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January 15, 2019January 2019 NewslettereNewsletterWhen arts experiences respond to communities the creative energy has a profound impact because it is fueled by authentically connecting people to ideas that disrupt their routines. Chestertown’s A... Read More
January 15, 2019Stories and Lives from the Fiber ArtsArts Across MarylandThe pieces in this show offer a colorful look into Maryland’s fiber arts practices today, with a focus on natural materials like cotton, silk, wool, leather, and paper, which have passed through... Read More
December 01, 2018December 2018 NewslettereNewsletter From November 1-3, the staff and board of the Maryland State Arts Council hosted the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Assembly 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor. More than 400... Read More
November 01, 2018November 2018 NewslettereNewsletterOverall, the goal is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of all internal procedures so that the MSAC staff can spend more time in the field hearing from constituents and creating initiatives... Read More
October 01, 2018October 2018 NewslettereNewsletterI grew up learning stomping, turning, leaping movement that constantly gave into gravity. We sang full-throated songs that were generated from our feet being firmly planted in ancestral... Read More
September 10, 2018Fiscal Year 2018 Annual ReportPublicationA summary of Maryland State Arts Council programs, activities, expenditures, and grants during the 2018 fiscal year.  
September 01, 2018September 2018 NewslettereNewsletterI never fail to appreciate the unique landscape of Maryland. Within minutes of leaving a major metropolitan area, the bustle is replaced by rolling hills, farmland, or the Chesapeake Bay. This shift... Read More
August 29, 2018Maryland State Arts Council Searching for Artists to Participate in “New Day Campaign,” Focusing on Art that Conveys Behavioral Health Matters and HealingPress ReleaseBaltimore, MD (August 29, 2018) – Since June, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has adorned its office with artwork by 17 Maryland artists whose work in some way depicts the hardships they face... Read More
Image: 'Elliott Creek' by Jan Elmy, Collection of the Maryland State Archives
August 29, 2018Call for Maryland Artists: Seeking Artwork for Upcoming Fall Exhibition Arts Across MarylandMaryland has a rich and diverse tradition of capturing and expressing the physical and cultural fabric of our state and its people. The range of expression from plein air painting, to urban... Read More
August 23, 2018Maryland State Arts Council Joins Fellow State Arts Agencies To Present The Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artist RetreatNewsThe Maryland State Arts Council joined its fellow State Arts Agencies in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to present the Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artist Retreat August 13-... Read More
August 23, 2018Sensational Royal Lights Gospel QuartetNewsSpeaking with Tyrome Elliott you cannot help but feel the enthusiasm he has for Gospel singing. He is deeply proud of the family tradition that is now being passed down to the 4th generation with the... Read More
National Folk Festival
August 16, 2018Dozens of Maryland Folklife Practitioners to be Featured at National Folk Festival in Salisbury in September Press ReleaseBaltimore, MD (August 15, 2018) The Maryland Traditions Festival is partnering with the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the City of Salisbury, Maryland, on the 78th National Folk... Read More
August 01, 2018Creative Conversations NewsA series of evenings for artists, arts organizations, arts leaders and arts supporters to gather for collaborative discussion and professional development. Partners: Maryland State Arts Council,... Read More
August 01, 2018August 2018 NewslettereNewsletterArtscape 2018 could have been called Rainscape. From my 19th floor condominium in Mount Vernon, I watched sheets of rain blow across the festival on Saturday, and on Sunday, as soon as I saw blue in... Read More
Richard Smoker Master Decoy & Waterfowl Carver
July 26, 2018Artist Insight - Interview with Richard Smoker, Master Decoy & Waterfowl CarverNewsRichard Smoker Master Decoy & Waterfowl Carver   How did you learn your tradition? I was fortunate to learn many aspects of carving from my father. He was an Industrial Arts teacher at the local... Read More
July 24, 2018Michael Singer Studio Selected for the Universities at Shady Grove Public Art ProjectNewsMSAC in partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) announces the selection of Michael Singer Studio for the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Building (BSE) at the... Read More
July 24, 2018Maryland State Arts Council Post Notifications NewsDesktop: Step one: Log into your Facebook account Step two: Go to the Maryland State Arts Council (@mdartscouncil) page on Facebook Step three: Go to where it says “Following” and click on... Read More
July 02, 2018CRISFIELD NAMED MARYLAND'S NEWEST ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT Press ReleaseBaltimore, MD (July 2, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Commerce today announced that the City of Crisfield in Somerset County has been designated as Maryland’s 26th Arts & Entertainment (A... Read More
July 01, 2018July 2018 NewslettereNewsletterThe Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is listening and wants to hear from you! Four sessions of "We Are Listening" were conducted and MSAC received an overwhelming response for each session.... Read More
June 28, 2018Artist Insight - Interview with Linda Goss Master Storyteller Mama Linda Goss - Master Storyteller Tell us what inspired you to become a storyteller?
June 25, 2018Announcing the Maryland Traditions Folklife Area Program at the 78th National Folk FestivalPress ReleaseSALISBURY, MD (June 12, 2018) – Today, the 78th National Folk Festival, which will take place in downtown Salisbury, September 7 – 9, 2018, announced the Maryland Traditions Folklife Area & Stage... Read More
June 25, 2018MARYLAND STATE ARTS COUNCIL NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 MARYLAND TRADITIONS HERITAGE AWARDS Press Release(Baltimore MD – June 25, 2018) – In 2007, the Maryland State Arts Council’s folklife program, Maryland Traditions, created the state Heritage Awards to recognize outstanding stewardship of Maryland’s... Read More
June 12, 2018Arts & Entertainment Districts Economic Impact Report Fiscal Year 2016PublicationMaryland's 26 Arts & Entertainment Districts include urban, suburban and rural communities in 17 counties and Baltimore City. Each A&E district leverages its unique character to bolster and... Read More
June 01, 2018NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO SUPPORT THE ARTS IN MARYLAND Press ReleaseBaltimore, MD (May 24, 2018) – Maryland arts organizations will receive more than $2.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts’ second major round of grant funding for Fiscal Year 2018,... Read More
June 01, 2018June 2018 NewslettereNewsletterWe want your feedback! The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is conducting four "We Are Listening" sessions to gather information about our programs. Session 1- Individual Artist Awards and Session... Read More