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Maryland Arts Summit

June 6, 2019 - June 8, 2019
UMBC 1000 Hilltop Cir Baltimore, MD 21250

Registration • CLOSED


Presented by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, in conjunction with The Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education, and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools 

For questions about the Summit, please email events@mdarts.org or call us at (410)467-6700

The One Conference for All the Arts in Maryland

The 2019 Maryland Arts Summit will be the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities. Dialogue, learning and networking opportunities will focus on the growth of Maryland arts.

The Maryland Arts Summit will be presented by and for the Maryland arts sector, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Arts Advocates
  • Arts Educators/Teaching Artists
  • Independent Artists
  • Arts Organizations


Statement of Commitment

The Maryland Arts Summit partners have committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the planning and implementation of the Summit. We are aided by the work of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and Americans for the Arts, as they have clarified and shared approaches to uncover cultural bias in the procedures and policies of state arts organizations.

In the spirit of partnership and communal creativity, the Summit is designed to:

  • engage organizations and individuals representative of the varying backgrounds and disciplines of the Maryland arts communities
  • encourage submissions that do not fall under the suggested topics to yield a greater variety of professional development opportunities
  • invite members of the Maryland arts community from all genre backgrounds and cultural practices to participate
  • eliminate biases that may be found in any part of the planning and implementation process
  • acknowledge positions of privilege while questioning practices, shifting paradigms of status quo arts activities, and taking more risks
  • expand deliberations to include criteria beyond current conventions or Western traditions.

We recognize that this is an ongoing effort. We are committed to listening to feedback, both throughout the process and after the Maryland Arts Summit has taken place, to inform subsequent programming.


Thursday, June 6 – Click here for detailed schedule and session descriptions

AEMS Pre-Conference

8:30a-9:00a        Breakfast and Registration

9:00a-10:00a      Plenary Session: Welcome & Jay Tucker Leadership Award Keynote

10:10a-11:40a      Breakout Session 1

12:00p-1:00p      Lunch

1:10p-2:10p         Breakout Session 2

2:20p-3:20p       Breakout Session 3

3:30p-4:00p       Wrap up, Raffle & Announcements


Friday, June 7 – Click here for detailed schedule and session descriptions

Summit, Day 1

8:00a-12:30p      Registration Open

8:00a-9:00a        Breakfast

9:00a-9:50a        Open Plenary

10:00a-10:45a     Creative Keynotes

11:00a-12:30p      Breakout Session 1

12:00p-1:35p        Lunch

1:45p-3:15p          Breakout Session 2

3:30p-5:00p        Breakout Session 3

5:15p                     Artist Speed Dating

5:15-6:15p            Heritage Award Cocktail Hour

6:30p                    Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards (Doors at 6p)


Saturday, June 8 – Click here for detailed schedule and session descriptions

Summit, Day 2

8:00a-8:45a         Breakfast

9:00a-10:30a       Breakout Session 4

10:45a-12:15p       Breakout Session 5

12:30p-1:30p        Individual Artist Award & Lunch Reception


Check out the full list of Maryland Arts Summit presenters here!


Registration • CLOSED


For information about hotel accommodations near UMBC click HERE.

Artists Bazaar Application

The Artists Bazaar Application is now closed. Decision notifications will be emailed to applicants by Friday, May 3. Thank you to those who applied!

Artist Scholarship Application

The Artists Scholarship Application is now closed. Decision notifications will be emailed to applicants by Monday, May 13. Thank you to those who applied!

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for 2019 has closed. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal. We are now in the review process. Decision notifications will be sent by Friday, March 15, 2019.