The staff and councilors of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) are charged with responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars through a commitment to equitable funding practices. During October and November, MSAC staff collects and reports data to strengthen the message of arts impact beyond the positive influence of the arts on the lives of Marylanders. MSAC's Annual Report, released today, details how more than $19 million was disbursed through our programs, resulting in:
Operating support for 289 organizations
5 Maryland Traditions projects and 10 artist-in-training awards
22 Public Art projects
105 Individual Artist Awards
73 Creativity Grant projects in 21 counties
25 presentations of Maryland artists in 12 counties
401 Arts in Education performances & workshops serving over 85,000 students in 389 schools
In addition, Maryland's Arts and Entertainment Districts were supported with small general operating grants for the first time, and Maryland's 24 County Arts Councils received a total of $3.3M to encourage their work as a powerful network of community arts support.
The Maryland State Arts Council is grateful for the strong support from Governor Larry Hogan, First Lady Yumi Hogan and the General Assembly. The staff and councilors continue to refine current programs and develop new initiatives to expand our reach and impact.
Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council