching artists to apply for its Visiting Performers and Artist-in-Residence Rosters. The Rosters provide Maryland...
Allegany Arts Council Executive Director Christopher Sloan
MSAC: So, tell us about yourself. CS: Well, I’ve been involved in art and science in one way or another all my life. But my career as an art director led me toward commissioning art from others,...
Emancipation Day Parade, Trappe, Maryland (2010 ALTA recipients, The Descendants of Nathaniel "Uncle Nace" Hopkins)
Nominations are requested by August 1, 2014 for the annual Maryland Traditions ALTA (Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts) Awards. Three ALTA Awards are given annually to individuals and...
Bullhorn
The new law that could boost Maryland's art market, a celebration of Maryland Artists, a chat with Columbia Festival of the Arts Executive Director Nichole Hickey, the difference between an online...
Nichole Hickey
MSAC: Tell us about this year’s festival! What’s exciting, what’s new? Certainly the most exciting aspect of our free weekend—June 13-15 on the lakefront—is the East Coast premiere of Strange Fruit’...
Bill signing with Governor Martin O'Malley
At a May 15 ceremony in Annapolis, Governor Martin O'Malley, joined by House Speaker Mike Busch and Senate President Mike Miller, signed into law a bill that could broaden the statewide market for...
2014 Individual Artist Awards Crowd
Maryland artists that received a Maryland State Arts Council 2014 Individual Artist Award (IAA) were honored at a May 21 celebration and reception at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). An...
DINKA WARRIORS, a photograph by past IAA recipient Irene Abdou
The Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Award recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vitality of Maryland. At the heart of our thriving ...
Meet the Artist
What separates human from animal? What borders exist between real and imagined, beautiful and repugnant, animate and inanimate?” Lindsay Pichaske sculpts animals made of clay, feathers, paint,...
Arts Maryland--May
Fifty years of Maryland folklife moves to UMBC, a chat with Maryland Film Festival Director Jed Dietz, the sculptures of Gateway A&E District artist and more--Arts Maryland, May
MFF Director Jed Dietz
MSAC: This year’s festival will include about 50 feature films and 10 short film programs from around the world. Your best friend is passing through town and tragically, has time to see just one....
Chum Ngek
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced this week that the NEA plans to award $74.85 million in 971 grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide as part of the...
Maryland State House
As of Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed 5% ($800,000) increase in the General Fund appropriation for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) was passed by the Maryland General Assembly,...
Bursting in Air
The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC) in partnership with Maryland Milestones/ATHA, Inc. and the Art Lives Here Initiative, seek muralists to propose and paint designs themed in...
Arts Maryland Newsletter
A&E Districts attract visitors and support jobs, Maryland awards artists, a new Poetry Out Loud champion and more--Arts Maryland, April
MdVLA
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA) is a group of lawyers (and business leaders) who like art so much that since 1985, they have been volunteering their time, energies and expertise to...
Street Mural Art
Meridian International Center is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Community Engagement through the Arts Exchange Program for American mural artists. Funded by the Cultural Programs...
A&E District Outstanding Achievement Award
At the March 18 annual meeting of the A&E District Managers, Hagerstown A&E District was presented with the annual Outstanding Achievement Award by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The...
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NEA's Challenge America Fast-Track Director Michael Killoren will present a webinar on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET to help potential applicants navigate the application materials...
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Please join the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc. on Tuesday, March 25 for a Q&A session for artists on filing income tax returns.
Maryland Department of Planning
The African American Heritage Preservation Grant Program is administered as a joint partnership of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical...
Bullhorn
Arts Council launches new website, Gov. O'Malley honored by MCA, new talent joins the MSAC Touring Roster and more--Arts Maryland, March
Maryland Department of Planning
The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has announced a competitive process to provide financial assistance to properties, districts or jurisdictions in Maryland that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
PNC Transformative Art Prize
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and PNC Bank announce the return of the annual PNC Transformative Art Prize. The award supports communities in their efforts to improve their...
Bejing Guitar Duo
The Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster includes a group of 59 professional, Maryland-based performing artists that are available to be presented by Maryland arts organizations at reduced cost—...
The Extraordinary Fifth-Grade Field Trip
Through an Artist-in-Residence Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, Beverly Farms Elementary School was able to hire Leila Cabib, commercially successful cartoonist and illustrator, to host a...
Art Works arts.gov
This year's National Endowment for the Arts' Literature Fellowships program will offer $25,000 grants in poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing...
