Maryland Arts Day

What is Maryland Arts Day?

Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland. With more than 500 participants, representing every county in the state and Baltimore City, this statewide arts advocacy event connects artists, educators, administrators, volunteers and trustees with lawmakers from every legislative district in Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation to show strong support for the arts in Maryland and its impact on the economic and cultural vitality of the state.

What do I do at Maryland Arts Day?

At Maryland Arts Day, you spend the day networking with colleagues from around the state, all while learning about the arts advocacy process. After a networking breakfast, participants will gather for the morning session which includes greetings from lawmakers, presentation of the Sue Hess Legacy Arts Advocate of the Year Award, a keynote speech, and a state budget overview. After all of this great information, we will prep you with talking points and best practices for meetings with your legislators.

The next portion of the day will be meetings in your virtual county delegation rooms with your legislators. Guided by county arts council directors representing your district, you will have an opportunity to tell legislators about the importance of the arts in Maryland and specific arts impacts in your community. 

What are three things that I can expect to get from Maryland Arts Day if I attend?

  1. Networking, networking, networking! Network with your fellow arts advocates and legislators from across the state.
  2. Learn lots of facts about the impact of the arts in our state and about this year’s state budget for the arts.
  3. Strategize and plan with experienced arts advocates about making a strong case in support of funding for the arts in Maryland.

Keynote Speaker

Quanice Floyd

Find out more about this year’s amazing speaker.

 

Sue Hess Legacy Arts Advocate of the Year

Find out more about this year’s honoree. Photo by Justin Tsucalas.

Talking Points

Although we all endured unprecedented times, Maryland citizens still supported the arts at virtual and in-person events in the millions throughout the first year of our global pandemic (FY20 Arts Economic Impact Report Maryland Department of Commerce.) An investment in the arts is an investment in the economic vitality of the state. Over 300 arts organizations, hundreds of independent artists and millions of Marylanders benefit from strong, statewide investment in the nonprofit arts sector. Sustained growth in funding means arts communities throughout Maryland can continue to cultivate robust impactful programming, providing a high quality of life to all residents.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

  •  Please support the mandated and fully funded Maryland State Arts Council Appropriation level of $29.8 million.
  • Please support an appropriation of $50 million for COVID arts sector relief and recovery funds.

Maryland Arts Day Bookmark with Talking Points

Partners

Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS)

  • As Maryland’s statewide arts education advocacy organization, AEMS is committed to ensuring that all Maryland public school students have access to high quality arts education by mobilizing power to communities through professional development, leadership development, advocacy programs, and resource building and sharing.

County Arts Agencies of Maryland(CAAM)

  • CAAM is a non-profit statewide assembly of Arts Councils established to: foster, promote, and develop skills and articulate the needs of the arts communities in Maryland. CAAM works in cooperation with the MSAC and MCA for increased artistic opportunities for all Maryland artists, arts organizations, and citizens.

Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA)

  • GBCA exists as a catalyst to create a cohesive cultural community that strengthens the livability and economic vitality of the Greater Baltimore region. Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance serves arts organizations, coalitions and individual artists by: being a unifying voice and bridge builder; acting as a convener; providing information and services.

Maryland Nonprofits (MANO)

  • MANO works to promote a thriving and effective nonprofit sector. Through their nationally acclaimed Standards for Excellence program, education, resources, and consulting, they help build strong organizations at every stage of the lifecycle, from start-up to growth to peak performance and renewal. MANO leads public policy advocacy, raising the collective voice for needed investments, governmental transparency, and community empowerment.

Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)

  • MSAC is an agency of the State of Maryland, under the authority of the Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. Since it was established in 1967, the purpose of the Council has been “to create a nurturing climate for the arts in the State” as stated in its founding legislation. To carry out its mission, MSAC awards grants to not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations for ongoing arts programming and arts projects. MSAC awards grants to individual artists, and provides technical and advisory assistance to individuals and groups. The Council also carries out programs of its own to enhance the cultural life of the residents of Maryland.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MDVLA)

  • MDVLA is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to protecting Maryland artists’ legal rights through low cost and pro bono legal referrals and education to artists and nonprofit arts organizations. Their lawyers take on cases for artists as they would for any client. They strive to help artists and organizations overcome legal barriers that limit their ability to create, distribute, or profit from their creativity. MDVLA, along with PNC Bank, team up with MCA to bring free workshops on legal and financial literacy for artists throughout the state, such as the Mind Your Business workshop.