The Town of Bel Air will be officially designated as one of Maryland’s Arts and Entertainment Districts this Thursday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Bel Air Town Hall. The event marks Bel Air’s continued development and exciting growth into a vibrant center of commerce, culture and creativity.
Bel Air joins similar Arts and Entertainment Districts throughout the state including Annapolis, Bethesda, Cumberland, Frederick and Silver Spring.
Dominick E. Murray, Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and representatives from Bel Air and Harford County will be speaking.
The core of Bel Air’s Arts and Entertainment District runs through the Town of Bel Air’s Main Street and is anchored by four cultural venues: Bel Air High School, Rock Field Manor, Shamrock Park and Reckord Armory.
As part of the designation’s benefits, artists working in the districts can receive an income tax credit. Developers who create spaces for artists to live and work can apply for qualified property tax exemptions for up to 10 years.
The state’s Arts and Entertainment Program is administered through the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Maryland was one of the first states to develop a statewide Arts and Entertainment program.