Mann encourages legislators that art funding is a job-related cause
Posted 02.03.10 by MICA Media relations
A Feb. 2 Baltimore Sun article about the annual Maryland Arts Day, organized by Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and MCA Foundation, includes extensive interviews with MICA Chief Financial Officer Doug Mann. The article, which concentrates on this year's overriding theme of Maryland Arts Day, "jobs, jobs, jobs," is a preview for the Feb. 9 event.
"There are about 15,000 arts jobs in the state, including staff and artists," Mann, who is MCA's board chair, says in the article. "We have communicated strongly to the legislators that [arts funding] is a job-related issue from our standpoint."
"Given the deficit, we're very pleased that the governor funded the Maryland State Arts Council at the same level as this year -- $13.3 million," Mann says. "Now we have to make sure that the state legislature doesn't cut it. We have to inform the legislators how important the arts budget is."
Mann was also quoted in a March 26 article in the Baltimore Business Journal about the arts council "hustling" to save $13.3M in state funds. "That money is used almost exclusively to preserve jobs," he said. To read more of the story, click here.
The nonprofit Maryland Citizens for the Arts, founded in 1977, counts more than 200 organizations on its membership roster, along with 24 county arts councils. MCA has an annual budget of about $250,000, derived from membership dues and fundraising, and two full-time employees.
Photo caption: MICA CFO Doug Mann (Photo by Dave Harp)
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.