Creative Capital
Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all creative disciplines. Since 1999, its awards program has committed $30 million in...
ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks. It invests in art and culture to promote transformative vibrancy and...
The Fred
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA) has announced the first inaugural Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize, "The Fred." The prize awards $1,000 to a student artist living in Baltimore...
Doug Mann, MCA, Board of Trustees, Chair and John Schratweiser, MCA, Executive Director with Gov. O’Malley
At its 16th annual Maryland Arts Day, Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) presented Gov. O’Malley with its Outstanding Leadership in the Arts Award.  The award was given to O’Malley for his...
MCA hosts Maryland Arts Day
MCA hosts the 16th Annual Arts Day, MSAC releases statewide poll of the arts, Poetry Out Loud sweeps Maryland schools and more--Arts Maryland, February Arts Maryland is the Maryland State Arts...
Sweet Heaven Kings headline ALTA Awards
Lt. Governor Brown announces tax credits with in Maryland A&E's, ALTA Awards honor state's living traditions, Arts Ed taskforce hosts regional forums and more. Arts Maryland, January Arts...
Nonprofit arts a $1 billion boost for Maryland, MSAC Announces ALTA Awards, Maryland delegation visits Capitol Hill and more. Arts Maryland--December Arts Maryland is the Maryland State Arts Council'...
Clarice Smith Center for Performing Arts presented Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, photo by Margo Moritz.
A renewed strategic plan for the arts, the Annual Meeting of the Maryland Presenters Network, a new president for the County Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM) and more. Arts Maryland, November Arts...
MSAC Releases Annual Report
MSAC releases Annual Report, Governor O'Mally calls for Arts in Education Taskforce, Leonardtown launches A&E District and more. Arts Maryland, October Arts Maryland is the Maryland State Arts...
Literary Arts Week
The Maryland State Arts Council, in partnership with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the CityLit Project, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund announces the third annual Literary Arts...
MSAC Council Member and Maryland Delegate Melony Griffith, MSAC A&E Districts Program Director Pamela Dunne, Frederick Partnership Executive Director Kara Norman and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) spotlights Arts & Entertainment Districts, Leonardtown launches A&E District, Clarice Smith names new Director and more--Arts Maryland, September Arts...
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia....
Jodi Melnick and David Neumann performed their duet, "July" at American Dance Institute. Photo by Cherylynn Tsushima
Governor O'Malley announces $12.7 million in arts awards, two NEA Our Town grants go to Maryland, Maryland Touring Grants announced and more--Arts Maryland, August Arts Maryland is the Maryland State...
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival
Third Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival draws thousands, New MSAC Councilors take positions, Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship and Project grants announced and more--Arts Maryland, July Arts...
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival
The NEA talks with Governor Martin O'Malley, Maryland A&E Districts grow and attract funds, Arts Council honors Individual Artist Award recipients and more--Arts Maryland, June. Arts Maryland is...
Singuar Spectrum by Individual Artist Award recipient John Bodkin
The Maryland State Arts Council’s competitive Individual Artists Award (IAA) recognizes the value of artists and their work to the cultural vitality of Maryland. Through a partnership with Mid...
City Aslant by Aline Feldman
Maryland artists awarded by state, Montgomery County student wins Poetry Out Loud competition, Regional meetings shape Strategic Plan for the arts and more--Arts Maryland, April Arts Maryland is the...
Young Audiencs of Maryland
The Maryland State Arts Council's Artist-in-Residence Program provides schools with the opportunity to offer hands-on intensive arts workshops for a small core group of students and teachers over a...
MCA hosts Maryland Arts Day
Governor O'Malley's budget supports the arts, MSAC announces regional arts forums, a new executive director for the Walters and more--Arts Maryland, March Arts Maryland is the Maryland State Arts...
AFTA Award
Governor O'Malley receives national award for arts leadership, Cherry Adler Award goes to Magical Arts experiences, Arts Council to update Strategic Plan and more--Arts Maryland, February. Arts...
The Baltimore Sun
In a holiday season that celebrates giving, Maryland's nonprofit arts organizations have been playing their part. Not only do they inspire and enrich our lives in innumerable ways large and small,...
Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland FY2012
Nonprofit arts generate $1 billion for Maryland,  NEA Announces 13 Maryland grant recipients, ALTA Awards features short films, musical tributes and more--Arts Maryland, December Arts Maryland is the...
