BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) — The Bel Air Arts and Leisure District was redesignated by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Division of Commerce. The district has had the designation since 2011.
The Maryland State Arts Council stated the mission of districts like these is to “develop, promote, and assist various creative and cultural facilities in communities throughout Maryland that protect a way of place, present distinctive native experiences, appeal to tourism, and spur financial revitalization and neighborhood satisfaction.”
Bel Air’s Arts and Leisure District is one among 29 within the state. The designation lasts from June 1 to July 31, and through that point, monetary incentives abound for artists to work within the 98-acre space.
In line with the city, the district presents these incentives:
- State earnings tax subtraction modification for artists creating and promoting work within the District,
- State admission and amusement tax exemption for charges levied on arts and leisure enterprises or qualifying residing artists and
- City property tax credit score for decreasing the rise in property tax when a constructing is constructed or renovated for an arts-related enterprise or artist dwell / workspace throughout the District.
“The work of native artists together with the numerous annual occasions and festivals held throughout the District creates alternatives for our group to proceed to develop and thrive,” stated District Supervisor Angela Robertson. “We’re lucky to have a supportive and engaged group and lots of native companions who promote our artists and proceed to assist us construct a vibrant arts district in Bel Air.”