I may have mentioned before that one of my favorite things about my job is having the chance to learn from the many creative and insightful artists in Baltimore. We’re all in this together and benefit greatly from sharing our experience and ideas about how to better promote and advocate for arts and culture in Baltimore. It is also a great way to hear about exciting projects and programs.
Did you know that acting students from Baltimore School for the Arts just returned from a trip to London where they successfully mounted a musical in five days with two different casts (whew!), ellen cherry is working with Sandy Asivatham on Mobtown Moon, a project that is bringing together Baltimore musicians (including Lea Gilmore) to record and perform an interpretation of the classic Pink Floyd album “Dark Side of the Moon,” and that magician David London is leading efforts to take What Weekly to the next level?
In other news, members of the cultural community met with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and part of the wide-ranging discussion touched on the impact of the Grand Prix. The community is asking that the mayor be proactive in promoting Inner Harbor attractions to offset the significant and negative impact felt during last year’s race. While there is support for the event, there are also ways to use it as an opportunity to market these organizations to both Baltimoreans and out-of-town visitors alike. We will keep you posted.
Last night’s Happy Hour at In-Flight Theater was a great success. Our next event will be “Collaborating Across the Comfort Zone: Engagement. Partnering. Diversity” a Brown Bag lunch to be held on June 20 from noon to 2:00 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The conversation will be led by artist Peter Bruun, former Executive Director of Art on Purpose, and Randi Vega, Director of Cultural Affairs for Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA). They will share “dos and don’ts” of effective collaboration with diverse groups. This event is timed to coincide with an upcoming deadline for Free Fall grants from BOPA, an opportunity that encourages collaboration.