Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD)

Governors Arts Leadership

Throughout Governor O'Malley's tenure and in the face of the most challenging fiscal climate since the depression, Maryland has consistently ranked in the top five states for total legislative appropriations per capita with funding at more than $13.2 million a year.

Maryland remains one of the most stable and innovative states in the nation when it comes to growing and promoting arts and culture. Under Governor O'Malley's leadership, the arts are enriching lives and moving Maryland forward by supporting jobs, strengthening communities and spurring economic development throughout the state.

Under Governor O'Malley's leadership, Maryland schools have ranked #1 in the nation for five consecutive years. This record of excellence has been further enhanced by a strong arts presence in classrooms and professional arts development opportunities for Maryland teachers. He states, "The arts give our children the skills and diverse knowledge to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow."

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley receives the 2013 Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors National Award for State Arts Leadership.