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A member of the Singing and Praying Bands at the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival in 2012
June 25, 2014Two NEA National Heritage Fellowships go to Maryland GroupsPress ReleaseNational Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu today announced the 2014 recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The... Read More
Singer and American Flag
June 06, 2014Public Urged To Vote For Favorite National Anthem RenditionPress ReleaseThe Maryland State Arts Council and Star-Spangled 200 are asking Marylanders to decide who should win the Star-Spangled Sing-Off, a statewide National Anthem Singing Competition.   The competition... Read More
June 06, 2014June 2014 Newsletter--Arts MarylandArts Across MarylandThe new law that could boost Maryland's art market, a celebration of Maryland Artists, a chat with Columbia Festival of the Arts Executive Director Nichole Hickey, the difference between an online... Read More
Nichole Hickey
June 03, 2014Elevator Chat with Outgoing Columbia Festival of the Arts Executive Director Nichole HickeyArts Across MarylandMSAC: Tell us about this year’s festival! What’s exciting, what’s new? Certainly the most exciting aspect of our free weekend—June 13-15 on the lakefront—is the East Coast premiere of Strange Fruit’... Read More
Bill signing with Governor Martin O'Malley
June 03, 2014Expanded Law Could Boost Statewide A&E Art MarketArts Across MarylandAt a May 15 ceremony in Annapolis, Governor Martin O'Malley, joined by House Speaker Mike Busch and Senate President Mike Miller, signed into law a bill that could broaden the statewide market for... Read More
2014 Individual Artist Awards Crowd
June 03, 2014Arts Council Honors Individual Artist Award RecipientsArts Across MarylandMaryland artists that received a Maryland State Arts Council 2014 Individual Artist Award (IAA) were honored at a May 21 celebration and reception at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). An... Read More
Festival Headliner Samba Mapangala and the Orchestra Virunga
May 21, 20144th Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival AnnouncedPress ReleaseFrom Maryland-rooted traditions like screen painting, banjo making and decoy carving to traditions with global origins, like Congolese Rumba, Chinese Calligraphy and Piñata Making that have taken... Read More
DINKA WARRIORS, a photograph by past IAA recipient Irene Abdou
May 20, 2014Maryland Artists May Apply For An Individual Artist Award Arts Across MarylandThe Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Award recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vitality of Maryland. At the heart of our thriving ... Read More
We're Hiring!
May 15, 2014MSAC Seeks Management AssociateArts Across MarylandThe Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Management Associate within its Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts’- Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC... Read More
Meet the Artist
May 07, 2014Meet the Artists: 10th Annual Gateway Open Studios TourArts Across MarylandWhat separates human from animal? What borders exist between real and imagined, beautiful and repugnant, animate and inanimate?” Lindsay Pichaske sculpts animals made of clay, feathers, paint,... Read More
Arts Maryland--May
May 01, 2014May 2014 Newsletter--Arts MarylandArts Across Maryland Fifty years of Maryland folklife moves to UMBC, a chat with Maryland Film Festival Director Jed Dietz, the sculptures of Gateway A&E District artist and more--Arts Maryland, May Arts Maryland... Read More
Maryland Traditions Archive Event at UMBC
April 30, 2014Arts Council Moves Maryland Folklife Archive to UMBCPress ReleaseAt an April 21 ceremony at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announced that its Folklife Program—the oldest of any state arts agency in the... Read More
Chum Ngek
April 18, 2014NEA Awards Nearly $3 Million to Maryland NonprofitsArts Across MarylandNational Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced this week that the NEA plans to award $74.85 million in 971 grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide as part of the... Read More
Star-Spangled Sing-Off
April 15, 2014O' Say Can You Sing?Press ReleaseToday the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and Star-Spangled 200 (SS200) kickoff the search to find Maryland’s most talented vocalist to perform the National Anthem at Star-Spangled Spectacular.... Read More
Maryland State House
April 09, 2014Gov. O’Malley and General Assembly Pass Historic Arts FundingArts Across MarylandAs of Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed 5% ($800,000) increase in the General Fund appropriation for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) was passed by the Maryland General Assembly,... Read More
Bursting in Air
April 04, 2014Bursting In Air: Gateway A&E Seeks MuralistsArts Across MarylandThe Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC) in partnership with Maryland Milestones/ATHA, Inc. and the Art Lives Here Initiative, seek muralists to propose and paint designs themed in... Read More
Arts Maryland Newsletter
April 04, 2014April 2014 Newsletter--Arts Maryland Arts Across MarylandA&E Districts attract visitors and support jobs, Maryland awards artists, a new Poetry Out Loud champion and more--Arts Maryland, April Arts Maryland is the Maryland State Arts Council's monthly... Read More
April 03, 2014Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsArts Across MarylandMaryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA) is a group of lawyers (and business leaders) who like art so much that since 1985, they have been volunteering their time, energies and expertise to... Read More
Untitled (For Louise)  by Keith W. Bentley of Baltimore City
March 26, 2014Maryland Honors 89 Artists for Excellence Press ReleaseThe Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, has awarded grants to 89 Maryland artists for creating work of exceptional quality within a range of... Read More
Street Mural Art
March 25, 2014Meridian International Center seeks American muralists Arts Across MarylandMeridian International Center is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Community Engagement through the Arts Exchange Program for American mural artists. Funded by the Cultural Programs... Read More
A&E District Outstanding Achievement Award
March 25, 2014Maryland Recognizes Hagerstown for Outstanding AchievementArts Across MarylandAt the March 18 annual meeting of the A&E District Managers, Hagerstown A&E District was presented with the annual Outstanding Achievement Award by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The... Read More
Artist at work in Gateway A&E District Studio
March 20, 2014A&E Districts Attract Visitors, Support Jobs Press ReleaseIn fiscal year 2013, 20 Maryland Arts and Entertainment (A&E) Districts collectively supported an estimated 5,144 new jobs that paid $149 million in wages. New jobs combined with A&E District... Read More
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March 20, 2014NEA Challenge America Fast Track GrantArts Across MarylandNEA's Challenge America Fast-Track Director Michael Killoren will present a webinar on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET to help potential applicants navigate the application materials... Read More
2014 Poetry Out Loud top three finalists
March 17, 2014Maryland Names Poetry Out Loud State ChampionPress ReleaseThe Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) today announced that Akash Menon, a junior at Urbana High School in Frederick County, placed first at the 2014 Maryland Poetry Out Loud (POL) state final... Read More
March 11, 2014Tax Prep Q&A for Artists Arts Across MarylandPlease join the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc. on Tuesday, March 25 for a Q&A session for artists on filing income tax returns.... Read More