Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Arts Funding in Maryland depends on YOU! Register for Maryland Arts Day

unnamed (1)Maryland Arts Day is the most important day of the year for arts funding in our state. Are you willing to pass the responsibility of arts advocacy to “someone else”?

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Join us – Tuesday, February 10, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Annapolis


We are just three weeks away from Maryland Arts Day, and by now, registration should be full – especially given the significant savings of the Early Bird registration (which ends on January 30).

The annual arts appropriation we fight for at each Maryland Arts Day funds the grant programs and initiatives of the Maryland State Arts Council. As such, it is awarded as unrestricted operating grants to more than 260 nonprofit arts organizations, and it helps fund 24 local arts councils, your county arts councils, which further spread this public investment across Maryland. This appropriation also supports Individual Artist Awards, Arts & Entertainment Districts, Poetry Out Loud, the Maryland Traditions Progam, Public Art Initiatives and more. See all the grantee organizations and programs of the MSAC here. Isn’t it worth a few hours in Annapolis on February 10, to make sure this funding is secure?

Celebrate the Arts with Maryland Arts Day Keynote Speaker Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County!

MCA welcomes a visionary leader in education who truly understands the power of the arts to transform lives.

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award(2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past six years ranked UMBC the #1 “Up and Coming” university in the nation.



About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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