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Over $3 million in grants proposed in FY17 budget 

Recognizing that arts and culture are vital to our quality of life, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has proposed $3.27 million in grants to arts, science and humanities organizations in the fiscal year 2017 budget, an increase of $382,000.

“If we are to create the kind of Baltimore County that we want our children to be proud of, we must recognize the important role that Baltimore City plays in our county, in our region and in our state. That is why we continue to dedicate more than $3 million in next year’s budget to support regional arts and cultural institutions in both the city and County,” said County Executive Kamenetz.

687,000 visits to City arts and cultural attractions

From the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art and Center Stage to the National Aquarium, Baltimore Symphony and Maryland Zoo, County residents support arts and culture throughout the region. Last year, there were 687,000 visits by Baltimore County residents to Baltimore City arts and cultural attractions.  

Baltimore Symphony“Not only do the arts help create the wonderful quality of life we enjoy, they add jobs and generate economic impact,” said Kamenetz. “For example, in 2015 the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra alone added over $8 million to Baltimore County’s economy through dollars spent at County companies, property and income taxes paid by BSO employees and revenue from performances at Oregon Ridge in Cockeysville.”    

“The arts are as important as the Orioles and the Ravens to attracting and retaining businesses and recruiting employees,” added Kamenetz.

Baltimore City’s cultural institutions complement County arts organizations such as the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Towson University Center for Asian Art & Culture and Deep Vision Dance Company. 

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 The spring edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television program, is now airing on Baltimore County cable channel 25.  Featured segments include: 

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir and musician Jeffrey Chappell talk about his journey from classical pianist at Carnegie Hall to jazz artist.  
  • The Global Award-winning Otherworld jazz quartet performs "One Summer Night" from their new album.   
  • Hear opera singer/rakontyr Daren Jackson’s take on classical music, rap and his starring role in SHADOWBOXER, a jazz opera about fighter Joe Louis.
  • Discover year-round wine, music and theater at Boordy Vineyards.
  • What makes a creative community? Jeannie Howe from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance takes on the question.
  • A reading by poet Jeanette Garcia-Polasky transports you to East Liverpool, Ohio. 

smARTS show logosmARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-12 noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Segments are available online at .

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.


Great One-of-a-Kind Gifts

Are you in a gift rut? If you’re looking for ideas that are authentic, memorable and definitely not pre-packaged, put your creative on.

Get in the festive spirit with a holiday concert or the classic Nutcracker ballet. Tickets make a great gift –try a performance during the Take A Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration in February.

How about a piece of original art from an emerging artist? Support our local Baltimore County artists. You’ll have a one-of -a-kind, original work that might become a family heirloom. 

Break out of the Box Ideas

So break out of the box. Here are some artful gift ideas:       

photo of ceramic mugTowson University Pottery, Glass and Jewelry Sale
December 4 to 5
Center for the Arts, Ceramics Studio, CA 3012


group photo of MaccabeatsMaccabeats Chanukah Concert 
December 13

Gordon Center for Performing Arts


photo of ballet dancers' feetThe Nutcracker
Baltimore Ballet
December 12-13
Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium

Christmas for Kids
Baltimore Choral Arts
December 19
Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium

Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration
Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Joshua Nelson Band
“Kosher Gospel”
January 17
Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Sing-Along Messiah
Baltimore Choral Arts
December 18
Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium

image of paintingBaltimore County Arts Guild
The Gallery @1101
1101 Maiden Choice Lane, Second Floor, Arbutus

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson

Fronda Cohen,
Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission


Revised September 26, 2016