Two baskets containing balls of yarn.
Yarn and fabric arts created by master artist Gwen Handler (Carroll County) and apprentice artist Winnie Dreier (Baltimore County) during a 2021-22 Folklife Apprenticeship on wool work.

Ways to Get Involved

Public Calls: Paid Opportunities

MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. We invite participation through program-specific public calls for panelists. We select panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in varying artistic disciplines. Panelists must be Maryland residents.

Current Openings


County Arts Development (CAD) and Network Organizational Development (NOD) Panelists
Deadline September 16, 2022 at 11:59 pm

MSAC is seeking panelists to evaluate applications to its County Arts Development (CAD) and Network Organizational Development (NOD) programs, both of which provide funding supporting a strong, stable arts infrastructure in Maryland.

CAD panelists will review applications submitted in the FY 2024 funding cycle. All selected panelists will be expected to:

  • Familiarize with the CAD program, which provides funding and resources to Maryland’s 24 county arts agencies
  • Evaluate one round of CAD applications, with evaluations due in May 2023
  • Conduct in-depth evaluations of individual applicants, as assigned
  • Attend a required virtual orientation in mid-October
  • Receive compensation of $350-$450, depending on the volume of scheduled assignments

NOD panelists will serve a one-year term. All selected panelists will be expected to:

  • Familiarize with the NOD program, which funds efforts to increase long-term stability, effectiveness, or visibility for Maryland’s Arts & Entertainment District management entities, county arts agencies, and regional folklife centers
  • Evaluate three rounds of NOD applications, with evaluations due in October 2022, January 2023, and April 2023
  • Attend a required virtual orientation in mid-October, with additional check-in meetings scheduled based on panelist needs
  • Receive compensation of $650, assuming the completion of all scheduled assignments

What we are looking for:

  • Maryland residents with backgrounds in a variety of arts administration and cultural worker roles, or who are interested in learning how MSAC grant applications are evaluated
  • Maryland residents familiar with one or more of the following MSAC programs: Arts & Entertainment Districts, County Arts Development, or the Folklife Network
  • Team members or constituents of the programs listed above, including artists
  • Arts administrators or cultural workers familiar with county arts agencies or organizational development
  • Maryland residents comprising a wide geographic representation of the state, especially the western Maryland, southern Maryland, and Eastern Shore regions

How to apply:

  • Click Apply Now  to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple. You must be registered as an “Independent Artist” to apply to be a panelist (although you do not actually have to be an independent artist, the “Independent Artist” label is necessary to apply)
  • Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call"
  • Select "Panelist" from the first drop down option 
  • Depending on your preference, select “County Arts Development” or “Network Organizational Development” as the Grant Program from the second drop down option
  • Click "Save Draft" at the bottom to populate the application
  • Complete the application and click “Submit”



     
Chart listing the calls for panelists by Program, dates open & dates closed

There are currently no opportunities for editor service.

Each year, the Maryland State Department of Education works with its partners and First Lady Yumi Hogan to host a statewide student artwork competition and exhibition. This year, the Fall First Lady’s Gallery will be held on October 3, from 4-6 p.m. At the opening ceremony, young artists will introduce their work, and winners for each grade band will be announced. To view works from previous exhibits, see the MC3Arts’ Statewide Online Gallery by clicking here.

To support this project, MSAC is calling for a diverse array of jurors to do the important work of evaluating submissions. MSAC will select jurors with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the fine arts. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 

Selected jurors serve for a review period in September-October 2022. Jurors receive modest compensation for their service.

What to Expect as a Juror: 

  • Review and evaluate submissions during the month of September (specific review dates TBD)
  • Attend the opening reception on Monday, October 3 from 4-6 p.m.
  • The average time commitment is approximately 8 hours.
  • Panelists must have access to a computer with an internet connection to complete reviews.

How do I apply to be a juror? 

  • Log in or create a free account in SmartSimple at marylandarts.smartsimple.com. You must be registered as an “Independent Artist” to apply to be a juror. 
  • Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
  • Select "First Lady Gallery Juror" from the drop down options. 
  • Click "Save Draft" at the bottom to populate the application.
  • Complete the application and click “Submit.”

The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

For questions, please contact Arts in Education Program Director, Lizzie Morales, at elizabeth.morales@maryland.gov

Employment Opportunities

There are currently no openings at MSAC. Please visit jobapscloud.com/MD/ for other state job openings.