WHY ARE THE ARTS IMPORTANT FOR MARYLAND?
In a competitive, twenty-first century global environment, the arts
- Enhance the quality of life for all Marylanders
- Celebrate the rich diversity of our cultural achievements
- Support quality education for our school children by raising academic achievement, fostering positive work ethics, and improving attendance.
- Build communities that will attract and retain an educated, creative workforce.
- Raise the regional, national, and international visibility of Maryland.
- Attract cultural tourists to the State
- Drive much needed economic development
- Provide job growth, foster consumer spending, and generate tax revenues
State funding leverages effectively by the arts. Each year, all grantees raise and earn the remainder of their budgets, ranging between 91% and 93.5% from 1999 to 2013. Every dollar invested by the State of Maryland has been matched better than nine to one.
Arts in Education
- The Arts Council awarded $53,000 in grant funding to 96 county school programs during FY13. These auditorium and residency programs, reached over 27,000 students.
- Conducted 2 Artists Showcases at county schools and one at the Board of Education to allow school representatives an opportunity to view potential artist, then apply for grants to bring the program to their schools
- Conducted an Art Institute training day that was open to county teachers.
- The Arts Council awarded $479,200 in funding to 45 organizations in Anne Arundel County in FY14. These organizations provided 1,470 part and full time jobs, have collective budgets of $10.8 million dollars, and host over 1.8 million patrons at their events annually.
- All grants awarded were matching grants.
- These grants affected 4,000 artists over 5,800 volunteers, and over 1.1 million patrons in our country during FY2013.