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The Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance today announce the appointment of Kibibi Ajanku as Program Manager for its Urban Arts Leadership Program. Ms. Ajanku has served as Interim Director of the initiative since December 2015 and was preceded by founder David Mitchell.

“Given Kibibi’s experience as a community leader and founder of Sankofa Dance Theatre, she is uniquely qualified and has the vision to manage the next stage of this important program,” said Executive Director Jeannie Howe.

The Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP) is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and was designed to increase the participation of groups that have been historically underrepresented, particularly those of color, in the management of cultural and artistic organizations.

UALP is a pipeline for high achieving young leaders (college seniors or recent graduates) who have demonstrated a strong commitment to this goal. The program offers professional development, networking opportunities, and paid Fellowship placements to aspiring arts administrators. Equally important, UALP offers Fellowship Host organizations tools and training that support institutional changes that encourage greater equity and inclusion. The program has just begun recruiting for the 2016-17 cohort.

The development of UALP has been guided by community input and the participation of more than 30 administrators from partnering cultural organizations. It is an immediate response to the needs of early career professionals and is meant to strengthen the cultural field.

The Urban Arts Leadership Program is made possible through the generous support of the:

Surdna Foundation, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Eddie C. Brown and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, Jane Brown and Neil Didriksen, Robbye and Kevin Apperson, SB & Company, and The Peck Foundation.

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