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Folklife Network

Puerto Rican arts and culture group Cultura Plenera hosting a community dance workshop at Sandy Spring Museum, a regional folkli
Decoys from the collection of carver Rich Smoker, board chairman of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, a regional folklife center

Folklife Network


COVID-19 Program Updates and Resources

In response to COVID-19, the Maryland State Arts Council convened on March 25, 2020 and approved the following changes for the Folklife Network Grant:

  1. All match requirements have been suspended until further notice.

  2. Funding use restrictions have been alleviated and may be used for any arts-related expense until further notice.

  3. Use of FY20 funds may be extended until November 30, 2020 by submitting a request to

Find all other MSAC COVID-19 information here. 



The Folklife Network program funds organizations serving as regional folklife centers in Maryland. Regional folklife centers are defined as continuing programmatic or educational efforts made by an organization to support traditional arts and community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth.

The Folklife Network is a formal granting program growing from recommendations by folklife artists, folklife specialists, and other cultural workers during program revision activities facilitated by MSAC in 2019. The need for a Folklife Network granting program is based on foregoing long-term and short-term collaborations between MSAC’s Maryland Traditions folklife program and organizations supporting the traditional arts in Maryland.

Download the Folklife Network grant guidelines to learn more about the program.



Schedules occur on the MSAC fiscal year, which begins in July and ends in June:

  • Applications

    • Application publication: October 1

    • Application deadline: November 15

  • Panelist evaluation

    • Call for panelists opening: November 8

    • Call for panelists closing: November 22

    • Review of applications: January

  • Grant processing

    • Applicants notified of status: July

    • Funds processed for successful grantees: July

  • Final reports

    • Final report instructions released: June

    • Final reports due: July


Current grantees

  • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (Talbot County)

  • Common Ground on the Hill (Carroll County)

  • Creative Alliance (Baltimore City)

  • Frostburg State University (Allegany County)

  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland (St. Mary’s County)

  • Sandy Spring Museum (Montgomery County)

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore County)

  • Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art, Salisbury University (Wicomico County)


Network Technical Assistance grants

MSAC is pleased to introduce the Network Technical Assistance grant, which will support organizational development for MSAC’s three network-based programs: Arts & Entertainment Districts (A&E), County Arts Development (CAD), and the Folklife Network. The A&E, CAD, and Folklife Network programs raise the profile of Maryland arts through 29 A&E Districts, 24 county arts councils, and 8 regional folklife centers. Network Technical Assistance grants will provide funds to support professional consulting services, board and staff development fees, and other activities allowing these organizations to better serve their communities. Network Technical Assistance grants are between $500 and $2,000 and will be offered on a rolling basis, pending available funding.

For more information on Network Technical Assistance grants, download and read the grant guidelines. For any further questions, contact Director of Grants and Professional Development Dana Parsons at or 410.767.6557.