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Executive Director's Letter February 4th 2020

February 4, 2020

Celebrating Black History Month and want to know more about the cultural contributions of Baltimore residents? The Pennsylvania Avenue Heritage Tour is a great place to start. The City's newest urban heritage trail engages this historic African American neighborhood. Visitors explore Baltimore's civil rights legacy, stroll past a rich tapestry of residential and church architecture, and learn about Pennsylvania Avenue's special place in history as one of the nation's premier African American entertainment districts. To learn more about these cultural treasures, follow this link to the web site of the Baltimore National Heritage Area.

The Maryland General Assembly is in session and Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) reminds us to support two pieces of legislation of importance to the arts community. Two bills have been introduced in the Maryland House and Senate to help advance the Maryland arts sector. HB 127 and SB 287 are identical bills that provide capital funding for arts institutions in Maryland, and HB 135 and SB 465 continue the allocation of critical funding for the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).

Your advocacy help is needed! First, email your Maryland representatives and ask for a FAVORABLE REPORT on both bills. To simplify this process, MCA has set up two separate email campaigns. All you need to do is enter your information and click "send message." PLEASE make sure you click both campaigns, as each issue is considered separately. Remember - BOTH bills are of equal importance to our sector, so we need your support for each.
Get those emails out today, then join your fellow arts advocates in person at Maryland Arts Day on Thursday, February 13 in Annapolis!


P.S. This Wednesday, join GBCA for a Lunch n’ Learn about covering the nuts and bolts of Human Resources (HR) for Non HR Leaders. The program will be led by Alex Rizzuto, Owner, Principal and an Executive Coach at Integrity In Talent Consulting, LLC.
Feel free to bring any questions you have that pertain to recruitment, retention, and managing paid and volunteer staff. You can RSVP here.

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