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Executive Director’s Letter May 8, 2018

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is thrilled to announce the seven artists selected for 2018 Rubys Artist Project Grants in media arts and performing arts. This grantee cohort represents innovative artistic exploration in electronic music, immersive sound, dance, video art, short film, and a multimedia variety show. Now celebrating its fifth year of grantmaking, the Rubys Artist Project Grants were conceived in 2013, initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and are a program of GBCA. The 2018 Rubys grantees in Media Arts and Performing Arts are:

Abdu Ali

Pierre Bennu

Alexandra Gardner

Bonnie Jones


Gianna Rodriguez

Jules Rosskam

In other good news, Baltimore City Public Schools and the Baltimore Arts Education Initiative are hosting a town hall about the new arts education strategic plan for the district on May 14, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School (2011 Linden Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217). The public is invited to attend. Registration is appreciated but not required.

Today, artists, arts institutions, and arts entrepreneurship are driving economic and community development throughout Baltimore. It is essential that Baltimore’s young people are prepared to contribute to the creative economy, and to practice and enjoy the arts throughout their lives. I hope you will join me at the Town Hall, and encourage you to share this information with your networks. To receive a digital copy of a flyer for the Town Hall, contact Jill Warzer [email protected]



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