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The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Commission On Arts and Sciences

Banner of arts in Baltimore County

400 Washington Avenue
Room 100
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-4808

COVID-19 Resources

Individual Artist Grants

County Executive Olszewski has made available 100 Individual Artist Grants at $1,000 each to Baltimore County-based artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listening Sessions

Baltimore County will begin listening sessions to document critical needs in the Arts and Sciences sector. Email if you would like to participate. RSVP via email is strongly recommended to manage an orderly listening session.

Economic Hardship Surveys

Americans for the Arts has created a national survey that will be used to help push for federal arts relief. Please share this survey with your networks.

Arts Resources

Maryland Citizens for the Arts has a variety of resources and important information that can be used by the arts sector. This information is updated daily. 

About the Commission

Baltimore County's arts and sciences program is designed to ignite creativity in the region's cultural organizations, encourage public participation, extend outreach to students and diverse populations, and provide the residents of Baltimore County with a range of offerings that reflect the diversity of the County's cultural heritage.

Grant Program

Baltimore County encourages development of high-quality artistic programs through grants to cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Baltimore area that benefit Baltimore County residents. County Executive Olszewski has made available 100 Individual Artist Grants at $1,000 each to Baltimore County-based artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Operating grants provide general operating support to arts, sciences, history and humanities nonprofit organizations. Project grants provide funding support to community-based nonprofit organizations for specific projects in Baltimore County such as performances, exhibits, lectures, classes and workshops. Prospective applicants should review the grant eligibility and instructions and grant application for each type of grant to be sure your organization qualifies for funding. 

Outreach and Arts Promotion

A Baltimore County Arts Outreach Guide provides contact information for County performance and exhibit venues and partnership resources such as Baltimore County Public Schools, libraries, community, PAL and recreation centers, and senior centers. 

A calendar of arts and culture events in Baltimore County can be found on the Baltimore County tourism website


Commission meetings are held on the first or second Tuesday of the month. Please email to confirm date, location and meeting time.


The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences was created in 1977 by the County Council, Bill 43-77, Article XII, and consists of 17 volunteer members appointed by the County Executive or County Council for terms of three years.

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Major funding for the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences Grant Program is provided by the citizens of Baltimore County. 

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Additional funding is provided through a Community Arts Development Program Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Revised April 28, 2020         


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