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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 2016Publication      Maryland'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... 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
"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
May 01, 2018May 2018 NewslettereNewsletterThe Maryland State Arts Council hosted a gathering of artists and art enthusiasts on Friday, April 20 at The Walters Art Museum for "A Celebration of the Arts" to commemorate its 50th anniversary.... 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
April 01, 2018April 2018 NewslettereNewsletterNationally organized by Americans for the Arts, and locally organized by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, National Arts Day gathered an energized group from across the country in Washington, DC for 2... 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
March 01, 2018March 2018 NewslettereNewsletterGovernor Larry Hogan kicked off a year of Frederick Douglass on February 13 with an event at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. In attendance were Douglass' descendants and story quilt artist... Read More
February 01, 2018February 2018 NewslettereNewsletterJoin us for the opening of the Maryland State Arts Council's (MSAC) inaugural Art on the Fly exhibition showcasing visual arts from around the state. The opening reception will be co-hosted by the... 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
January 01, 2018January 2018 NewslettereNewsletterApplications for Maryland Traditions funding are open through February 2, 2018. Access the guidelines and application forms for our Apprenticeship Award and Project Grant programs online, and keep in... 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, 20172018 Maryland Poetry Out Loud Winners 2018 NATIONAL POETRY OUT LOUD WINNERS Janae Claxton, 2018 National Poetry Out Loud Champion Nicholas Amador, Hawaii (Second Place) Hope Stratman, Nebraska (Third Place)   2018 MARYLAND POETRY OUT... Read More

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