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Governor O'Malley Announces $12.7 Million In Arts Awards

Governor O'Malley Announces $12.7 Million In Arts Awards


Grants to 278 Maryland Organizations Support Communities, Jobs

July 23, 2013Press Release

Governor Martin O’Malley today announced nearly $13 million in Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) grants to local arts organizations and arts councils, reaffirming his strong commitment to supporting vibrant arts sector across Maryland. The funding for FY 2014 arts activities represents a 16 percent increase over the previous year.

“The arts are not only an important economic generator in Maryland, they are vital to maintaining our quality of life and the education of our children,” said Governor O’Malley. “These grants support nearly 12,000 jobs, enliven communities and businesses, inspire individuals, and cultivate innovative thinkers in our classrooms.”

“Maryland is fortunate to have leadership that recognizes that in addition to being an economic driver, arts are in the unique position to enrich and celebrate our state’s greatest asset—its people,” said MSAC Chair Barbara Bershon. “Arts reach people across our entire state, regardless of income or ability. In Maryland, high-caliber arts experiences are available to all through museums and festivals, in the classrooms, in galleries, parks, arts centers, and beyond.”

The FY2014 Maryland State Arts Council matching grants will be used to support the general operations of 254 arts organizations and ongoing arts programs, as well as the activities of Maryland’s 23 official county arts councils and Baltimore City. The Governor approved the matching grants based on the recommendations of the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce.

The latest economic impact report shows that Maryland State Arts Council grantees’ activities support more than 11,434 jobs and generate $1 billion in economic activity and $37.8 million in state and local taxes.

Grants to organizations from the Maryland State Arts Council are awarded on the basis of artistic merit, organizational effectiveness and service to the community. Awardees are selected through a process in which applicants are evaluated by advisory panels of professionals in each artistic discipline and include on-site visits to each applicant.

The Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive and enhance communities. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council visit or call (410) 767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258.


EDITOR'S NOTE: See downloadable document for list of grantees.