May 19, 2020
Volume 20-22
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... .
Registration for the Maryland Arts Summit is open!
Visit to register today.
Creative Resurgence: A Vision For the Future of the Arts in Maryland
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
     Community Stakeholders
     Arts and Entertainment Districts
     County Arts Agencies of Maryland
     Public Artists
     Boards of Directors
     Folklife artists
Presented by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, in conjunction with The Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education, and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools 
For questions about the Summit, please email .
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts launches its new COVID-19 Resource Guide!
The  resource guide can be viewed on our MDVLA homepage as well as here:
Arts in Education FY21 
        Applications Open & Call for Panelists
Student completes mural during Kristin Helberg鈥檚 2019-2020 Resurrection St. Paul School residency (left) and MSAC Teaching Artist Carien Quiroga works with adult learners during Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms (right).
Arts in Education Grant
The Arts in Education Grant provides matching funds of up to $5,000 to eligible Maryland-based nonprofit organizations and government entities to support educational engagements led by Teaching Artists on MSAC鈥檚 Teaching Artist Roster. 
For more information about submitting a grant application, visit MSAC鈥檚 website
Questions? Contact Arts in Education Program Director Precious Blake at .
Teaching Artist Roster
Teaching artists are integral to the arts education ecosystem, providing supplementary arts education experiences that deepen learning. MSAC鈥檚 Teaching Artist Roster supports Maryland teaching artists and the elevation of their careers. Benefits of becoming an MSAC Teaching Artist include:
     Co-funded opportunities for the cost of Teaching Artist fees, which encourages Maryland schools and community groups to book Teaching Artists.
     Connections to a statewide network of organizations and nonprofits that lead professional development for Teaching Artists.
     Individualized feedback and evaluation sessions that help Teaching Artists strengthen their programming.
     Heightened visibility through print and online marketing, including MSAC鈥檚 Artist Directory.
For more information about joining the Teaching Artist Roster, visit MSAC鈥檚 website
Questions? Contact Arts in Education Program Director Precious Blake at .
Call for Panelists - Arts in Education Grant and Teaching Artist Roster
MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Arts in Education panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in arts education and teaching artistry. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 
Selected Teaching Artist Roster panelists serve a one-year term, which may be renewed. Selected Arts in Education Grant panelists serve a six-month term, which may also be renewed. 
Panelists receive modest compensation for their service.
What does a panelist do?
Selected panelists:
     Attend a virtual or in-person panelist training session. 
     Review and evaluate applications on MSAC鈥檚 online grants management system, SmartSimple, between the 10th and 15th of each monthly review period. (Approximately 2-4 hours each month.)
     (Teaching Artist Roster Panelists Only) Attend a monthly virtual panel meeting to collaboratively evaluate applications with other panelists.
Panelists must have access to a computer with internet connection to complete reviews.
How do I apply to be a panelist? 
Submit your application via MSAC鈥檚 online grants management system, SmartSimple. 
     Click the Apply Now button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
     Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
     Select "Panelist" from the drop down options and click "Save Draft" to populate the application.
     Select 鈥淎rts in Education Grant鈥 or 鈥淎rts in Education Teaching Artist Roster鈥 as the Grant Program.
The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 15th.
Successful panelists enthusiastically embrace organizational and analytical skills, preparedness, timeliness, communication, collaboration, and their role as an advocate for the arts. Please do not complete this application if this list does not align with your practice.
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