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Photo: flickr. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED)is now located in the World Trade Center in the city's Inner Harbor.


DBED moves into Baltimore World Trade Center

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) moved into new quarters at Baltimore's World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor, this week. Designed by noted architect I.M. Pei and completed in 1977 at a cost of $22 million, the 30-story office tower at 401 E. Pratt St. is the world’s tallest, equilateral five-sided structure.

The decision to move to the World Trade Center was made to capitalize on the available space at this state-owned office building when DBED’s lease expired. The move puts two of the state's economic development agencies, the Maryland Port Administration and DBED under one roof.

The move for the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts occurred over this weekend and was made all the smoother by the efforts of Assistant Director of Administration, Denise Konopacki. Upon arrival on Tuesday, staff only had to unpack boxes.

TFA's new address is: 401 East Pratt Street, 14th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; phone and fax information remain the same.

Applications for film-festival grants due Jan. 30

The deadline for applications for the Maryland Film Office's Film Festival Grant Program is Jan. 30. Applications are available at This program is designed to support existing film festivals, and inspire the creation of new film festivals across Maryland. Awards will range from $1,000 -$5,000.

Grants will be given on the basis of: quality, quantity and diversity of programming; community involvement and support; number of attendees; and potential for growth.

Film festivals have long been recognized as a way to stimulate cultural tourism, generate economic activity and enhance a community’s quality of life. Festivals also provide educational and networking opportunities to Maryland filmmakers, while showcasing the benefits of filming in Maryland.

For more information, contact the Maryland Film Office at 1-800-333-6632


Performing arts program sets new deadline for applications

The deadline for applications to the Capital Region Performing Arts Touring Program was extended to March 6.

This program is a partnership between the Maryland State Arts Council and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities that promotes the exchange of professional touring artists between Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Both the Arts Council and the D.C. Commission created rosters of performing artists from their jurisdictions who are eligible to participate in the exchange. The two arts groups also provide funding to presenting organizations that stage performances of roster artists.

Contact Sharon Blake at the Arts Council, 410-767-6536, for further information.



Arts advocacy group arranges ticket offers for state employees

State employees can receive free and discounted tickets to select arts performances and venues, along with other special offers, as a result of a new initiative established by the Maryland Citizens for the Arts, a statewide advocacy organization.

"The Arts Steps Up Program" is a way for the arts community to express gratitude to the governor and General Assembly for their past support of the Maryland State Arts Council, said Douglas R. Mann, MCA chair.

The program also allows arts organizations to show support for the 67,000 state employees who are required to take furlough days during the first half of this year in order confront reduced state revenues. A list of participating arts organizations is on MCA's web site.



Maryland State Arts Council grants

Application deadline for Capital Region Performing Arts Touring Grant extended to March 6.

Application deadline for Arts & Entertainment Districts Technical Assistance Grant, March 19.

Application deadlines for Maryland Traditions, a partnership of the Arts Council and the Maryland Historical Trust.
• Project grants, March 13
• Apprenticeship awards, March 20


Maryland State Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Program finals will be held at Baltimore's Center Stage, Saturday, Feb. 21. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Doreen Harmon, 410-767-6555, at the Maryland State Arts Council for seating information.


Maryland Arts Day – the largest advocacy event of the year for the arts community – is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Annapolis. For registration information, contact Maryland Citizens for the Arts.