MSAC Upcoming Virtual Professional Development
Coffee with Ken!
Here’s your chance to get the ear of the Director! Join MSAC’s Executive Director Ken Skrzesz and your fellow colleagues across the state on Tuesday mornings with your favorite coffee drink (or tea, if you’re like Ken!) for a topic-specific dialogue about the arts in Maryland.

Coffee with Ken: Open Discussion 
Tuesday, November 17, 9-10 a.m.
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Creative Adaptation: Building Partnerships with Out-of-School-Time Provider
Tuesday, November 17, 1-2 p.m.
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The first in MSAC Arts in Education Creative Adaptation webinar series will feature Heather May from the Maryland Out of School Time Network, who will share key findings and best practices to build partnerships with out-of-school time providers for teaching artists who may be pivoting to connect in community or non-school settings.

Land Acknowledgment in Context
Thursday, November 19, 2-3 p.m.
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It is becoming more common for public speaking events to include an acknowledgement of the Indigenous land on which the event is taking place. This webinar explains the intent of such land acknowledgements, describes best practices on how they’re created, and frames them as one step in a longer process of repairing relationships between Indigenous people and white settlers. Traditional arts professionals and cultural workers of all kinds are invited to participate.
Creative Conversations
Based on feedback from organizations across the state, MSAC will be hosting a new series of virtual Creative Conversations throughout the fall and early winter. These small group gatherings are based on discipline and/or budget/staff size, with the goal of providing a space for similar organizations to gather, collaborate, and share ideas with one another. If you’re interested in joining a Creative Conversation, please contact Emily Sollenberger ( or Laura Weiss ( to join the session that best fits your organization.
Do you have a request for a virtual professional development offering that MSAC can provide? If so, please contact Dana Parsons, Director of Grants and Professional Development ( 
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#mcreds are Back from the Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Office
Level 2 #mcred courses are now open for registration for all arts educators and teaching artists! Even if you have not yet taken the Learning Through the Creative Process, you may still participate in Supporting LGBTQ+ Students and Families and Creative Aging Courses. For full credit and certification, the Creative Process course will need to be completed by December 31, 2021. Don't miss out! Registration is open and space is limited!

November 16th, 2020 3 - 4:30 p.m.

The second installment of the M:BRACE Poetry Out Loud Masterclass series does a deep dive into the POL judging criteria VOICE AND ARTICULATION and DRAMATIC APPROPRIATENESS. Led by Unique Robinson, writer/performer, professor, and proud Baltimore native, this masterclass is open to students, educators, and competition hosts.
Arts Education Symposium on Anti-Racism
Join Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) for exciting, insightful, and compelling experiences to deepen your understanding of anti-racism and abolitionist teaching in arts education. In addition to a keynote by award-winning author Dr. Bettina Love, the symposium will include breakouts that can help you apply these abolitionist principles to your discipline and your classroom.

The Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Visit the link below to learn more about ticketing and the schedule of events!
Maryland Arts Institute of Racial Justice Lunchtime Book Club
November 19th, December 1st

Connect with members of Maryland’s arts sector to build shared language and understandings about racial justice through guided discussions and sharing. 

Monthly Academy
November 19th, December 3rd & 10th

In a community with members of Maryland’s arts sector, we will build a brave space for courageous conversations about race and other social identities. Participants will increase their understanding and capacity for racial equity through guided reflection and discussions.

For dates, times, and registration for both, visit the link below.