Dear Arts Advocate,
Welcome to our newsletter!
This quarterly newsletter will focus on the following MCA updates throughout the year:
· January Budget reminder
· May/June Session recap + MD Arts Summit reminders or recap
· September Summer highlights + ARTSLab save the date
· December Holiday + Maryland Arts Day save the date
We will still be sending separate emails for important events including reminders and registration, but we hope this will provide some fun news in the meanwhile. Here’s a Table of Contents for more info on what each section will entail!
Please let us know what you think of our first edition!
MCA-specific updates | Session Recap | Summit Recap
Through our collective effort, Maryland Citizens for the Arts was able to secure
$50M Arts & Tourism Relief Funding
Nicholas made not 5, not 10, but 37 trips to Annapolis this legislative session to ensure that lawmakers voted in favor of our arts sector. This means $40 million will be appropriated to MSAC to distribute additional grants for arts organizations and independent artists from this fund. The other $10 million will be invested in local tourism agencies providing much-needed marketing tools for the creative sector.
After spending two years virtually, we eased back into an in-person Maryland Arts Summit. To make it COVID-19-friendly, we limited guest attendance to less than a quarter of our original Summit of over 500 people. This year we had 33 presenters, 11 vendors, near 150 in-person attendees, and over 30 virtual attendees. While there were some hiccups getting back into the swing of things, we are very proud of this year’s turnout. Click the button below to check out some photos from the Summit!
DID YOU KNOW?
Funding, advocacy or policy news & fun facts
THIS SESSION, MANY CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER
🥳 Congrats to three legacy black Baltimore arts institutions that received capital investments:
· Arena Players Incorporated: $1.2 million
· Eubie Blake Cultural Center: $1.2 million
· The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum: $2 million
🥳 Congrats to OpenWorks on the Passage of the Maryland Makerspace Initiative Program bringing $5 million over 5 years to help maker spaces across Maryland.
🥳 Congrats to Arts Every Day and Arts Education Maryland Schools (AEMS) for championing arts education. Together they received a capital fund of $5 million for arts spaces in schools improvements. HB–(House Bill)–1469, Maggie McIntosh School Arts Fund establishes a permanent fund (administered by Arts Every Day) to help support the purchase of arts equipment, supplies, and student arts experiences.
Annapolis-based news and political need-to-knows
July 19th is VOTING DAY across Maryland
When it comes to politics there are few things more important than knowing who’s making decisions on your behalf. So, how do I quickly find out who to cast my votes for? Using VOTE411, you can can easily do a quick run through of all of the candidates you will see on the upcoming Primary ballot. Their interactive Personalized Voting Information site will list what and who’s on your ballot as well as direct quotes from interviews with each party. Take a look!
Even if you only have 5 minutes, doing a bit of research for just a few races is better than choosing candidates uninformed.
Upcoming events throughout Maryland
If you’d like to see your event featured in the September newsletter, please email us your event details at firstname.lastname@example.org!
A spotlight interview with an individual who is either an independent artist, member of an arts organization, and/or member of the Maryland General Assembly.
Baltimore Arts Education Initiative Manager, Arts Everyday
We chose to spotlight Sheena this edition based on how well she prepared the Baltimore Youth Arts Advocacy Council (BYAAC) for their session, Got Art? Youth-led Panel on Arts Equity at our 2022 Maryland Arts Summit. BYAAC members include: Grey Dylan, J’Naya Harris, Carrie Snowden, Dinell Boyd, Belladonna Boateng, Gabriella Caba, and Barri Senaé Moore.
Session description: We are members of the Baltimore Youth Arts Advocacy Council (BYAAC), a program of Arts Every Day. We are a group of eight youth creatives dedicated to fighting for the Arts in Baltimore City Public Schools. We want all children to have experience with the arts no matter where they live or what school they attend. This is a call for equity in order to give students their right to the arts.
INTERVIEW with MCA
Safiyah, MCA: I attended this panel and was so proud of the full answers and confident demeanor of the youth council. Their ability to gracefully jump in on questions they felt comfortable with or not answering every question was something that many people don’t learn how to do until later in life. How do you feel the students did answering questions they may not have been prepared for?
Safiyah, MCA: I seen you all gather for meetings in our building conference room. I, for one, will never not be impressed by young people who dedicate their free time to social change. Can you share how often you meet together and how much time you spent preparing for the Summit?
Safiyah, MCA: What do you hope for the future of the BYAAC youth. and what feedback do you have for MCA that we can bring to our next Summit?
Here’s some anonymous feedback we received from attendees of their session:
Coloring, crossword, or matching game
Let’s start with distinguishing important organizations for you to know!
Playing for a prize: The first 3 people to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with your completed (and correct) Crossword will receive a free 8-pack of Crayola crayons from our annual legislative crayon drop mailed to you free of charge.
2. Arts service + advocacy non-profit organization
4. Arts funding + professional development government agency
5. Economic development government agency
1. Arts education government agency
3. Arts education service + advocacy non-profit organization