Support | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts


For an arts organization built around in-person, shared experiences, this is a challenging time. Like many of you, we are actively thinking about how to support our artists, friends, neighbors and businesses that make our world such a joy to be a part of. We hope you keep the arts high on your priority list as you contemplate how you can help. With that in mind, one of the groups that will be hardest hit during this period are the small, local, restaurants and merchants in our community.

We have created a way for you to support them while also supporting the arts.

Please consider purchasing a gift card or gift certificate from your favorite local restaurant or merchant and then donating that gift card to Maryland Hall. We will integrate the donation into the silent auction at our annual Arts Alive celebration this September 11, 2020.

Your money will go to work right away in our community AND will help Maryland Hall raise needed funds in the future.

To participate, simply send your gift card or certificate to Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Include your name, address and the gift card amount. We will send you a tax receipt for the donation. Gift cards are cash equivalent donations and thus tax-deductible when donated to a non-profit.

Businesses to Support (just a starting point!):

  • Restaurants
  • Boutiques
  • Gyms & fitness studios
  • Bed & breakfasts
  • Local hotels
  • Hair salons & spas
  • Coffee shops & cafes 
  • Art stores 
  • Local furniture & houseware shops


More Ways to Help

We also ask that you help lift up our Resident Companies and partner organizations during this time. We all rely on each other to share the arts and none of us do it alone. Performances and events are being rescheduled and/or cancelled and hard decisions are being made as rehearsal time windows on future performances become smaller. Many of these groups rely on the income of these events to operate. If a show has been cancelled or postponed to a date you cannot attend, please consider donating your tickets to the organizations helping them sustain their revenue and allowing you to receive a tax deduction. If you didn’t have a ticket to begin with, come be a part of the audience on the new date.

A list of cancellations and postponements can be found on our website here. We will continue to keep it updated and we will share our reopening date as soon as know more. Do not hesitate to reach out to us at with any questions.

Thank you for being a part of the Maryland Hall community. We’re here for you.

– The Maryland Hall Team

On Tuesday, September 24, at a special event with Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Busch, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) announced a $25,000 contribution from AT&T to support the Young Artists Apprentice Program, a highly-interactive Maryland Hall program that introduces underserved high school students to a variety of career options associated with the arts.  The program is part of Maryland Hall's ArtReach Program.

J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic, joined Speaker Busch and Linnell Bowen, president and CEO of Maryland Hall, for the announcement.

The contribution will be used to underwrite a two-week, all-day 2014 summer camp that will serve up to 30 underserved 9th and 10th grade students who have an interest in or talent in the arts.  The camp will utilize Maryland Hall’s cultural programs to teach students about career fields such as sound and lighting, marketing and promotion, exhibit layout and design, theatre production and arts administration. 

Speaker Busch said Maryland Hall is a valuable resource for the residents of Annapolis and for the entire region.

“Maryland Hall is our region’s top community arts program, offering residents of all ages access to extraordinary performing and visual arts programming,” said Busch.  “AT&T’s contribution will keep strong this valuable community asset and help our children learn more about careers in the arts.”

“We are extremely grateful to AT&T for their generous contribution to underwrite this valuable education program,” said Linnell Bowen, President of Maryland Hall.  “We see the arts impact young lives every day positively at Maryland Hall, and this camp will provide hands-on, real-world opportunities for students in our community to enhance their creativity, learn new skills and build confidence to help them succeed in high school and beyond.”

 “Exposure to the arts can help round out a child’s education and introduce them to a wide variety of career opportunities that are possible if they stay engaged in school,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic. “I applaud Speaker Busch and MHCA for their commitment to providing the region’s children with access to quality arts and educational programs.”

Schweder adds that the contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.  Last year, AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program, bringing the total commitment to $350 million since the program was launched in 2008.

MHCA was founded in 1979 by a group of artistic visionaries who believed the former Annapolis High School could best be re-used as a community arts center. Today, the historic landmark building is the community's gathering place for the arts.  Through year-round classes, performances, exhibits, tours, workshops and demonstrations, people of all ages discover the transformative power of the arts.  Each day, Maryland Hall nurtures inspiration, cultivates originality and fosters the imaginations of the children, families, students and adults who come through our doors.

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. In 2012, more than $131 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.   Learn more about AT&T Aspire by visiting


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