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Maryland sure has some great art. It's not just an opinion -- the numbers show it too. More than 10 million people visit arts events annually in the state, generating $230 million. More than 17,330 jobs are in the arts industry in Maryland. A total economic impact of $726 million each year is generated by the arts industry in our state.
Central Maryland, especially Baltimore City, has the biggest impact of all -- the region has an annual economic impact of more than $454 million -- and employs 10,942 art industry workers at last counting.
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) awards grants to Maryland's arts organizations each year. For fiscal year 2002, …