Somerset County Arts Council

Serving Somerset County, Maryland

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A Potential Arts & Entertainment District for Crisfield

The City of Crisfield is exploring the concept of creating an Arts and Entertainment District.  This planning is still in the exploratory phase and the City is interested in determining if public support for designating such an area exists.  If you would like to express your support or comments, please contact City of Crisfield Circuit Rider Jen Rafter at

The 2017 Maryland State Arts Council application for Arts and Entertainment Districts specifies “An Arts and Entertainment District" has been defined by Americans for the Arts as a “well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of the city in which a high concentration of arts and cultural facilities serve as the anchor attraction.” Nationally they can be found in cities and towns of all sizes – each one is uniquely reflecting a local mission, history, and cultural development.

Maryland is one of the first states in the country to develop Arts and Entertainment Districts on a statewide basis. The benefits offered to designated districts include property tax credits for new construction or renovation of certain buildings that create live-work space for artists and/or space for arts and entertainment enterprises, an income tax subtraction modification for income derived from artistic work executed and sold by “qualifying residing artists” within the districts, and an exemption from the Admissions and Amusement tax levied by an “arts and entertainment enterprise” or “qualifying residing artist” in a district.

The State’s Goal is to develop, promote and support diverse artistic and cultural centers in communities throughout Maryland that preserve a sense of place, provide unique local experiences and spur economic revitalization and neighborhood pride.”

More information on Maryland Arts and Entertainment  (A & E) Districts can be found at  This information includes the 2014 A & E Districts Economic Impact Report which states that “New business formed within the A & E districts' boundaries during the study period generated nearly $7.9 million in state and local tax revenue.”


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Categories: Crafts (i.e.): Carving, pottery, ceramics, needlework, basket making, boat building, folk art, jewelry, quilting, sewing, weaving, etc. Visual Artist (i.e.): Oils, watercolors, pastels, mixed, photography, computer graphics, sculpture, etc. Performing Arts (i.e.): Musician (type - jazz, opera, pop, etc., vocalist, group, band, instrumentalist), Dancer, Actor, Actress. Writer (i.e.): Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, history, etc. Framing / Printing / Other:

Eastern shore   A&E Districts