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GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES $11 MILLION IN ARTS AWARDS
Grants to 264 Maryland Organizations Maintain Jobs in the Arts Industries
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced more than $11 million in Maryland State Arts Council grants to Maryland organizations and county arts councils, reaffirming his commitment to the arts in Maryland.
“Our investment in the arts organizations in Maryland is another strategy to strengthen small businesses and create and retain jobs in the creative industries,” said Governor O’Malley. “Support of the operations of these arts organizations stimulates the economy and contributes greatly to the quality of life we enjoy in our State.”
The FY2011 Maryland State Arts Council matching grants will be used to support the general operations of 240 arts organizations and ongoing arts programs, as well as the activities of Maryland’s 23 official county arts councils and Baltimore City. The matching grants are based on the recommendations of the Maryland State Arts Council, and approved by the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.
The latest economic impact report commissioned by the Maryland State Arts Council notes that the organizations receiving grants from the council support more than 11,000 jobs. It shows that the nonprofit arts organizations are active contributors the business community — they are employers, producers, consumers and key partners in the promotion of their communities. The Maryland study uses the methodology of the Americans for the Arts’ national Arts and Economic Prosperity III study. Details on the national study are available at www.artusa.org.
Grants to organizations from the Maryland State Arts Council are awarded on the basis of artistic merit, organizational effectiveness and service to the community. Grantees are selected through a process in which applicants and are evaluated by advisory panels of professionals in each artistic discipline including on-site visits to each applicant. The amount of each grant is then recommended for the Governor’s approval by the Maryland State Arts Council.
The Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. Its mission is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council visit the MSAC web site at www.msac.org or call 410-767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258.