Howard County Arts Council Receives $102,000 Grant from MSAC

The Howard County Arts Council was awarded a $102,417 Community Arts Development grant for fiscal year 2013-14 from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. The FY14 funding represents a 13% increase over the previous year's award and will be used to support the Howard County Arts Council's local grant initiatives and educational programs at the 27,000 square foot, multi-purpose Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. At the Center, the Arts Council offers year-round activities in the arts, including classes, visual arts exhibits, and performances in the community black box theatre. The Center also provides affordable studio space for 14 visual artists; office space for 3 resident arts groups; meeting space for 10 all-volunteer-run arts groups; and low-cost rehearsal and performance space for 30+ dance, music, and theatre groups. Over 40,000 people visit the Center each year - whether they are attending workshops, enjoying a performance, or working in their studio, the Arts Council provides rewarding experiences for citizens of all ages.

MSAC's Community Arts Development program provides funds and technical assistance to the local Arts Councils of the 23 counties of Maryland and Baltimore City in order to better serve artists, arts organizations, and audiences throughout the State and to encourage local decision-making, arts activity and funding for the arts at the local level.

According to the Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland: FY2011 Report released by MSAC, Maryland's nonprofit arts sector has a $1 billion impact on the state's economy and supports more than 11,000 jobs. The report details how spending by the MSAC's grantees, which include the county Arts Councils, and their audiences ripples through Maryland's economy, creating and retaining jobs and generating revenues for businesses, families, and state and local governments. To review the complete report, visit For more information about MSAC call (410) 767-6555 or TDD/TTY (410) 333-4519 or visit the MSAC web site at

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