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.


Arts Mean Business

Nonprofit arts support an annual economic impact of $1.4 billion in Maryland. This FY 2017 report shows how the arts support jobs, salaries, tax revenue and more.

In fiscal year 2019, the Maryland State Arts Council awarded GFO grants to 290 arts organizations and programs across the state totaling $14,644,298.  Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Photo by Teresa Castracane

The MSAC invites Maryland artists of all disciplines to sign-up for the Maryland Artist Registry and encourages those with online selling sites for their art, crafts or artistic merchandise to opt-in to the Maryland Marketplace. Teapot and Bullan Cup by Denise Joyal.