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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.
Land Acknowledgement Resources
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.
Read more here
The Art League of Ocean City: https://artleagueofoceancity.org/
Rina Thaler: https://www.rinathaler.com/
Attend the Ocean City Film Festival: https://ocmdfilmfestival.com/
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) : https://www.baltimorecreates.org/
BCAN “$1 Million for Baltimore Creatives” https://www.baltimorecreates.org/latest-news/2023/1/18/1-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
- Senate Bill 167: “Maryland State Arts Council – Funding” https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0167
- Please support $20 million for arts and recovery funding
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. mdvla.org
BCAN activates resources and advocates for policies to support artists and creative entrepreneurs of all disciplines and backgrounds city-wide. -baltimorecreates.org
- Emergency Grant for Independent Artists
- Department of Commerce Resources-Small Business Relief Fund
- MSAC Artist Needs Survey– Survey is located under constituent feedback
- MSAC County Arts Development Program
More Community Resources!
- Americans for the Arts Disaster Preparedness Resource Center
- Howard County Innovation Center
- National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
- CAAM-County Arts Agencies of Maryland
- Greater Baltimore Urban League
- Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
- US Department of Arts and Culture– A People’s ToolKit