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March 10, 2020Maryland State Arts Council Announces "Poetry Out Loud" Maryland State Winner from Concordia Preparatory High School, Baltimore CountyPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, MD (March 10, 2020) -  Randolph Smith, an 11th grader at Concordia Preparatory High School in Baltimore County, was selected as the Poetry Out Loud (POL) Maryland State champion on March... Read More
March 02, 2020March 2020 NewslettereNewsletterDeputy Director Steven Skerritt-Davis and I recently traveled across the state to meet with the boards of directors of arts agencies in each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions. The conversations offered... Read More
February 27, 2020MSAC Webinar SeriesNewsThe Maryland State Arts Council presents its first ever professional webinar series! Our Winter 2020 series will begin January 13th, and we will host multiple webinars each week until the end of... Read More
February 26, 2020Maryland General Assembly Workgroup Recommendations on the Baltimore Symphony OrchestraNewsRecommendations for Cost Containment, Audience Development and Future Sustainability of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
February 23, 2020MSAC Strategic Plan UpdateNewsOver the past two years, MSAC has welcomed new executive leadership, staff, and invigorated councilors who are deeply engaged in efforts to highlight and strengthen the arts in Maryland. Building... Read More
February 19, 2020MSAC Call for Artists 2020 Women & Nature Open-Call ExhibitionMSAC's exhibition Women and Nature explores our relationship with Mother Earth through visual art and poetry created by Maryland artists. The exhibition will include a variety of media within two-... Read More
February 18, 2020MSAC Call for Jurors 2020 Women & Nature Open-Call ExhibitionNewsThe Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking jurors to review visual art (two-dimensional) and poetry submissions for "Women and Nature," MSAC's spring exhibition exploring artists' relationship... Read More
Painted Screen Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
February 10, 2020Call for Stories Featuring Entrepreneurship in the ArtsNewsThe Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking stories about entrepreneurship in the arts. Do you know of an artist, small business, or startup that represents an exciting addition to Maryland’s... Read More
Denise Johnson is executive director of the Arch Social Community Network, an arts and culture nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing Old West Baltimore through cultural engagement, economic cultivation, and youth development. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
February 10, 2020Call for Stories Featuring Women in the ArtsNewsThe Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking stories about women in the arts. Do you have an inspiring story about the vital contributions of women-identifying people who are artists, arts... Read More
February 07, 2020Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland Fiscal Year 2018Publication Nonprofit arts support an annual economic impact of $1.3 billion in Maryland. This FY 2018 report shows how the arts support jobs, salaries, tax revenue and more.
February 01, 2020February 2020 NewslettereNewsletterIn January we celebrated the National Endowment for the Arts! More than a dozen Maryland arts organizations, creative writers, and translators were recently announced as grant recipients for fiscal... Read More
January 21, 2020National Endowment for the Arts Announces Literature Fellowship Grant RecipientsPress ReleaseWashington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today a total of $1.2 million in fellowships to creative writers and translators, supporting both the development of new works of... Read More
January 21, 2020National Endowment for the Arts Announces Arts Project GrantsPress ReleaseWashington, DC—Chairman Mary Anne Carter announced that 1,187 grantees in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will receive a total of $27.3 million of... Read More
January 01, 2020January 2020 NewslettereNewsletterAs we venture into a new year, I invite you to join me in a space of gratitude... for living and working in a state of extraordinary arts support (third in the nation!) from Governor Hogan and the... Read More
December 02, 2019Maryland Commerce Designates New Arts and Entertainment District in Baltimore CountyPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, MD (November 25, 2019) – Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz today announced that Catonsville in Baltimore County has been designated as the state’s 29th Arts and Entertainment... Read More
December 02, 2019December 2019 NewslettereNewsletterOne of the best parts about my job is traveling for "check-ins"... time to sit with arts constituents to ask, "how is it going?" I am happy to report an abundance of creative activity in November!... Read More
November 26, 2019Fiscal Year 2019 Annual ReportPublicationA summary of Maryland State Arts Council programs, activities, expenditures, and grants during the 2019 fiscal year.
November 01, 2019November 2019 NewslettereNewsletterThe 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... Read More
October 01, 2019October 2019 NewslettereNewsletterWe have established a highly collaborative environment at the Maryland State Arts Council. MSAC staff members move ideas to implementation using the same "Yes, and!" technique found in theatre... Read More
September 01, 2019September 2019 NewslettereNewsletterMonday, 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... Read More
Maryland State Arts Council Regional Arts Institutes
August 27, 2019Regional Arts InstitutesNewsAt seven different locations across Maryland, MSAC will be hosting its second annual Regional Arts Institutes as part of our professional development series this fall for all arts constituents (... Read More
August 20, 2019State of Maryland Awards $40,000 in Grants to Traditional Artists for Artisan Skill TrainingPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, MD (August 20, 2019) - Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), has awarded $40,000 to traditional artists in the state. The funding supports... Read More
August 01, 2019August 2019 NewslettereNewsletterAt the Maryland State Arts Council, July is a month for reflecting on the past year’s initiatives while discussing new goals and next steps. The staff, Council and I are excited to share MSAC's new... Read More
July 01, 2019Maryland Designates New Arts and Entertainment Districts in Two CommunitiesPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, MD (July 1, 2019) - Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz today announced the designation of two new Arts and Entertainment (A&E) Districts in Maryland. The Town of Easton and... Read More
July 01, 2019July 2019 NewslettereNewsletterAn obvious theme appeared as I made my visits across the state during the month of June... the arts in Maryland engage communities beyond the typical audience experience. In Frederick, the Weinberg... Read More