NEWS IN BRIEF
Sine die: The 2014 Legislative Session comes to a Close
The Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts' programs have received strong support from Gov. O'Malley and the legislature.
The Governor included $10.5 million for the Maryland Tourism Development Board, which was approved by the Senate and House Conference Committee. The activities of the War of 1812 Commission will receive $2 million in support of projects that will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the writing of the National Anthem. The Maryland Tourism Development Board will deploy the remaining $8.5 million.
The Governor also included $16.2 million in the budget for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). This is the highest level of funding that any governor has budgeted for the MSAC. The Governor has continually recognized the positive contribution that the arts make on Maryland and the vital role it plays in elevating the state's quality of life.
Another positive outcome of the 2014 session is the passage of SB 1054/HB 1516, which expands the definition of “qualifying residing artist” as it applies to Maryland’s Arts and Entertainment Districts. Now, artists can work or sale art in any of state’s 22 A&E Districts, and not only the district in which the art was created.
"During the legislative session, many people spent time to show support for the programs of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts," said Hannah Byron, assistant secretary, Tourism, Film and the Arts. "The Department of Business and Economic Development and the Division appreciate their support, which helped ensure that programs will continue to enhance the state's quality of life and keep Marylanders employed."
Reel Adventure on Maryland Waterways
Harvest oysters firsthand. Board a waterman’s vessel, cast your line and experience life on the water. Enjoy a sunset sail aboard an historic skipjack or trotline for your own crabs. There are countless ways to experience adventure this spring, and it all starts on the water, where visitors can take a tour, fish or sightsee Maryland’s waterways.
Maryland’s waterways are vast: There are 31 miles of Atlantic Ocean coast, including Assateague Island; the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries; and 400 man-made lakes. Similarly, Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and its iconic watermen have influenced the state’s history, culture and economy for years. With this in mind, the Maryland Office of Tourism has designated April as a time to highlight local fishing, watermen, and charter operations.
Here is a sampling of locations around Maryland that offer fishing and charter boat excursions.
Chesapeake Campaign Stakeholders Come Together
Maryland’s Chesapeake Campaign continues in 2014 with six festivals across the State that commemorate the 200th anniversary of each community’s role during the War of 1812. Last week members of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Star-Spangled 200 and Maryland Office of Tourism met with Chesapeake Campaign stakeholders to talk about marketing and communications planning, as well as event collaboration. The 2013 Chesapeake Campaign events drew more than 70,000 visitors; and two of the signature events – Attack on Havre de Grace and Battle of St. Michaels -- garnered more than $2 million in economic impact for their respective regions. For more information on the Chesapeake Campaign, please visit www.StarSpangled200.com/ChesapeakeCampaign.
Star-Spangled 200 Announces Partnership with Maryland Public Television and dick clark productions to Produce Two-Hour Live Special
Star-Spangled 200, Inc. (SS200) announced last week that it has partnered with Maryland Public Television (MPT) and dick clark productions to produce Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem (working title), a two-hour live broadcast to be shown on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances series on PBS on Sept. 13, 2014. The live television event is a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the penning of the country’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The special will feature a star-studded line-up of musical performances at Pier Six Pavilion, which represents a wide variety of musical genres, historical vignettes and an extraordinary fireworks display. The show will be broadcast live from the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from 8 – 10 p.m. EST and will be re-broadcast for West Coast audiences.
Maryland Micro-Industries Wet the Whistle
The Maryland Office of Tourism, the Maryland Wineries Association, Brewers Association of Maryland and representatives from Lyon Distilling met to update each other on upcoming events and products to share best practices for each of the micro-industries represented. Each of the groups are interested in increasing awareness among residents and visitors alike to the products created from these industry sectors. Both Union Craft Brewing and Franklin Brewery are on-board with upcoming tourism promotions by creating craft beers commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Additionally, Lyon Distilling in St. Michaels recently hosted Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot, and has recently expanded their rum production in St. Michaels to include Maryland Free State Rye Whiskey.
Maryland Honors 89 Artists for Excellence
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, recently awarded 89 Maryland Artists for creating work of exceptional quality within a range of disciplines.
The group of choreographers, composers, dancers, musicians, poets and sculptors was selected from nearly 400 applicants and awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 to advance their artistic careers.
The MSAC's competitive Individual Artists Award (IAA) recognizes the value of artists and their work to the cultural vitality of Maryland. In determining the awards, an out-of-state jury reviews submissions and, having no other information about the artist, recommends grant awards on the basis of artistic merit alone.
- Star-Spangled Spectacular to partner with PBS for live national broadcast
Baltimore County's Tourism Website Wins Awards
The Baltimore County office of tourism and promotion's website, "EnjoyBaltimoreCounty.com" has received honors from two distinguished Internet associations. For 2014, "EnjoyBaltimoreCounty.com" received Best Leisure Website and Best Leisure Mobile Application from the Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) whose awards are produced by the Web Marketing Association (WMA) to honor excellence in online advertising and those individuals responsible. The website also won four 2014 distinct honors from AVA Digital Awards which is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design, and production of digital communication. Two Platinum Awards were given for Mobile Web Website and Creative Web Design and two Gold Awards for Web Element - Home Page and Creativity Web Design - Mobile Website.
Chesapeake Ghost Walks Win 2013 Heritage Award for Best New Heritage Initiative
Chesapeake Ghost Walks, a new company offering ghost tours on Delmarva will received the Best New Heritage Initiative award for 2013 given by the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council (LESHC) at their Annual Meeting on March 27th. The award recognizes new events or products begun in the previous year that educate the public by expanding understanding of the region’s rich heritage. Chesapeake Ghost Walks is a series of 12 separate walks through historic towns on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that tell the haunted history of that town and get visitors into the historic landscape, close to the buildings, learning about how that town was formed and who the town heroes and villains were … especially if said heroes and villains are still lurking around.
The walks were designed and crafted by Mindie Burgoyne, author of Haunted Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales from East of the Chesapeake.
Baltimore City Historical Society 2014 Conference cosponsors:
THE BALTIMORE BRANCH OF THE NAACP AND CIVIL RIGHTS: 1913-1970
Eight of the best Baltimore historians discuss the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP’s long and sometimes cantankerous fight against segregation and for equal opportunity in jobs, housing, education and public accommodations. The conference will be held at Morgan State University’s Activity Center. Registration is free at the door.
The Maryland Wineries Association presents DECANTER—the fourth annual event to highlight the heritage and tradition of both Maryland wine and Maryland horse racing—on April 12 - 13 from 12-6pm at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, home of the Preakness Stakes.