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Urban Arts Leadership

About the Program

Urban Arts Leadership (UAL) is an example of change in action. A program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), UAL is a fellowship program designed to increase diversity in the management of cultural and artistic organizations by building a pipeline for high achieving emerging leaders, focusing on those of color.

UAL offers professional development and network building opportunities to develop and empower tomorrow's leaders. UAL Fellows engage in a rigorous training program and are matched with host organizations where they contribute to the organization's culture, and additionally, manage projects that are core to the thrust of the organization.

The development of UAL has been guided by community input and the participation of more than 30 administrators from partnering cultural organizations. It is an immediate response to the needs of early career professionals and is meant to strengthen the cultural field.


UAL Cohort 2018 Exhibition

Color(s) examines the avenues artists of color utilize to shift the paradigm for representation: encouraging dialogues that challenge the restrictive impact of the “white gaze” on the arts sector.

January 19 - June 28, 2018

The Motor House

GBCA Lobby

120 W. North Ave.

Suite 305, Baltimore 21201


Brea Anderson, Erick Antonio benitez, E.L. Briscoe, Hasani Claxton, Lenee' Freeman, Shanelle Harrison, Tylar Hinton, CHarles Mason III


GBCA is pleased to announce the 2017-18 UAL Host Organizations:

After a thorough and competitive application process, nine cultural organizations were selected to act as host organizations for the current cohort of UAL Fellows. One Fellow will be embedded within each organization where they will be supported, trained, and mentored as they lead projects ranging from event programming to marketing and outreach strategies, to community engagement initiatives. The following Host Organizations have been selected for the 2017/18 UAL program year:

Baltimore Center Stage
Baltimore Museum of Art
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Everyman Theatre
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center
Maryland Citizens for the Arts
The Walters Art Museum


GBCA is pleased to announce the 2017-18 UAL Fellows:

Renz Balagtas
Renz Balagtas

2014 MICA graduate. Muralist, art handler and co-founder of The Joint Youth Movement.

Kamera Breland
Kamera Breland

Senior Urban Arts major at Coppin State University.

Kai Crosby-Singleton
Kai Crosby-Singleton

Rising senior Coppin State University Theatre major.

Alexis Dixon
Alexis Dixon

Graduate Curatorial Practice student at MICA. 2015 Bowie State University graduate.

Tracy Hall
Tracy Hall

Senior Theatre Arts major at Morgan State University.

Tylar Hinton
Tylar Hinton

Senior Theatre Arts major at Morgan State University.

Asia McCallum
Asia McCallum

Senior Theatre major at Howard University.

Bria Vaughan
Bria Vaughan

Senior Theatre Arts major at Morgan State University.


For more information about UAL, please email [email protected]

Urban Arts Leadership is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and is made possible through the generous support of the:

Surdna Foundation

Maryland State Arts Council

Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

Eddie C. Brown and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation

SB & Company

The Peck Family Foundation

Robbye and Kevin Apperson

Jane Brown and Neil Didriksen

Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker


Become a Member

As a member of GBCA, you will not only gain access to wonderful benefits, but you will also become an active participant in a broader cultural community. Your organization and employees will directly benefit from opportunities to collaborate, connect, learn, network and share with your colleagues in the cultural community. Join our growing constituency of over 300 individual artists and organizations representing the region's extraordinary range of arts, culture, history, heritage, humanities, and attractions.

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