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Inaugural Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival Celebrates Maryland Arts Education

Arts Festival Set for April 20

BALTIMORE – Maryland’s first-ever Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival is set to take place Friday, April 20, 2018. The day-long event will honor and celebrate the impact of arts education in Maryland.


Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan
Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh
Dr. Karen Salmon State Superintendent of Schools
Maryland State Department of Education- Office of Fine Arts
Maryland State Arts Council
Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance
Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts


The Maryland State Department of Education-Office of Fine Arts in partnership with the Office of First Lady Yumi Hogan, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts will host the inaugural Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival. The festival will take place in fine art venues throughout Baltimore City’s historic Mount Vernon district and will feature performances from 350 students and small ensembles from 14 of Maryland’s school districts. Art from across the board will be represented, with performances ranging from musical theatre, to dance, to visual and media art. Venue partners include Center Stage, Walters Art Museum, Peabody Conservatory, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, and Saint Ignatius Church. Opening ceremonies take place at the centerpiece of Mount Vernon, the Washington Monument. For a schedule and complete list of venue locations, please visit

Transportation Accommodations:

Arriving by Car?
Feel free to find nearby street parking, and there also are several commercial parking lots and garages within walking distance of the venues.

Arriving by Bus?
Buses are instructed to pull up to the Walter’s Art Museum 600 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 on Washington Place (Charles Street turns into Washington Place near the monument) for drop off and pick up. There will be attendants helping to direct incoming buses.

Arriving by Public Transportation?
Check out the “trip planner” at and enter ” Walter’s Art Museum 600 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 ” for the most direct route.

*Upon arrival, please check in at the Guest Services Tent in front of the Washington Monument, at the circle at Mt. Vernon Place and N. Charles Street.*

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Opening Ceremony: Dr. Salmon to speak at 11 a.m.
Closing Ceremony: Mayor Pugh and First Lady Yumi Hogan to speak at 4:15 p.m.


Opening Ceremony
Mount Vernon Place Washington Monument
699 Washington Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Closing Ceremony
Baltimore Center Stage, Head Theatre
700 N Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 21202