As of July lst, 2015 the management of the Annapolis Arts and Entertainment District will officially be turned over to the Inner West Street Association (IWSA). The Annapolis Arts and Entertainment district is one of 22 districts in the state of Maryland. The program began in 2001 with the intent to utilize tax incentives to revitalize portions of cities, thus attracting artists, arts organizations, and entrepreneurial enterprises related to entertainment and art.
The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County previously managed the Arts and Entertainment District. “Turning management over to a coalition of business owners, residents, and professionals located in the city of Annapolis where the art district is located, is the right move, “ says Executive Director April Nyman.
The Annapolis Art and Entertainment District includes Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Stanton Center, the Compass Rose Theater and a bevy of bars and restaurants that offer live entertainment. Festivals that take place in a portion of the Arts and Entertainment district include; The Annapolis Film Festival, First Sunday Arts Festivals and the Annapolis Fringe Festival.
Don Lamb-Minor, President of IWSA will assume the leadership role of managing the district located between Calvert Street and Spa Road. “This is a special part of the city,” says Lamb-Minor, “ the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District was created to bring business and creative sectors of the city together to advance commerce and culture. Musical entertainment, theater performances, art exhibits, and outside sculpture have worked well in attracting visitors to this part of Annapolis and we intend to continue with new projects. “
Arts Council Board Member Martha Blaxall, who chairs the Arts and Entertainment liaison committee, is also enthusiastic about the leadership change “ It makes sense to have the Arts District managed by the businesses and artists in the district. I’m certain the Inner West Street Association will do a wonderful job: ”she says “The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County looks forward to continuing to work with the Arts and Entertainment District on supporting projects that reach out to the community.”