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I love the below quote that Maryland Citizens for the Arts is using to promote the upcoming Arts Lab event:

"There should be no dividing line between artistic excellence and social consciousness. America's artists of today must take on the challenge of synergistically applying these two elements if the art forms we embrace are to continue to flourish and to communicate the human values that emanate from them."
-Joseph W. Polisi, The Artist as Citizen

And it's not just artists, all of us associated with the creative sector and humanities are also deeply connected to our responsibilities as engaged citizens.

ArtsLAB 2016, MCA's fifth annual capacity building conference, will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, MD.

The theme of this year's conference will be "Citizen Artists" and will feature presentations by, and conversations with artists who are actively engaged in a civic or social project with their art; be it the environment, arts education, criminal justice, healthcare, historic preservation, or other topics. Come and add your voice to the conversation about creating more Citizen Artists. ArtsLAB was created by MCA to provide a space for the nonprofit arts sector to come together to address concerns facing our field.

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All the very best,

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