Maryland Folklife Festival Returns

Creative Alliance played host to the fifth annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival on June 13. Among the hundreds of visitors to the free event was First Lady Yumi Hogan.

An artist herself, she took in a Korean drumming show and enjoyed numerous demonstrations including shipbuilding, drum making and poster printing.

The day’s highlights included dance competitions, live bands, ethnic foods and crab picking.

Enjoy photos from the festival here.

The Maryland Folklife Program documents, promotes and sustains living traditions through Maryland Traditions, its statewide partnership initiative. The program offers Apprenticeship and Project grants, the annual Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts (ALTA) Awards and the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival.

Photo: First Lady Yumi Hogan enjoying the festival, by Michael G. Stewart


Officers Elected at Annual MSAC Meeting

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) elected its slate of officers at the Council's June meeting. Carol Trawick of Montgomery County continues as chair, along with Sandi Oxx of Frederick County, as vice chair. New to the trio of officers is Carla DuPree of Howard County as secretary/treasurer. Governor Larry Hogan reappointed Trawick and Du Pree to continue to serve second terms with the MSAC.

Councilor Dr. Eric Conway, who was appointed to the council in 2009, has served honorably and MSAC thanks him for his years of dedicated service. Dr. Conway is the director of the Morgan State University Choir and the chairperson of Morgan’s Fine and Performing Arts Department.

MSAC is an appointed body of 17 citizens. The Governor names 13 members to three-year terms, which are renewable once. The President of the Senate and Speaker of the House each appoint two private citizens and two legislators. Learn more.

Pictured L to R: Carla Du Pree, Carol Trawick and Sandi Oxx

IAA Awards Night celebrates Maryland’s Artists

The recent Individual Artist Award (IAA) celebration honored the immense talent and diversity of Maryland’s artists. During the ceremony, guests enjoyed a variety of music from IAA awardees: Greg Latta, Anne Hambleton Watts and Paul Carr and his jazz ensemble.
In addition, Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides, performed during the reception.

More than 400 artists applied for the 2015 IAA grants. The 88 awardees received a total of $233,000 in grants to advance their artistic careers.

The 2015 Awards went to artists working in the categories of Crafts, Non-Classical Music Composition, Non-Classical Music Solo Performance, Photography, and Playwriting.

The deadline to apply for next year’s awards is July 23, 2015. Learn more.

Pictured: Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides by Edwin Remsberg

County Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM) Meet

CAAM members, representing 15 counties, met in June for their annual gathering at the MSAC offices in Baltimore.

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.

The organization meets quarterly each year. Maryland has 23 County Arts Councils, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts in Baltimore City.

Pictured are executive directors and representatives of CAAM, and Pamela Dunne, MSAC program director

Supposition #6 by Michael Hunter Thompson IAA grantee 2015

Maryland Communities Receive National Recognition for Dynamic Arts Culture
The National Center for Arts Research’s (NCAR) has named Silver Spring/Rockville/Frederick as number seven in the nation on its Top 20 Arts Vibrant Large Cities (population 1 million or more) list.

Silver Spring is home to the American Film Institute’s AFI Silver Theatre and Culture Center and AFI Docs, entertainment, musical, and ethnic festivals, the most notable of which are the Silverdocs documentary film festival and The Silver Spring Jazz Festival. Other notable organizations in the region are the Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre and Imagination Stage both in Bethesda. Arts events include Festival for the Arts in Frederick and performances by the Rockville Chorus, Rockville Civic Ballet, Rockville Concert Band and others.

In addition, Easton/Talbot County ranked 18th in the country on the NCAR Top 20 Arts Vibrant Medium and Small Cities (population under 1 million) list. The Avalon Theatre is the heart of Easton’s arts scene, highlighting everything from symphony orchestras to blue grass bands. Also included are the Academy Art Museum, Easton Choral Arts Society, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Chesapeake Youth Chorale, Bach to the Future and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Learn more.

Public Art Blooms in Baltimore County
Art will be in full bloom through November 2015, via the LAND&ART@MARC: A 4 SEASON PROJECT, a partnership between the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) and the Washington Sculpture Group.

A panel selected two pieces to launch this innovative project, “Leaves of Grass” by Pattie Porter Firestone, and “Uncle Mike's Animal House,” by Mike Shaffer. The official opening of LAND&ART@MARC is on Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m. to noon at the Baltimore County Ag Center in Cockeysville, in conjunction with the 70th Annual Hereford Junior Farm Fair. Read more.

Local Arts Agencies, Be Heard
Americans for the Arts has launched its data collection effort for the 2015 Local Arts Agency (LAA) Census, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The comprehensive survey is a designed to benchmark the financial health and programmatic trends of the richly varied, highly diverse, and extremely important work of the nation’s 5,000 LAAs and the communities they serve. Read more.

Report Reflects Growing Arts Industry
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV  demonstrates that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an economic driver in communities—a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. There are 182 study regions nationwide, which participated in this research effort. Maryland features three reports: Baltimore City, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. Click here for the Arts & Economic Prosperity V Webinar for Americans for the Arts members.

Public Spaces Debate
The New York Times article “Art in Public Spaces” debates the indoor/outdoor dilemma for art projects. Is art in the park a nuisance or a welcome diversion? This remains a key issue as art in the public realm takes on an ever more significant role in our urban parks, plazas and avenue medians. Read more.

Pictured above: Supposition #6 by Michael Hunter Thompson, Individual Artist Award grantee 2015

Kathy Hornig is Festivals Director at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA)

Kathy Hornig is Festivals Director at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA). She is organizing her 13th Artscape.

MSAC: Can you tell us about your background?

