Maryland Arts Day Grab Bag

Thank you all for attending our 2023 Virtual Maryland Arts Day! We hope you all had a great experience and were able to make an impact. As a thank you, we have put together a Maryland Arts Day Grab Bag filled with talking points, the program and more. We hope you enjoy and once again, thank you for attending Maryland Arts Day.

Arts Organizations who want to support the $20M Ask Letter!

We’d love to know what you thought of the event!

Did you miss out on the live broadcasting? Click this link for a recording from the morning.


Click to for full event program.

Economic Report

Click cover image to read MSAC’s 2023 Covid Impact Report!

Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year, Rina Thaler

Rina Thaler is the executive director of the Art League of Ocean City, a nonprofit community arts organization established in 1963 in Ocean City, MD. In 2010, after over a decade of serving on the Board, including five years as Board President, Thaler spearheaded a public/private campaign to build the Ocean City Center for the Arts. It is the largest facility in Worcester County dedicated solely to providing year-round opportunities for artistic expression and appreciation for the visual and creative arts in the community. She was appointed the first Executive Director of the organization in 2013.

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The Art League of Ocean City: 

Rina Thaler:

Attend the Ocean City Film Festival: 

Keynote Speaker, Maggie Villegas

Maggie Villegas is a Baltimore-based creative producer and launched the Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network in Fall of 2017. Prior to her role at BCAN, Maggie spearheaded community-driven arts initiatives throughout the City of Baltimore on behalf of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, including the creation of signature programs such as the Art @ Work mural artist apprenticeship program in partnership with Jubilee Arts, the Neighborhood Lights public artist residency of Light City, and the Lots Alive vacant lot activation program developed in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability. She led the revival of the Baltimore Mural Program as well as the investment of over $300,000 in public art projects. Her 2015 retrospective on the 40 year history of the Baltimore Mural Program, Beautiful Walls for Baltimore, was named ‘Best History Lesson’ by the Baltimore City Paper in 2016.

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Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (BCAN) : 

BCAN “$1 Million for Baltimore Creatives” 

FY24 Budget Realities

Arts funding formula is: (General fund + Special Fund) X state growth rate = next years appropriation. Click here for pre-recorded Budget Briefing

Talking Points for Communicating with Lawmakers!

What to tell lawmakers:

  • Please support fully funding MSAC at the mandated level of $30.5 million
  • Please support fully funding Arts and Culture Capital Grant Program at $3 million from the capital budget
  • Please vote YES on SB 167, which codifies the MSAC funding formula
  • Please support $20 million for arts and recovery funding

Other Resources

MdVLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Maryland artists’ legal rights. We believe it’s our responsibility to stand up for artists who need legal representation.

BCAN activates resources and advocates for policies to support artists and creative entrepreneurs of all disciplines and backgrounds city-wide.

More Community Resources!