Maryland State Arts Council
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) encourages and invests in the advancement of the arts for all Marylanders. Its grants and programs support artists and arts organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens and promote statewide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.
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 not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations for ongoing arts programming and projects. The MSAC also awards grants to individual artists, and provides technical and advisory assistance to individuals and groups. The 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.
Maryland State Arts Council 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 | Benjamin Wu, Deputy Secretary
Liz Fitzsimmons, Executive Director, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts | Thomas B. Riford, Assistant Secretary, Tourism, Film, Arts, Marketing and Communication
Mission Statement and Goals
The mission of MSAC is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of our state. The goals of the Council are to support artists and arts organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, to ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens and to promote statewide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.
The MSAC's programs are aimed at benefiting all Maryland residents regardless of political or religious opinion or affiliation, marital status, race, color, creed, age, national origin, sex or sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or geographic location within the State.
Our Customer Service Promise
- 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.
Support for the Maryland State Arts Council 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
From Baltimore City -- Take Martin Luther King Jr Blvd south towards Airport. Stay in right lane. Take Russell Street exit. At end of exit is a light at Hamburg Street. Go through light, keeping to far right, and follow Stadium Lot signs. Go 2 blocks to stop sign, make left onto Ostend Street. Follow Ostend over the bridge. Continue to just past first traffic light at Sharp Street. The MSAC offices are in the grey building on the right between Sharp and Leadenhall Streets, across from Peach Street.
From Points North -- Take I-95 South through Fort McHenry Tunnel staying in far right lane to tunnel toll booths. As soon as you exit the tunnel, take first Exit #55 Key Highway. Stay on exit road (do not turn onto Key Highway) to 2nd traffic light at Hanover Street. Make a right and follow Hanover Street to 4th traffic light which is Ostend Street. Make a left on Ostend and follow to MSAC offices approximately 2 blocks after the turn, grey building on left, between Sharp and Leadenhall Streets, across from Peach Street.
From Points South - Take I-95 North and exit at Russell Street North. Pass through one light and make immediate right onto Haines Street (BP Gas Station on corner) Make first left onto Warner Street, make a right onto Ostend Street. Follow to MSAC offices just past first traffic light, grey building on right, between Sharp and Leadenhall Streets, across from Peach Street.
Parking is limited in the building lot. You may also park on the street, or in the Sharp Street Parking Lot which is at the corner of Sharp and Ostend Streets (under the highway overpass). The entrance to the MSAC offices is the first set of doors on the left as you enter the building parking lot.
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.