Our exceptional collection of colleges and universities!

Executive Director’s Letter
December 4, 2012

One of the most critical drivers of the region is our exceptional collection of colleges and universities.  Many of these institutions also have a strong commitment to the arts and culture sector and are important partners to the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.  Baltimore Collegetown’s 2012 Student Survey states, “Attracting college students to Baltimore is critical to fueling a huge economic engine.  In addition to billions in economic activity, our region’s 120,000 students bring diversity, energy, and ideas and are key to the metropolitan area’s growth.”
Attracting talented students from within the region and around the country and encouraging them to connect with local artists and institutions is important to this success and supports the goals of our current collegiate members:

Johns Hopkins University
Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Goucher College
Howard County Community College
The Maryland Institute College of Art
Stevenson University
Towson University
UMBC

We are grateful to these partners and expect their numbers will grow in 2013.  Working with Collegetown, GBCA will work to create further collaborations like those we have forged with MICA and UMBC.

On another education front, if you are an artist educator working in or with Baltimore City Schools please take ten minutes to fill out the attached arts education survey.  This survey is part of the Any Given Child initiative that will create a long-range arts education plan for all students in Baltimore City Public Schools grades pre-kindergarten through eight.  It is supported by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

We need your help in this important work.  Any Given Child is starting to collect data from various stakeholders throughout City Schools (administrators and educators) and the arts community.  This data will be used to formulate a strategic plan to ensure equitable, sustainable access to comprehensive, sequential arts education for all children.  Your responses are the best way to understand the available arts education resources and any barriers you perceive to the implementation or expansion of arts education opportunities for City Schools students. The deadline to complete this survey is Friday, December 21, 2012.

All the best,
Jeannie

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