Planning Committee meetings are open to the all. Please email to be contacted with meeting notifications.

Arts and Entertainment Districts are designated by the Maryland State Arts Council. The application process is rigorous and designations are earned by the jurisdiction, The economic incentives involved are proven to work  when the proposed District has a strong management plan and mobilizes the arts community. The Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District was designated July 1, 2018.


The success of our application was due to the community and artist support and we would like to thank everyone who has been involved. 


Crisfield has all the components for a thriving Arts & Entertainment District: writers, musicians, painters, poets and a supportive community. We have affordable and historic homes and workspaces available, in a unique location on the Chesapeake Bay. City officials are committed to engaging the arts as a strong positive force for economic development. But most importantly, we have a community determined to see the success of their town that is committed to an Arts  & Entertainment District that expresses and celebrates their cultural heritage and artistic strengths. We invite you to join us.


A & E planning meetings and 4th Saturday Bay Strolls are open to all. Please consider joining the support for this project with your time, talent, or by becoming a member. For more information or to sign up for the mailing list contact Jen Merritt at 410-968-1333 (Thurs & Fri). To participate in the artist registry, click here.

The Crisfield A & E is managed by the Crisfield Arts and Entertainment District (CAED)  Project, a 501 c 3 non-profit, [HC7]  in coordination with the City of Crisfield

The Crisfield A & E is managed by the Crisfield Arts and Entertainment District (CAED)  Project, a 501 c 3 non-profit, in, in coordination with the City of Crisfield.

Incentives Available Within Maryland’s A&E Districts


From the MD State Arts Council page

  • Property Tax Incentives
    The owner of a manufacturing, commercial, or industrial property is eligible for a local property tax credit based on the difference between the pre- and post-renovation assessments of the property when it has been wholly or partially renovated for use by"qualified residing artists" or "arts and entertainment enterprises." In Crisfield, this incentive is the maximum amount, 100% for the increased value in assessment  in both City and County property taxes for 10 years. Contact arts@crisfieldcityhall.com or the A&E Districts Program Director with questions about the incentives available in a particular district.

  • Artist Income Tax Subtraction Modification
    A "qualified residing artist" who lives in Maryland and sells "artistic work" in any of the 25 A&E Districts throughout the State is eligible for the income tax subtraction modification on income derived from their in-district sales (for performing artists, this includes income derived from performances in a district; for all "qualified residing artists", this includes internet sales originating in a district.)

    Eligible artists should submit a form 502AE with their annual state tax filing to claim the modification.

  • Admissions & Amusement Tax Exemption
    Local governments may exempt from the admissions and amusement tax gross receipts from any admissions or amusement charge imposed by an "arts and entertainment enterprise" or a "qualifying residing artist" in an A&E District.  

    Please visit the State Comptroller's Office website or contact the office for additional information.​​

To participate in the A & E Real Estate Registry, click here. 

For more information, check out the Maryland State Arts Council.

For those hosting events in the A & E, providing this simple 1 page report assists with our Maryland State Arts Council designation.

The  Crisfield Arts and Entertainment District is sponsored by the City of Crisfield and the Crisfield Arts and Entertainment District Project 

Have questions?  Check out the Maryland State Arts Council and the A&E Tax Incentives FAQ

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