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Community Arts Development

Community Arts Development

Ensuring Statewide Access to the Arts: Community Arts Development

Across Maryland, community arts initiatives--from literary gatherings, concerts at local libraries, arts camps, festivals, workshops and more--are quality arts and cultural opportunities in our own backyards.

Community Arts Development (CAD)

The CAD program provides Community Arts Development grants and technical assistance to each of Maryland’s 23 County Arts Councils and Baltimore City, which work with local partners and grantees to ensure that MSAC support impacts the entire state. Funds re-granted by County Arts Councils serve artists, arts organizations, schools and audiences. See past grantees listed here.

In fiscal year 2017, the MSAC awarded a total of $3,077,199 to County Arts Councils through Community Arts Development Grants.

Public Art Project Grant

The Public Art Project Grant for County Arts Councils and designated Arts & Entertainment Districts supports the implementation of local public art projects across Maryland.The Public Art Project Grant provides matching grant support for a single community-based public art project. Eligible public art projects include interior or exterior works in spaces that are open to the public. Projects can include, but are not limited to:  murals; sculpture; functional art such as benches or bike racks; streetscape improvements such as sidewalks or plazas; and signage. A wide variety of mediums will be considered, including mixed media.

County Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM):












County Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM) is a non-profit statewide assembly of arts councils established to foster, promote, and develop skills and articulate the needs of Maryland's diverse arts communities. CAAM works in cooperation with the MSAC and Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) to increase artistic opportunities for Maryland artists, arts organizations and citizens.