Council awards public art grants to five counties
Martin O’Malley announced that the Maryland
State Arts Council has awarded public art grants to five
counties, totaling $22,970. The matching grants will support
public art projects in Anne Arundel, Washington, Howard,
Frederick and Queen Anne’s counties.
has the power to build communities, enhance our natural
and man-made landscapes and elevate the role of aesthetic
excellence in our daily lives,” the governor said. “When
artists and citizens collaborate, the results transform communities
in ways both subtle and strong, but always significant.”
grants range from $3,950 to $5,000. An Arts Council grants
advisory panel evaluated nine proposals from county arts councils
and made its recommendations. The Council is part of the Division
of Tourism, Film and the Arts, an agency of the Maryland Department
of Business and Economic Development.
O’Malley appointed the members of the Maryland Commission
on Public Art in March. The commission – directed by
the Arts Council – is charged with implementing the
state’s first formal public art program through community
sculptures, murals and other works.
2007, the Maryland arts industry generated more than $1.2
billion for the state’s economy and provided more than
15,000 jobs for Maryland residents.
Monthly report details impact of tourism marketing
edition of the Maryland Tourism Office’s monthly report – the
Maryland Tourism Monitor – that measures visitor activity, advertising
response and state travel trends is now available online.
“It’s so important to track industry trends on a more consistent
basis” said Margot Amelia, executive director of the Tourism Office. “These
reports help to identify both needs and opportunities.”
data available has a three-month lag – so this month
Insights highlights May 2008 activity. From a Tourism Office
perspective, this year’s web visitation continues to outpace last
even though May’s 2008 usage lagged behind 2007. From an industry
standpoint, hotel occupancy statewide is down 2.17 percent
from 2007, while hotel sales tax revenues are up 7.18 percent
Filmmakers convene for Imagine
As part of
the Imagine Maryland strategic-planning process, the
Maryland State Arts Council
invited a group of more than 20 Maryland filmmakers to
discuss the state’s film industry at Baltimore’s Creative
Alliance at the Patterson, Aug. 18.
The forum was intended
to identify the needs of filmmakers and how the Arts Council can support
the further development of this industry and
its impact on Maryland’s creative economy.
During the meeting,
filmmakers said they valued Maryland for filming for such reasons as: “the attitude and spirit here;” “a
diversity of people” for casting; “architecture;” proximity
to other cities; “affordable talent;” and a growing artistic
Tourism Office looking for ABA sponsors, volunteers
of the American Bus Association’s annual convention – Marketplace – coming
to Maryland in January 2010, the Tourism Office, along
with Destination DC, Northern Virginian Visitors Consortium
and Gaylord National Resort
and Convention Center, will host the closing night dinner
at the upcoming ABA event, Jan. 12, 2009, in Charlotte, N.C.
who coordinates the Tourism Office’s interaction
with the motorcoach industry, is seeking sponsors and volunteers for both
the Charlotte celebration and the 2010 event that will take place at Gaylord
National in Prince George’s County.
for the Charlotte dinner are priced at $1,000 for convention
and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and $500 for nonprofit museums.
The 2010 host committee is looking for volunteers for
a variety of committees, including: welcoming; transportation;
dine-around; evening events;
and sightseeing tours.
For information, contact Rich
Gilbert at 410-767-6288.
ABA represents more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour companies in the United
States and Canada.
web site promotes Worcester ’s eco-tourism
A newly launched public-private-nonprofit
partnership, the Wilds of Worcester, has begun promoting eco-tourism
opportunities in Worcester County. The
web site, offers suggestions and contacts for
cultural, historical, and outdoor activities, as well as information about
the plants and wildlife indigenous to Maryland’s only seaside county.
“With wild ponies on Assateague Island, herons and egrets along
the Coastal Bays and bald cypress swamps along the Pocomoke River, few
places offer more ways for people to enjoy nature than Worcester County,” said
Gov. Martin O’Malley.
of the web site – including the Maryland
the Maryland Department
of Natural Resources and Delmarva Low
Impact Tourism Experiences – are asking state residents and
visitors to explore Worcester and share
their adventures on the site through
photography, videos, itineraries, and writings.
“Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts visit because of Worcester
County’s wide variety of affordable eco-tourism opportunities,” said
Lisa Challenger, Worcester County’s tourism director.
Geographic Traveler magazine listed Salisbury among its top
50 places to live and play.
Save the Date: Tourism conference, Nov. 10-12 at Gaylord
Governor’s Tourism Industry Conference will be at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center,
Nov. 10-12. Gaylord
is the anchor of the new National Harbor project overlooking the Potomac River
in Prince George’s County. Members of the Maryland
can attend at a reduced rate. For MTC membership information, call Amy Winston
Tourism Office to participate at outdoor show in February
The Tourism Office will host a booth at the Eastern
Outdoor Sport, Travel & Outdoor
Show in Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 7-15, 2009. This show – largest
of its kind on the East Coast – attracts outdoor sports enthusiasts
from the mid-Atlantic region. For information about distributing your
marketing material at the
show, contact Rich Gilbert at 410-767-6288.
CRUSA announces international marketing opportunities
Capital Region USA (CRUSA) – a partnership of the Maryland Tourism
Office, Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Washington, D.C. Convention
and Tourism Corporation – has a full range of international
cooperative marketing opportunities available for 2009 in its new brochure.