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MCA Arts Lab registration is now open! - Community Engagement: Roles and Responsibilities of Publicly Funded Arts Organizations

ArtsLAB 2015, MCA's forth annual capacity building conference, will take place on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.

The theme of this year's conference will be "Community Engagement." ArtsLAB was created by MCA to provide a space for the nonprofit arts sector to come together to address concerns facing our field. This year, we are excited to have a conversation not only about our role as publicly funded arts organizations, but also our responsibility. Join us as we explore ways to break down barriers to arts participation and create new ways to serve the communities in which we operate everyday.

Cost: $15 per person, $12 per person for groups of three or more from one organization



Jane Hirshberg and Neena Narayanan - The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Joe's Movement Emporium launced the NextLOOK series in 2014. NextLOOK is a satelite arts partnership program of the Clarice's that provides local and regional artists with time, space, and dollars to develop their artistic voices, incorportating audiences and community members in the creative process. All residencies and public events are held at Joe's.

David Mitchell - The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance's Urban Arts Leadership Program is a pipeline for promising young leaders and helps employers create more inclusive and equitable practices. Professional development, networking opportunities, and paid fellowship placements are offered to aspiring administrators of color.

Claire Schwadron - Class Acts Arts Project Youth Artreach brings arts programming and creative opportunities to youth and adults in detention, corrections, and probation facilities around the state. A team of master artists work with youth to enhance cognitive, linquistic, social and civic development.

Maggie Villegas - Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts' Baltimore Mural program connected with local artists, Jubilee Arts, and the Mayor's summer youth jobs program to engage younth people in multiple mural projects in the Sandtown/Winchester neighborhoof of West Baltimore to create the Art @ Work initiative. Hit hard by April's civil unrest, the arts are bringing healing to a community and city in need.


Become a Member

As a member of GBCA, you will not only gain access to wonderful benefits, but you will also become an active participant in a broader cultural community. Your organization and employees will directly benefit from opportunities to collaborate, connect, learn, network and share with your colleagues in the cultural community. Join our growing constituency of over 300 individual artists and organizations representing the region's extraordinary range of arts, culture, history, heritage, humanities, and attractions.

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