Harford County Cultural Arts Board and Cecil County Arts Council are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning in our state’s capital, sharing this special day of creativity and solidarity, and counting YOU among our number as we visit the Harford & Cecil County Delegations.
Everyone who registered should have received an email from Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) today, with the day's schedule, parking instructions, etc. They also sent a "tips" email last week. If you or your registered colleagues did not get these but would like to read, please let me know ASAP & I can forward. There is also extensive Advocacy Toolkit on the MCA website, if you'd like to read more.
From the moment you arrive, the day will be filled with networking & inspiration. There will be a point (or hopefully multiple opportunities) in the afternoon when you will have a chance to talk to our representatives -- the delegates, senators, or their staff. In addition, you will have the chance to socialize with arts professionals and advocates from every corner of the state. In preparation, I encourage you to think about your “elevator speech” to share in one-on-one or group situations, including your full name and a bit about the arts organization/s you represent or patronize, including where it is located and who it serves. When the chance arises, don’t forget to thank the legislators for meeting with us, or for taking a favorable position on the arts.
If you are inspired to tell a story, think about how to best illustrate what funding to the Maryland State Arts Council enables you, your organization, your family to do. Perhaps how the arts impact us socially, for example - the one thing that brightens my grandmother's time in an assisted living like no other, is when musicians come to perform with and for the residents. Here is a link to the Americans for the Arts Social Impact Explorer, for inspiration.
We have some very specific messages this year. Maryland Citizens for the Arts will talk about them in the morning & give all attendees a bookmark with the details. These three talking points must be our overarching and unified message. Please refrain from other "asks" on this day dedicated to the support of the Maryland State Arts Council. IF you do have other needs you wish to address with your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly, I would be happy to help you find contact information for any or all of our legislators so you can call, email, write, or visit them about your cause or organizations.
A few reminders –
If you are arriving on your own, allow extra travel time for parking & shuttle to the college
Wear clothing appropriate for outside, as it's likely we'll be braving the elements at one point in the early afternoon
Bring your photo ID
Don’t forget your business cards! We have already prepared packets for legislators, so there is no need to bring more handouts.
Harford's advocates will arrive in style, on a luxury bus that will drop off & pick up in downtown Annapolis.
Not only will this eliminate everyone’s stressful drive in rush hour traffic, but will also alleviate the cost to you and your vehicles, and our earth.
Buses will provide door to door service, picking up at 7:45 AM at the Abingdon Library (2510 Tollgate Road Abingdon, MD 21009) and 7:00 AM at Cecil County Arts Council (135 E Main St, Elkton, MD 21921), and St John’s College and the Lowe House Office Building (leaving at 2:00 PM) in Annapolis.
Luxury features include restrooms, wifi, charging stations, skylights, individual climate controls and music and dvd system.
Reserve and pay for your seat on the bus today! Cash payment will also be accepted day-of.
Please arrive at pick up sites a bit early so that we can leave on time! At the library, please park in the back corner closest to the road.
Thank you for planning to join us & all you do for the arts!
Jessica L. Cleaver, Coordinator
Harford County Cultural Arts Advisory Board
Annmarie Hamilton, Executive Director
Cecil County Arts Council
Maryland Arts Day 2019: A little blurry, but the best shot of the full group of arts advocates from Harford and Cecil Counties meeting with our local Maryland State Delegates
The following is adapted from a blog post published February 25, 2019 by Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research Americans for the Arts --
10 Reasons to Support the Arts
The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts are also a fundamental component of a healthy community—strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times.
Arts improve individual well-being. 69 percent of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” 73 percent feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in,” and 81 percent say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”
Arts unify communities. 72 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 73 percent agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better”—a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories.
Arts improve academic performance. Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs, standardized test scores, and college-going rates as well as lower drop-out rates. These academic benefits are reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Yet, the Department of Education reports that access to arts education for students of color is significantly lower than for their white peers. 91 percent of Americans believe that arts are part of a well-rounded K-12 education.
Arts strengthen the economy. The production of all arts and cultural goods in the U.S. (e.g., nonprofit, commercial, education) added $804 billion to the economy in 2016, including a $25 billion international trade surplus—a larger share of the nation’s economy (4.3 percent) than transportation, tourism, and agriculture (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis). The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $166.3 billion in economic activity annually—spending by organizations and their audiences—which supports 4.6 million jobs and generates $27.5 billion in government revenue.
Arts drive tourism and revenue to local businesses. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $31.47 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters—valuable commerce for local businesses. 34 percent of attendees live outside the county in which the arts event takes place; they average $47.57 in event-related spending. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences.
Arts spark creativity and innovation. Creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders, per the Conference Board’s Ready to Innovate report—with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. Research on creativity shows that Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than other scientists.
Arts drive the creative industries. The Creative Industries are arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. A 2017 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data counts 673,656 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts—4.01 percent of all businesses and 2.04 percent of all employees. (Get a free local Creative Industry report for your community here.)
Arts have social impact. University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower poverty rates.
Arts improve healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients—shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.
Arts for the health and well-being of our military. The arts heal the mental, physical, and moral injuries of war for military servicemembers and Veterans, who rank the creative arts therapies in the top 4 (out of 40) interventions and treatments. Across the military continuum, the arts promote resilience during pre-deployment, deployment, and the reintegration of military servicemembers, Veterans, their families, and caregivers into communities.
The mission of the Cultural Arts Board is to Preserve, Enhance, and Promote the Culture of Harford County, Maryland. As the government-appointed local arts agency, Harford County Cultural Arts Advisory Board is the premier local resource for arts organizations, independent artists, and the residents of Harford County, Maryland. The Board provides advocacy and administrative support, sponsors workshops, events, and promotional opportunities to the community, and distributes grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools.