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Governor and First Lady Hogan Attend 41st Maryland Arts Day

On February 22, Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan joined Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, TFA, Ken Skrzesz, executive director, MSAC, and more than 500 arts advocates in celebrating Maryland Citizens for the Arts’ 41st annual Maryland Arts Day. The event included the presentation of the 2018 Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors National Award for State Arts Leadership to Governor Hogan, and the 2018 Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year award to Sandy Oxx, Executive Director, Carroll County Arts Council, and longtime arts advocate.

The event follows the announcement of Governor Hogan’s budget of $21.7 million for the Maryland State Arts Council for FY2019. “The arts community in Maryland is stronger than ever. What a tremendous turnout for Maryland Arts Day,” said Skrzesz. Maryland’s non-profit arts sector generated an economic impact of $1.32 billion in FY 2016 while supporting 16,624 full-time-equivalent jobs.

Pictured: First Lady Yumi Hogan, Governor Larry Hogan, and Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the ArtsPhoto credit: Joe Andrucyk