Maryland Citizens for the Arts

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MCA (Maryland Citizens for the Arts) represents Maryland artists and arts organizations of all disciplines. Its principle mission is to promote adequate funding for the Maryland State Arts Council and to advocate for the arts at the state and federal levels.


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Inspiring and beautiful TED talk by artist Aaron Koblin

And the wonderful, astonishing truth is that the arts are utterly useless. You can’t eat music or poetry or dance. You can’t drive your car on a sonnet it or wear it on your back to shield you from the elements. This “uselessness” is why politicians and other painfully literal-minded people during times of budget crises (which is pretty much all the time now) can’t wait to single the arts out for elimination. For them artistic activity is strictly after-school business…They don’t realize that what we artists offer is one of the few things that make human life meaningful, that through our skill and our talent and through the way that we share our rich emotional lives we add color and texture and depth and complexity to their lives.

—Composer John Adams, excerpter from his recent commencement address to The Juiliiard. Brilliant and inspiring…read the full text of the address here: http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/john-adams-address-the-juilliard-school-106th-commencement-ceremony-2011-05-23

Today and tomorrow there is a national Boy Choir Festival taking place in Baltimore. As a tribute, we’re posting this video of a photographic montage put to beautiful singing from the Maryland State Boy Choir.

What was any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose? This is a quotation from Willa Cather’s novel The Song of the Lark. It’s a beautiful thought the protagonist (Thea Kronborg, an opera singer) has while looking at some old pottery shards.
Reblogged from schoolsandeducation

Maryland for Dance created this PSA video called “Why I Dance.” We think it’s pretty great, don’t you?