Walters Arts Museum, 600 North Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland, August 2009. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
The arts in Maryland reflect the State's geographic and cultural diversity from traditional Appalachian fiddle music in Western Maryland and African-American quilting on the lower Eastern Shore to experimental performance and media arts in metropolitan Baltimore and areas surrounding Washington, DC. The arts industry represents some $634 million in the State's economy, fueled by an audience of nearly 10 million each year.
Main Building foyer, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Maryland, April 2012. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Paintings, photography, and sculpture, along with special presentations of film and music are presented in Maryland's many museums, and sometimes at public sites of government agencies, such as the State Archives, or the Baltimore City Circuit Court and Baltimore Bar Library Art Collection.
Arts institutions of national prominence, such as the Baltimore Symphony, are found in Maryland. Regional interdisciplinary arts institutions offer professional and amateur productions, and over 30 schools and academies are devoted to training young artists. Some, like Baltimore School for the Arts (a public high school) and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, give public performances.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Maryland, July 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Colleges and universities in Maryland host touring art exhibits, dance and theater troupes, soloists, chamber music groups, and orchestras. Among these are the Distinguished Artist Series of the U.S. Naval Academy; and art exhibits at the Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis.
School 33 Arts Center 1427 Light St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Through the Maryland State Arts Council, State government supports the performing, visual and creative arts. These include dance, drama, music drama, architecture, painting, sculpture, graphics, crafts, photography, design, film, television and creative writing. The Council also helps administer the Arts-In-Education Program which funds artists who work or hold workshops in public schools to supplement the school curriculum. At the county level, local arts councils are active, such as the Frederick Arts Council at Frederick, and the Queen Anne's County Arts Council at Centreville.
Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 South Ann St., Baltimore, Maryland, December 2008. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Fish Out of Water, Baltimore Public Art Exhibit
Mural of bumblebee, ladybug, and grasshopper in garden, Fleet St. (near South Caroline St.), Baltimore, Maryland, April 2008. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
- Annapolis, Maryland Avenue Spring Festival, April 2018
- Baltimore, Light City, April 6-21, 2018
- Baltimore, Spring Flower Display & Art Exhibit, Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, April 2018
- Gaithersburg, Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, April 20-22, 2018
- Laurel, Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea & the Arts, April 2018
- St. Michaels, Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival, April 7-8, 2018
- Timonium, Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, April 2018
, May 2018
Ocean City, Spring Arts and Crafts Show, May 2018
Oxford, Fine Arts @ Oxford, May 2018
Smith Island, Arts Festival, May 2018
Sunderland, Calvert Arts Festival, All Saints' Episcopal Church, May 2018
Sykesville, Fine Art and Wine Tasting Festival, May 2018
Westminster, Secret Garden Caribbean Wine, Music & Arts Festival, May 2018
- Annapolis, First Sunday Arts Festival, May 7 - Dec. 3, 2017
- Baltimore, Sowebo Arts and Music Festival, May 27, 2018
- Bethesda, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, May 2018
- Havre de Grace, Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival, May 2018
- Mount Airy, Caribbean Wine, Music & Art Festival
- Annapolis, Annapolis Arts & Wine Festival, June 2018
- Columbia, Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, June 2018
- Frederick, Festival of the Arts, June 2018
- Joppa, Joppatowne Arts Festival, June 2018
- Mount Airy, Art Festival at Linganore Winecellars, June 2018
- Ocean City, Art's Alive, June 2018
- Oldtown, Summer Fest, June 2018
- Westminster, Art in the Park at City Hall, June 2, 2018
- Westminster, Secret Garden R&B & Neo-Soul Wine, Music & Arts Festival, June 2018
- Baltimore, Baltimore Artscape, July 20-22, 2018
- Easton, Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival, July 2018
- Ellicott City, Paint It! Ellicott City, July 2018
- Mount Airy, Reggae Wine, Music & Art Festival, July 2018
- North Beach, Sunrise: A Celebration of the Arts Festival, July 2018
- Swanton, Art in the Park at Deep Creek Lake State Park, July 2018
- Westminster, Common Ground on the Hill Hill's Roots Music & Arts Festival, July 2018
- Westminster, Secret Garden Reggae Wine, Music & Arts Festival, July 2018
- Baltimore, Madonnari Arts Festival, Sept. 2018
- Bel Air, Festival For the Arts, Sept. 2018
- Catonsville, Arts and Crafts Festival, Sept. 2018
- Dowell, Artsfest '17, Sept. 2018
- Havre de Grace, Fall Harvest & Crafts Festival, Steppingstone Farm Museum, Sept. 2018
- Havre de Grace, Fish, Fowl & Folk Festival, Sept. 2018
- Hyattsville, Downtown Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Sept. 2018
- McHenry, Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 2018
- Point of Rocks, Art at the Point, Sept. 2018
- Salisbury, National Arts Festival, Sept. 2018
- Solomons Island, Solomons Plein Air Festival, Sept. 2018
- Stevensville, Music & Art in the Park, Sept. 2018
- Annapolis, Art@the Park 2017 – Quiet Waters Park, Oct. 21-22, 2017
- Bel Air, Harford Plein Air Art Festival, Oct. 8-15, 2017
- Centreville, Annual Artisan's Festival, Oct. 7-8, 2017
- Easton, 20th Anniversary of the Academy Art Museum Craft Show, Oct. 21-22, 2017
- Gaithersburg, Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Oct. 20-22, 2017
- Mount Airy, Autumn Reggae Wine, Music & Art Festival, Oct. 7-8, 2017
- Rockville, Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Oct. 14-15, 2017
- Timonium, Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Oct. 13-15, 2017
- Westminster, Secret Garden Autumn R&B & Neo-Soul Wine, Music & Arts Festival, Oct. 8, 2017
- Westminster, Winter Arts & Crafts Festival, Bear Branch Nature Center, Dec. 2017
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