First Lady Yumi Hogan Speaks to the National Assembly of State Art Agencies in Baltimore
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) held its 2018 conference in Baltimore, November 1-3. The conference attracted more than 350 delegates from the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies who had the opportunity to explore Baltimore while sharing new research and best practices for using the arts to strengthen communities. “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,” said First Lady Yumi Hogan. “The arts are a $1.3 billion dollar industry in Maryland, supporting more than 16,000 jobs. I am passionate about the importance of educating and inspiring the next generation of young artists and committed to being a strong, tireless advocate for the arts here in our state and across the country.”
During NASAA, attendees learned about Maryland’s creative economy, visited Baltimore’s state-designated Arts & Entertainment Districts: The Bromo, Highland town and Station North.
The iconic American Visionary Art Museum hosted an opening reception, and the Assembly featured appearances by Maryland arts leaders, including the First Lady and Christopher Bedford, Director, Baltimore Museum of Art. There were also performances by Maryland artists, including the Bachelor Boys, Todd Marcus, Cris Jacobs, and Akua Allrich. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Ben Wu was also on hand to address the assembly.