District Affords Income Tax Savings For Artists

Story by Cambridge Economic Development Mural artist Michael Rosato planned to build a painting studio at his home near Cambridge. Then he discovered the tax benefits of creating artwork in the studio he now owns in the City’s Arts and Entertainment District. The lure of working from home was attractive, but Rosato could not ignore the financial savings that came with being in downtown Cambridge. As a Dorchester County resident, he does not pay Maryland state income tax on the art he sells that is designed and produced in his A&E District studio. “It makes great financial sense,” says Rosato, whose artistic works include the new Chesapeake-themed mural along Cambridge Creek outside The J.M. Clayton Company. “I have affordable space in a supportive, pro-art community, and all the work I create here is free of Maryland state income tax. It’s a fantastic deal.” But Rosato is in the minority. Many artists don’t consider locating in the A&E District because they are unaware of the potential income tax savings and the categories of creative works that qualify for this benefit. “There’s a common misunderstanding that the Maryland income tax subtraction applies only to artistic services that are physically sold or delivered …

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Water Moves Us to Paint Perfect Pictures

Arts advocate Mickey Love believes the county’s unsurpassed natural beauty and growing creative class inspires and nurtures artists in ways few places can. As Executive Director of the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA), Love has been a driving force overseeing the expansion and relocation of this popular attraction. Along with galleries, performance venues, special events and public art, the DCA is an anchor tenant in Cambridge’s Arts & Entertainment District. Love is fond of saying; you can’t “throw a rock in Dorchester without hitting the arts.” She points to the caboose next to the train station that houses Powell Realtors, now a canvas for renowned Church Creek muralist Michael Rosato. The latest public art project beautifully illustrates her point, as Chesapeake’s iconic landscape comes to life on Cambridge Creek. Visit the DCA, and discover how water can move you to paint a masterpiece.

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