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$22,970 awarded to five county arts councils for fall projects.

August 27, 2008Press Release

BALTIMORE, MD (August 26, 2008) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that in recognition of the newly created Maryland Public Art Commission, $22,970 in matching grants has been awarded to five county arts councils to commission public art. Awarded by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, the awards will be used to support public art projects in Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard, Frederick and Queen Anne’s counties. “Art has the power to build communities, enhance our natural and man-made landscapes and elevate the role of aesthetic excellence in our daily lives,” said Governor O’Malley. “When artists and citizens collaborate, the results transform communities in ways both subtle and strong, but always significant.” Ranging from $3,950-$5,000, the awards were selected by an independent panel of the MSAC from nine proposals submitted by county arts councils that were eligible to receive funding under this inaugural program. The five projects are scheduled for completion later this fall. They are: •The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County in collaboration with the Annapolis Community Foundation has commissioned artists Gail Bolden and Hollis Minor to create a collection of tapestries involving community stitching events and depicting historic Annapolis to commemorate the city’s 300th Charter. •Frederick County’s strong agricultural economy is celebrated through the Frederick Arts Council’s sponsorship of “Baker Park Calf,” a full-size bronze sculpture by Adam C. Lubkin that invites children to interact as it ‘grazes’ in Frederick’s city park. •The Howard County Arts Council completes landscaping enhancements surrounding an original sculptural bench by artist Ginger Peloquin. Located at the entrance to the county arts center’s Ellicott City offices, the project includes mosaic tiles produced by those participating in arts council activities. •The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, has engaged artist Luann Koron to create two mosaic cast glass columns to serve as way-finding signage connecting the Long Branch Creek trail to the library in Silver Spring. •Queen Anne’s Arts Council will display “Front and Center” along a handicap ramp in front of the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts. The six ironwork panels will be produced by artist Robert Seely in collaboration with three other local artists. “Through our local arts councils, these five projects will employ local artists, connect people to their public spaces, and help raise the public’s awareness of the role of art to create authentic spaces that enhance our quality of life,” said Theresa Colvin, executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council. “The robust community response we received demonstrates the strong interest by our communities for public art.” Applications for awards for Fiscal Year 2009 will be available later this year. Appointed by Governor O’Malley in March, the Maryland Commission on Public Art is charged with implementing the State’s first formal public art program through community sculptures, murals and other works. It serves under the direction of MSAC, which is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive by encouraging and investing in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. In 2007, the Maryland arts industry contributed more than $1.2 billion to the State’s economy and provided more than 15,000 jobs to Maryland residents. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council visit the MSAC Web site at or call (410) 767-6555 or TDD/TTY (410) 333-4519.