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Urban Arts Leadership Program

About the Program

The Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP) is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and was designed to increase the participation of groups that have been historically underrepresented, particularly those of color, in the management of cultural and artistic organizations.

UALP is a pipeline for high achieving young leaders (college seniors or recent graduates) who have demonstrated a strong commitment to this goal. The Program offers professional development, networking opportunities, and paid Fellowship placements to aspiring arts administrators. Equally important, UALP offers Fellowship Host organizations tools and training that support institutional changes that encourage greater equity and inclusion.

The development of UALP 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.


GBCA is pleased to announce the 2016-17 UALP Host Organizations:

After a thorough and competitive application process, nine cultural organizations were selected to act as host organizations for the current cohort of UALP 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 20116/17 UALP program year:

Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO)

Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Dance Crew Project

Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA)

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

Single Carrot Theater

The Walters Art Museum

Young Audiences of Maryland


GBCA is pleased to announce the 2016-17 UALP Fellows:

Top row from left to right: Leneé Freeman, Raina Allmond, Kutia Jawara, Kenneth Craig Clemons, Mariah M. Garnett, Omari Russell
Bottom row from left to right: Kiara N. Davis, Juansebastián Serrano,
Janica Alston

Raina Allmond
Rising senior at Coppin State University, Urban Arts Major

Janica Alston
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Membership Liaison
York College of Pennsylvania, BA in Mass Communications
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Membership Services Assistant

Kenneth Craig Clemons
Coppin State University, BA in Urban Arts
Visual Artist and Teacher

Kiara N. Davis
Coppin State University, BS in Dance
Freelance Performing Artist and Choreographer

Leneé Freeman
Stevenson University, BS in Visual Communication Design

Miriah M. Garnett
UMBC, BA in Visual Arts, Graphic Design

Kutia Jawara
Coppin State University, BA in Urban Arts
Dancer, Choreographer, and Dance Educator

Omari Russell
Rising senior at Morgan State University, History Major

Juansebastián Serrano
Maryland Institute College of Art, BA in General Fine Arts
Co-Founder and CEO of The Joint Youth Movement LLC


For more information about UALP, please email

The Urban Arts Leadership Program 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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