Last week, I met with Chris Stewart from the Maryland State Arts Council, Gregg Wilhelm of CityLit, and author Scott Fuqua to learn more about our writing community and how GBCA can provide support. It was a lively and insightful conversation about building connections. Plans are well underway for the upcoming CityLit Festival sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library on April 14. Also in the works is the next Literary Arts Week October 2012. More details to come.
The first 2012 GBCA Brown Bag with Fanon Hill and Mariska Jordan sparked an insightful conversation about diversity. The crowd of 50 people from a wide range of organizations and media were fully engaged in the dialogue that felt more like a starting point than a resolution. GBCA is committed to helping continue the dialogue.
I hope you will join us for the April 2 Happy Hour featuring “Maryland’s African American Experience through the Lens of Art and Culture” at the Maryland Historical Society from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This will be followed by an event on May 7 hosted by the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center.
Mark your calendar for April 17 for the next Brown Bag Talk Back “Fear and Loathing: Demystifying the Simple Art of Writing a Grant” with Melissa Warlow, Executive Director of the William G. Baker, Jr. Fund and Lara Hall, Senior Program Officer at The Blaustein Philanthropic Group. This will occur in The Exchange Building (1122 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 201, Towson MD, 21204) from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Finally, be sure to check out the exciting program for the 2012 Young Audiences National Conference on April 20 right here in Baltimore.