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March 03, 2015 MSAC Announces Individual Artist Award Recipients: Fellowships awarded to 88 Maryland artistsPress ReleaseMARCH 3, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announced today the 2015 recipients of MSAC’s Individual Artist Awards (IAA). These awards recognize the exceptional artistic... Read More
Akash Menon of Frederick County was Maryland’s 2014 Poetry Out Loud Champion. Pictured above with Billy Collins at the Blackbird Poetry Festival where Menon recited Collin’s poem, “Fishing on the Susquehanna in July” with Collins in the audience.
February 27, 2015EIGHT MARYLAND STUDENTS COMPETE FOR 10th POETRY OUT LOUD STATE TITLEPress ReleaseMore than 16,000 students in 16 counties have competed in the 2015 Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition, with the strongest eight advancing through a series of school, county and regional contests,... Read More
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July 03, 2014Touring Grants Support Maryland Presenters and PerformersPress ReleaseJoe’s Movement Emporium, The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Caroline County Public Library and  Common Ground on the Hill are among the 31 organizations selected to receive Maryland State... Read More
Rolando Sanz, first-place winner of the Star-Spangled Sing-Off
June 25, 2014Winners of National Anthem Singing Contest AnnouncedPress ReleaseThe Maryland State Arts Council and Star-Spangled 200 have announced the winners of Star-Spangled Sing-Off, one of many activities in the lead up to the 200th Anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner... Read More
A member of the Singing and Praying Bands at the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival in 2012
June 25, 2014Two NEA National Heritage Fellowships go to Maryland GroupsPress ReleaseNational Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu today announced the 2014 recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The... Read More
Singer and American Flag
June 06, 2014Public Urged To Vote For Favorite National Anthem RenditionPress ReleaseThe Maryland State Arts Council and Star-Spangled 200 are asking Marylanders to decide who should win the Star-Spangled Sing-Off, a statewide National Anthem Singing Competition.   The competition... Read More
Festival Headliner Samba Mapangala and the Orchestra Virunga
May 21, 20144th Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival AnnouncedPress ReleaseFrom Maryland-rooted traditions like screen painting, banjo making and decoy carving to traditions with global origins, like Congolese Rumba, Chinese Calligraphy and Piñata Making that have taken... Read More
Maryland Traditions Archive Event at UMBC
April 30, 2014Arts Council Moves Maryland Folklife Archive to UMBCPress ReleaseAt an April 21 ceremony at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announced that its Folklife Program—the oldest of any state arts agency in the... Read More
Star-Spangled Sing-Off
April 15, 2014O' Say Can You Sing?Press ReleaseToday the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and Star-Spangled 200 (SS200) kickoff the search to find Maryland’s most talented vocalist to perform the National Anthem at Star-Spangled Spectacular.... Read More
Untitled (For Louise)  by Keith W. Bentley of Baltimore City
March 26, 2014Maryland Honors 89 Artists for Excellence Press ReleaseThe Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, has awarded grants to 89 Maryland artists for creating work of exceptional quality within a range of... Read More