The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) offers free weekly professional development opportunities focusing on the resurgence of the arts in Maryland across our state and our communities. For more information and to register, please visit MSAC’s website.
Envisioning Our State: Coffee with Ken
Tuesday, July 14, 9-10AM
Boards of Directors: Ideas for Engagement and Training
Here’s your chance to get the ear of the Director! Join MSAC’s Executive Director, Ken Skrzesz and your fellow colleagues across the state on Tuesday mornings with your favorite coffee drink (or tea, if you’re like Ken!) for a topic-specific dialogue about the arts in Maryland.
Envisioning Our Communities: Story Share
Wednesday, July 15, 12-1PM
with Janice Greene of the Griots Circle
What better way to listen and share, if not over a meal? Grab lunch and join your fellow colleagues in a story share! As we gather together, this time is to collectively discuss anecdotal hopes, challenges, and tales of resilience of our arts communities. Leave the hour feeling inspired and connected as we envision the resurgence of the arts in our communities.
Storyteller Janice Curtis Greene will share the personal story of her two oldest sons and how faith and telling their stories turned the misery of their transition into a mission of healing and compassion for others.
Envisioning Digital Engagement: Digital Sharing
Thursday, July 16, 1-2 PM
Join us to hear what’s working well digitally for sharing online content as we hear from arts organizations and artists across Maryland and beyond.
Envisioning Our Programming
Monday, July 13, 4-5 PM
Public Art Listening Session for Artwork Purchase Program
Maryland’s percent for public art program, the Maryland Public Art Initiative would like to begin a program to purchase existing works from Maryland artists to be on permanent display in State-owned buildings. In this listening session we want to gather feedback for a proposed artwork purchasing program and how it may benefit painters, photographers, mixed media, sculptors, etc. interested in selling work through this program.
Public Art Across Maryland FY21 Information Sessions
New Projects: Tuesday, July 14, 2-3 PM
The PAAM program offers Planning Grants of up to $5,000 and Implementation Grants of up to $20,000 for new public artworks. Learn more about the program and how to apply.
Conservation Grant: Thursday, July 16 2-3 PM
The PAAM program offers Planning Grants of up to $5,000 and Implementation Grants of up to $50,000 for the conservation and preservation of existing public artworks. Learn more about the program and how to apply.
Back by popular demand! Grab your lunch, login, listen, and learn! MSAC Program Directors Emily Sollenberger and Laura Weiss are hosting a series of online gatherings for independent artists to connect with creative, discipline-specific community members in a small group setting. These hour-long lunchtime sessions are an “off the record” time to share with peers where you are at in your current work, what you are excited about, and what challenges you may be facing.
Creative Conversations: Independent Artists (Performing Arts) – Monday, July 13; 12-1 PM
Creative Conversations: Independent Artists (Visual/Media Artists) – Tuesday, July 14; 12-1 PM
Creative Conversations: Independent Artists (Literary Artists) – Thursday, July 16; 12-1 PM
MSDE M:BRACE Offerings
The Fine Arts Office & Professional Learning Office of the Maryland State Department of Education are offering over 130 hours of professional learning this summer (with CPD credit opportunities)! The sessions for artists of all disciplines are a great way to reconnect to your craft and creativity. Register by Thursday for next week’s free MC3 professional learning opportunities!
Week 1 offerings include courses taught by MSAC’s Ken Skrzesz and Dana Parsons!
To learn more and see a full list of sessions, please visit the MSDE website.
MCA Racial Equity Program
Hosted by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, this program will include educational and developmental work by way of workshops and reflection sessions, and a complementary book club. For more information, please visit the MCA website.