Monday, August 12 was an exciting day for the arts in Maryland. For the first time, a meeting was held for the combined staffs of the Maryland State Arts Council, the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance. The objective for the day was to clarify our partnership, review the activities of the past year, and to share ideas for the year ahead. Quanice Floyd, the new Executive Director of AEMS, led us in an anti-racism activity to identify the privilege in our lives and understand how to use our privilege to amplify marginalized communities. Alysia Lee, MSDE's Fine Arts Coordinator, guided an activity to identify collaborative actions for the year ahead. MCA Executive Director Nicholas Cohen provided structure for an internal evaluation of the Maryland Arts Summit. MSAC's Dana Parsons walked us through an overview of the upcoming Regional Arts Institutes and I facilitated a discussion about collaborative marketing. We finished our day at the wonderfully accommodating Creative Alliance with kite building led by teaching artist, Tetpwav! The strong alliance between these four organizations will certainly allow the arts in Maryland to take flight!
Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council