August 2020
news & updates
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Center for the Arts office is closed to the public. Office Visits must be arranged by appointment. To communicate with office staff, please email Amanda Pugh at to schedule an appointment time to visit the office.

As we’ve all been working to navigate these strange times, our team has been evaluating how we can safely hold our annual Dancing for the Arts Gala. As the state of the Coronavirus seems to change each day with cases now increasing again, we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the October 22 gala.  Your health, the health of our supporters, volunteers, staff, and our entire community is most important. 

As you may know, the Dancing for the Arts gala fuels our annual operating budget. Our annual operating dollars support the day-to-day work of our staff and volunteers to plan and implement arts programs, fund-raise, research, build community partners, and grow the organization to build an exceptional arts center that our community needs for presenting, exhibiting, and participating in the arts.  

“While the Coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancellation of such an important and truly entertaining fundraising gala event, the arts continue to be vital to our communities. We need to continue to support the arts through these unprecedented times so that when it is safe we will again join together for dancing, concerts of all kinds, art exhibits, and all other forms of art that can transform communities,” said Gala Honorary Chair, Yumi Hogan, First Lady of Maryland.

While the gala is cancelled, we would be incredibly grateful for you to support our cause by making a fully tax-deductible donation to the Maryland Center for the Arts. Your donations help this project move forward so that more people will access and enjoy quality plays/musicals, dance performances, music concerts, art exhibits, and other arts events.  
Thanks to our Celebrity Dancers & Gala Sponsors for their Commitment, Support, Patience!
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Plein Air Painting Continues!
Go to our Plein Air page for more info on selected artists, events, and sponsorship opportunities.
The 6th Annual Harford Plein Air Painting Festival goes virtual this year! 30 juried artists started painting on July 1.

  • Look for them painting around Harford County until September 16.

  • Follow their "Works-in-Progress" online.

  • Attend the Juried Artists Awards Ceremony online on September 17.

  • Browse the online exhibition and purchase your favorite scenes. 40% of sale prices benefits MCA.
The annual Quick Draw Competition of the Harford Plein Air Painting Festival, sponsored by the Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission, will take place on Saturday, September 19 from 8:30am -1:00pm. Artist registration is FREE and open to all members of the community! Painting will be outdoors in downtown Bel Air. Anyone with an internet connection can watch the event online.

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Thanks to our Plein Air Sponsors!
Walk the Bear Legacy AdventureTrail with us in a short video and learn about the new Maryland Center for the Arts project.
MCA has a NEW Annual Membership Program!

Click below to check out our annual membership benefits for individuals, seniors, students, active military, families, nonprofit arts organizations, and sustaining donor/corporate memberships.

Thank you to our newest members and our charter and long-time supporters!
Thank you to our long-time supporters & members!
Your support keeps the building project advancing.
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Set up a Recurring
  • You can donate monthly, quarterly, or annually, automatically, by setting up a recurring donation from a checking, debit, or credit card account.

  • Click on the "DONATE" button for more details and to show your support of the Maryland Center for the Arts.
Some programs of the MCA are supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Cultural Arts Board with funds from the MSAC and from Harford County Community and Economic Development.