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County Arts Agencies of Maryland

Pool 2 by Jen Lewin at Light City Baltimore. Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Photo: Six Point Pictures.
Juneteenth Celebration in Lexington Park with the Spring Ridge Rhythm Band. St. Mary's County Arts Council. Photo: Nell Elder

County Arts Agencies of Maryland


COVID-19 Program Updates and Resources

In response to COVID-19, the Maryland State Arts Council convened on March 25, 2020 and approved the following changes for Community/County Arts Development Grants:

1. All match requirements have been suspended until further notice.

2. Funding may be used for emergency relief grants to artists and arts organizations located in the jurisdiction.

3. County Arts Agencies are encouraged to allow any previously disbursed project grants to be used for any arts-related expenses.

4. Use of FY20 funds may be extended until November 30, 2020 by submitting a request to

Find all other MSAC COVID-19 information here. 


County Arts Agencies of Maryland Network

County Arts Agencies across Maryland further MSAC’s goals by encouraging and supporting local arts activity while championing creative expression, diverse programming, and lifelong learning throughout their jurisdictions. The County Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM) Network consists of the agencies and non-profits designated as official arts agencies by the governments of Mayland’s 24 jurisdictions.


County Arts Development Grant Program

County Arts Development (CAD) grants support CAAM Network members to extend the service of MSAC with the goals of providing:
  • a vital connection with artists, arts organizations, and audiences throughout the State; 
  • encouragement of local arts activity of all disciplines in all of Maryland’s diverse communities; and 
  • equitable funding for the arts on the local level through transparent processes that are accessible to all county constituents. 
FY2021 CAD Panel Meeting
Monday, May 18th, 2020 - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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‪+1 208-696-2725‬ PIN: ‪859 632 585‬#

In fiscal year 2020, MSAC awarded a total of $3,500,000 to County Arts Agencies through CAD grants.


County Arts Agencies

Howard County Arts Council summer camper proudly displays a completed artwork.

Maryland's local arts agencies extend the reach of MSAC programs and funds. County Arts Agency websites