2019 Maryland Arts Budget Hits Record Level
As of April 11, 2018 – With the close of the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative session, Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is excited to share some great news. At $22.7 million, the state’s final approved budget represents a record funding level for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The voices of Maryland arts advocates were clearly heard this year in Annapolis!
With strong support and relentless advocacy, MCA was grateful that Governor Hogan’s initial budget proposal included record funding for the arts. MCA was also able to work with leaders in the Maryland General Assembly to restore an additional $1 million in funding proposed to be reduced from legally-mandated levels, as well as remove budget language that could have resulted in $13 million in reductions to arts funding over the next three years. None of this could have been achieved without the more than 500 arts advocates that showed up in Annapolis for Maryland Arts Day and the compelling testimonials our members provided during budget hearings and meetings with legislators.
This year’s increase is one of the largest in recent history, and shows the tremendous backing that Maryland’s arts sector received from both the governor and the General Assembly. Our elected leaders have shown, once again, that support for the arts is a bipartisan issue that benefits all Marylanders.
Whether you are an artist, administrator, advocate, or supporter, MCA is grateful for all of your efforts on behalf of Maryland’s $1 billion arts sector.