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First Lady Yumi Hogan Joins Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts’ Production Wing and Dedication Ceremonies

ANNAPOLIS, MD – First Lady Yumi Hogan delivered remarks and cut the ribbon at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for its new Production Wing in Annapolis, Md on Tuesday. She also attended the dedication ceremony of the Goldstein-Cunitz Center for Film and New Media and the dedication ceremony of the Bowen Theatre followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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The first lady was joined by President & CEO of Maryland Hall Margaret Davis, House Speaker Michael Busch, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, and Anne Arundel County School Superintendent Dr. George Arlotto.

“As first lady and an artist, I am so proud of Maryland’s incredible and thriving arts community which continues to be a tremendous  asset for this state. The arts are a $1.3 billion dollar industry in Maryland, supporting more than 16,000 jobs,” said First Lady Hogan. “We are so proud to strongly support the arts and Maryland Hall which has served Annapolis and Anne Arundel County through wonderful performances, workshops, programs, and with its talented and dedicated network of staff and volunteers.”

The Hogan administration has committed over $80 million dollars to encourage and enhance the arts in Maryland, including more than $5.6 million dollars for Maryland Hall, providing record funding for the arts four years in a row.

The first addition to Maryland Hall’s building since its construction in 1932 – the Production Wing – is complete. The Production Wing combines public spaces such as a small lobby and restrooms for the Bowen Theatre with behind-the-scenes spaces that support performances on stage including a new vitally needed freight elevator and loading dock.

The First Lady also attended the dedication of the Faith Goldstein and Jesse Cunitz Center for Film and New Media which will present and produce programs to engage, entertain, and educate audiences on critical contemporary, historical, and cultural issues as well as the dedication of Bowen Theatre & Linnell Bowen, the former gym, now known as the Bowen Theatre in honor of former president Linnell Bowen at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts which includes improvements that enhance the space for varied programs in the immediate future.

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Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 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. Dedicated to Art for All, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the community’s arts center, providing lifelong, accessible engagement in the arts.

For more information visit Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at www.marylandhall.org.

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