Along with our partners at Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA), I want to encourage you to participate in Maryland Arts Day, occurring next Wednesday, February 8th, in Annapolis.
Maryland Arts Day brings together in Annapolis the many, varied voices of the artistic community in support of state funding for the arts and the Maryland State Arts Council. It also acts as the only state-wide annual meeting for the Maryland arts community and its supporters and, as such, presents a unique networking opportunity and a platform to discuss issues specific to the arts.
Governor O’Malley has proposed a budget that includes level funding to the State Arts Council for FY 2013. This is good news. However, the budget is not final until it passes the General Assembly. Now is the time for our community to make its voice heard and actively encourage our representatives to make arts funding a priority.
You can learn more about the 2012 General Assembly arts advocates’ strategy by participating in an MCA conference call on Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00 am. Among those you will hear from are MCA Board Chair Doug Mann and Executive Director John Schratwieser.
To receive the call-in number and password, RSVP to Erin Harrison.