Kathy Hornig: I'm an O’s lovin’-crab cake eating -15-star, 15-stripe flag-Purple Fridays-Cross Street Market-kind of Baltimore girl! I am an alumnus of the University of Baltimore, St. Mary's College and Annapolis High, with a brief detour at Oxford to study Medieval and Renaissance poetry.

MSAC: How long have you been in charge of Artscape?

Kathy Hornig: My first Artscape was 2002. 

MSAC: How does your office coordinate such a large, popular festival? What are the challenges?

Kathy Hornig: Our BOPA team brings an incredible amount of energy, enthusiasm, hard work and joy to coordinating Artscape – and that is really the only way to pull off something this large and popular! Probably our biggest challenge is that most festivals of Artscape’s size and caliber have a year-round dedicated staff, but we’re also producing BOPA’s 30+ other programs, in addition to Artscape. 

MSAC: Is there a specific year that stand out as ill-fated or an exceptionally memorable year? Why?

Kathy Hornig: Every Artscape holds special memories for me, and of course, there have been many standout exhibitions and concerts over the years (shout out to CAKE!).  But if I had to pick just one – it was 1999, and I was actually a festivalgoer, not on staff.  That’s because right before we headed down to Artscape, I told my husband Rick that I was expecting our son! Read More.

Known as America's largest free arts festival, Artscape attracts 350,000+ attendees over three days (July 17-19) at Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore City.


‘Paint the Town,’ Downtown Bethesda Mural Project
The Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District‘s “Paint the Town,” is an initiative promoting public art murals in Bethesda. The first public art mural project organized by the A&E District, utilizes the Capital Crescent Trail retaining wall on Arlington Road, the wall is more than 400 feet in length and 10-feet high. Artists should focus artwork on the middle 150-200’ of the wall. A stipend of $15,000 for supplies and the artist’s time is available. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2015. Learn more.

‘Paint Berlin’ - Plein Air
Artists can network, exhibit, sell their artwork, and compete for cash prizes at the 6th annual Plein Air Paint Berlin. Artist registration deadline is August 31, 2015.  The event is from September 17 – 19, 2015. Open to the public is the "Wet Paint" exhibit/sale on September 19, 1 - 4 pm. For information: 410-641-0809 or

Call for Fall Land Art Entries
As the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) celebrates the first installations of its public art program, the second call for entries information is here. In this call, artists will install land art that reflects on the theme of the equinox including ideas of cycles in nature, farming, and the cosmos. The Land & Art initiative is part of the MARC Art on the Farm Program, a continuing exploration of the intersection of art and agriculture.  Contact for more information.

Nominations for the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 class of NEA National Heritage Fellowships. The deadline is July 16, 2015. Visit the NEA website for information.

Allegany Arts Council Seeks Workshop and Arts Bus Instructors
The Allegany Arts Council is seeking instructors for workshops at the Arts Council and on the Arts Bus. Whether your skill is photography, dancing, ceramics, or trombone, there’s probably someone interested in learning from you! Workshops at the Arts Council are held in the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery and possibly other locations.

Arts Bus instruction is targeted toward elementary school-aged children. Both the workshops and the Arts Bus instruction are opportunities for instructors presenting workshops in printmaking, weaving, knitting, or fiber art, comic book art, and wildlife art.

Contact Heidi Custer at or call 301-777-2787.

MSAC Grants

MSAC Touring Grants Awarded ››
Theaters, a sculpture garden and arts festivals are a few of the venues and events that were awarded 2016 Maryland Touring Grants totaling $60,930. Twenty-six presenters representing 13 counties were selected. This grant provides funding to eligible Maryland-based nonprofit organizations to support the presentation of artists listed on the Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster. More here.

Become a Grant Panelist ››
MSAC seeks arts professionals to assist in evaluating grant applications. These experts have experience in the field and an understanding of the artistic and organizational requirements and standards in their artistic categories. Panelists will review FY2017 grant applications, conduct onsite interviews, and evaluations, and submit a report on assigned organizations prior to a spring Grants Review Panel meeting.

Appointed panelists serve a one-year term, and receive a modest honorarium for service and travel expenses. To learn more, read Panelists Responsibilities and then submit completed nomination forms with a resume or brief biography of the nominee by email to Deadline is August 14, 2015.

FY2016 IAA Application Deadline Approaching ››
The MSAC’s annual Individual Artist Awards (IAA) recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland. Each year, awards of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 go to artists from across Maryland selected by an anonymous, out-of-state jury based on artistic merit alone. The categories this year are Creative Non-Fiction/ Fiction, Media/Digital/Electronic Arts, Theater Solo Performance, Painting and Works on Paper. Deadline is July 23, 2015. For more information on the guidelines, download here. Information on the July 8 webinar is here.

A&E District Technical Assistance Grant ››
Applicants for this grant must be a State of Maryland designated Arts & Entertainment District to qualify. A&E Districts may receive only one Technical Assistance Grant per fiscal year. The next deadline is August 6, 2015. Click here for more information or contact Pamela Dunne at 410-767-6484 or

Meet Hilary Hachey

Hilary Hachey is a metalsmith creating distinctive and complex jewelry. She is a 2015 Individual Artist Award winner and will have a booth in the Artists Market at Artscape, July 17-19.

"I consider my work to be architectonic. That is, a type of perceived sensibility to form and design that prefers the simple over the complex and the well-built over the mass-produced," she says.

By translating a design into wearable adornment, her aim is to find the intersection of fine art and the production of functional objects. Hilary studied Metalsmithing at The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She creates each of her pieces by hand in her Baltimore studio and sells her jewelry across the country. Learn more.

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