News Release, St. Mary’s County Arts Council
A love for “All-things-Art” in our community, coupled with an amazing opportunity to meet with local legislators, were driving forces for a recent north-bound road trip. An early-rising group, organized by Nell Elder of St. Mary’s County Arts Council braved heavy rain for the trip to Annapolis on February 13th to help represent the southern area at the annual Maryland Arts Day event.
With more than 500 people in attendance representing every county in the state and Baltimore City, this special day created personal connections between arts advocates and lawmakers from every legislative district. Following a networking breakfast, the program at St. John’s College commenced with greetings from legislators, a presentation of the Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award (congratulations Rebecca Massie Lane!), a keynote address by Joyce Scott, and a state budget overview.
Umbrellas went up as the morning schedule concluded and the attendees took a short walk to the Lowe House Office Building and then to the Miller Senate Office Building. The grassroots team gathered in the Southern Maryland Delegation Room where they met with Delegate Brian Crosby and followed up with visits at the offices of other local leaders. Lunch at the Senate Building and a wrap-up session concluded the excellent day.
Visit the Maryland Citizens for the Arts website at: www.mdarts.org to learn more about Maryland Arts Day and for quick links to send an email to support funding for the arts in St. Mary’s County and statewide.
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