Nora Sandler (pictured) of Montgomery County, now a junior at University of Chicago, returns to the Maryland POL State Final as a judge. In 2010, she was the Maryland State Champion and went on to place third at the national competition.
The 2nd Annual Literary Arts Week features a series of free events in celebration of Baltimore’s thriving literary arts culture. Hosted by the Maryland State Arts Council in partnership with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the CityLit Project, the week is part of Free Fall Baltimore, an initiative of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA). A radio documentary tutorial from WYPR culture guru Aaron Henkin, a literary tour of historic Mount Vernon and readings of short plays inspired by Edgar Allan Poe short stories are among the week of free events, Oct. 14-20.
Voices Fly captures Virginia Crawford and Laura Shovan’s more than 20 years of combined experience teaching poetry to students through the MSAC Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program. The program supports meaningful arts education experiences through grants that fund hands-on, intensive workshops for a small core group of students. Past and current MSAC artists-in-residence include visual artists as well as musicians and playwrights.
2ND ANNUAL MARYLAND TRADITIONS FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED!
The Festival—an interactive, family-friendly celebration of traditional arts and foods from across the state—happens rain or shine, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., June 16 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. A broad range of free performance and activities featured at the Festival include two music stages, a storytelling stage, and master artist workshops and demos in screen painting, decoy duck carving, Smith Island Cake-baking and more. Himalayan music, South African and Mexican dance, Bluegrass, Irish and Gospel music, and a big band orchestra (to name a few), plus distinctive Maryland food favorites, will be featured throughout the day. VISIT THE FESTIVAL PAGE FOR DETAILS!
Maryland State Arts Council announces Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition- March 3, 1PM
At the Maryland Poetry Out Loud (POL) state final, eight students selected from 15,000 will compete to represent Maryland at the national POL competition. Students will perform three poems before a panel of judges that will award the highest-scorer $200 and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national final in May. The POL program, which encourages high school students to learn poetry through memorization and recitation, is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation.
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, has recognized 100 Maryland artistsfrom 15 counties across the state for creating work of exceptional quality within a range of disciplines. This class of outstanding artists was selected from more than 400 applicants, and will be awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 to advance their artistic careers.
Photo credit: (l) Butterfly Detail by Peter Dudley, Talbot County. (r) Jeanie by Ken Girardini, Carroll County.
National Symposium on Arts/Cultural/Entertainment Districts: April 4 & 5, 2012
The National Symposium on Arts/Cultural/Entertainment Districts (NSACED) comes to Baltimore April 4 and 5, 2012. 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 critical issues facing diverse arts and entertainment districts throughout the U.S. The Maryland State Arts Council is a sponsor of the symposium which aims to bring together policy makers, practitioners, and artists to engage in dialogue on the economic, social and cultural impact of designated and natural arts and entertainment districts.
Study Reveals State's A&E Districts Spurring Jobs, New Business An economic impact study just released by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, shows that the State’s Arts and Entertainment (A&E) Districts, which were first approved more than a decade ago, supported more than 1,600 jobs and nearly $50 million in wages on average annually between FY2008 and FY2010. Maryland was the first state in the country to develop an Arts and Entertainment District program on a statewide basis.
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johansson today announced the redesignation of the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District for a second 10-year period. The Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment (A&E) District is one of Maryland’s 19 A&E Districts and one of the first to be designated when the program was created in 2001.
Pictured: Silver Spring Jazz Festival in Silver Plaza on Ellsworth Drive
Arts Generate $1 Billion in Economic Impact for Maryland In fiscal year 2010, 7.6 million people attended arts events in Maryland, generating $1 billion in economic impact for Maryland, according to a study released today by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). The study, prepared for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), also showed the arts generated an estimated $36.5 million in state and local taxes, and provided 10,671 full-time equivalent jobs which generated $385 million in salaries. In addition, every $1 of the arts organizations’ operating budgets generated $3.78 in additional economic activity. Arts organizations once again engaged their communities by offering free arts events and more than 5 million attended these events in 2010.
Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, today announced the winners of its annual ALTA (Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts) Awards, recognizing living traditions in the State of Maryland. Names for folklorist and community leader Dr. Alta Schrock, the award is presented to three recipients for their ongoing efforts to preserve and maintain the state's living heritage.
