State of Maryland Awards over $300,000 in Folklife Network grants

Funds will support organizations serving as regional folklife centers

BALTIMORE, MD (July 31, 2020) - Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), has awarded $334,687 to eight regional folklife centers across the state. The funding supports continuing programmatic or educational efforts to support community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word-of-mouth. The grantees are listed below.

  • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (Talbot County)

  • Common Ground on the Hill (Carroll County)

  • Creative Alliance (Baltimore City)

  • Frostburg State University (Allegany County)

  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland (St. Mary’s County)

  • Sandy Spring Museum (Montgomery County)

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore County)

  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University (Wicomico County)

The Folklife Network is a new granting program growing from recommendations by traditional artists, folklife specialists, and other cultural workers during program revision activities facilitated by MSAC in 2019. Regional folklife centers will act as resource centers raising the profile of traditional arts and culture in their regions.


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