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Maryland Arts Day

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

 

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

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 (up to 5 available)

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

Practicing Artist Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship no later than January 26, 2018.

Student Scholarship (up to 5 available)

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

Student Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship no later than January 26, 2018.

Schedule

8:15a        Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00a       Opening Remarks and Greetings from Elected Officials

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

10:45a     County Delegation Coordination

11:45a      Legislative Visits

1:00p      Lunch and Networking

1:50p       Maryland Arts Day Wrap-Up

2:00p      Buses Depart to Stadium Parking