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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, 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
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
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, 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
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
June 30, 2019Arts & Entertainment Districts Economic Impact Report Fiscal Year 2018Publication      Maryland's 25 Arts & Entertainment Districts include urban, suburban and rural communities in 18 counties and Baltimore City. Each A&E district leverages its unique character to... Read More
June 06, 2019Celebrating ChangeNews• Harriet Tubman mural in Dorchester County receives national attention • The National Folk Festival comes to Maryland for a three-year residency • Maryland’s First Annual Arts Summit  June 7 – 8 at... Read More
June 01, 2019June 2019 NewslettereNewsletterWe are flying toward the first-ever Maryland Arts Summit! The staff members of the Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Maryland State Department of Education's Fine Arts... Read More
May 01, 2019May 2019 NewslettereNewsletterImagine... a cobblestone plaza featuring a 200-year old monument to George Washington, surrounded by the blossoms of spring on streets lined by world renown arts institutions, populated with more... Read More
painting by Carolyn Case
April 15, 2019Maryland State Arts Council Announces Individual Arts Award RecipientsPress ReleaseThe Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announced today that $246,000 has been awarded to 105 Maryland artists through the 2019 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). This year’s awardees were chosen from a... Read More
April 01, 2019April 2019 NewslettereNewsletterTwo extraordinary activities occurred in March that allowed the staff of the Maryland State Arts Council to gain more insight into the work of artists and arts organizations across the state.   ... Read More
April 01, 2019Maryland State Arts Council Announces Winners of 2019 Maryland Traditions Heritage AwardsPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, MD (April 1, 2019) - The Maryland Traditions folklife program is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Heritage Awards, given annually to outstanding stewards of Maryland’s living... Read More
March 04, 20192019 Maryland Poetry Out Loud WinnersMarch 4, 2019   2019 NATIONAL POETRY OUT LOUD WINNERS   Isabella Callery, Minnesota, 2019 National Poetry Out Loud Champion Scottlynn Ernestine Ballard, Illinois (Second Place) Alejandro J. Campo,... Read More