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October 30, 2019Fiscal Year 2019 Annual ReportPublicationA summary of Maryland State Arts Council programs, activities, expenditures, and grants during the 2019 fiscal year. Download a copy here.    
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, 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
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
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, 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
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
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
March 01, 2019March 2019 NewslettereNewsletterThe explorations, dialogue, and recommendations throughout the revision process have demonstrated a thoughtful and expansive approach as MSAC aligns its work with the values of equity, diversity,... Read More
February 12, 2019Maryland State Arts Council Hosts Statewide “Creative Conversations” for Artists and Arts Advocates this FallPress ReleaseBaltimore, MD (August 23, 2018) –The Maryland State Arts Council is sponsoring seven regional institutes for artists, arts organizations, arts leaders, and arts supporters to gather for collaborative... Read More
February 12, 2019Maryland Traditions Accepting Award Applications through February 15Press ReleaseBaltimore, MD (February 2019) – Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is currently accepting applications for the Apprenticeships Awards and nominations for... Read More
February 08, 2019 Maryland Traditions accepting award applications through Feb. 15 News BALTIMORE — Maryland Traditions, the folk-life program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is accepting applications for apprenticeships awards and nominations for heritage awards. Apprenticeship... Read More
February 07, 2019 Carroll County student takes first place in regional poetry competition NewsThere’s something onstage at the Carroll Arts Center nearly every weekend, and many weekdays, too. Musicians, theater folk and dancers walk the boards regularly, but on Saturday, Feb. 2, poets took... Read More
February 01, 2019February 2019 NewslettereNewsletterFacilitated by Michele Walter and Lynette Turner of the AMS Planning and Research, the assembled group investigated needs and priorities in the field, definitions of “success” through the lens of our... Read More
January 26, 2019Apply for Maryland Traditions project grant NewsBALTIMORE — Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is accepting applications for Project Grants. Applications are open until Feb. 15. Maryland Traditions... Read More
January 24, 2019 State Arts Council seeking panelists for grant review News The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking panelists to review grant applications for the recently announced Creativity Grant program. MSAC relies on a diverse array of arts experts from the... Read More

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