MSCA By The Numbers
Popular state-wide, the Center attracted students from 21 Maryland counties in
2006 (with one Maryland resident coming to Salisbury via Japan!). Over 50
percent of our students return for two or more seasons, and an average of 500
friends, family and community members attend student performances and exhibits
each summer. Since 1995, roughly 9,000 visitors have been drawn to the Maryland
Summer Center for the Arts at Salisbury University, many of them traveling from
across the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.
MSCA celebrates the riches a diverse student body affords and is committed
to offering all qualified students access to its unique community. To that end,
the recruitment and retention of talented under-represented students are primary
program goals. While 10 percent of the annual budget is dedicated to need-based
scholarships, it is rarely enough. Funds often are drawn from the operating
budget to supplement student needs. Compared to other residential programs,
MSCA’s tuition ($1,200) is relatively low. But for many talented young artists
living in Maryland, this modest fee presents a large economic challenge.