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Maryland Arts Budget
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The FY 2017 State budget proposed by Governor Larry Hogan and recently enacted by the Maryland General Assembly includes a record $20.3 million in funding for the arts. This is composed of three pieces: 1) The General Fund appropriation of $17.4 million (up from $16.7 in FY 2016), 2) The Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts – estimated at $2 million, to accrue beginning July 1, 2016 – which the Governor will transfer directly to the Maryland State Arts Council, and 3) Approximately $900,000 in combined funds from the National Endowment for the Arts state partnership match and other inter agency funds for MSAC
Also, in response to a proposal developed by Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), the Administration, the State Senate, and the House of Delegates developed and passed legislation transferring funds from the Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts to bolster the critical annual arts grants for organizations. In addition, this funding will support the many programs administered by the Maryland State Arts Council, such as the Individual Artist Awards, Arts in Education, Community Arts Development Grants, Maryland Traditions, Arts & Entertainment Districts, and Public Art Programs. This legislation will continue to benefit the arts in FY 2018 and beyond as additional funds are transferred annual to MSAC.
We are grateful to Governor Larry Hogan, arts advocate extraordinaire, First Lady Yumi Hogan, Senate President Mike Miller, and House Speaker Mike Busch for their commitment to promoting the arts as both an economic driver and a cultural catalyst. Special thanks also go to Senator Edward Kasemeyer, Senator Richard Madaleno, Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Delegate Sheila Hixson and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones, for having gone above and beyond in their commitment to the arts by making this happen. We celebrate this great bi- partisan achievement, which puts the arts in Maryland on the fast track for the 10% funding goal established 25 years ago.