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Posted on: October 27, 2017

[ARCHIVED] County Celebrates October as Arts and Humanities Month

“State of the Arts in Prince George’s County” Event on Monday, October 30th at the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly

Upper Marlboro, MD: October is National Arts and Humanities Month and Prince George’s County will culminate its celebration with two important panel discussions during the “State of the Arts in Prince George’s County” hosted by the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council in partnership with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Maryland Citizens for the Arts. The event will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Publick Playhouse located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, MD from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. With one of the National Capital Region’s and State of Maryland’s most robust and rapidly growing arts community and artists of multiple disciplines, Prince George’s County is uniquely positioned to develop a strong arts economy, which will be the focus of the panel discussions.

“I am proud to see Prince George’s County continue to grow and foster a culture and climate that incorporates the arts in all of our communities and for our residents, visitors, and businesses,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “In our schools, libraries, and parks as well as our non-profit and business communities, Prince George’s County is investing in the arts and recognizes how important they are to our growing economy. As a father to a Prince George’s artist who lives and works in the County, I understand the power of the arts in our culture. I want to thank Rhonda Dallas and the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, along with our amazing artists, advocates, and art audiences for taking the lead in making Prince George’s County the ‘Place to Be’ for the arts and humanities.”

According to the Arts & Economic Prosperity report presented by the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities County, the artistic creative industries consists of 2,012 arts-related businesses, employs 7,883 people equating to nearly $60 million in total County spending. If the creative industries would be a single business entity, it would be the third largest employer in Prince George’s County’s , behind the University of Maryland and Joint Base Andrews.

"We have seen significant growth in the arts economy over the last five years thanks to the County’s success in attracting nearly $10 billion dollars in economic development,” said Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council. “I anticipate that this trend will continue because the Baker Administration has fully integrated the arts into the County’s economic development strategy. The Gateway Arts District is a prime example of what happens when artists and non-profit arts organizations are included in development plans. In addition, we have expanded our public art programs and arts centered public /private partnerships, which are helping to create attractive places that include fabulous public art projects. "

The Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) seeks to create a world-class cultural environment where diverse high quality arts and humanities programs are available for all Prince George’s County residents and visitors. PGAHC is an independent non-profit organization designated by the Prince George’s County government to coordinate financial support and advocacy for the arts and humanities through grants, artistic programs and creative partnerships among business, education, government and residents.

National Arts & Humanities Month is a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and newspaper articles, communities across the United States join together to recognize the cultural gems surrounding them.



Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities Council’s “State of the Arts in Prince George’s County” Panel Discussions



Monday, October 30th, 2017, 6:30 -8:30 p.m.



Publick Playhouse,

5445 Landover Road

Cheverly, MD.

State of the Arts
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