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ArtsLab 2019

November 22, 2019 - November 22, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Horowitz Center 5020 Campus Dr Columbia, MD 21044

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. In addition to thrilling performances, the morning portion highlights an individual keynote speaker which exemplifies best practices for the topic at hand. The afternoon portion of the day is a mix of hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and case studies.


Why should you 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: Arts Ecosystem
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: The Horowitz Center, Columbia, Maryland
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  • $25 general registration
  • $15 per person for groups of 3 or more from the same organization.

**Email amanda@mdarts.org for discount code. MEMBER Rate: Organizations that paid dues for FY19 can receive the discount for every ticket purchased!


The theme of this year’s symposium will be “Arts Ecosystem”. It will feature presentations by, and conversations with artists, lawyers and organizations that make up the inner-workings of the arts ecosystem. Attendees will come away with resources that will give them a deeper understanding of how they each play a unique role in the Arts Ecosystem. Come and add your voice to the conversation!

Keynote Speaker


9am – 9:45am: Welcome & Keynote

10am – 10:45am: Workshop #1

11am – 11:45am: Workshop #2

12pm – 1pm: Lunch

1:15pm – 2pm: Workshop #3

2:15pm – 3pm: Workshop #4

3:15pm – 3:45pm: Performance

4pm: Happy Hour


Arts Education/ Advocacy

“The Mission of the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education is to promote meaningful engagement in arts education for all Maryland students” . Before we can encourage meaningful engagement, the youth needs access to programs that can foster these interactions, which involves making the want for Arts Education heard. Join Alysia Lee, Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Fine Arts; Quanice Floyd, Executive Director of Arts Education in Maryland Schools; and Tara Holl, State Maryland Director for the Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic.

Self-Marketing and Development

Join Petula Caesar, an accomplished writer who has been a contributing author to The City Paper, The Afro-American Newspapers and Baltimore Magazine as well as other major New York publications, as she shares her story about becoming an artist, being from Paterson, New Jersey and Baltimore, Maryland. Listen as she shares how she navigated the Arts Ecosystem as it exists and used it to her advantage to be able to create a sustainable and thriving life. To do this, one must know the lay of the land, be skilled in advocating for oneself and be able to express ideas clearly.


Artists working within the Arts Ecosystem have a lot to think about. Where can one find funds to supplement costs for expensive projects? How does one negotiate getting paid for what their time and work are worth? Do you need a permit for the work you want to do? How do you acquire a patent? What do you do when you need a lawyer but you don’t think you can afford one? Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MDVLA) can help with some of those questions. Join Adam Holefcener, Executive Director for MDVLA, as he shares stories from across the state of ways lawyers have helped artists navigate the legal space in the Arts Ecosystem that can seem ever so daunting to do. Adam will be joined by two artists whom he has helped over the years, Marquis “Mighty Mark” Gasque and Brandon Soderberg.

Arts Organizations and Artists

Whether from the top down or the bottom up, the most effective leaders within organizations are artists. Join Ron Williams, Education Manager and Artist in Residence at The Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center; and Rina Thaler, Executive Director of the Art League of Ocean City as they share their experiences working as artists in organizations from small to large.

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