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Date: Mar 2018

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that his fiscal year 2019 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.

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. Applications for these additional competitive project grants will be available January, 2019.

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

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.

Competitive Grants

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 at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/arts. 


Services to be Provided Free to Baltimore County Programs and at Cost for Others

Baltimore County Animal Services is making their state-of-the-art spay/neuter clinic at Southwest Area Park (SWAP) in Baltimore Highlands available to managers of other municipal and non-profit feral cat trap, neuter and release (TNR) programs in Maryland. The Kamenetz administration opened the SWAP on-site surgical suite facility in 2016 as part of a comprehensive approach to advancing the public health goal of reducing the population of homeless animals throughout Baltimore County.

“We have been successful in transforming our whole Animal Services function and reducing the population of stray animals in our communities, and now, with our low-cost spay/neuter facilities in three locations around the County, it is prudent for us to make the SWAP facility available to other organizations that are working toward that same goal in the region and state,” Kamenetz said.

The SWAP spay/neuter clinic offers a spacious, fully equipped and staffed surgical suite with a separate holding and recovery area for feral cats, and a special secure loading bay. The service includes surgical costs, microchipping, ear tipping and a rabies vaccine. The County is charging $40 per cat for eligible feral cat programs outside of Baltimore County, and there is no charge for programs located in Baltimore County. To be eligible, programs outside of Baltimore County must receive grant funding from the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Interested program managers in Baltimore County may contact TNR Coordinator Rebecca Sass-Crews at 410-887-2727 or rsass-crews@baltimorecountymd.gov. Programs outside of the County may contact Carrie McCloskey at cmccloskey@baltimorecountymd.gov. The SWAP facility is located at 3941 Klunk Drive, Baltimore, MD 21225.

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services Offered to the Public at Baldwin, Dundalk and Baltimore Highlands Facilities

Baltimore County began performing spay/neuter surgeries on shelter animals in the fall of 2013 at its main facility in Baldwin, and then opened a facility in Dundalk in the summer of 2015, and one at Southwest Area Park in December 2016. Since the inception of the spay/neuter program, the County has performed more than 20,000 procedures.

All three of the County’s Animal Services locations offer spay/neuter services to the public for cats and dogs for the low cost of $20, by appointment only. Many residents actually qualify for free procedures through one of several grant-funded programs. To encourage responsible pet ownership and decrease overpopulation of unwanted animals, this program includes:

 

  • Spay/neuter procedure
  • First distemper and rabies shots
  • Deworming
  • A County license
  • Microchip

County residents may schedule appointments and find more information about spay/neuter packages, including animal restrictions on the County’s website.

Appointments are available now at the Spay/Neuter Center located at 7702 Dunmanway in Dundalk; at the Southwest Area Park location, located at 3941 Klunk Drive in Brooklyn; and at the County’s main Animal Services location, 13800 Manor Road in Baldwin. Advance payment by debit or credit card is required. No payment of any type is accepted at the facility.


The new edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television show, explores the intersection of art, culture and social awareness. The program airs on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Featured segments include:

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with Praminda Jacob, an art historian and UMBC professor, about how art, cinema and street murals impact culture in Southern India.
  • Learn about Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation, a powerful film produced by Towson University professors.
  • From sculptures to chairs to machine parts and medical devices, the CCBC Fab Lab is a place where creativity meets technology.
  • Forest E. Bell of Stevenson University talks about how fashion design helps define our culture.
  • Towson University music professor Kalin Kirilov explores – and plays -- the unique sounds of Balkan music.

smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.- noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments can be viewed on the Baltimore County Government YouTube channel.

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


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017