ArtsLAB is a traveling professional development symposium, presented by MCA each year, in different parts of the state. ArtsLAB is a place where artists, arts professionals, advocates and more, come together to discuss current issues and concerns facing the arts sector. This year will be the first ever VIRTUAL ArtsLAB. There will be an interactive artist performance, as well as honest conversations about the arts sector.





Why Should I Attend ArtsLAB?

MCA utilizes ArtsLAB as an inclusive space for open dialogue around topics that influence and enhance the Maryland arts sector. There are elements for arts administrators, artists, board members, volunteers, funders, and advocates.

Topic: Decolonizing the Arts

Date: Friday, November 20, 2020

Time: 10:00AM – 2:30PM

Location: Crowdcast Virtual Platform

Cost: $10



The theme of this year’s symposium will be

Decolonizing the Arts“.


10am – 10:10am: Open and welcome

10:10am – 10:30am: Artist Engagement with Rachael Cross

10:30am – 11:20am: Legislative Outlook

11:30am – 12:20pm: A&E Districts and Local Arts Advocacy

12:20pm – 1:10pm: BREAK/LUNCH

1:15pm – 2:05pm: Decolonizing Artistic Hiring Practices

2:15pm – 2:30pm: Closing Session with Nicoletta de la Brown

2:30pm: DONE


Legislative Outlook



  • What is the state of the State right now and what will the upcoming legislative session look like? This would be a discussion with current lawmakers about the legislation that has been proposed and what discussions are being held with their constituents to determine what the needs of their communities are and what can be done legislatively to respond to them.

A&E Districts and Local Arts Advocacy



  • How are artists, advocates and artistic focused economic areas working on the ground to help advance artists and organizations in the community now and moving forward.

Decolonizing Artistic and Hiring Practices



  • How to get people of color into institutions in administrative positions so they can be a part of the decisions that shape the arts sector. How to break down culture, language and administrative barriers that have prevented people of color from being able to access these institutions. Once in these institutions, how to build a work culture/environment where true community viewpoints are welcomed and accepted to help reimagine what those institutions can be.