Local groups partake of art grants State Arts Council allots over $200,000

June 26, 1996|By Jal Mehta | Jal Mehta,SUN STAFF

Twenty-one local groups will receive more than $204,732 in grants from the Maryland State Arts Council as part of a $6.6 million-dollar statewide campaign to support the arts.

The money will be used to support general operations of art organizations. It will also help benefit special community projects.

Anne Arundel County will receive more money than all but two of the state's jurisdictions. Only Baltimore and Montgomery and Prince George's counties will receive more than Anne Arundel County.

The county's grant is almost the same amount it received last year.

"It is important to create a supportive environment for the arts," Gov. Parris N. Glendening said.

"The arts not only enrich our lives," he said, "they are also an important factor used by businesses in their decision to move to a new area since the arts make our cities and communities better places to live and work."

Recipients were selected through a competitive process in which applications were reviewed by advisory panels of professionals in each artistic discipline.

Grants were awarded on the basis of artistic merit, administrative ability, financial stability and service to the community.

The largest grant to a single county institution was given to the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis, which received $44,000. The hall is home to ballet, opera, symphony and choral groups.

"We are grateful," said Linnell Bowen, the executive director of the hall. "Sometimes it is easier to get funding for bricks and mortar but without operating funds many of our programs would be in jeopardy."

Bowen said that some of the money will be used to renovate the 64-year-old former high school.

Nine organizations combined to share $3.4 million, more than half of the state's grants. The groups receiving the largest grants included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Walters Art Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Center Stage in Baltimore and the Baltimore Opera Company.

Local groups receiving sizable grants from the Maryland State Arts Council include the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, $28,000; Ballet Theater of Annapolis, $22,000; Annapolis Chorale, $8,776; Fiddle Puppet Dancers, $8,000; and Annapolis Opera, $6,500.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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