General Assembly Adjourns: Arts Funding Restored
At 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 13, the Maryland General Assembly adjourned SINE DIE! With the help of hundreds of nonprofit arts organizations and thousands of citizen advocates, Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) succeeded in convincing the Maryland General Assembly to reverse the $800,000 mid-year FY 2015 cut to the State arts grant, and to restore the proposed cut of nearly $1.4 million to the FY 2016 State arts budget.
These results represent a $2.2 million improvement in arts funding for the current and next fiscal years in comparison to the budget proposed in January. This also means that for FY 2016 Maryland will reach a new record level of support for the arts through the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).
MCA is grateful for the leadership and support of the presiding officers, President Miller and Speaker Busch, Senate Budget & Taxation and House Appropriation committee and subcommittee chairs Sen. Kasemeyer, Sen. Madaleno, Del. McIntosh, Del. Proctor, Del. Jones, and Del. Barnes, as well as all the committee and sub-committee members responsible for these historic bipartisan actions.
MCA also thanks Governor Hogan and the leadership of the Department of Business and Economic Development for their encouragement, understanding, and appreciation of the importance of a strong arts sector in Maryland. We will continue to work with the Administration to ensure that Maryland supports and recognizes the critical role the arts play in an economically sound and culturally vibrant state.
In the weeks ahead, MSAC will clarify the sequencing and timing of the FY 2015 grant restoration.