Maryland Arts Day 2016

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Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland.  With more than 400 participants, representing every county in the state, this state-wide arts advocacy event connects artists, educators, administrators, volunteers and trustees with lawmakers from every legislative district in Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your partcipation to show strong support for the arts in Maryland and the impact they have on the economic and cultural vitality of the state. 


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

9 am - 1 pm


St. John's College

Mellon Hall, Francis Scott Key Auditorium

60 College Avenue


Annapolis, MD




Videos from the Morning Session


MD Arts Day 2016 - Elected Officials Presentations from GBCA on Vimeo.


Maryland Arts Day 2016 - Sue Hess Award - Herbert D. Massie from GBCA on Vimeo.


MD Arts Day 2016 - Keynote Speaker - Navasha Daya from GBCA on Vimeo.

8:15am     Registration/Networking Breakfast
9:00am     Opening Remarks and Greetings from Elected Officials
9:30am     Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award Presentation
9:45am     Keynote Address: Navasha Daya
10:15am   Budget Realities and Legislative Talking Points
10:45am   County Delegation Coordination
11:45am   Legislative Visits and Lunch

Keynote Speaker
Navasha Daya

Navasha Daya is a singer, songwriter, producer, performing arts curator, certified holistic wellness practitioner, and spiritual and cultural arts activist. Since childhood she has been inspired and encouraged to use her voice and talent to uplift others and inspire change. As a performing artist, Navasha has performed all over the globe sharing the stage with artists such as South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela , Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, Japanese pianist Hajime Yoshizawa, and American artists such as Joan Baez, India Arie, Michael Franti of Spearhead, and Roberta Flack just to name a few. In addition to her solo career as an indie-soul artist, Navasha has toured for the past two years as a guest artist, singing with the Grammy Award winning all female a capella group, “Sweet Honey In The Rock.”
As an arts educator and cultural arts activist, Navasha has taught voice and music to elementary, middle, and high school aged children and youth for over 17 years, integrating character development, multiculturalism, and musicianship skills in her classes. Steadfast in her dedication to the upliftment of the community, in 2010 along with educator/musician/organizer, Fanon Hill and two youth mentees, Navasha co-founded the Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI), a social benefit organization that is dedicated to inspiring realization of the authentic self in children, youth, and young adults in Baltimore, Maryland. Navasha currently serves on the GBCA Programming Committee and is a member of the Baltimore Arts Education Coalition Steering Committee.

It is with great pleasure that Maryland Citizens for the Arts announces the winner of the 2016 Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award:

Herbert D. Massie
For more information about Herb, please visit our Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award page here.


Thank you to our sponsors!