• Donna Ibale

MD Arts Recovery Task Force Now Underway

While we are still under stay-at-home orders by Governor Hogan, state & city arts organizations are being proactive & thoughtful about the next stage for the arts community in Maryland. Led by collaborative efforts between the Maryland State Arts Council, the Fine Arts Office of the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Arts Education in Maryland Schools, the Maryland Arts Recovery Task Force will provide a daily update to state leadership.  

The Maryland Arts Recovery Task Force, composed of representatives from all aspects of Maryland’s arts sector, will create a plan for the future of the arts in our state to share with Governor Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly. The Maryland Arts Recovery Task Force has been added to the list of task forces - including Manufacturing, Tourism, Construction/ Development, Professional Services, and Personal Services/Small Business - charged with developing recommendations and best practices for their industries to responsibly reopen and operate. 

The task force leadership has created six specific action items, from information gathered from more than 20 public meetings:

  • Collaboration (develop shared resources)

  • Funding Opportunities (sustain current and develop new)

  • Digital Engagement (develop shared models)

  • In-Person Engagement (develop Best Practices)

  • Marketing the Reopening (develop a statewide campaign)

  • Advocacy (strengthen the message to state leadership)

Donna Ibale, Executive Director of Baltimore League of Theatres, has been invited to serve on the task force on the Marketing Team as a representative of the theatre community. The task force had its first meeting on May 5th and will be meeting regularly over the next few weeks. The final report with all of our recommendations & proposals will be submitted to Governor Hogan in late May. The plan created will be in line with national CDC guidelines, Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery, and the Maryland State Arts Council’s Strategic Plan

To receive updates on the task force or to serve as a Community Consultant (where you can give feedback on preliminary plans & be credited in the final report), sign up for the mailing list here: https://www.baltimoretheatres.org/taskforce

You can personally meet with Donna Ibale via video conference to discuss upcoming BLOT initiatives or any questions about the task force. You can schedule an appointment via calendly.com/donna_blot

There is much to consider when it comes to ensuring the health & safety of patrons, artists, and staff members. Our inbox is always open to hearing your feedback and ensuring that your needs are heard by state & city leadership.

Contact us: info@baltimoretheatres.org



Donna Ibale, Executive Director


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