Thursday, February 09, 2012

MD Arts Day 2012 synopsis

This will have been the 2nd year I've attended Maryland Arts Day, organized by Maryland Citizens for the Arts.

Ran late, but fortunately they still had coffee and danishes out. Made it in time to catch "The Journey of an Artist from B-More" as told by Bashi Rose, local Theatre Artist and Filmmaker.

This was followed by various individuals from MCA's Board of Trustees addressing budget realities, advocacy training and legislative talking points, and impact maryland arts.

Then attendees went to divide and conquer, to speak to their delegates, at least those that were available.

The highlight was running into Heather Mizuer in the hallway on the way back to lunch, and she was gracious enough to stop and speak to us about her own stance on and support for the arts.

Lunch included a performance by A Little Bit of Blues Band.

Breakout sessions were on the agenda next, and I went to the Social Media one, led by Megan Pagado, from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Initially thought about heading back at this point, but stayed for an Emerging Arts Advocate happy hour, hosted by the folks at The Circle Gallery.

This was just a synopsis, but there'll be a handful more blogs to parse out some of the highlights of  this day, in greater detail, over the next week or so.

At the end of the day, I find myself reaffirmed, reenergized, and re-inspired. Very grateful that my life has led me to such a wonderful community as that made up by the individuals involved in the Maryland arts sector - JR
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