Executive Director’s Letter
January 29, 2013
Are you rooting for the home team? In our house, we have connections to Colorado and Rhode Island, so the question was not so easy (nor was the aftermath!). Look around, purple Friday has turned into Purple Monday-through-Friday and people have started signing off their e-mail with “Caw.” Even as a reluctant football fan, I am definitely pulling for the Ravens. After all they have a poetic inspiration.
But I do find myself fantasizing about Monday morning water cooler talk that includes buzz about the soaring performance of the first violinist at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra or the amazing exhibition at the Creative Alliance. I see t-shirts, a run on tickets, regional pride, and a pep rally in the Inner Harbor! Arts and culture–that’s definitely another home team we can get behind.
Several questions arose last fall at the Mayor’s Cultural Town Hall Meeting concerning the availability of healthcare for artists. To help artists and cultural organizations navigate the Affordable Care Act, GBCA’s upcoming Brown Bag on Friday, February 8 will be devoted to that topic. We are grateful to join with the Maryland State Arts Council for a presentation by Suzanne R. Schlattman, Deputy Director for Development and Community Outreach with Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative. Suzanne will cover the basic points of the full law as well as free or low-cost healthcare resources that are currently available in the region. This session is designed to be helpful to individual artists as well as organizations. The event will be held at noon at the Maryland Historical Society and RSVPs are required.
In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you at the Peabody Conservatory on Monday, February 4 for the first GBCA Happy Hour of 2013!