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, this event will once again be virtual due to the on going Covid-19 pandemic. 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: State of the Community: How are the arts truly doing?

It is difficult to get a complete picture of how artists and arts organizations are fairing during these trying times. Adjustments have been made, emergency funding efforts have happened and we have all reached a “new normal.” Each story is unique and there is always room for more support. Maryland Citizens for the Arts invites you to join us to talk and, if you are feeling up to it, share your own stories about how you have been surviving during the pandemic.

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021

Time: 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Location: Zoom

Cost: $10

Panel Members


Denise Kumani Gantt

Denise Kumani Gantt is the director of education at the Modell Lyric. She is the former artistic executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia, PA and the former project director of Theater for a New Generation at Center Stage. Her plays and performance pieces include mediations/from the ash, winner of the Artscape 1997 Best Play Contest and voted Best New Play by the Baltimore Alternative; Three Stories to the Ground, written with Gabriel Shanks and winner of the Theatre Project Outstanding Vision in Theatre award and anatomy/lessons selected as part of Minnesota’s Penumbra Theater’s Cornerstone Project. Her play, The Gift, a brief history of everything we have ever known, received staged readings at ACT (Seattle), The Drama League and Cape May Stage. In 2003, her collection of poetry, conjuring the dead, was awarded the Maryland Emerging Writers Award by poet Afaa Michael Weaver. She holds a MFA in Theatre from Towson.

Panel Members

Jackie Copeland

Jacqueline Copeland is Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council. An art historian and experienced museum professional for over 30 years, she has served in senior leadership positions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Walters Art Museum, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Baltimore, where she served as Executive Director. She has served as an adjunct professor of art history, African American Art, and Museum Studies in colleges and universities in Illinois, Minnesota and most recently,11 years at Towson University. Copeland is the recipient of many awards and honors including Best Museum Educator of the Mid-Atlantic Region (National Art Education Association, 2008)one of Baltimore Sun’s “25 Women to Watch” (2019), and one of Baltimore Magazine’s “Women Who Move Maryland”. Copeland is a Peer Reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), sits on the Collections and Programs and the Exhibition Committees at Hillwood Museum, Washington, DC., and the Board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA)

Krista Green

Krista D. Green is a professional administrator, focusing on the intersection of culture and community development in the City of Baltimore. With 20 years’ experience at cultural organizations small and large throughout the city, her current affiliations include:

  • Chief Administrative Officer, The Peale Center, an institution that aims to illuminate authentic stories of Baltimore’s people and places, while reinventing the urban museum in the creative and innovative spirit of its founder, artist Rembrandt Peale.
  • Director, Mount Clare Museum, an historic house, and plantation site in Baltimore City. With new interpretation, this site aims to tell an inclusive story of life and labor in Colonial Baltimore.
    President of the Board of Directors for Baltimore Heritage, Inc., the historic preservation organization of Baltimore City.
  • Trustee of Awesome Foundation – Baltimore, supporting grassroots initiatives through micro grants,
    Ms. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A Baltimore City native, she calls historic Mount Vernon neighborhood home.

Jessica Cleaver

Harford County Cultural Arts Board Coordinator and County Arts Agencies of Maryland Vice President Jessica L. Cleaver has extensive experience in information literacy, grants administration, and building and assessing inclusive systems.  She enjoys problem-solving and connecting people, resources, organizations, and ideas.




10am – 10:10am: Open and welcome

10:15am – 11:15am: Panel Discussion Led by Denise Gantt

11:15am – 11:20am: Break

11:20am – 12:20pm: Facilitated Discussion 

12:20pm – 12:30pm: Closing