Maryland Arts Summit Announced

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Maryland Citizens for the Arts is excited to announce the Maryland Arts Summit, the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland.

As of April 2, 2019: Maryland Citizens for the Arts is excited to announce the Maryland Arts Summit!

The Summit is being hosted by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, in conjunction with the Maryland State Arts Council, the Maryland State Department of Education, and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools.

Professional development panels led by and for the Maryland arts sector will include, but are not limited to, arts advocates, arts educators/teaching artists, independent artists, arts organizations, and boards of directors. The Summit will highlight the work being done throughout the state through dialogue, learning, and networking opportunities focusing on the growth of Maryland arts. Throughout the Summit, an Artists Bazaar will take place and serve as a networking and promotional opportunity for Maryland artists of all forms to showcase and potentially sell their work.

The Summit will take place on the campus of UMBC. The Heritage Awards will take place on Friday, June 7th at 7:30pm in the UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building, and the Individual Artist Ceremony will be held at 12:30pm on Saturday, June 8th in the UMBC University Center.

The Summit starts June 6th with a pre-conference event hosted by AEMS, and panels will run on June 7-8th. Specific panel information will be released shortly. Summit registration opened March 25th and with early bird ticket specials until April 30th. Artists Bazaar applications will be accepted through Friday, April 26, 2019.


About Maryland State Arts Council

Founded in 1967, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is an agency of the State of Maryland Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, and encourages and invests in the advancement of the arts for all Marylanders. Its grants and programs support artists and arts organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens, and promote statewide awareness of arts resources and opportunities. MSAC awards grants to not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations and individual artists, and provides technical and advisory assistance to individuals and groups. The agency is funded by an annual appropriation from the State of Maryland and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. MSAC may also receive contributions from private, non-governmental sources.

About Maryland Citizens for the Arts

Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) is a statewide arts advocacy and education organization. Founded over 40 years ago to provide “One Voice for all the Arts in Maryland,” MCA works to highlight the role the arts play in the economic vitality of the state and the increased quality of life they provide for all Marylanders. MCA is committed to expanding the nonprofit arts sector through public investment and service, thereby enhancing lifelong learning, quality of life, and economic vitality for all Maryland citizens.

About Maryland State Department of Education

The Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education promotes meaningful engagement in arts education for all Maryland students by centering excellence and equity. Through the statewide professional learning initiative, Maryland Center for Creative Classrooms, the office services hundreds of arts educators and classroom teachers annually. Recent successes include the First Lady’s Student Art Exhibition, Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival, Maryland Micro-Credentials, and the popular Maryland Masterclass Series that pairs arts educators with world-class artists.

About Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance

AEMS facilitates improving the quality of, and access to, arts education for all Maryland public school students through an array of interrelated strategies including supporting arts education policy and advocacy efforts, developing partnerships with schools and school systems, disseminating information, convening the fields of arts and education, organizing focused task forces, offering professional development for teachers and artists, providing technical assistance through research and evaluation tools, and hosting recognition programs.