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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS
Cambridge Arts and Entertainment District. Photo by Dave Harp
Maryland is a state of acute economic and cultural contrasts. Biotech firms and aerospace engineering centers are headquartered mere miles from family farms. Physicians and researchers, drawn to Maryland's advanced health care facilities, call the state home, as do watermen who for generations have made a living harvesting crabs by hand from the Chesapeake Bay. World-class museums and performing arts centers coexist in a rich cultural landscape with traditional decoy carvers and master shipwrights of the eastern shore.
Given this diversity, Maryland needed a multi-dimensional economic development approach that could respond to varying local challenges and opportunities. Maryland's Arts and Entertainment Districts initiative has become an important part of that policy portfolio. Administered by the Maryland State Arts Council, this initiative puts the arts at the heart of community revitalization.