A Strategic Conversation about Arts and Entertainment Districts

A Strategic Conversation about Arts and Entertainment Districts

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Maryland’s Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts are designed to help develop and promote community involvement, tourism, and revitalization through tax-related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations, and other creative enterprises to towns and cities across the State.

Since Maryland created its A&E Districts program in 2001, 25 districts have been designated, including three in Baltimore City with Pennsylvania Avenue also seeking designation. The program's most recent economic impact study shows that in fiscal year 2016, 24 Maryland A&E Districts collectively supported $855.8 million in state GDP, approximately $63.5 million in state and local tax revenues, and 8,594 jobs that paid nearly $267 million in wages.

This discussion, convened by the Arts Funders Affinity Group, will begin with some information sharing about the expectations for Baltimore’s Arts and Entertainment Districts’ nonprofit host organization and for what they are being held accountable.

We'll then move into a strategic discussion about possible collective actions to maximize the benefits of and support to Arts and Entertainment Districts so that they continue to generate innumerable social and economic benefits inherent in creative placemaking projects. Key leaders, including those heading host organizations of Baltimore Arts and Entertainment Districts, are invited to this conversation.

Funders interested in arts, capacity building, and community investment are encouraged to attend. 

This program is for members and invited guests only.