Maryland State Arts Council Grants Support Maryland Presenters and Performers
More than $60,000 in grants awarded to 26 organizationsJuly 20, 2015Press Release
July 17, 2015 (Baltimore) - Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Arts Barn of Gaithersburg, and Common Ground on the Hill are among the 26 nonprofit organizations selected to receive Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) MarylandTouring Grants totaling $60,930 for FY2016.
Each grant recipient commits to matching funds to present an artist from the MSAC's highly competitive Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster, a vetted list of Maryland-based musicians, theatrical performers, dancers and others. Artists on the roster include The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Lovejoy Group, Back Porch Blues and more.
"The Maryland Touring Grant program and its accompanying Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster generate booking opportunities for both artists and presenting organizations in Maryland," says Program Director for Theatre, Music and Dance at MSAC, Steve Drapalski. "We are thrilled to further enhance the cultural landscape of the state by providing these organizations with the necessary funding to showcase such outstanding talent."
One grant supports the Baltimore Theatre Project that connects the area with the presentation of innovative contemporary theater, dance, music, opera, poetry and visual arts. The Project has presented more than 1,500 productions over its 44 years. They will stage the world premiere of "Look Through My Eyes," by Quest Visual Theatre of Laurel. This story builds upon the life experiences while celebrating the life of Melvin Primeaux-O'Bryant, a black, deaf, gay man. Primeaux-O'Bryant is the assistant director for Quest's Wings Company, an ensemble of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing performers. Founded in 1997, Quest Visual Theatre is a group of deaf and hearing artists, educators, and volunteers. They represent a diverse ethnic, cultural, and artistic body committed to creating, producing, and presenting theatre featuring casts and production staffs that are inclusive.
For more information on applying to the Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster or applying for a Maryland Touring Grant, contact MSAC Program Director, Steve Drapalski, firstname.lastname@example.org .
MSAC FY 2016 Maryland Touring Grant