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Apply to be a Folklife Network panelist today!

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking panelists for the Folklife Network program. The program funds organizations housing regional folklife centers, or continuing programmatic or educational efforts made in support of the traditional arts (defined as community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth).

MSAC relies on a wide array of experts from across the state to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Folklife Network panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the traditional arts. Panelists must be Maryland residents.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a panelist do?

  • Attend a virtual orientation outlining panelist responsibilities
  • Review applications using SmartSimple, MSAC’s online grants management system
  • Conduct virtual or in-person interviews with applicants, as assigned
  • Attend a virtual panel meeting to finalize application reviews with fellow panelists
  • Receive compensation depending on the number of assigned applications

Who are we looking for?

  • Arts administrators, cultural workers, artists, and others interested in the grantmaking process
  • Those familiar with the traditional arts or similar cultural expressions
  • Individuals representing the geographic diversity of Maryland, especially those from the Western, Southern, and Eastern Shore regions


How do I apply to be a panelist?

  • Submit an application via SmartSimple
  • Click the Apply Now button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple (you will need to be registered as an Independent Artist to apply)
  • Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call"
  • Under the “Narrative” tab, select "Panelist Call" from the dropdown options
  • Select “Maryland Folklife Network” from the “Grant Program” dropdown menu
  • Click "Save Draft" to populate the application
  • Complete the application, and click “Submit”
Apply Now!

Applications due by Thursday, February 15, 2024


Visit the Folklife Network page.

Contact Deputy Director Chad Buterbaugh at [email protected].

The Maryland State Arts Council is committed to making sure all Marylanders can access its programs and services. For application assistance, please contact the appropriate Program Director. Guests with further accessibility questions or who require accommodations may fill out the Accommodations Request Form or contact the MSAC Office Secretary at [email protected].

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