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Community Arts Development

Pool 2 by Jen Lewin at Light City Baltimore. Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Photo: Six Point Pictures.
Juneteenth Celebration in Lexington Park with the Spring Ridge Rhythm Band. St. Mary's County Arts Council. Photo: Nell Elder

Community Arts Development


COVID-19 Program Updates and Resources

In response to COVID-19, the Maryland State Arts Council convened on March 25, 2020 and approved the following changes for Community/County Arts Development Grants:

1. All match requirements have been suspended until further notice.

2. Funding may be used for emergency relief grants to artists and arts organizations located in the jurisdiction.

3. County Arts Agencies are encouraged to allow any previously disbursed project grants to be used for any arts-related expenses.

4. Use of FY20 funds may be extended until November 30, 2020 by submitting a request to

Find all other MSAC COVID-19 information here. 

Creative Conversations are discipline-specific virtual gatherings to give updates, hold the space for peer-to-peer sharing, encourage updated recommendations for action by MSAC and envision the resurgence of arts activities. Click here for the full schedule.


Ensuring Statewide Access to the Arts: Community Arts Development

Across Maryland, community arts initiatives--from literary gatherings, concerts at local libraries, arts camps, festivals, workshops and more--are quality arts and cultural opportunities in our own backyards.


Community Arts Development (CAD)

The CAD program provides Community Arts Development grants and technical assistance to each of Maryland’s 23 County Arts Councils and Baltimore City, which work with local partners and grantees to ensure that MSAC support impacts the entire state. Funds re-granted by County Arts Councils serve artists, arts organizations, schools and audiences. See past grantees listed here.

FY2021 CAD Panel Meeting
Monday, May 18th, 2020 - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Meeting ID: 830 559 757
Password: 016893
Call in: (346) 248-7799 
Meeting ID: 830 559 757

In fiscal year 2020, the MSAC awarded a total of $3,500,000 to County Arts Councils through Community Arts Development Grants.


Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) Program

The Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) program supports communities planning and creating public art. The program supports community visioning activities and planning processes to develop a public art concept idea, as well as funds to create and produce the final public artwork. The resulting work may be in any media, temporary or permanent, and inside or outside. The artwork must be free and publicly accessible to all. 

Maryland non-profit organizations and/or local government may apply for either Planning Grant of up to $2500, or an Implementation Grant of up to $10,000 for a public art project that is developed through a community-driven engagement process.

FY20 PAAM Guidelines   

Application deadlines: 

November 15, 2019

February 12, 2020

May 12, 2020


County Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM):

County Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM) is a non-profit statewide assembly of arts councils established to foster, promote, and develop skills and articulate the needs of Maryland's diverse arts communities. CAAM works in cooperation with the MSAC and Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) to increase artistic opportunities for Maryland artists, arts organizations and citizens.


All grantees are required to submit a Final Report communicating data required by the National Endowment for the Arts. This required data can be found here. For program specific Report information, please see the corresponding Guidelines.