This is definitely a time for action! With draconian cuts in the Baltimore City School budget and great uncertainty for the arts on the national front, your calls, letters, and showing up to make your voice heard are all extremely important to the arts, humanities, and arts education.
Maryland State Arts Council is the largest funder of operating support in Baltimore City and is critical throughout the state and region. Have you registered for Maryland Arts Day on February 14 to show your commitment? Have you added Americans for the Arts' Advocacy Day on March 20-21 to your calendar? Both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities are threatened in the country's current political climate. Let's get busy to make sure that the value of cultural work is understood and supported. Check out GBCA's advocacy section below to learn the latest, including the Legislative Preview tomorrow night from Baltimore Education Coalition.
In other news, GBCA is excited to announce the placement of its 2016-17 Urban Arts Leadership Fellows. They have worked hard all fall and are ready to jump in to action at the amazing organizations listed below.
The nine fellows, who were selected in August 2016, will work with area cultural organization where they will lead projects ranging from event programming to marketing and outreach strategies, to community engagement initiatives. One Fellow was placed with two organizations.
The participating cultural organizations and their matched fellows are:
- Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (Miriah Garnett)
- Baltimore Clayworks (LeNee Freeman)
- Baltimore Dance Crews (Kiara Davis)
- Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (Juansebastian Serrano)
- Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (Kutia Juwara)
- Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (Janica Alston)
- Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center (Kenneth Clemons)
- Single Carrot Theater (LeNee Freeman)
- The Walters Art Museum (Omari Russell)
- Young Audiences/Arts for Learning, Maryland (Raina Allmond)
The issues of equity and inclusion are critical to the success of the creative sector. UALP is building a pipeline of talented young professionals and at the same time helps organizations adopt practices that will help ensure the success of a more diverse workplace. GBCA is extremely excited about the strength of the 2016 cohort as well as the amazing projects and organizations participating this year.
The Urban Arts Leadership Program is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and is made possible through the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Eddie C. Brown and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, SB & Company, The Peck Family Foundation, Robbye and Kevin Apperson, Jane Brown & Neil Didriksen, Robert E. Meyerhoff & Rheda Becker.
All the best,