Executive Director's Letter
June 30, 2015
With the wonderful support of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), GBCA is working in partnership with theBaltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) to establish the MSAC Mini-Grant program. The program was created to provide immediate support to community-based artists and organizations undertaking arts events and programming that respond to the May uprising in Baltimore. The program highlights the critical role of arts and culture in community building efforts and as tools for healing. The first round of MSAC Mini-Grant recipients are:
Access Art: to support a STEAM-focused summer camp for youth in 5th-8th grades from West Baltimore.
Jubilee Arts: to support clay classes and workshops with Baltimore Clayworks.
Andria Cole: to support A Revolutionary Summer, an intensive critical reading and writing workshop series dedicated to the dissection of black feminine literary works geared for African American girls ages 14-18.
Dance And Bmore: to support four sessions of Forever Fit & Fun, a movement and music for stress relief class for the senior citizen residents of Penn North Plaza.
J.C. Faulk: to support Visions, an ongoing Sandtown neighborhood mural project.
Elisabeth Gambino: to support Our Baltimore, a project that teaches Baltimore City students about graphic design and social justice, resulting in the creation of student-produced poster multiples.
Tiffany D. Jones: to support SAFE LOVE, an art/healing project that invites community members to create prayer-like “shawls” during the exhibition “What Loves Looks Like” at MICA Place.
Abigail Kirsch: to support the creation, production and distribution of a student-led zine that will feature art, poetry and writing in response to the Baltimore Uprising.
The Living Well: to support the Photography Listening Exhibit FEAT, part of the Healing Circle Series, which presents photographs and videos taken before, during and after the Baltimore Uprising.
Christopher Metzger: to support the final stage of the Black Lives Matter Inside Outproject, in which large black and white photos will be wheatpasted at sites at Johnston Square and Station North.
The New Baltimore Twilighters Marching Band: to support the community band’s purchase of uniforms, instruments and equipment.
Kwame Opare: to support #RebelRighteously, a live performance and video recording of a dance work to be performed at a location in West or Downtown Baltimore.
Make Studio: to support SEE / HEAR CHARM CITY, a collaborative art-making event in which community members are invited to express feelings and communicate messages about what Baltimore "is" and "should be."
Soulful Emergence Art Gallery: to support JEWELS, a visual journaling program for youth in Baltimore's disadvantaged neighborhoods.
To find out about grant guidelines and view the simple application, please click here.
With congratulations to all,