Maryland Center for the Arts Receives Grant from Maryland State Arts Council

Arts Relief funding designated for organizations, artists in FY2023

The Maryland Center for the Arts has announced the non-profit has received a grant of nearly $12,000 from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The grant money received is part of the Arts Relief Fund, a plan that was approved and created by the Council and Secretary of Commerce to distribute Arts Relief funding equitably across Maryland’s arts sector with the aim of providing economic stability as we continue to navigate the effects of the COVID pandemic.

“Our all-inclusive, unique programming is very attractive to grantors,” said Dr. Bob Willenbrink, Executive Director of the Maryland Center for the Arts. “The work we do to bring music, visual arts, theater and dance programming for all ages and abilities to Harford County and the entire central Maryland region will be bolstered, thanks in part to funds from this grant. We look forward to growing bigger and even better in 2023.”

MDCFA hosts numerous festivals, workshops and more throughout the year, including signature annual events such as: the Dancing for the Arts Gala, the Bear Legacy Bluegrass Festival (back in 2023 as the Harmony Woods Music Festival), and the Harford Plein Air Art Festival. This grant will allow MDCFA to continue to support the Central Maryland economy and communities by providing a broad range of creative and collaborative experiences in all disciplines of the arts.

More information about the programs offered and MDCFA’s ongoing work to bring a multi-purpose arts center to Bel Air can be found by visiting:

About the Maryland Center for the Arts

The Maryland Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. (Maryland Center for the Arts) is dedicated to the mission to provide a broad range of creative and collaborative experiences in quality education, presentations, and exhibits in all disciplines of the arts; and to build and operate a visual and performing arts center for the region to have greater access to quality spaces to exhibit, present, and participate in the arts.  Set on 41 acres of woods in Harford County with easy access to I-95, the new arts campus will house a multipurpose community arts center, 500+seat amphitheater, educational buildings with studios and classrooms, and other resource to nurture the state’s vibrant arts community.  


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