July 2020 Newsletter
July 01, 2020
Governor Hogan has been working towards a recovery plan for the state of Maryland with a team of doctors and public health experts. This continues to be a flexible, community-based approach that authorizes individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopening. Because of this, businesses should check with their local and county governments for specific limitations and reopening regulations in their area. Find links to each of the state’s 24 jurisdictions here.
The staff of the Maryland State Arts Council continues to be available for conversations, professional development and general support. A new professional development series, ENVISION, launches in July. Some examples of ongoing and upcoming virtual interactions include Envisioning Online Engagement (through the sharing of digital strategies), Envisioning Programming (through legal workshops with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts), and Envisioning our Communities (through a weekly story share focused on resilience). Find more information and a full list of offerings here.
Alysia Lee, the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Maryland State Department of Education, asked me to share some thoughts at a town hall for arts education leaders across the state. Here are excerpts from my comments at that event:
"We are preparing for a season of healing and Maryland's creative sector is in the position to make real impact. Problem-solving skills embodied through the creative process can be deployed to make meaningful contributions to our communities. The pandemic and blatant examples of racial bias have revealed deep inequities that can no longer be ignored. My optimistic, artist self believes that true equity is at hand and that the creative sector is leading the charge. My hope is that we can stand firmly in our spheres of influence to use creative habits and multi-cultural understandings to heal our world. This is not a time to sit in the pain of what is. This is a time to use what we’ve learned to prepare for moving into a much brighter future."
Let's move into a brighter future together.
Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council