Imagine... a cobblestone plaza featuring a 200-year old monument to George Washington, surrounded by the blossoms of spring on streets lined by world renown arts institutions, populated with more than 600 young actors, dancers, musicians, and visual artists, from 14 Maryland counties, preparing to share their work with each other and community audiences. This astounding annual event is known as the Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival and it occurs every spring in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon area. Marching bands, painters, modern dancers, choirs, and improv acting companies present their high energy work at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore’s Center Stage, St. Ignatius Church, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, and the Peabody Institute. The day is expertly crafted by Alysia Lee, Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education, her extraordinary staff members Emily Cory and Lillian Jacobson, and countless volunteers. If you missed it this year, mark your calendar now for 2020!
Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council