By Leann Schenke for The Kent County New – June 6, 2019
CHESTERTOWN — As anyone who is active in the arts community here
knows, if there’s project involving the arts, John Schratwieser is most
likely also involved.
As of Tuesday, in addition to his position
as director of the Kent County Arts Council, Schratwieser can now add
serving on the Maryland State Arts Council as a way he advocates for the
“I’m really honored to have been appointed by Governor
Hogan to the board of the Maryland State Arts Council,” Schratwieser
Schratwieser was sworn in Tuesday at the Kent County Courthouse by Clerk of the Kent County Circuit Court Mark Mumford.
was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan after another member — whose term
began July 1, 2018 — stepped down from the position. Schratwieser will
serve the rest of the three-year term and may be reappointed for
He noted that the funding formula the state uses
to determine how much money is allocated to each county tends to favor
the larger counties. He said hopes with his appointment, he will be able
to better advocate for arts in Kent County and to represent Kent County
in the conversation.
“Thanks to the Governor, and Mrs. Hogan, an
artist, art teacher and extraordinary arts advocate, Maryland now stands
as third in the nation in per capita funding for the arts,”
“That said, sometimes the smaller, more rural
counties are not as well represented in the conversations about the
powerful role the arts play not just in economic development but in
education, social and civic engagement, and in the general quality of
According to its website, the arts council, which meets
four times a year, “comprises an appointed body of 17 citizens from
across the state, 13 of whom named by the Governor to three-year term
that may be renewed once.”
Schratwieser said, as far as he knows, he is the first person from Kent County to serve on the council.
“It’s an opportunity for somebody from a smaller, rural county who
knows the business, knows the arts, knows that whole lobbying process —
because I did it for seven years — and I can hopefully influence better
representation for the smaller counties,” Schratwieser said.
joining KCAC, Schratwieser previously served as executive director of
Maryland Citizen for the Arts, an arts advocacy organization with a
mission to expand the nonprofit arts sector through public investment
Schratwieser was first introduced to Kent County in
2004 when he was a graduate student at Georgetown University. He was
hired as executive director of the Prince Theatre Foundation — now the
Garfield Center for the Arts and held the position until 2010.
Schratwieser also has worked at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York as well as the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va.