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Executive Director’s Letter September 17, 2019

Congratulations to Heidi Daniel and her entire team at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on the grand re-opening of the central branch and the exquisite renovations of the building. The Pratt is an important anchor to communities across the city and a driver of innovative programing like The Wash and Learn Initiative. Be sure to check out their exciting line up of upcoming events and guest speakers. Did you miss the grand re-opening this past weekend? Well, you're in luck! Join us for GBCA's next INFUSE: Happy Hour on October 7th from 6-8PM in the beautifully renovated Edgar Allen Poe Room at the Pratt's central branch. We'll have free wine, beer, and snacks as well as a tour of the stunning space. RSVP to the happy hour here.

Please join me in welcoming two new members to the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance team: Teara Q. Booker and Marian Glebes! Teara started last week as the new Director of Development and Membership. As an Urban Arts Leadership Alum, Teara isn’t new to the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance by far. She is an arts administrator, author, and professor who is passionate about advocacy, making sure all Marylander's have equal access to quality arts experiences and statewide funding. Since 2013, Teara has designed and taught arts administration, nonprofit management and leadership courses at the university level throughout Maryland, online and beyond. She has also served on area nonprofit boards in Development roles. Teara received her Bachelors in Arts Administration, her Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

Marian Glebes has joined the team in a contract position focusing on issues of artist/cultural space and specifically connecting Spacefinder and Art in Sacred Places to broader initiatives that are working to tackle challenges in this area. Not only is Marian a passionate advocate for artist space in Baltimore, but she is also a practicing artist. Her conceptual and mixed-media installations address issues of the urban/suburban environment, the character and power of the artist, and the use of site-specificity and the art object as a tool for social change. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from MICA and her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

So happy to have both these amazing women on our team!

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