This year's awardees are Rich Smoker, a master decoy carver who lives in Somerset County; the Patterson Bowling Center Duckpin Bowling Lanes, "Patterson Lanes", the oldest duckpin bowling alley in the world located near Patterson Park in East Baltimore; and The Singing & Praying Bands of Maryland from the Eastern and Western Shore which developed as a Christian tradition in the Delmarva
Maryland State Arts Council Announces Launch of 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 weeklong celebration of the many literary arts activities and artists in the city is a part of Free Fall Baltimore, an initiative of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
The literary arts community will offer 13 free, public events—including poetry readings, writing workshops, spoken word performances, and author appearances—during the week of October 15-22, 2011.
Come out and see the show through November 5. Maryland Masters: Edwin Remsberg’s Portraits of Maryland Traditions, a gallery of stunning photographs depicting Maryland folklife from across the state. Edwin Remsberg’s work captures vibrant and personal portraits of some of the state’s oldest living traditions – like foxhunting, Smith Island Cakes, boatbuilding, Native American beadwork, and African-American gospel quartet singing – as well as some of its newest – like Colombian vallenato accordion and South Indian bharathanatyam dance.View images and brochure.
Governor Martin O’Malley confirmed the significance of the arts to Maryland by approving more than $11 million in Maryland State Arts Council grants to Maryland organizations and county arts councils for fiscal year 2012 activities.
“Creativity is part of our state’s competitive edge in the modern marketplace,” said Governor O’Malley. “By supporting these arts organizations, Maryland spurs innovation and creates distinctive products and locales that attract tourists, businesses and residents, and improves the quality of life we enjoy in our state.”
Maryland: Smith Island Cake one of National Geographic's Five American Desserts Worth the Trip! Maryland: Smith Island Cake! Some call it an architectural marvel—thin, buttery rounds of cake stacked high and stuck together with fudge frosting. Locals simply call it a Smith Island cake. Named after Maryland’s island in the Chesapeake Bay, where the recipe originated in the 1800s, Smith Island cake was declared the state’s official dessert in 2008. Taste the cake itself at the Smith Island Baking Company. Beyond the island, many places along Maryland’s Eastern Shore serve up the dessert, including the Watermen’s Inn in Crisfield.
MARYLAND TRADITIONS FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL DRAWS 3000 VISITORS!
The first Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival drew more than 3000 visitors to experience folk and traditional arts live and up close. The indoor-outdoor festival featured performances on multiple stages by singers, musicians, and dancers, as well as workshops for children, crafts demonstrations, and traditional foods. The event marks the 10-year anniversary of the founding of Maryland Traditions. Learning how to do screen painting. Photo: Michael G. Stewart
Station North Receives Arts & Entertainment District Outstanding Achievement Award
Baltimore (March 30, 2011) – In recognition of significant contributions made to Maryland’s economy through art and culture, the Station North Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District was presented today with the Arts & Entertainment District Outstanding Achievement Award by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED).
“The Station North Arts and Entertainment District demonstrates the power of Maryland’s greatest asset: the talents, skills, ingenuity, education, and creativity of our people,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.
MARYLAND POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION WINNERS
The Maryland State Arts Council presented the 2011Maryland Poetry Out Loud Finals on February 26, 2011 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. An audience of more than 175 listened as Kari Barclay was named the 2011 Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Champion.
Pictured:James L. Tucker, Jr., Fine Arts Coordinator, Maryland State Dept. of Educ.; Jamila Anderson, third place winner, Baltimore County; Susan Muaddi Darraj, Assoc. Prof. of English, Harford Community College, Kari Barclay, Maryland State Champion, Montgomery County; Gayle Danley, MSAC performing artist-in-residence; Kate Moran, second place winner, Talbot County; Stanley Plumly, Maryland Poet Laureate.
FREEWORKSHOP! LOGIC MODELING AND PROGRAM PLANNING , MARCH 31, 5PM
March 31, 2011 5-7:30 PM. Presented by Maryland Nonprofits at the MSAC offices. This workshop will help program managers develop a framework for a comprehensive evaluation plan by reexamining the components of their programs. Program available to all MSAC Grants for Organizations (GFO) and Artist in Communities (AIC) grantees.
