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First annual Maryland Traditions Festival and Heritage Awards

Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Maryland Traditions Program, the annual Maryland Traditions Apprenticeships Award Gathering and Showcase, which has been held since 2007, officially becomes the annual Maryland Traditions Festival, held at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance. The event, which runs from 10 am and concludes in the evening with a “Masters Showcase,” spills out of the Patterson Theater to the sidewalks and public spaces near the theater.  By all accounts, Baltimore’s gospel group the Zionaires steal the show.  Also in 2011, the annual ALTA awards (see 2007) are renamed the Maryland Traditions Heritage Award, and awardees are honored at an event held in Montgomery County.  


9/11 Memorial

Dedicated on September 11, 2011, the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland at Baltimore's World Trade Center honors the sacrifice of Maryland’s 9/11 victims, rescuers, first responders and their families.  The Memorial provides a special place of contemplation and a site to remember and reflect. The centerpiece of the Memorial is an artifact from the Twin Towers: a 22-foot-long steel artifact, consisting of three twisted and torn amalgamated steel columns. Three limestone artifacts from the Pentagon and a large black granite monolith representing those lost in the Shanksville, PA crash are also featured in the Memorial’s design.

Additional artifacts from the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, along with items from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA are included in the Memorial's accompanying exhibit on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center.  The Baltimore architecture firm Ziger/Snead is selected to lead the Memorial’s design.

The ceremony commences at 9:37 AM as the Baltimore World Trade Center’s shadow passes across an etching marking the third strike, at the Pentagon. Music by the Maryland Defense Force Band began the program, followed by the Presentation of Colors by the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard. After the laying of a wreath and a minute of silence, the ceremony concludes with taps at 10:03 - marking the fourth strike, in Shanksville, PA.


Legislation passes integrating public art in state construction projects


Instituted new Strategic Plan, Imagine Maryland, including public opinion poll


Established Maryland Folklife Archive at UMBC


MSAC receives American Planning Association Award for Economic Development for Arts& Entertainment District Program


Light City Baltimore inaugurated

Baltimore shines a light with a free, week-long festival of “light, music and innovation”– the first of its kind in the United States—inspired by Vivid Sydney festival in Australia. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the focal point of the festival, with a BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring more than 50 attractions including 

illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area. The free festival draws 400,000 visitors – 100,000 more than expected—to a total of 50 concerts, 100 performances, five community-based “Neighborhood Lights” initiatives, and four conferences focused on social innovation on the local level. 


General Fund Appropriation hits highest level in history of Maryland, ranking in top 4 of per capita spending for the arts