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Maryland Arts Day

February 22, 2018
8:15 am - 2:00 pm

Early Bird • $25 per person • until February 9

Regular • $40 per person

What is Maryland Arts Day?

Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland. With more than 500 participants, representing every county in the state and Baltimore City, this statewide arts advocacy event connects artists, educators, administrators, volunteers and trustees with lawmakers from every legislative district in Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation to show strong support for the arts in Maryland and the impact they have on the economic and cultural vitality of the state.

What do I do at Maryland Arts Day?

At Maryland Arts Day, you spend the day networking with colleagues from around the state, all while learning about the arts advocacy process. After a networking breakfast, participants will gather for the morning session which includes greetings from lawmakers, presentation of the Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award, a keynote speech featuring this year’s theme (Embracing Reinvention), and a state budget overview. After all of this great information, we will prep you with talking points and best practices for meetings with your legislators.

The next portion of the day will be meetings in your county delegation rooms with your legislators. Guided by the county arts council directors that represent your district, you will have an opportunity to tell legislators about the importance of the arts in Maryland, and specifically your community. Follow the talking points we give you in the morning and share the great stories about the impact of the arts in your community!

The day will close with a networking lunch back in the Miller Senate Building. Meet with your colleagues and discuss everything you have learned and experienced at Maryland Arts Day. This is also a great opportunity to let others know all of the fantastic things you have going on at your organization or with your artwork.

What are three things that I can expect to get from Maryland Arts Day if I attend?

  1. Networking, networking, networking! Network with your fellow arts advocates and legislators from across the state.
  2. Learn lots of facts about the impact of the arts in our state and about this year’s state budget for the arts.
  3. Strategize and plan with experienced arts advocates about how to make a strong case in support of funding for the arts in Maryland.

Keynote Speaker

Adam Lerner, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Schedule

St. John’s College, Key Auditorium

8:15a        Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00a       Opening Remarks and Greetings from Elected Officials

9:15a        National Award for State Arts Leadership Presentation

9:30a       Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award Presentation

9:45a       Keynote Address – Adam Lerner, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

10:15a     Budget Realities and Legislative Talking Points

Delegation Rooms, Lowe House Office Building

10:45a     County Delegation Coordination

11:45a      Legislative Visits

President Conference Center West, Miller Senate Building

1:00p      Lunch and Networking

1:50p       Maryland Arts Day Wrap-Up

2:00p      Buses Depart to Stadium Parking

Parking/Shuttle

Parking

Parking is available at no cost to attendees at Navy Marine Corp Stadium. When you arrive at the stadium lot, simply let the attendant know you are there for Maryland Arts Day.

The address is 511 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD. Enter through Gate 5 on the west side of Taylor Avenue.

Shuttles

Transportation to and from Navy Marine Corps Stadium is provided at no cost to attendees. Maryland Citizens for the Arts has contracted Woodlawn Motor Coach to provide transportation to and from Navy Stadium. Look for the bus designated with a Maryland Arts Day sign. The bus will begin running from Navy Stadium to St. John’s College at 7:45 am and will continue to run to St. John’s College until 11 am. At 11 am the bus will begin running to and from Navy Stadium to the Miller Senate Building. The bus will end its run at 3 pm.

 

*Please note that Annapolis City Public Transportation is also available, however Maryland Citizens for the Arts does not cover the cost if attendees choose to use this transportation. Free transportation will be provided only via the designated Woodlawn Motor Coach bus.

Talking Points

The release of the FY 2019 State Budget calls for a record setting appropriation for the arts. If fully funded, this would mean a $22.7 million appropriation for the Maryland State Arts Council. We are asking lawmakers to:

  • Please support the FY 2019 arts appropriation at the full funding level of $22.7 million.
  • Please support the full $1 million transfer from the Special Fund for the Preservation of the Cultural Arts to the Maryland State Arts Council (included in the $22.7 million budget total).
  • Please do not support the proposed change in language to Chapter 145 found in the 2018 BRFA, which calls for a reduction in funding levels for the Maryland State Arts Council.

Inclement Weather Policy

Maryland Citizens for the Arts realizes that inclement weather can affect the presentation of Maryland Arts Day. In the event of inclement weather, Maryland Arts Day will still take place, as long as St. John’s College and the Maryland State Government are still open. Maryland Arts Day will only be cancelled if:

-St. John’s College has announced it will be closed

-Maryland State Government has announced it will be closed

In the unlikely event that one or both of these closures occur, Maryland Citizens for the Arts will do our best to notify attendees of the event as early as possible. Unfortunately, no refunds will be given if Maryland Arts Day is canceled.

Scholarships

Maryland Citizens for the Arts is proud to offer scholarships to make Maryland Arts Day as accessible as possible to individuals wishing to attend. The following scholarships are available:

 

Practicing Artist Scholarship –Applications Have Now Closed!

Who can apply: The Practicing Artist Scholarship is open to artists who live and practice their art in the state of Maryland. Artists of any artistic discipline (visual, performing, literary, dance, etc.) who wish to attend Maryland Arts Day may apply. The applicant must demonstrate that they are a practicing artist through responses to their questions.

What is given: The Practicing Artist Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to Maryland Arts Day, which includes continental breakfast and lunch
  • Complimentary parking at Navy/Marine Corps Stadium
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from Navy/Marine Corps Stadium

Student Scholarship  – Applications Have Now Closed!

Who can apply: The Student Scholarship is open to students who are attending school in the state of Maryland. Students of any level (high school, college, graduate school, etc.) who wish to attend Maryland Arts Day may apply.

What is given: The Student Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to Maryland Arts Day, which includes continental breakfast and lunch
  • Complimentary parking at Navy/Marine Corps Stadium
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from Navy/Marine Corps Stadium