Maryland Arts Summit

The Virtual Convening will take place on
Thursday, June 3rd & Friday, June 4th, 2021

MCA is proud to offer the Virtual Maryland Arts Summit as a FREE event open to ALL! We hope this event can be a source of inspiration, support, and creativity.



The Maryland Arts Summit will be presented by and for the Maryland arts sector, which includes, but is not limited to:

Arts Advocates, Arts Educators & Teaching Artists, Independent Artists, Arts Organizations, Youth, Community Stakeholders, Arts and Entertainment Districts, County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Public Artists, Boards of Directors, Folklife artists.

The collaborators of the Maryland Arts Summit are committed to making sure all Marylanders can access its programs and services. Attendees with accessibility questions or who require accommodations may fill out the Accessibility Request Form or contact the organizers at


To register for this year’s Virtual Maryland Arts Summit, click HERE!


Full Schedule

Thursday, June 3



Partners, Secretary, Indigenous Artist Performance

Presenter(s): Louis Campbell

Thursday, June 3, 2021  @ 9-9:30AM


Session 1

Exploring the Contributions of Trauma-Informed Dance Therapy, Freedom of Assembly, Association of Survivors of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

Presenters: Tye-Courtney Edwards       

Thursday, June 3  @ 9:40-10:40AM 


Session 2

Racial Justice Accountability

Presenters: Pam Breaux       

Thursday, June 3 10:50-11:50 AM 


Creative Keynote


  1. Participants either:
    • Share work from a previously-received creative assignment
    • Create artistic work in the moment

      2. Breakout of randomized selections, so all disciplines and assignments are mixed.

Thursday, June 3 @ 12:00-12:30 PM


Session 3 over lunch

Elevating Community Exchange: Harriet Tubman Mural

Presenters: Barb Seese, Alpha Genesis, and Michael Rosato       

Thursday, June 3 12:40-1:40 PM 


Friday, June 4

Welcome, Performance 2, Long Conversation

Friday, June 4 @9:30 -10:25AM


Session 5

Crafting Policy Recommendations for a More Creative and Equitable City – 

Lessons from the Baltimore Arts & Culture Transition Committee

Presenters: Dr. Joanne Martin, Maggie Villegas, Krista Green, Adam Holofcener, Moderated by Jess Solomon       

Friday, June 4 @ 10:35-11:35AM


Session 6

Access as Intimacy and Love

Presenters: Robin Marquis and Denise Shanté Brown      

Friday, June 4 @ 11:45AM -12:45PM


Closing in Affinity Groups over lunch – Next Steps beyond the Summit 

Friday, June 4 @ 12:55 – 1:15PM 


Closing celebration/remarks, Performance 3 and 4  

Friday, June 4 @ 1:20 – 1:40PM


For a list of our Keynote Speakers, click HERE.

For a list of our Presenters, click HERE.

For a list of our Performers, click HERE.

For a list of our Affinity Space Moderators, click HERE.

For a list of our Long Conversation Groups, click HERE.


Apply for the Virtual Maryland Arts Scholarship. The stipend for the scholarship is $200.

Statement of Commitment

The Maryland Arts Summit partners have committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the planning and implementation of the Summit. We are aided by the work of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and Americans for the Arts, as they have clarified and shared approaches to uncover cultural bias in the procedures and policies of state arts organizations.

In the spirit of partnership and communal creativity, the Summit is designed to:

  • engage organizations and individuals representative of the varying backgrounds and disciplines of the Maryland arts communities
  • encourage submissions that do not fall under the suggested topics to yield a greater variety of professional development opportunities
  • invite members of the Maryland arts community from all genre backgrounds and cultural practices to participate
  • eliminate biases that may be found in any part of the planning and implementation process
  • acknowledge positions of privilege while questioning practices, shifting paradigms of status quo arts activities, and taking more risks
  • expand deliberations to include criteria beyond current conventions or Western traditions.

We recognize that this is an ongoing effort. We are committed to listening to feedback, both throughout the process and after the Maryland Arts Summit has taken place, to inform subsequent programming.