The first few months of the New Year are an important time for Maryland, as the General Assembly meets for 90 days from January through April to act on more than 2,300 bills, and to approve the State’s annual budget.
As the entire cultural sector knows, these three months are a critical time in our advocacy efforts to ensure state funded support of the arts, humanities, arts education, historic preservation, and more.
Tomorrow, behind the guidance of Maryland Citizens for the Arts hundreds of arts supporters will converge in Annapolis to advocate for the level funding of the Maryland State Arts Council budget. Three other important cultural groups are requesting your support in their advocacy efforts.
Last week, Phoebe Stein Davis, director of the Maryland Humanities Council, sent out an urgent request for support, as Governor O’Malley’s budget zeroed out the state funding for the Maryland Humanities Council. Last year MHC endured a 50% cut to its budget, and this year, without your help, it could lose the remaining $53,500 it receives from the state. To get involved click here.
Preservation Maryland works annually to preserve Maryland’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archaeological sites through outreach, funding, and advocacy. To get involved in Preservation Maryland’s advocacy efforts click here.
AEMS (Arts Education in Maryland Schools) builds support for high-quality arts education – in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts – for all Maryland schoolchildren.To get involved in the advocacy work of AEMS, click here.
The importance of the advocacy efforts of our cultural community cannot be underscored enough. Phone calls, letters, emails, and meetings with your representatives and legislators does make a tangible difference. Many thanks go out to everyone already involved in efforts across the region and the state.
Until next week,