There has always been an unspoken rule with the Talbot County Council for the Arts, now better known as Talbot Arts, that the grantmaking organization should be highly modest about putting the spotlight on themselves. For decades, this critically essential arts funding source has always preferred having attention on their remarkable grantees rather than the administrative function of grantmaking.
But in times when funding for the arts, in general, is becoming increasingly limited, Talbot Arts wanted to tell the story of their grantees in a way that helped those arts organizations but also to demonstrate to the citizens of Talbot County how Talbot Arts has reached more artists, become more accessible, and more diverse with its local mission.
That is why Talbot Arts director Joan Levy and her board, led by president Amy Steward, decided to commission on film to accomplish that goal. Produced and directed by local filmmaker Matt Kresling, the video tells the powerful tale of how much art is supported in Talbot County. But it also has the added feature of allowing the organizations profiled in the video to use those segments to help tell their own story.
The Spy sat down with Joan and Amy to talk briefly about the project. The full video can be been above in its entirety.