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Anna Deavere Smith
The ripple effect of the arts
The ripple effect of the arts

Popular among economists, sociologists and software engineers, the phrase "ripple effect" has also been adopted by arts and cultural thought leaders to describe the powerful impact of the creative sector on our shared communities. Here at Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland, this apt metaphor helps to frame the scope of our own work, whether discussing quantifiable economic stimulus, ambitious artistic goals or meaningful civic engagement. Strong annual support from the Maryland State Arts Council represents a budgetary anchor that directly sustains our world-class artistic and educational programming. The splash of this anchor funding expands rapidly in all directions...