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Maryland State Arts Council

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for Maryland citizens. Created in 1967, the 17 members serve up to two, three-year terms.


Shelley MorhaimShelley Cole Morhaim was appointed to the Maryland State Arts Council in July 2013 and became Chair in July 2016. She is a writer and filmmaker. Among her credits are the award-winning documentary The Next Industrial Revolution and the Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) film Hard Fun: Transforming American Education Through the Arts. Morhaim has served on the boards of the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Women’s Institute of Notre Dame and the Democratic Party State Central Committee. She earned her BA degree from Antioch College and JD from Boston University. Morhaim is a therapeutic music practitioner for hospice and hospital patients.


  • Barbara Bershon, Vice Chair
  • Joan M.G. Lyon, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Carole Alexander; President, Carole R. Alexander Consulting​
  • Lily Bengfort
  • Aileen Carlucci
  • Zoe Charlton
  • Anthony Cornwell; Owner, Cornwell Remodeling and Restoration
  • Carla Du Pree; ​Author, Fiction Editor, and Literary Consultant
  • Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.; State Senator, 18th District Maryland; General Assembly
  • B.G. Muhn
  • Jack Rasmussen​, Ph.D.
  • Robinson S. Rowe
  • Gary Vikan
  • Delegate Alonzo Washington; House of Delegates, 22nd District Maryland​
  • Anne Winter West


Keena Stephenson, Council Liaison​
Maryland State Arts Council
175 W. Ostend St., Suite E
Baltimore, MD 21230


Council Meetings 2018

Listed meetings are open for public observation. Please contact MSAC prior to attending as meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change.​

  • June 1, 2018, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, MSAC Offices, Baltimore (Annual Meeting, Last Council meeting for FY 2018)
  • March 16, 2018, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. Meeting Agenda |Meeting Minutes. St. Mary’s County (Council Meeting & Community Engagement)
  • January 19, 2018, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.Agenda | Minutes. Baltimore, MD (Council Meeting & Planning Session)

Meetings Archive

  • November 17, 2017, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. Meeting Agenda | Meeting Minutes. Salisbury, MD
  • September 15, 2017, 10:00 am -1:00 pm.Agenda |Minutes. MSAC Offices, Baltimore
  • June 2, 2017, 10 am - 1 pm. Agenda |MinutesMSAC Offices, Baltimore
  • March 17, 2017, 9:30 am pm.AgendaDelaplaine Museum, Frederick​
  • January 27, 2017, am pm.Agenda | Minutes  Make Studio, Baltimore 
  • November 18, 2016 , 9:00 am pm.Agenda​ |Minutes​Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, City Park, Hagerstown, MD 21741
  • September 23, 2016, 10 am -1 pm.Minutes​. MSAC Offices, Baltimore