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Executive Director's Letter: 5/19/20

At this time of stress and anxiety, it is essential that we make time to embrace success and joy whenever possible. Spring is the time to celebrate Baltimore’s graduates.

While traditional milestones and ceremonies have gone by the wayside, virtual graduation ceremonies, socially distanced prom experiences, and expressions of joy are abundant online.

On June 6, you can Livestream Dear Class of 2020 featuring Former President Barack Obama, First Lady Michele Obama, and an array of musicians. Right now, you can listen to Tom Hanks delivering the commencement speech for Wright State University. And just in case you haven’t heard it yet, here’s the Morgan State University Choir singing We Are the World. Additionally, the youth-led Graduate Together initiative has provided graduation speeches and performances for the class of 2020 from award-winning actors, directors, and musicians.

In an exciting turn of events, the Maryland Film Festival (MFF) will now be held virtually on June 12-21 and is sure to provide an enriching festival experience. MFF is finalizing the details of the festival with more than 140 participating filmmakers, so stay tuned for additional details.

In the meantime, the 32nd Annual William and Irene Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival is currently underway. For more information on the films being presented and how to access tickets, contact the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts.

Additionally, on May 24, the Baltimore National Heritage Area will be screening By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival, which will be followed by a panel discussion. The film takes a closer look at the young entrepreneurs that have grabbed both headlines and everyone's attention. Hear directly from them about the impact of squeegeeing on their lives and what they need the public to understand about this unique approach to self-sufficiency.

In another miraculous turn of events, the Maryland Arts Summit has been reconstituted to take place completely online. Registration is now OPEN for Creative Resurgence: A Vision for the Future of the Arts in Maryland!

Take good care of yourselves,


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