Kamenetz Budget Proposes $3.9 million to Support Arts and Cultural Organizations



Towson, MD  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced  that his FY 19 budget proposal will include a request for $3.9 million to support arts, humanities and cultural organizations that serve Baltimore County residents.


“The value of the arts to our communities, quality of life and economic vitality is greater than ever,” said County Executive Kamenetz in advance of the announcement.


Baltimore County has awarded almost $26 million in arts and culture grants since 2011. That total will grow to nearly $30 million with the County Council’s support of the fiscal 2019 budget.


Baltimore County grants support regional arts, sciences and humanities non-profits, including a robust County arts community. County organizations receiving support include the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Towson Arts Collective, Baltimore County Arts Guild, and Contemporary Arts jazz.


“The arts bridge boundaries, literally and figuratively. Center Stage, the Baltimore Symphony, the BMA and the Lewis Museum are as central to our quality of life as the Orioles and the Ravens,” said Kamenetz.


The Maryland Zoo, National Aquarium, Museum of Industry and Maryland Science Center weave art and science, with programming that defines STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Last year, County residents visited Baltimore City cultural institutions 771,000 times. “Clearly, Baltimore County residents recognize and continue to value Baltimore City’s arts and cultural opportunities,” added Kamenetz.


Arts and culture grants in proposed budget


County Executive Kamenetz has included operating grants to 40 arts, sciences and cultural non-profit organizations in the proposed fiscal year 2019 budget.



American Visionary Art Museum

B&O Railroad Museum

Baltimore Chamber Orchestra

Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Baltimore County Arts Guild

Baltimore Museum of Art

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Baltimore Theatre Project

Camp Puh’Tok

Center Stage

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Contemporary Arts

Creative Alliance

Everyman Theatre

Fire Museum of Maryland

Glenn L. Martin MD Aviation Museum

Handel Choir of Baltimore

Hippodrome Foundation

Historical Society of Baltimore County

Irvine Nature Center

Jewish Community Center/Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Ladew Gardens

Living Classrooms

Maryland Historical Society

Maryland Science Center

Maryland Zoo

MPT Foundation

National Aquarium

Patapsco Heritage Greenway

Port Discovery

Producers Club of MD – MD Film Festival

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of MD    African American History & Culture

Star Spangled Banner Flag House Museum

Towson Arts Collective

Towson University Asian Arts & Culture Center

UMBC Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture

Walters Art Museum

Young Audiences of Maryland



The budget also includes funding for project grants for specific arts and culture activities taking place in Baltimore County, such as music, theater and dance performances and art exhibitions. Application for these additional competitive project grants opens January, 2019.


The County Executive will present his budget to the County Council on April 12.  The County Council will vote on the budget on May 24.


Competitive arts and sciences grants may be awarded to non-profit organizations that apply and meet eligibility requirements. Applicants undergo extensive review by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences prior to recommendation to the County for funding. Grant eligibility and criteria are available atwww.baltimorecountymd.gov/arts. 


Economic Impact of the Arts


·        More than 6,900 people work in over 1,700 creative businesses in Baltimore County, according to a 2017 Americans for the Arts Creative Industries Report.


·        Statewide, the arts provide jobs for 14,500 people, with $1.16 billion in economic impact, according to a 2016 study for the Maryland State Arts Council.


Arts and Learning


·        Students with high levels of arts involvement have higher achievement levels and are less likely to drop out of school, according to the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research and Analysis.


·        Low-income Baltimore City Public School students participated in an arts-related summer academic program from Young Audiences. Evaluations show they avoided summer learning loss and, in many cases, gained ground on their national peers in standardized testing.


“The arts must be in our classrooms every day. Innovation, creativity, and the discipline of the arts will help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Kamenetz.  


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