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National Arts Day in Washington D.C.
Nationally organized by Americans for the Arts, and locally organized by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, National Arts Day gathered an energized group from across the country in Washington, DC for 2 days in March. After a day of thoughtful and thought-provoking preparation, the group of activists met with legislators on Capitol Hill to secure their support for continued funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Senator Ben Cardin joined Maryland arts professionals including Maryland State Arts Council Executive Director Ken Skrzesz (far right), to advocate for the Arts in Washington D.C.
First Lady Yumi Hogan Presents Student Art Awards
At a special reception on March 19, Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan honored three of Maryland’s top student artists. Mrs. Hogan, an active supporter of the arts, is also an artist and adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art.

The awards and exhibit is supported through the Maryland State Department of Education’s Fine Arts Office and the Maryland State Arts Council in partnership with the First Lady’s office.
L to R: First Lady Yumi Hogan; Sara Miles, student poet; Lucia Owens, elementary school winner; Noor Chehab, middle school winner; Tony Herrera and Rebecca Fuquen, high school winners (tie); Dr. Karen Salmon, Superintendent of Maryland Schools. Photo: Joe Andrucyk, Executive Office of the Governor
Rhea Feikin of MPT and Ken Skrzesz of MSAC Talk Art
The Maryland State Arts Council has been fostering creativity in communities throughout Maryland for 50 years, and Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz had the opportunity to speak with Rhea Feikin of MPT about MSAC's Celebration of the Arts t o be held on April 20 at the Walters Art Museum.

Tune in to Artworks on April 13 to see the interview.
Maryland Traditions at the National Folklife Festival
Maryland Traditions will feature performances and demonstrations of folklife from the Chesapeake Bay at the National Folklife Festival coming to Salisbury in September.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, will present the best of the Bay - maritime and agricultural traditions, presentations of indigenous life and culture, sacred music practices that go back generations and more! Keep up to date at Maryland Traditions .
The skipjack, pictured here at the 2017 Skipjack Race & Festival, hosted annually on Deal Island, is the traditional oystering and crabbing vessel of the Chesapeake Bay. Skipjacks have become a symbol of Bay folklife since their heyday in the late 19th century. Photo: Edwin Remsberg Photographs.
National Folk Festival Marketplace Vendors
Deadline April 16, 2018
Vendor applications are now being accepting for National Folk Festival Marketplace. The Festival will be held on September 7-9, 2018 in Salisbury, Maryland. Complete information can be found at Festival Marketplace Vendors . Applications may be submitted thru the festival portal on SlideRoom.
Maryland Touring Grant Application Now Open!
Deadline April 27, 2018

The Maryland Touring Grant program is designed for Maryland presenters to apply for funding to help defray costs associated with presenting performing artists that are currently listed on the Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster. 

Applications are now being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2019 Maryland Touring Grant,


Cayla Turner (second from right) receives 1st place in Maryland State Poetry Out Loud competition. Also pictured is Aaron Henkin, host of the event and Aevin Mayman, 3rd place winner and Amy Nguyen, 2nd place winner.
Artist Insight - A Chat with Cayla Turner
 2018 Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Champion
Maryland's 2018 Poetry Out Loud State Champion Cayla Turner, a senior at Indian Creek School in Anne Arundel County is on the Dean's List, and is actively involved in the National Honor Society, Art Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She loves to sing, act, and dance. Her future goal is to become a Sign Language Interpreter. Here is what Cayla had to say about her Poetry Out Loud journey.

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation , administered in Maryland by MSAC. For more info on how schools can register, follow the link
County Art Agencies Gather to Foster and Promote Art Stories
The Kent County Arts Council (KCAC) hosted the quarterly meeting of the County Arts Agencies of Maryland in March. At these meetings, County arts council leaders gather to foster, promote, and develop skills while helping to articulate the needs of Maryland's diverse arts communities. Executive Director Ken Skrzesz, Community Arts Development Program Director Steven Skerritt-Davis and Maryland Traditions Director Chad Buterbaugh were in attendance.

The day-long meeting at KCAC’s new facility featured their work with veterans groups and their current exhibition “ Heroin & Healing ” addressing addiction and healing through the arts.
Elisif Bruun, died of a heroin overdose on February 11, 2014, leaving behind a strong body of diverse artwork. The "Heroin & Healing" exhibition includes her last drawing: a self-portrait completed just 20 days before her passing.
Get Social Delmarva! Social Media Training

Artists! Crafters! Makers! Grow your business using affordable marketing tools and strategies! This all day seminar will take place on April 27 at the Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. A full range of social media and marketing is available. The conference includes a keynote, break out sessions on photo editing, websites, blogging and much more! Lunch provided.

Register at Get Social Delmarva . More information can be found at carolinearts.org .
The Art of Crossover: From Classical to Broadway
Performing Arts Medicine Conference April 14, 2018
Achieve a healthy transition from classical voice and dance to contemporary music theatre!

Saturday, April 14 from
9:00am to 3:00pm at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Art on the Fly Visual Art Exhibition Open Through June 1



Stop by the Maryland State Arts Council and take a look at our "Art on the Fly" visual art exhibit.

Curated by Maryland Art Place , the exhibit features 24 works by ten Individual Artist Awardees.

Exhibit is open to the public and artwork is available to purchase.

"Brynn and Kristin" by Erin Fitzpatrick. Oil on panel. 36" x 48"
Annual CityLit Festival

The fifteenth annual CityLit Festival will be held at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, in partnership with University of Baltimore's Klein Family School of Communications on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The day-long celebration of literature includes a list of amazing headliners including Pulitzer Prize winners! 
USArtists International Grant Applications
Deadline April 5, 2018
USArtists International is the only initiative in the United States devoted to supporting performances by American artists at important international cultural festivals and arts marketplaces abroad. The program provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theatre, resulting in the promotion of international cultural exchange and the creative and professional development of U.S. artists. Review the program guidelines and instructions  carefully to ensure eligibility. Complete the  online application .
Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival at Salisbury University
Hear nationally known youth adult authors and illustrators. This is a great conference for professional development. Books and prints will be available to purchase.

More information and to register here! .
Art Out & About
Stephen Towns: Rumination and a Reckoning - Baltimore Museum of Art
Betheseda Film Festival - Imagination Stage
Aubergine - Everyman Theatre
Hairspray - The Maryland Theatre
The Great Mystery Show - American Visionary Museum
Ken's Corner

Spring is all things new and I had the opportunity to attend A NIGHT AT THE CLUB, a fundraising event for Joe's Movement Emporium 's after-school program. This event was a celebration of everything that is possible when an arts organization truly serves its community! Congratulations to Brooke Kidd, the board, and staff of Joe's for the impact they are are having on the lives of students of all ages in Prince George's County!

Ken Skrzesz
Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council

Creativity takes courage - Henri Matisse
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