March 17, 2020
Volume 20-07
Welcome to Artist Alley,
Washington County Arts Council's electronic newsletter. We hope this publication will engage you with the arts in your community.
WCAC welcomes your ideas and support as it continues to take the lead in bringing together the community's art organizations to strengthen our region's arts culture.
For artist information, arts events, calls for art, and more visit WCAC's web page... .
In support of Maryland’s efforts to limit social contact and following Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan’s directives, the April 2020 exhibits and opening reception at the Washington County Arts Council for “Circumspect” and “Fault Lines” will be rescheduled.
Message from the Maryland State Arts Council
MSAC COVID-19 State of Emergency Statement & Resources
We are currently developing criteria for the possibility of emergency grants for FY21. Once the application process is in place, we will make a public announcement. Our priority is to make sure that all of our arts partners experience as little negative impact as possible during this state of emergency. Please be patient and trust that we are going to work with you for solutions. To learn more about participating in our upcoming public Listening Sessions, please visit our website .

As entrepreneurs and small businesses for the arts sector, please visit . It is a portal that is consistently updated with all information as it is received. Additionally, please use to ask specific business-related questions.

All members of the Maryland Arts Sector are being asked to complete this survey on the economic impact of COVID-19:

(MSAC will distribute an additional Maryland-specific survey at a later date and will request an immediate response at that time)
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Message from Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Dear Arts Community,

As we all deal with closely monitoring the COVID-19(coronavirus) outbreak, MCA is following federal and state efforts that will benefit our communities. We will update everyone when we have information to share from state and national arts partners like the Maryland State Arts Council, Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. MCA staff have also taken the precaution of working remotely and will be accessible via email.

In the next few days we will work to share valuable resources via social media and email. We also hope these links and resources below provide help and guidance during this time:
Resources for Independent Artists:
Freelance Artist Resources
Art Funding
Medical Support
Resource and Response Center

Resources for Arts Organizations:
Events Updates and Public Announcements
Baltimore Resources
Performing Arts Readiness
General Resources for Arts Sector
Resource and Response

Government Resources:
Maryland Department of Health
Maryland Public School System Guidelines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Final Thoughts in Support of Our Arts Community:

•   If you have tickets to any type of art event that has been canceled or postponed, please consider asking the artists & curators about ways you can support them in lieu of an event ticket refund.

•   If an arts organization, arts business, creative entrepreneur has temporarily closed, please consider donating or sharing resources in support of their team and the community they serve.

•   If you have a current contract with an artist and the project has paused, please remember that many artists work gig-to-gig and consider how to ensure that payments continue in a timely way especially during this time period.
Message from Maryland Commerce Department

A Letter From Secretary Schulz
COVID-19 : Business Resource Webpage Launches Today

Dear Valued Members of Maryland’s Business Community,

Today, the Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Labor, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, and several other state agencies launched a new webpage dedicated to business resources during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The webpage, available on the Maryland Business Express portal, features several resources available for business throughout the state, including guidelines for employers, fair labor standards, information on insurance claims, opportunities for financial assistance, tax questions, and more.

To find resources or learn more about how to keep yourself, your families, and your workers safe, please visit

We are working diligently to help keep businesses informed as updates are available. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with additional questions at

Thank you,

US Small Business Administration

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters. The Hogan Administration and the Commerce Department are applying for the U.S. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Application requires the Governor to request an SBA Economic Injury Declaration by certifying at least five (5) businesses in the disaster area suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the incident. SBA will be working through the governors' office for each of the states to determine the amount of disruption by area before loans will be available to businesses in those impacted areas.

Provide Economic Injury Information to help with obtaining Maryland’s Declaration

Send us an email with a description of the economic impact you are experiencing. If you have interest in applying for a low-interest loan through SBA for COVID-19 related financial issues, please let us know your interest and please complete the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses (pdf).Send information to

City of Hagerstown Department
of Community & Economic Development

Doug Reaser, Business Development Specialist

Kaitlin Bell, Economic Development Specialist

Jill Thompson, Director of Community & Economic Development
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
– a program of US-SBA

Herb Melrath, SBDC at Frostburg State University
100 W. Washington Street, Suite 1401 Hagerstown, MD
888-237-9007 ext. 4
During this time of uncertainty, the Washington County Arts Council will continue to respond to emails and share information about community events, educational opportunities along with Maryland State Arts Council and Maryland Citizen for the Arts updates through its FACEBOOK page.
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The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development.
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