May 2020 Newsletter
May 01, 2020
I am exceedingly proud of the way Maryland’s creative sector has mobilized to share information, to make recommendations, and to envision a bright future even in this uncertain time. Four public Listening Sessions, 14 discipline specific Creative Conversations and countless other meetings were attended by more than 1,000 artists and arts organizations in April. Along with our planning collaborators, the Maryland Citizens for the Arts, the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education, and Arts Education in Maryland Schools, professional development sessions have been developed and continue to be offered to enhance learning in various arts disciplines and through cross-discipline topics.
A common thread that runs through all public sessions is a commitment to envision the resurgence of the arts in Maryland. We are happy to announce that this includes a reframing of the June Maryland Arts Summit from an in-person to a virtual gathering. The Maryland Arts Summit goes virtual! The new theme is Creative Resurgence: A Vision for the Future of the Arts in Maryland.
A Maryland Arts Recovery Task Force is being formed, composed of representatives from all aspects of Maryland’s arts sector, to create a plan for the future to share with the team leading the larger economic vision for Maryland. Task force action items, gathered from the virtual activities described above, include:
· Encourage collaboration
· Create new funding opportunities
· Support the development of virtual engagement
· Develop best practices for in-person engagement
· Design a robust reopening marketing campaign
· Strengthen advocacy messaging
Maryland’s strong community of creatives and clear, proactive state level leadership have led this swift action. On behalf of the MSAC staff, we are humbled by your trust and encouraged by your ideas. Be safe and stay well.
Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council