Dance lessons being hosted by Puerto Rican cultural arts group Cultura Plenera at Sandy Spring Museum, a regional folklife center in Montgomery County. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking panelists to review Folklife Network applications for the 2021 fiscal year. Folklife Network grants fund regional folklife centers, or Maryland organizations supporting living cultural traditions through regular programming.

Serving as a panelist is a great opportunity to support Maryland folklife while also learning about the MSAC granting processes.

What does a panelist do?
Panelists play a vital role in the MSAC grants process. Folklife Network panelists will:
– Attend an orientation in-person or virtually to learn about the Folklife Network program
– Review written grant applications online
– Attend a virtual panel meeting to collaboratively evaluate applications with other panelists

Who can be a panelist?
MSAC relies on a wide array of arts experts and enthusiasts from across Maryland to serve as panelists. Folklife Network panelists are selected with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in arts administration and folklife. Regardless of your connection to the arts, MSAC encourages you to apply. Panelists must be Maryland residents.

How do I apply to be a panelist?
Complete an application and submit it by 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 8.

Selected panelists are appointed by MSAC for a one-year term, which may be renewed. Panelists will receive a modest honorarium and travel reimbursement for serving.

For each Folklife Network grant, a regional folklife center makes programmatic or educational efforts to support living cultural traditions through exhibitions, performances, festivals, workshops, or other activities. Download Folklife Network guidelines and see lists of current and past grantees at the MSAC website.

The Maryland State Arts Council is accessible to all patrons. Guests with accessibility questions or who require additional assistance may call 410.767.6476 or email

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