The Generational Shift:
Creating New Approaches to Leadership, Funding,
and Audience Participation in the Arts.

 Wednesday, October 30

9:30 am – 3:00 pm

 Howard County Center for the Arts

8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

 Registration for ArtsLab 2013 is open HERE!

MCA’s second annual capacity building conference for arts professionals and artists offers an opportunity to explore solutions to the challenges of an already occurring shift in generational demographics.  Participants will look at this shift through the following three lenses:

  1. Approaches to organizational leadership and governance
  2. Trends in philanthropy and in earned income
  3. Changes in audience participation

ArtsLAB was created to engage administrators, artists, trustees, patrons, staff, volunteers, educators, and parents in considering the future of our arts sector, and to ensure that we are the strongest stewards possible of public and private investment.


ArtsLAB is … well, a participatory laboratory (not a “sit-and-listen” conference) that invites you to be a thought leader and be ready to share your perspectives, your insights, your best and novel practices, and actively participate in dialogue with your colleagues!

Here is the shape of the day:

  • Coffee! (and other things to keep your stomach from growling.)
  • Keynote Speech
  • An interactive panel discussion with members of the Maryland arts sector that will explore ideas about generational shifts with each other and the audience.
  • A networking lunch — Eat, work, talk, brainstorm, and prep for the afternoon.
  • Afternoon breakout sessions – Led by facilitators ready with questions and exercises that guide groups to new discoveries and solutions.
  • A wrap up – We will bring all three themes back together to share overall insights from the day that will impact your organization or projects moving forward?

Registration is just $15 (20% discount for teams of three or more). Here are some things you need to know now:

  • Registration is limited to 120 people, and the slots will be filled in the order that registrations are received. MCA will create a waiting list.
  • You must go through the ArtsLAB 2013 page to register with a Credit Card. (Call us if you need to pay by check — 410-467-6700).

WHY BRING an Inter-generational TEAM?
MCA encourages organizations to send teams of at least three to this event. There will be a 20% discount for TEAMS. Please consider bringing someone newer to the field, someone mid-career, and a veteran of the arts to round out your team. Think of the impact that a team’s multiple perspectives could have on capacity building for your organization, particularly when you consider our theme of “the generational shift.”

Help us develop ArtsLAB – an annual capacity building event for Maryland’s arts sector!!!
We need your participation throughout the day; and, we need your sincere and thoughtful feedback. It will be critical to the growth and lasting impacts of this annual event.



Legal and Financial Education for Artists

— Click HERE for the flyer

Saturday, September 28, 2013, Waldorf, MD, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – (with breaks and refreshments)

Waldorf West Library, 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603

Get the scoop on Copyright Law, Liability Insurance, Business Entities (LLC v. Nonprofit v. Fiscal Sponsorship), and Merchant Services. Free! But reservations required.

Space is limited! Please RSVP at or call MCA: 410-467-6700.

Presented by PNC Bank, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts,

Maryland Citizens for the Arts and hosted by the Charles County Arts Alliance.

The JCC of Greater Baltimore and Gordon Center for Performing Arts seek local artists to be a special part of a community wide Russian Cultural Event by painting a small set of wooden Russian Matryoshka Dolls in their own personal style, color, medium. These dolls will be on display in the Gordon Center gallery for the whole community to see during a 10-day celebration in October. Then the dolls will be placed into a silent auction that will help support ongoing Russian cultural events. We expect over 30 local artists to be involved with this project and many hundreds of patrons and community members to have the opportunity to see these pieces during the 10-day celebration.  The dolls are available for pick-up at the Owings Mills JCC and need to be returned, fully painted along with a brief artist statement by September 15th. For more information or to request to be involved, please let me know.  For more info, contact Randi Benesch at or 410-559-3609.



As a collaboration between The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) and The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), The Landlab series invites professional artists to create projects which operate on the multiple platforms of artistic creation, ecological restoration and education.

Specifically, four paid residencies of $3,000 each, taking place from April – October 2014, will grant selected artists resources and space on SCEE’s 340-acre property to engage audiences in the processes of ecological stewardship, scientific investigation, and artistic creation. Our residency provides large outdoor spaces and limited indoor workspace, but does not provide living spaces. Artists will be expected to provide their own housing. Having a vehicle is recommended.

LandLab projects will result in innovative, art-based installations that prevent or remediate environmental damage conditions while raising public awareness about our local ecology.

LandLab seeks artists engaged in environmental exploration and discovery, who work well collaboratively across disciplines, have a working understanding and/or awareness of the ecology of Eastern Pennsylvania region, and are committed to deepening public awareness of environmental issues through their artistic practice. LandLab projects will prioritize time spent on site and a process of investigation.

The Schuylkill Center creates connections between people and nature by using our forests and fields as a living laboratory. The Center for Emerging Visual Artists provides career development services for professional visual artists, helps artists reach their audiences, and promotes interest in and understanding of the visual arts among citizens of the Philadelphia region. Together and through this first program of its kind in Philadelphia, we invite all professional visual artists who fit these criteria and are able to work on-site at SCEE for the summer of 2014 to apply before October 15, 2013.

To apply visit

For further information visit the SCEE website 


The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) is proud to announce the application for its Visual Artist Fellowship is now open. Please review the revised guidelines below.

Please note each application is reviewed carefully and all applicants are also eligible for exhibition, sales, teaching and other opportunities through CFEVA. All professional visual artists are encouraged to apply before November 15, 2013. 

The Visual Artist Fellowship is designed to help artists within 100 miles of Philadelphia reach new levels in their artistic and professional practice. Artists will be asked to demonstrate a vision for the next level of their professional or artistic practice and a clear plan for CFEVA’s proposed role in reaching it. Artists will be selected based on the merit of their artwork, demonstrated ability to reach stated goals, their vision for the next level in their career, and the ability of CFEVA to help get them there.

Three artists will be selected receive a full range of career support over the two-year Fellowship to ensure the successful realization of a career goal, artistic outcome, or related project as defined in the application. In addition, selected artists will receive a $1000 award and up to $3000 to cover expenses related to the proposed activity.

We invite all artists to apply with their current needs and ideas regardless of their status of emerging, mid career or established.

For full program details and the electronic application, please visit the CFEVA website 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Final application deadline is November 15, 2013. For more information or questions, contact Genevieve Coutroubis at

Each year, USGBC Maryland recognizes exceptional green building projects and outstanding green building leaders at the Annual Wintergreen Awards for Excellence in Green Building.  We are looking for a local Maryland Artist who can help create a unique award piece that incorporates sustainable materials while representing the USGBC Maryland’s membership, community and mission.  Please see additional criteria below regarding award creation and selection:

Inquiry: Local Maryland artist to create self-supporting/ self-standing single unit award.

Materials: Incorporate local/ recycled/ sustainable/ reclaimed elements & materials.  Award must be durable for transportation/ mailing.  Exclude glass from creation.

Quantity: 32 total awards, with the possibility of several more

Budget: ~$150 each (negotiable)

Size:  Base – No larger than 5″; Height – 7″ max

Plaque: Award must have space for engraved, plastic plaque — Plaque size: ~1-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.  Plaques will be provided by USGBC MD.  It will be the artist’s responsibility to secure plaques on the awards.

Timeframe:  **Awards required by January 2014.

Please reply back by Monday, 8/12/13, if you would be interested in this great opportunity.

We would like to request sketches of award ideas by Monday, 8/26/13.  Once an artist & award is chosen, we will request a mock-up for review by the committee.