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Program Staff

Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director

Ken Skrzesz

Executive Director

Ken Skrzesz has served as the Executive Director of the Maryland State Arts Council since 2017, emphasizing procedural equity as the path toward quality arts experiences for all Maryland residents. From 2014-2017, Ken was the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education, where he shared his vision of creativity and collaboration as the driving forces of success for all students.  Ken has designed and implemented arts education and professional development programs in numerous locations through standards development, curriculum writing, and assessment.

Precious Blake

Program Director, Arts in Education(410) 767-6476Program(s):Arts in Education Programs

Rosa Chang

Special Projects and Grants Associate410-767-8879Program(s):Public Art Programs

Amelia Evans

Marketing and Communications Manager(410) 767-6542
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Liesel Fenner

Program Director, Public Art410-767-6544Program(s):Public Art Programs

Catherine Frost

Arts in Education Grants Management Associate(410) 767-8865Program(s):Arts in Education Programs

Lillian Jacobson

Regional Events Planner(410) 767-6536

Ryan Koons

Folklife Specialist(410) 767-6568Program(s):Maryland Traditions

Dana Parsons

Director, Grants and Professional Development410.767.6557Program(s):Grants for Organizations, Professional Development, Special Request Grant

Ryan Patterson

Public Art Project Manager410-767-6412Program(s):Public Art Programs

Keyonna Penick

Executive Assistant, Board Liaison410-767-8832

Shaunte Roper

Fiscal Officer(410)-767-6551

Emily Sollenberger Dobbins

Program Director, Arts Services; Disciplines: Arts Services, Children's Events, Folk & Traditional Arts, Large Organizations, Multi-disciplinary, Visual Arts/Media410-767-6484Program(s):Creativity Grants, Grants for Organizations, Independent Artist Award, Maryland Presenting and Touring
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Laura Weiss

Program Director, Arts Services; Disciplines: Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Public Art, Theatre410-767-6545Program(s):Creativity Grants, Grants for Organizations, Independent Artist Award, Maryland Presenting and Touring