Maryland State Arts Council Receives Record-Setting FY 2017 Funding
Hogan Administration and General Assembly act to increase funding, bolstering Maryland arts sectorApril 15, 2016Press Release
Demonstrating his continued commitment to the arts in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan's proposed increase in the fiscal year 2017 appropriation for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) budget was approved by the General Assembly during the 2016 Legislative Session.
MSAC encourages and invests in the advancement of the arts by supporting artists and arts organizations, ensuring all citizens have access to art experiences, communicating the value of arts in shaping distinctive cultural identities and cultivating creative placemaking contributing to economically thriving and robust communities.
"The arts sector is a fundamental part of Maryland's economy and delivers a $1 billion impact with $49 million generated in state and local revenues," said Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. "We are fortunate to have First Lady Yumi Hogan as a champion of the arts and leadership that understands the power of art as a vital part of every citizen's life while creating exciting cultural opportunities in our communities."
Governor Hogan's General Fund appropriation of $17.4 million includes a $700,000 increase over MSAC's FY 2016 budget. The passage of Senate Bill 377 and House Bill 451 regarding the redistribution of the Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts, plus an additional $900,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts and other private funds, result in a record-setting $20.3 million in FY 2017 funding for MSAC.
"On behalf of MSAC, I'd like to express our deep appreciation to Governor Hogan, First Lady Yumi Hogan, and the Maryland General Assembly for their support, and to Maryland Citizens for the Arts for its ardent advocacy. Collectively their actions will greatly impact Maryland's arts sector," said MSAC Chair, Carol Trawick. "We are fortunate to have such strong legislative support for the arts, from our citizens who value and engage with the arts, and our partners and grantees, whose work enriches the people, places and innovative spirit of our state."
This funding will significantly affect hundreds of Maryland arts organizations and programs, community development grants for local arts councils, arts education programming for Maryland students, and other MSAC programs.