As we venture into a new year, I invite you to join me in a space of gratitude... for living and working in a state of extraordinary arts support (third in the nation!) from Governor Hogan and the General Assembly; for the vision and leadership of Secretary Kelly M. Schulz, Assistant Secretary Tom Riford, and the councilors of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) as we walk boldly into 21st century grant making, programming, and professional development best practices; for the work of artists and arts organizations across Maryland who are committed to positively changing lives through their work; and for the dedicated staff of the Maryland State Arts Council and their commitment to elevating the way we think about, and engage in, all aspects of the creative process. Bring on 2020! 

Ken Skrzesz, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council