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Harford County Cultural Arts Board invests $99,000 in the arts

The Harford County Cultural Arts Board recently announced investments totaling more than $99,000 in Harford County through the Community Arts Development Grants program. Pictured are board members and staff, top row from left, Kelley Dilworth, Erin Whipple, Wendy Roberts, Christina McLoughlin, Pamela Burton and Marcia Bailey; and bottom row from left, Peter McCallum (secretary), Jessica Cleaver (coordinator), Heidi Neff Chuffo, Karen Heppen, Paul "Chuck" Bowden (chair). Emily Fagden, Renee Johnson, Jared Noe, Angie Sokolov (vice chair) and Laura Ward-Moran are not pictured.
The Harford County Cultural Arts Board recently announced investments totaling more than $99,000 in Harford County through the Community Arts Development Grants program. Pictured are board members and staff, top row from left, Kelley Dilworth, Erin Whipple, Wendy Roberts, Christina McLoughlin, Pamela Burton and Marcia Bailey; and bottom row from left, Peter McCallum (secretary), Jessica Cleaver (coordinator), Heidi Neff Chuffo, Karen Heppen, Paul "Chuck" Bowden (chair). Emily Fagden, Renee Johnson, Jared Noe, Angie Sokolov (vice chair) and Laura Ward-Moran are not pictured. (Courtesy Harford Cultural Arts / Baltimore Sun)

Harford County Cultural Arts Board announces investments totaling more than $99,000 in Harford County through the Community Arts Development Grants program during Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

This year, Community Arts Development funds will support day-to-day activities of eight Harford County arts organizations including Deer Creek Chorale, Harford Artists’ Association, Ballet Chesapeake (also known as Harford Ballet Company), Harford Choral Society, Bay Country Gentlemen (also known as Harford County Maryland Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society), Havre de Grace Arts Collective, Theatreworks Live and the Upper Chesapeake Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.

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In addition, Community Arts Development funds support in-county arts programming presented by 15 nonprofit, religious and government entities, including the Aberdeen in Watercolor by Richard Morton exhibit at The Aberdeen Room Archives and Museum; Bach Concert Series concert at Avondell Retirement Community; Bel Air Recreation Committee’s Bel Air Community Chorus; 2020 Summer Concert Series presented by Friends of Jerusalem Mill; special events at Chesapeake Theater, Amoss Center, APG Federal Credit Union Arena, Harford Dance Theatre and Phoenix Festival Theatre at Harford Community College; two special choral concerts for the grand opening of the new Underground Railroad Exhibit at Havre de Grace Maritime Museum; performers for Joppatowne Arts Festival presented by Joppatowne Recreation Council; Celebration of Cultures 2020 presented by Linking All So Others Succeed (LASOS); 2019 Harford Plein Air Festival presented by Maryland Center for the Visual and Performing Arts; 2019 Sprout Film and Art Festival presented by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region; Music in the Mansion series presented by The Liriodendron Foundation Inc.; Youth Leadership Achievement Program - Art Education, part of The SUCCESS Project; 2020 Garden Glow presented by Ladew Topiary Gardens; 2019-2020 Concert Series for Deer Creek Coffeehouse at The Vestry of Deer Creek Parish; and the 2019 Fall Fling Big Band Dance, 2019 Town of Bel Air Film Festival, 2019 Authors and Artists Event; and 2020 Spring Fling Big Band Dance presented by the Town of Bel Air.

An economic impact study released earlier this year by the Maryland Department of Commerce showed the nonprofit arts industry is a $1.3 billion industry in the state. For each dollar invested, there is an average return to the economy of more than $4.16.

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“We have always known, and now we have compelling data from a recent study done by Americans for the Arts to prove, the arts affect and improve every aspect of our lives," Jessica Cleaver, Harford County Cultural Arts Board coordinator, said. "The arts increase property values by up to 20 percent and spark growth and innovation, causing people to love where they live and feel 1.6 times closer to their neighbors.”

The mission of the Cultural Arts Board is to “Preserve, Enhance and Promote the Culture of Harford County, Maryland.” As the government-appointed local arts agency, Harford County Cultural Arts Board is the premier local resource for arts organizations, independent artists and the residents of Harford County. The board provides advocacy and administrative support, sponsors workshops, events and promotional opportunities to the community, and distributes grants to local nonprofit organizations and schools.

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