This summer, MSAC is hosting a series of free weekly professional development opportunities focusing on the resurgence of the arts in Maryland across our state and our communities through a diverse offering of conversations and information. To attend any of these FREE sessions, please register at marylandartscouncil.eventbrite.com!
Envisioning our State
Coffee with Ken: Tuesdays 9-10AM
Here’s your chance to get the ear of the Director! Join MSAC’s Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz and your fellow colleagues across the state on Tuesday mornings with your favorite coffee drink (or tea, if you’re like Ken!) for a topic-specific dialogue about the arts in Maryland.
July 14: Boards of Directors: Ideas for Engagement and Training
July 21: Arts Organization Staffing: Attracting, Engaging and Retaining Great People
July 28: Arts Organization Leadership: Sustaining Enthusiasm for the Work
August 4: Arts as Service: Connecting Programs to Communities
August 11: Open Discussion
August 18: Collaborative Problem Solving
August 25: Open Discussion
September 1: Equity and Justice-Based Programming
Envisioning our Communities
Story Share: Weekly on Wednesdays 12-1PM
What better way to listen and share, if not over a meal? Grab lunch and join your fellow colleagues in a story share! As we gather together, this time is to collectively discuss anecdotal hopes, challenges, and tales of resilience of our arts communities. Leave the hour feeling inspired and connected as we envision the resurgence of the arts in our communities.
July 15: Storyteller, Janice Curtis Greene, will share the personal story of her two oldest sons and how faith and telling their stories turned the misery of their transition into a mission of healing and compassion for others.
July 22: Guest Anita Lambert will share the origins of her work as a Music Therapist in an educational setting, which contributed to a change in expectations and reflections of racial and cultural bias.
July 29: Guest Adena Varner for - The Anchor of the Arts: Inspiration to keep moving forward drawn from what keeps us steadfast and sustained.
August 5: Guest Barbara Paca will share a story of connectedness: the evolution of the Maryland Spirituals Initiative as it intersects with her identity as an artist, art historian, member of Maryland's Commission on African American History and Culture, and mother.
August 12: Guest John Schratweiser will share how his passion for theater, and specifically musical theater opened the door to a career in Arts Administration and Advocacy.
Envisioning Online Engagement
Digital Sharing: Weekly on Thursdays 1-2PM
Join us to hear what’s working well digitally for sharing online content as we hear from arts organizations and artists across Maryland and beyond.
Performing Arts - July 16
Visual Arts - July 23
Arts Education - July 30
Literary Arts - August 6
Envisioning our Programming
Public Art Listening Sessions: Purchasing Artwork for State Buildings
July 6 4-5PM
July 13 4-5 PM
Maryland's percent for public art program, the Maryland Public Art Initiative would like to begin a program to purchase existing works from Maryland artists to be on permanent display in State owned buildings. In this listening session we want to gather feedback for a proposed artwork purchasing program and how it may benefit painters, photographers, mixed media, sculptors, etc. interested in selling work through this program.
Public Art Across Maryland FY21 Information Sessions
New Projects: July 14 2-3 PM
The PAAM program offers Planning Grants of up to $5000 and Implementation Grants of up to $20,000 for new public artworks. Learn more about the program and how to apply.
Conservation Grant: July 16; 2-3 PM
The PAAM program offers Planning Grants of up to $5000 and Implementation Grants of up to $50,000 for the conservation and preservation of existing public artworks. Learn more about the program and how to apply.
Creative Conversations: Independent Artists (Performing Arts): Monday, July 13 12-1
Creative Conversations: Independent Artists (Visual/Media Artists):Tuesday, July 14 12-1
Creative Conversations: Independent Artists (Literary Artists): Thursday, July 16 12-1
Back by popular demand! Grab your lunch, login, listen and learn! MSAC Program Directors Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss are hosting a series of online gatherings for independent artists to connect with creative, discipline-specific, community members in a small group setting. These hour-long lunchtime sessions are an “off the record” time to share with peers where you are at in your current work, what you are excited about, and what challenges you may be facing.
Reopening Legalities with MdVLA: Wednesday, July 29, 2-3PM
Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts as they address legal issues surrounding re-opening and in-person engagement, including liability attached to patrons and employees, coordinating action plans for the use of PPE, and following CDC guidelines and other regulations.
Meet MSAC’s Traditional Arts Team: Thursday, July 29, 3-4PM
MSAC supports folk and traditional arts through the efforts of four staff members working across multiple programs. These staff members come from a variety of backgrounds, including folklore studies, ethnomusicology, and visual art. This webinar gives a chance to learn these staff members’ stories, how their work supports folk and traditional arts, and how your creative practice or organization might make space for cultural traditions.
MSDE Arts in Education Update: Monday, August 3, 2-3PM
In this conversation, Alysia Lee, Fine Arts Coordinator for the Maryland State Department of Education, will provide relevant updates and recommendations for teaching artists and organizations. Additionally, Alysia and MSAC staff will share current resources as well as hear needs for future guidance.
Envisioning Our Programming: Place-based Community Organizing in West Baltimore: Thursday, August 20, 1-2 PM
As executive director of Arch Social Community Network in West Baltimore, Denise Johnson is a community organizer developing strong relationships with constituents through dialogue and direct interaction. This webinar demonstrates Arch Social Community Network’s philosophy that place, individual experience, and community tradition are building blocks in creating a local outlet for cultural expression. Traditional arts professionals and other cultural workers are invited to attend this session to learn how cultural traditions and fieldwork can be framed as essential components of community organizing.
Envision: Maryland Citizens for the Arts Advocacy Update, Wednesday, September 2, 2-3PM
In this conversation, Maryland Citizens for the Arts Executive Director, Nicholas Cohen, provides an update on arts advocacy.
Envisioning Our Programming: The Full Breadth of Technical Assistance: Monday, September 21, 2-3 PM
At MSAC, the term “technical assistance” refers to a wide array of resources. It includes help with the technological aspects of completing an application, but it also includes strategies for crafting a strong application, providing translation assistance for non-English speakers, accommodating those with limited computer access, or increasing accessibility for people with physical or cognitive disabilities. Join this webinar to learn more about the full breadth technical assistance offered through the Maryland Traditions program, which serves traditional artists and organizations across the state.
Using Digital Platforms to Shift from Local to National Audiences: Wednesday, October 21, 2-3 PM
Maria Wong and Walt Michael are part of the team at Common Ground on the Hill, a Carroll County traditional arts camp that has offered in-person education and performances since 1994. Due to the pandemic, Common Ground shifted to a digital format this year and observed a marked growth in attendance by participants outside the region. This webinar lays out the successes and challenges of digitizing large-scale events and offers strategies on how to format digital programming for the greatest impact among audiences.
Land Acknowledgment in Context: Wednesday, November 19, 2-3 PM
It is becoming more common for public speaking events to include an acknowledgement of the Indigenous land on which the event is taking place. This webinar explains the intent of such land acknowledgements, describes best practices on how they’re created, and frames them as one step in a longer process of repairing relationships between Indigenous people and white settlers. Traditional arts professionals and cultural workers of all kinds are invited to participate.
Self-care through Traditional Arts and Culture: Tuesday, December 8, 2-3 PM
During the pandemic, Maryland Traditions has received inquiries about which traditional arts enhance the well being of those who participate in them. This webinar crowdsources the answer to that question. Performances, crafts, foodways, and even occupations can contribute to health and wellness when understood in context and expressed with intention. Traditional artists of all kinds are invited to join this webinar to share how the traditional arts are part of their self-care routines in our current time of physical distancing.