About Our Work

MCA’s advocacy services fall within two categories: educating (lobbying) state lawmakers about the importance of public funding for the arts and supporting the organizational needs of the arts sector, including artists, organizations, administrators and volunteers.

MCA provides “One Voice for all the Arts in Maryland.” It serves Marylanders interested in the arts and the role they play in economic vitality, education, and quality of life. MCA’s research culls topical data and its educational programs not only provide informational updates about arts funding, key state appointments and activities, and status reports from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), but also nurtures connections among arts professionals, arts supporters, and artists, as well as their audiences.

MCA works closely with partner organizations such as MSAC, the County Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM) – an umbrella organization for the County Arts Councils – the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS), Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MDVLA), and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA). Current programming reaches all career levels of arts professionals, from executive directors to emerging arts leaders to interns, from board members to volunteers. Overall, MCA was conceived to emphasize the connections between the arts, cultural diversity, quality education, economic development and government.