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Deadlines, Kudos And Congratulations!

Deadlines are looming!

Cultural organizations won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to participate in the Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) program. Designed for rising high school seniors interested in arts careers, there will be 25 fully funded interns ready for work this summer. The BAI model was developed as a pipeline for public school students to college and careers. It is a rigorous program, designed to challenge and inspire students. Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded Young Audiences and GBCA a grant to create this program for Baltimore. The deadline for organizations to apply is this Friday, April 14.

GBCA is currently accepting applications for 2017-18 Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP)Fellows. UALP has created a pipeline for trailblazing young leaders from backgrounds that are widely underrepresented, particularly those of color, in arts and culture professions in the Baltimore region. UALP works to create fair and just access to arts and culture careers through rigorous training, mentoring, network development, and work placements in order to create an unbiased structure for professional advancement. The Program offers professional development, networking opportunities, and paid Fellowship placements to aspiring arts administrators. The deadline for Fellowship applications is April 30.

Congratulations are in order!

On April 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-third competition.

Four Marylanders were named 2017 Fellows including Mary Sawyers Baker Prize awardee, visual artist and musician Paul Rucker; composer Oscar Bettison of the Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute; photographer Mary F. Calvert, an Annapolis resident and two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and science writer Deborah Rudacille, an English professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. You can see the complete list of 2017 Fellows here.

Our much-loved friend, choreographer, performer, writer, educator, speaker, and one-time Baltimorean Liz Lerman was named recipient of the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. From the press release: “Long ago dubbed the “Democrat of Dance” by Alan M. Kriegsman of The Washington Post, Lerman’s extraordinary career of the past four decades includes a wide range of groundbreaking work. Established in 2007, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award’s previous recipients include the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, MacArthur Fellows Michelle Dorrance and Kyle Abraham, and choreographer, performer, and artistic director Camille A. Brown, among others.”

Wow!

Spring has sprung and what better time for jazz and nature. With that in mind, I hope to see you at our upcoming Happy Hour with the Baltimore Jazz Alliance at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens in Druid Park on April 20 at 6:00pm.

Enjoy the weather,

Jeannie

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