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Baltimore Informal Educators Roundtable (BIER)

Upholding our belief that our sector is stronger together, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Baltimore Informal Educators Roundtable (BIER).

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What is Baltimore Informal Educators Roundtable (BIER)?

BIER is a community of informal educators affiliated individually or through their organization with GBCA. This community of practice will provide a space in which individual educators can network with each other, share ideas, grow their own practice, and explore areas of overlap in their work.

What does BIER do?

The group will meet approximately six times per year for networking and learning experiences, including workshops, informal lunch and talk sessions, and invitations to cultural events. With this group, GBCA will collect resources and make them available to all members through a shared Google Drive.

What are BIER's Principles?

  • Members of BIER are antiracist, and committed to principles of justice and equity, particularly as informal educators in our communities.

  • In the 21st century where we find so many instances of isolation, BIER works intentionally to create a meaningful sense of belonging.

  • The history, evolution, resilience, and aesthetics of Baltimore provide a context for and inform BIER's work. Members of BIER are committed to supporting rigor and excellence from all informal learning experiences, and building resilience and enrichment in our community.

  • Members of BIER are committed to accessibility and anti-ableism.

BIER Steering Committee:

Last Event:

Informal Educator Speed Dating, Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 5pm - 7pm, Motor House

Inspired by the American Alliance of Museum’s Annual Meeting taking place in Baltimore this May, this event will feature discussions of lessons from the field, speed dating style. Informal educators from museums, theaters, arts centers, and more will lead five-minute conversations about their recent learnings from conferences, articles, or experiences at their site before a buzzer sounds, prompting attendees to move to the next conversation. After rotating through each conversation, there will be time for informal networking and a round of BIER, if that’s your thing. Come as you are, or sign up to lead a conversation. Have you attended a great conference recently? Learned something new at a peer presentation? Heard an idea you can’t stop thinking about? Bring a prompt from recent experience or nugget of learning to lead a conversation with.

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