Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
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.