Upholding our belief that our sector is stronger together, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Baltimore Informal Educators Roundtable (BIER).
Who is BIER?
BIER is a community of informal educators affiliated individually or through their organization with GBCA. This community of practice will provide a space in which individual educators can network with each other, share ideas, grow their own practice, and explore areas of overlap in their work.
What does BIER do?
The group will meet approximately six times per year for networking and learning experiences, including workshops, informal lunch and talk sessions, and invitations to cultural events. With this group, GBCA will collect resources and make them available to all members through a shared Google Drive.
What are BIER's Principles?
Members of BIER are antiracist, and committed to principles of justice and equity, particularly as informal educators in our communities.
In the 21st century where we find so many instances of isolation, BIER works intentionally to create a meaningful sense of belonging.
- The history, evolution, resilience, and aesthetics of Baltimore provide a context for and inform BIER's work. Members of BIER are committed to supporting rigor and excellence from all informal learning experiences, and building resilience and enrichment in our community.
- Members of BIER are committed to accessibility and anti-ableism.
Join us for our Next BIER Event! Thursday, February 15 at 5:30pm at The Walters Art Museum
Join staff from the Walters Art Museum and the Maryland Center for History in Culture in conversation about how to invite, capture, and learn from visitor feedback. This conversation will be hosted by the Walters Art Museum in conjunction with the recently opened exhibit Objects of Curiosity. Independently explore the exhibit from 5-5:30, then join the conversation at 5:30. This program will be followed by mingling in the Museum café, where attendees can enjoy a 10% discount.
When: Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 5:30pm
Where: The Walters Art Museum, Hackerman House, 1 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21201
Directions and parking information can be found here. Enter at the Museum’s Upper Charles Street entrance for the easiest access.
BIER Steering Committee:
- David Armenti, Vice President of Education & Engagement, Maryland Center for History Culture
- Roslyn Esperon, Manager of Evaluation & Audience Impact, The Walters Art Museum
- Katie Gill-Harvey, Teaching Artist, Baltimore Arts Integration Project and Arts Every Day
- Sam Green, Arts Integration Schools Manager, Arts Every Day
- Roz Kreizenbeck, Manager of Gallery Experience & Interpretation, The Walters Art Museum
- Beth Maloney, Director of Interpretation, Baltimore Museum of Industry
- Jeannette R. Marxen, Programs & Interpretation Manager, Johns Hopkins University Museums
- Tim Rhue II, Education Specialist, Space Telescope Science Institute
- Rebecca Shulman, Consultant, Museum Questions
- Tracy Stevens, Marketing Manager, Maryland Citizens for the Arts