Executive Director’s Letter
April 9, 2013
How sad to start the day with news about the many layoffs at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The economic shifts brought on by the recession and other pressures continue to be felt in the cultural community and we are far from the leading edge of the recovery. The sector is responsible for more than 9,000 jobs in Baltimore City alone, but that is small comfort to the BMA and those folks who lost their jobs today.
On a happier note, my quest to visit GBCA members went into full swing on Friday night at the Maryland Art Place Out of Order event. Billed as “the much-anticipated Do-It-Yourself spring benefit exhibition, silent auction and party!” there was an amazing array of work from talented Baltimore artists.
GBCA Board president Leslie Shepard and I met with the new executive director of Arts Education in Maryland Schools, Mary Cary. She is an impressive leader off to an impressive start and we look forward to working with her. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the AMES Alliance CAFÉ 2013 on May 30 at Towson University for what promises to be a lively and thought provoking discussion about the National Core Arts Standards.
I hope you plan to join us for the GBCA Happy Hour this evening at The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and that you are enjoying this fabulous August weather.