MARYLAND STATE POETRY OUT LOUD FINALS! FEB 26, 1PM AT ENOCH PRATT CENTRAL LIBRARY
Join us for this inspiring event hosted by WYPR's Aaron Henkin of The Signal with MSAC Individual Artist Award winner ellen cherry as musical guest. Nine regional winners will compete for the title of Maryland State Poetry Out Loud Champion, a prize of $200, and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for the Nationals April 27-29, 2011.
93 MARYLAND ARTISTS RECEIVE INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AWARDS
BALTIMORE, MD (January 31, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that 93 Maryland artists have been selected to receive Individual Artist Awards totaling $246,000 from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Pictured: "One and the Other" by Christian Benefiel
ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 9, 2010)–Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that the Town of Bel Air has been selected to join the State’s Arts and Entertainment (A&E) Program. Administered by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) through the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), the program provides tax benefits designed to boost economic development and create a cultural district filled with artists and arts enterprises. Maryland was one of the first states to develop a statewide A&E program.
GOVERNOR RECEIVES ARTIFACTS FROM NEW YORK'S WORLD TRADE CENTER TWIN TOWERS
ANNAPOLIS (November 23, 2010) — Governor O’Malley today officially accepted artifacts from World Trade Center in New York to Maryland. The twenty-two foot long artifact from the Twin Towers will be the centerpiece of the Maryland 9/11 memorial to be dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy - September 11, 2011.
PUBLIC ART PROGRAM DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT MSAC
The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Program Director within its Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The primary responsibilities of this position will be to administer the MSAC’s Public Art program.
Steel artifact from Twin Towers to be centerpiece of memorial
ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 10, 2010) – As the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approaches, Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that the World Trade Center in Baltimore will be the site of the Maryland 9/11 Memorial. The memorial will be installed next year on the 10th anniversary of the attacks along the Inner Harbor building’s pedestrian promenade and will include a steel artifact from the Twin Towers in New York that will serve as the centerpiece. The Maryland 9/11 Memorial Advisory Committee, comprised of businesses, public safety personnel, artists, the victim’s families and other stakeholders, will oversee the installation.
Grants to 264 Maryland Organizations Maintain Jobs in the Arts Industries Governor Martin O’Malley today announced more than $11 million in Maryland State Arts Council grants to Maryland organizations and county arts councils, reaffirming his commitment to the arts in Maryland.
“Our investment in the arts organizations in Maryland is another strategy to strengthen small businesses and create and retain jobs in the creative industries,” said Governor O’Malley. “Support of the operations of these arts organizations stimulates the economy and contributes greatly to the quality of life we enjoy in our State.”
Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, announced the winners of its annual ALTA (Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts) Awards, recognizing living traditions in the State of Maryland.
Maryland Folk Arts Celebrated at Creative Alliance
BALTIMORE, MD (May 5, 2010) – Maryland Traditions, a program of the Maryland State Arts Council, will present a traditional and folk arts showcase on Thursday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Featuring performances by singers, musicians and dancers, the program also includes the Maryland Traditions 2010 ALTA (Achievement in Living Traditions and the Arts) Awards ceremony and recognition of the 2010-11 recipients of the program’s Master and Apprentice and Project Grants.
97 Maryland Artists Receive State Arts Council 2010 Individual Artist Awards
BALTIMORE, MD (May 19, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that 97 Maryland artists have been selected to receive Individual Artist Awards totaling $247,000 from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. A reception honoring the artists will be held at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on May 20, 6:30 p.m.
MSAC Announces Maryland Poetry Out Loud 2010 State Champion
Nora Sandler of Montgomery County won a $200 prize and will move on to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, April 25-27, 2010. This year 43 schools from 14 counties participated in the recitation competition which awards more than $100,000 to students and schools at the state and national levels. MSAC partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to conduct the competition.
Frederick Receives Arts & Entertainment Outstanding Achievement Award
In recognition of the significant contributions made to Maryland’s economy through art and culture, the Downtown Frederick Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District was presented today with the Arts & Entertainment Outstanding Achievement Award by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED).