Partner Organizations

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MSAC – Maryland State Arts Council
MSAC is an agency of the State of Maryland, under the authority of the Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. Since it was established in 1967, the purpose of the Council has been "to create a nurturing climate for the arts in the State" as stated in its founding legislation. To carry out its mission, MSAC awards grants to not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations for ongoing arts programming and arts projects. MSAC awards grants to individual artists, and provides technical and advisory assistance to individuals and groups. The Council also carries out programs of its own to enhance the cultural life of the residents of Maryland. MSAC receives its funds in an annual appropriation from the State of Maryland and from grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


AEMS - Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance
AEMS is a statewide partnership dedicated to advancing the cause of arts as a basic component of public education. Their mission is to build support for high-quality, systemic arts education--in dance, music, theatre and visual arts--for all Maryland schoolchildren. AEMS strives to support the Maryland State Department of Education Goal approved in 1995 that all students will have the opportunity to participate in programs that enable them to meet Maryland content and achievement standards in the arts.


CAAM - Community Arts Alliance of Maryland
CAAM is a non-profit statewide assembly of Arts Councils established to: foster, promote, and develop skills and articulate the needs of the arts communities in Maryland. CAAM works in cooperation with the MSAC and MCA for increased artistic opportunities for all Maryland artists, arts organizations, and citizens.

GBCA – Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance exists as a catalyst to create a cohesive cultural community that strengthens the livability and economic vitality of the Greater Baltimore region. Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance serves arts organizations, coalitions and individual artists by: being a unifying voice and bridge builder; acting as a convener; providing information and services.


AFTA – Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With 45 years of service, they are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.



NASAA – National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
NASAA is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 member states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts. NASAA's mission is to strengthen state arts agencies. They represent the individual and collective interests of state arts agencies, empower their work through knowledge, and advance the arts as an essential public benefit.

SAAN – State Arts Action Network
The SAAN is a professional network within Americans for the Arts. The SAAN serves as the meeting place for statewide multidiscipline arts service or advocacy organizations to gather to discuss common issues.

MDVLA -- Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a non-profit dedicated to protecting Maryland artists' legal rights through pro bono legal referrals and education.  MDVLA, along with PNC Bank, are teaming up with MCA to bring free workshops on legal and financial literacy for artists throughout the state, such as the Mind Your Business workshop this past spring.