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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
"Tels"TEXTILE  Ikat Resist Dyeing, Handweaving, Sewing, Cotton 80”h x 75”w x 10”d
May 29, 2018Artist Insight - Interview with Hillary Steel, Individual Artist Award (IAA) RecipientJune 2018 Artist Insight - Interview with Hillary Steel Artist Statement Material and process are what drives me to create art. The slow labor of preparing and dyeing materials, dressing looms and... Read More
May 25, 2018Interview with Poetry Out Loud (POL) Teacher Organizer at Indian Creek School Anne Arundel CountyPoetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students, co-created and cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, in partnership with... Read More
May 24, 2018MARYLAND STATE ARTS COUNCIL AWARDS $225,000 TO 78 INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE STATEPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, MD (May 24, 2018) – Over 125 people attended the Individual Artist Awards (IAA) Ceremony at the American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM) on Sunday, May 20 where the Maryland State Arts... Read More
"Walters Art Museum Baltimore" Photography by Ben Marcin 2018 IAA Recipient
April 24, 2018Maryland State Arts Council Announces 2018 Individual Artist Award RecipientsPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, MD (April 12, 2018) - The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announced today that $225,000 has been awarded to 78 Maryland artists through the 2018 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). This... Read More
March 28, 2018Anne Arundel County Student Named 2018 Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Champion at 13th Poetry Out Loud State FinalsPress ReleaseBaltimore, MD (March 14, 2018) – The Poetry Out Loud (POL) Maryland State Finals was held on March 10, 2018 in the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Auditorium at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This year’s... Read More
March 12, 2018CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS EVENT, FREE TO THE PUBLIC Press ReleaseAn Evening of Music, Dance, Literary, Theatrical, and Visual Arts to Commemorate  Maryland State Arts Council 50 Years of Service to the Arts Baltimore, MD (March 8, 2018) –  The Maryland State Arts... Read More
January 24, 2018Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland Fiscal Year 2016Publication Nonprofit arts support an annual economic impact of $1.32 billion in Maryland. This FY 2016 report shows how the arts support jobs, salaries, tax revenue and more. Download the brochure. Download... Read More
Create Gallery in Chestertown's Arts & Entertainment District. Photo by Kevin B Moore
December 01, 2017Maryland’s Arts and Entertainment Districts Bring New Businesses, Jobs and Event Spending to Communities StatewidePress ReleaseMaryland’s Arts and Entertainment Districts Bring New Businesses, Jobs and Event Spending to Communities Statewide New study affirms significant economic impact as state adds a 25th district
Ken Skrzesz - Executive Director of Maryland State Arts Council
September 20, 2017Ken Skrzesz named Executive Director of Maryland State Arts CouncilPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, MD  – Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill joined today with Maryland State Arts Council Chair Shelley Morhaim to announce Ken Skrzesz as the next executive director of the Maryland State... Read More
September 18, 2017Fiscal Year 2017 Annual ReportPublicationA summary of Maryland State Arts Council programs, activities, expenditures, and grants during the 2017 fiscal year. Download a copy here.  
Photo by Mary Sincell McEwen
July 20, 2017MSAC Announces Maryland’s 25th Arts & Entertainment District in OaklandNewsMaryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is pleased to announce Maryland’s Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill has approved the designation of the state’s 25th Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District in... Read More
Sculpture by Jae Ko of St. Mary's County, 2017 Individual Artist Awardee
April 11, 2017Maryland State Arts Council Announces 2017 Individual Artist Award RecipientsPress ReleaseMaryland State Arts Council Announces 2017 Individual Artist Award Recipients $245,000 awarded to 88 outstanding Maryland artists BALTIMORE, MD (April 11, 2017) - The Maryland State Arts Council (... Read More
March 30, 2017Maryland Commerce Names Julie Madden Maryland State Arts Council Interim Executive DirectorPress ReleaseMaryland Commerce Names Julie Madden Maryland State Arts Council Interim Executive Director Madden is a longtime arts advocate and artist with more than 30 years in business and the arts BALTIMORE,... Read More
March 24, 2017First Lady Yumi Hogan to Host Reception for Behavioral Health Art ShowNewsFirst Lady Yumi Hogan to host reception for behavioral health art show 20 Md. artists to shine in Annapolis exhibition to raise awareness, to fight stigma Annapolis, MD (March 24, 2017) – The... Read More
March 18, 20172017 Maryland Poetry Out Loud Winners  2017 MARYLAND POETRY OUT LOUD WINNERS   MARYLAND STATE FINALS Maryland State Champion  Angeline Faieq, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Baltimore County  Tanaka Mukudzavhu... Read More
Prem Raja Mahat of Baltimore and Roshan Pratap Rana of Montgomery County completed an apprenticeship in Nepali folk music last year. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
January 05, 2017Maryland Traditions applications for Apprenticeship Awards and Project Grants are now open!Press ReleaseMaryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is pleased to open applications for its annual Apprenticeship Awards and Project Grants. These two forms of support are... Read More
December 20, 2016Maryland State Arts Council Holiday HoursNewsIn observance of the upcoming holidays, State offices, including the Maryland State Arts Council, will be closed on the following days: Monday, December 26, 2016 Monday, January 2, 2017   We wish you... Read More
FY 2015 Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland
December 06, 2016Nonprofit Arts Generate $1.1 Billion Impact on Maryland EconomyPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, MD – Maryland’s nonprofit arts sector had a $1.16 billion total impact on the state’s economy and supported 14,564 full-time jobs in Fiscal Year 2015 – up from $1.05 billion and 12,155... Read More
November 21, 2016Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland Fiscal Year 2015Publication  Nonprofit arts support an annual economic impact of $1.16 billion in Maryland. This FY 2015 report shows how the arts support jobs, salaries, tax revenue and more. Download the brochure. Download... Read More
October 11, 2016Fiscal Year 2016 Annual ReportPublicationA summary of Maryland State Arts Council programs, activities, expenditures and grants during the 2016 fiscal year. Download a copy here.  
Cambodian traditional music master Chum Ngek of Montgomery County is one of three recipients of the 2016 Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
September 26, 2016Recipients of the 2016 Maryland Traditions Heritage AwardsPress ReleaseCambodian traditional music, family-owned amusement park, and maple syrup farming among 2016 Maryland Traditions Heritage Award honors Baltimore, Md. — Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of... Read More
Founder and Executive Director Joanne Lewis-Margolius of Magical Experiences
September 15, 2016Maryland State Arts Council Announces Grant Awards to SchoolsPress ReleaseBaltimore, Md. - In celebration of National Arts Education Week, The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) announces grant awards to 194 schools in 18 of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City for... Read More
Piñata-making workshop hosted by Southeast Baltimore’s Artesanas Mexicanas at the 2016 Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
September 07, 2016 The Maryland State Arts Council and Maryland Traditions Seek Consultants to Assess the Feasibility of a Maryland Folklife CenterPress ReleaseBALTIMORE, Md.—The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants or consultant teams to assess the feasibility of creating a Maryland Folklife Center, which would... Read More

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