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Baltimore City Percent for the Arts

As a member of the Baltimore City Council, the Honorable William Donald Schaefer, sponsors and secures passage of the Baltimore City Percent for Art Ordinance, the second such legislation created in the United States.


Carlton Sickles calls for the creation of a state arts agency

September 29: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill creating a new Federal arts agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. On October 18, one of the bill’s sponsors, Representative-at-large Sickles, calls on Governor J. Millard Tawes to create a statewide organization to administer these new government funds.

Pointing out the importance of arts funding, Representative Sickles declares: “[It] refocuses the need for help in the arts and the humanities.… Ever since Sputnik, our attention has been on science,” he said. “We can develop great machines but we need a wise, well-balanced citizenry that knows how to put machines to the proper uses.” (Perhaps prophesying the emergence of digital art forms?)

While a broad spectrum of institutional and government groups are invited to start the discussion at a luncheon on November 2, Mr. Sickles also points out that the virtue of a statewide organization is that by decentralizing the arts, more people can enjoy them.


The Governor's Council on the Arts in Maryland is established

March 30: The Governor's Council on the Arts in Maryland is established by Executive Order of Governor Tawes under the leadership of chairman Charles Parkhurst. The first executive director, Robert Marchand, assumed that position on October 1 after having served as acting director for the California Arts Commission.  Among the first tasks for the new Council are finding a home for the organization, and channeling  professional arts talent into areas requesting it. 


Maryland Arts Council established by the state 

Established by Maryland statute (Chapter 644, Acts of 1967), the Maryland Arts Council commences activities at 111 North Charles Street in Baltimore.

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