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Elevator Chat: Julie Madden, new MSAC Councilor

Elevator Chat: Julie Madden, new MSAC Councilor

June 02, 2015Arts Across Maryland

The MSAC welcomes Julie Spangler Madden as one of Council’s newest members. Councilors serve three-year terms.


MSAC: Congratulations on your appointment to the MSAC by Governor Larry Hogan. You have had an interesting career, from commodities trader to arts advocate. What in your life pointed you toward giving your time to the arts?

JSM: Thank you. From an early age, I was fortunate to be exposed to the fine arts and encouraged to nurture my esthetic interests. There has never been a time when the arts have not been a part of my life. I've always loved the arts and felt a special connection to those who create it.

MSAC: As a child, were you interested in the arts?

JSM: What child isn't? I was lucky to be born into a family of artists. My grandfather was an illustrator and political cartoonist, as was my father. My cousin is a prominent portrait artist, and my aunt and uncle were painters.

MSAC: What has it meant to you, to see the arts become a bigger part of Maryland's quality of life?

JSM: I am incredibly proud. When I first became involved with Maryland Citizens for the Arts in the late 90s, the Maryland State Arts Commission budget ranged from $8.5 to $10.6 million (1998 and 1999 respectively).  In addition, I've watched a steady increase over the years to the record funding level we have received in this year's legislative session. There has also been the expansion of the Arts & Entertainment Districts and the Public Art Commission among other programs.

MSAC: Utilizing your extensive background on other arts boards, what are your goals for the MSAC?

JSM: Wouldn't it be nice to be able to help promote the dialog about the importance of the arts? I know we all understand the social, cultural and economic values, but there is a need for a broader interface for public and private collaboration. In addition, this year marks the 50th anniversary of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and it's going to be the 50th anniversary of the MSAC in 2017. I am looking forward to helping with that!

With a background in Decorative Arts and a commitment to arts advocacy, Julie Spangler Madden, one of MSAC’s newest Council members, has been on the board of Maryland Citizens for the Arts since 1998. She will soon join the Maryland Historical Society's Museums Collections Committee. Madden served as Maryland's Director of Arts and Community Outreach from 2003-2007. She also served on the boards of the Maryland Commission on Artistic Property, the Walters Art Museum and was a part of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Accessions Committee. Madden holds a master’s degree in Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian-Corcoran College of Art and Design.