Maryland State Arts Council

Maryland State Arts Council
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) encourages and invests in the advancement of the arts for all Marylanders. Its grants and programs support artists and arts organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens and promote statewide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.

About the Maryland State Arts Council – MSAC
MARYLAND STATE ARTS COUNCIL

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) encourages and invests in the advancement of the arts for all Marylanders. Its grants and programs support artists and arts organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens and promote statewide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.

The Council compises an appointed body of 17 citizens from across the state, 13 of whom are named by the Governor to three-year terms that may be renewed once. Two private citizens and two legislators are appointed by the President of the Senate and by the Speaker of the House. All councilors serve without salary.

The program of the Maryland State Arts Council impact a broad range of individuals, communities and institutions across the state:

GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS (GFO) provide unrestricted operating support to not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations, as well as units of government. State dollars invested in these vetted organizations are in turn leveraged to attract private funding.

COMMUNITY ARTS DEVELOPMENT (CAD) further extends the arts to all areas of the state through grants to Maryland’s 23 County Arts Councils and Baltimore City.

ARTS IN EDUCATION (AiE) makes art accessible to students and teachers by providing grants for performances and teaching residencies for artists. The MSAC also administers Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest, in Maryland.

MARYLAND FOLKLIFE documents, promotes and sustains living traditions through Maryland Traditions, its statewide partnership initiative, as well as grants and the annual Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts (ALTA) Awards and Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT (A&E) DISTRICTS empower rural, suburban and urban localities with tax-related incentives to encourage artists, arts organizations and other creative enterprises to locate in targeted areas, promoting community involvement, tourism and neighborhood revitalization.

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AWARDS (IAA) honor and support artists’ creative contributions to the community with grants of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000. THE MARYLAND COMMISSION ON PUBLIC ART oversees the Maryland Public Art Initiative, which integrates public art enhancements into state-funded construction during the early stages of planning and development.

MARYLAND PRESENTING AND TOURING supports Maryland professional performing arts organizations, artists and agents through the Maryland Presenters Network, Maryland Touring Grants and Maryland Touring Artist Roster.

THE VISUAL ARTIST RESOURCE CENTER is an online registry that connects artists, curators, organizations, businesses, educational facilities and others that seek or offer visual and media arts services.

Authority
Maryland State Arts Council is an agency of the State of Maryland under the authority of the Department of Business and Economic Development , Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts.

Martin O’Malley, Governor | Anthony G. Brown, Lieutenant Governor
Dominick E. Murray, Secretary | Robert Walker, Acting Deputy Secretary
Hannah Byron, Assistant Secretary, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts

Professional Grant Review Panels
The council appoints a variety of arts professionals to serve on grant review panels that inform council decision-making. Appointed panelists assist with the evaluation of grant applications and make policy recommendations to the Council. More than 100 individuals will serve as grant review panelists to the Council’s programs in a given fiscal year. For more information about serving as a panelist, or nominating another to serve, email msac@msac.org.

Staff
MSAC maintains a professional staff to administer its programs. Staff members are available to provide resources and technical assistance to the arts community.

Meetings
All Council and Grant Review Panel meetings are open to the public. To view the dates, times, and locations of Council and Grant Review Panel meetings, click here.

Disclaimer
Information on this site is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. The State of Maryland disclaims liability for any errors or omissions. Access to and use of text and image files in the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) site are subject to the following terms and conditions: 1) The material in this site is copyrighted by the Maryland State Arts Council or by third parties from whom we have obtained permission to publish their materials on this site. Any commercial use or publication of any material from this Web site is strictly prohibited; 2) The Maryland State Arts Council retains any and all rights, including copyright, which it may have in MSAC files, and/or images and text they contain.

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