Baltimore’s Cultural Community Center

I just had my first ever visit to the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. It’s an impressive building, with a long history. Four floors, an exhibit on Baltimore Jazz legends, including Eubie Blake himself, several gallery spaces, class rooms, a dance studio, a flexible use space, and a jazz venue. The organization is now in its 40th year, and its 10th year on Howard Street. I can’t think of another place in Baltimore quite like it (although please let me know of others if they’re out there). It’s truly a cultural community center, and our city is lucky to have it.

Today as I toured the building, the Maryland Summer Centers three-week youth program was happening, and each space was filled with kids working on dance, visual arts, theatre, and jazz.

I was a bit ashamed that it was my first visit to the center, having driven by it so many times, and having formerly lived three blocks away from it when I lived in Mt. Vernon. However, I know about it now, and look forward to catching one of their many programs from one of their many partners.

It’s an impressive place, with a long history, and it’s working hard to be an important community player.

The Afro put together this clip, featuring executive director (and GBCA board member) Troy Burton, discussing the center and some of its many offerings. .

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