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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

GOVERNOR O'MALLEY ANNOUNCES $11 MILLION IN ARTS AWARDS

Grants to 268 Maryland Organizations Maintain Jobs in the Arts Industries 

Governor Martin O'Malley confirmed the significance of the arts to Maryland by approving more than $11 million in Maryland State Arts Council grants to Maryland organizations and county arts councils for fiscal year 2012 activities.

 "Creativity is part of our state's competitive edge in the modern marketplace," said Governor O'Malley.  "By supporting these arts organizations, Maryland spurs innovation and creates distinctive products and locales that attract tourists, businesses and residents, and improves the quality of life we enjoy in our state."

"Maryland is fortunate to have leadership that recognizes that in addition to being an economic driver, the arts are an educational asset that foster young imaginations and facilitate critical thinking and communications skills," said William Mandicott, Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council.  "They also create a sense of place and preserve the unique arts and cultural heritage of our communities."

The FY2012 Maryland State Arts Council matching grants will be used to support the general operations of 244 arts organizations and ongoing arts programs, as well as the activities of Maryland's 23 official county arts councils and Baltimore City.  The Governor approved the matching grants based on the recommendations of the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

The latest economic impact report show that Maryland State Arts Council grantees' activities support more than 12,000 jobs and generate $1.4 billion in local economic activity and $41.4 million in state and local taxes

Grants to organizations from the Maryland State Arts Council are awarded on the basis of artistic merit, organizational effectiveness and service to the community.  Awardees are selected through a process in which applicants are evaluated by advisory panels of professionals in each artistic discipline and include on-site visits to each applicant.

The Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive and enhance communities.. 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.

Maryland State Arts Council | 175 W. Ostend Street, Suite E | Baltimore | MD | 21230

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