Pictured: Sclerose by Elizabeth Lescault of Prince George’s County. New Maryland Art Marketplace Opens for Artists

In advance of launching its new Maryland Art Marketplace, the MSAC is inviting Maryland artists of all disciplines to sign-up for the MSAC’s Maryland Artist Registry—and encouraging those with online selling sites for their art, crafts or artistic merchandise to opt-in to the Maryland Art Marketplace during the process.

Once launched later this fall, the Maryland Art Marketplace will be promoted by the Arts Council and its partners as a hub for Maryland-made art—including books, music and visual art—that is available for purchase online.

While the Marketplace will focus on directing buyers and gift-givers to Maryland artists’ online selling sites, the focus of the Maryland Artist Registry will continue to be connecting Maryland artists—even those who don’t sell online—with opportunities and exposure. Its recently launched redesign supports audio, jpeg and PDF files, as well as embedded video.

Artists already registered in the Maryland Artist Registry can opt-in to the Maryland Art Marketplace by logging in and editing their account. Those who are not already in the Maryland Artist Registry should create an account, and opt-in to the Maryland Art Marketplace during the signup process. For questions, email Paul Shortt, registry administrator.

Pictured: Sclerose by Elizabeth Lescault of Prince George’s County.


PA Presenters to Showcase Region's Top Performers

At its first Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Market, November 10-12 in Lancaster, PA Presenters is partnering with the MSAC to present a selection of the region’s best performing artists—including four from the MSAC’s Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster.

The MSAC encourages Maryland-based presenting arts organizations to join the hundreds of arts presenters, artists and agents from across the region to view juried showcases and collaborate with peers on cooperative (block) booking opportunities. Register online.

Sing-Off Winners to be featured at Spectacular

The three winners of the MSAC’s Star-Spangled Sing-Off National Anthem Singing Contest will each be featured in public performance at Star-Spangled Spectacular, a free festival that celebrates the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, September 10-16 in and around Baltimore City.

The winning performances will take place at noon, September 12-14 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Amphitheatre with Rolando Sanz, the contest’s first place winner, performing September 14.

Support for Grants for Organizations Applicants

This September, Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) staff will present four informational sessions about the MSAC's Grants for Organizations (GFO) program. The regional convenings will provide a description of the GFO program and assist prospective grantees with their applications for funding. Each meeting will include a break-out session with opportunities to ask questions about the grant process.

The MSAC encourages all GFO applicants to register, and email questions to Carla Dunlap prior to attending. RSVP today for the session in your region.

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Within a changing political landscape, what are the best approaches to creating a successful individual arts advocacy plan for the coming year? Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) will focus on a “back to basics” approach to advocacy at ArtsLab, its third annual capacity building conference for the Maryland arts sector, Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 9:30-3pm at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. Register now online.

More hospitals are embracing the healing powers of public art, according to a recent story in The Wall Street Journal. As studies show that visual art can help reduce stress for patients and increase satisfaction with care, the story explores how hospitals are turning to art as part of a broader push to create a healing environment.

“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough,” Steve Jobs once famously said. “It’s technology married with liberal arts married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.” Amidst questions about the value of a liberal arts education, these top tech CEO’s are calling for employees with liberal arts degrees.

Technology is redefining art in strange, new and exciting ways. From wall-climbing robots to stained glass windows made of laser cut paper, the Smithsonian reflects on how technology is reshaping what art is and how it’s produced.

Picture of Davina Smith, English Teacher, Richard Montgomery High School

The upcoming school year marks the fifth year that English teacher Davina Smith participated in the Poetry Out Loud (POL) national poetry recitation contest, which is administered in Maryland by the MSAC. As a teacher at Richard Montgomery High School, she has coached three students to victory in the Maryland POL competition, with all three also advancing to the final round of the National POL Competition. As the contest enters its tenth year, we caught up with Davina to chat about her experiences and success with the program.

MSAC: What sparked your interest in bringing POL to Richard Montgomery High School?
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The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland seeks an Artist-in-Residence to work with students from Barrie School (Pre-K through12th), University of Maryland (undergraduate and graduate), and Winter Growth (adult care facility) to create a public art installation. Applications are due September 5, 2014; more information is online.

The Delaplaine Art Center in historic downtown Frederick announces the 2014 National Juried Photography Exhibit. All types and sizes of photography are eligible. The deadline for entries is September 12 and $1,875 in prizes will be awarded.

With a minimum award of $15,000, Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grants are intended to provide visual artists with financial assistance to allow them to concentrate on their art. The grant is eligible to visual artists of any medium except film, video or performance art who live within 150 miles of Washington, D.C. Applications are due September 15, 2014. For details, visit www.baderfund.org.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is seeking volunteers for Star-Spangled Spectacular, a 10-day free festival in Baltimore to celebrate the 200th birthday of the national anthem. Volunteers are needed at locations including the Inner Harbor, Patterson Park and Fort McHenry. Click here to signup or learn more.

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is calling for artist submissions for its Nature & Art Exhibition at Robert E. Lee Park. The Project proposal deadline for committee review is October 6, 2014. For more information, email mailto:ArtOnTheTrail@relpnc.org.

MSAC Grants

A&E Technical Assistance Grant ››
Designated Maryland A&E Districts may apply by September 11, 2014 for activities between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015.

Grants for Organizations (GFO) ››
Maryland organizations and arts programs may apply by October 30, 2014 (full application) or December 11, 2014 (Request for Funding). Organizations applying for the first time must submit the Intent to Apply form by October 2, 2014.

Arts in Education ››
Teachers or schools may browse the Visiting Performers Roster and contact an artist to book a performance or production for students. For each booking, the artist applies MSAC funding that reduces the amount owed by the school to the artist by up to one-third, making performances more affordable for schools. Apply by December 16, 2014.

Poetry Out Loud ››
Teachers may register for this national poetry recitation contest by October 3, 2014.

Picture of Billy McComisky, Master Irish Musician The MSAC is excited to announce that Master Irish Musician Billy McComisky has joined its Arts in Education Visiting Performers Roster. Through the Roster and its accompanying Visiting Performer grant, Maryland schools can invite McComisky to present an assembly for students.

McComisky has been performing Irish music on the button accordion at venues that include Glasgow Symphony Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He has also received grants and honors from the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the MSAC’s Maryland Traditions program.

In his all-ages program for schools, McComisky demonstrates the role of the Button Accordion in Irish music and teaches the different types of Irish dance music accompanied by fun and easy to learn social dances. See more about booking Billy McComisky.

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