Document Type

Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Arts Administration




The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) was established in 1967, as an autonomous agency of the state government to distribute line-item appropriations to the major arts institutions in the state. Even though, as stated in its founding legislation, the mission of the newly formed Arts Council was to create a nurturing environment for all the arts throughout the state, it was believed, at the time of its inception, that the only arts that deserved to receive public funding were presented by the five already established major arts organizations (Backus 1992). These included the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Baltimore Symphony, The Baltimore Opera, The Maryland Ballet and Center Stage, all of which were located in Baltimore City. During its first five years, as the Council slowly expanded to include other arts organizations, the major portion of its funds supported these institutions.