Pictured from left: MICA Board member Sheila Riggs, Governor O’Malley, MICA Board chair, Fredye Gross
MICA Honors Governor Martin O'Malley, Maryland Commission on Public Art tours National Harbor, Maryland arts organizations receive grants for Maryland bicentennial commemoration projects and more--...
FY2012 Annual Report
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has released its fiscal year 2012 annual report. The digital report features a selection of photographs and visual art from more than 350 MSAC FY 2012 grantees...
9/11 Memorial of Maryland
New fiber arts center opens on the Eastern Shore, Memorial Run begins at the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland, Maryland Traditions at the Appalachian Festival and more--Arts Maryland, September. Arts...
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival
The NEA talks with Governor Martin O'Malley, Maryland A&E Districts grow and attract funds, Arts Council honors Individual Artist Award and more--Arts Maryland, June Arts Maryland is the Maryland...
POOL by Zachary Thornton
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Awards (IAA) Program awards grants to Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive process that encourages the artistic excellence...
Black Cherry Puppet Theatre
 MSAC’s Artist -in-Residence (AiR) program is now open to grant applications from schools and artists through MSAC’s new application system,  eGrant.net. The AiR program matches selected artists with...
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Chesapeake Free Friday, April 27, 12 p.m. Room 306, Fine Arts Building, UMBC campus Run time: 30 mins. This is the exclusive, first screening of Chesapeake Free, a documentary film about three young...
Station North A&E District
Scheduled in conjunction with the National Main Streets Conference, this two-day symposium will offer the opportunity to learn about existing policy and incentive programs, and discuss...
Literary Arts Week
The Maryland State Arts Council, in partnership with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the CityLit Project, announces the launch of Literary Arts Week in Baltimore this October. This...
Baker Artist Award
Baker artist awards 2011 winners At the Baltimore Museum of art through Oct. 2 For more information, visit artbma.org.
Americans for the Arts
The BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community....
Todd Marcus
BALTIMORE (July 5, 2011) - Baltimore arts nonprofit Contemporary Arts Inc. and the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra have been awarded one of only 12 prestigious 2011 residency grants given nationally by...
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NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces Inaugural Our Town Grants Washington, DC - Today, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the inaugural round of "Our Town" funding, totaling $6.575...
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The Maryland Touring Artists Roster application is now available for performing artists who reside in Maryland. The purpose of the Maryland Touring Artists Roster is to increase opportunities for...
Nominate
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recruits individuals to serve as Grant Review Panelists. Discipline-based panelists play a significant role in the grants process through their recommendations...
This new episode, entitled MESSAGES, looks at the ways many craft artists go beyond skill to personal and political expression. They use craft to tell a story, prove a point, or bring attention to...
The Academy was founded in 1780 in Boston during the American Revolution, and its members have included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Ralph Waldo Emerson,...
Arts Advocacy Day attendees from across the country met with their members of Congress about the importance of developing strong public policies for the arts, increasing public funding for the arts,...
Former Maryland Poet Laureate (1979-1985) and Columbia resident, Lucille Clifton, 73, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins, after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses.
Secretary Johansson read Sootface by Robert San Souci, a Native American version of the popular Cinderella story, to 20 captivated students, on March 23. The students are currently studying the...
Ahmad Borhani is a Persian Classical Musician who lives in the Rosedale section of Baltimore. He came to Baltimore from Iran in 1985 after the Ayatollah forced many Iranian musicians and...
Maryland Traditions and WYPR (88.1 FM, Baltimore) announce a new collaborative feature broadcast episode of “The Signal” Planting Seeds Around The World: The Legacy of Piedmont Bluesman “Bowling...
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The National Endowment for the Arts - www.nea.gov - announced its second round of funding for fiscal year 2009. Twenty organizations in Maryland were awarded a total of $2,751,000 in the categories...
Description: A one hour feature episode of “Tapestry of the Times” on WYPR Radio. This episode – which was a collaboration between Maryland Traditions and WYPR – focuses on traditional music-makers...
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Listen Now to Part 1 - Maryland Statewide Survey of the Arts (09:53)

Featured Events

Chestertown Jazz Festival
Sep 06, 2014Sep 06, 2014Chestertown Jazz Festival11:00am-6pm
Sep 13, 2014Sep 13, 2014The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival11:00am to 5:00pm
Makers Fair
Sep 14, 2014Sep 14, 2014Silver Spring Maker Faire12-5