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Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) plays an essential role ensuring every person has access to the transformative power of the arts.

The Council comprises an appointed body of 17 citizens from across the state, 13 of whom are named by the Governor to three-year terms that may be renewed once. Two private citizens and two legislators are appointed by the President of the Senate and by the Speaker of the House. All councilors serve without salary. Meet the Council!

To carry out its mission, MSAC awards grants to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations for ongoing arts programming and projects. MSAC also awards grants to individual artists, and provides technical and advisory assistance to individuals and groups. MSAC receives its funds in an annual appropriation from the State of Maryland and from grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Council may also receive contributions from private, non-governmental sources.


Founded in 1967, MSAC is an agency of the State of Maryland under the authority of the Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts

Larry Hogan, Governor | Boyd K. Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor

Kelly Schulz, Secretary of Commerce

Thomas B. Riford, Assistant Secretary, Tourism, Film, Arts, Marketing and Communication

Mission and Goals

MSAC’s mission is to advance the arts in our state by providing leadership that champions creative expression, diverse programming, equitable access, lifelong learning, and the arts as a celebrated contributor to the quality of life for all the people of Maryland.

1. Increase Participation: Broaden MSAC’s constituency, providing avenues designed to increase pathways to engagement.

2. Provide Intentional Support: Embrace thoughtful and targeted approaches to serving known and yet to be known MSAC constituents.

3. Build Capacity: Work strategically to further build organizational and governance capacity to ensure that MSAC is capable of vigorously delivering on its mission.

4. Leverage Connections: Further enhance current relationships and involve additional collaborators, and constituents who will benefit from and advance the work of MSAC.

5. Bolster Maryland Arts: Showcase the high caliber, diverse and relevant work of Maryland’s artists and arts organizations; their contributions to community vitality and MSAC’s role as a catalyst.

Strategic Plan Update

Introduction, Planning and Evaluation Measures

Vision, Mission, Goals and Strategies

Evidence of Implementation Chart

Equity and Justice

The arts celebrate our state’s diversity, connect our shared humanity, and transform individuals and communities. The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and its supporting collaborators are committed to advancing and modeling equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in all aspects of our organizations and across communities of our state.
MSAC and its grantees are committed to embracing equity and non-discrimination regardless of race, religious creed, color, age, gender expression, sexual orientation, class, language, and/or ability.

Our Customer Service Promise

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with services in the following manner:

  • Friendly and Courteous:​​ We will be helpful and supportive and have a positive attitude and passion for what we do.

  • Timely and Responsive: We will be proactive, take initiative, and will try to anticipate your needs.

  • Accurate and Consistent: We will always aim for 100% accuracy, and be consistent in how we interpret and implement state policies and procedures.

  • Accessible and Convenient: We will continue to simplify and improve access to information and resources.

  • Truthful and Transparent: We will advance a culture of honesty, clarity, and trust.

Click here to complete a three-question customer experience survey. For more information on theState of Maryland's customer service program​, or to submit a suggestion, ​please visit​.​


Support for the MSAC comes from the State of Maryland and The National Endowment for the Arts.


MSAC maintains a professional staff to administer its grants programs and Council-initiated programs. Staff members are available to provide technical assistance to the arts community.


All Council and Grant Review Panel meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Law set forth in the General Provisions Article, Sections 3-101 through 3-501 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The dates, times, and locations of Council and Grant Review Panel meetings may be obtained by contacting MSAC.  


Maryland State Arts Council
175 W. Ostend Street, Suite E
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Phone: 410-767-6555
TTY: Maryland Relay 1-800-735-2258 or 711
Fax: 410-333-1062


Information on this site is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. The State of Maryland disclaims liability for any errors or omissions. Access to and use of text and image files in the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) site are subject to the following terms and conditions: 1) The material in this site is copyrighted by the Maryland State Arts Council or by third parties from whom we have obtained permission to publish their materials on this site. Any commercial use or publication of any material from this Web site is strictly prohibited; 2) The Maryland State Arts Council retains any and all rights, including copyright, which it may have in MSAC files, and/or images and text they contain.

Councilors may access council documents on Google Drive using the login/password provided by the Council Liaison.