A Fascinating Last Week

April 25 is the big day for the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners who will be announced during a broadcast on MPT at 8:00 pm. The show will be hosted by Rhea Feikin of MPT fame and Tom Hall of Baltimore Choral Arts and WYPR. You can join us for the festivities and meet the 2012 award winners at a reception at Metro Gallery at 1700 North Charles Street.

It was fascinating last week to attend the National Symposium on Arts/Cultural/Entertainment Districts. The keynote speaker, Mark Stern, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, has been principal investigator for the Social Impact of the Arts, a research program of Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice, and has also recently written about Arts Districts.

In addition, local superstars including Will Backstrom (PNC), Doreen Bolger (Baltimore Museum of Art), Gaia (street artist currently curating Open Walls Baltimore), and Fred Lazarus (MICA), all helped to underscore the vibrancy of Baltimore and its Arts and Entertainment Districts in Station North and Highlandtown. What a great way to show off the City’s arts leadership to a national audience. Kudos to Ben Stone, Executive Director of Station North for an inspiring two days.

Also a shout out goes to the performers at the Creative Alliance on Wednesday evening that included ellen cherry and Femi the DriFish. It was rocking.

Don’t forget the CityLit Festival at the Pratt Library on Saturday, April 14—talk about a superstar line up AND the price is right (free).


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