Fred Lazarus helped play an important role in bringing GBCA to life!

Executive Directors Letter
April 30, 2012

Well, we knew it would happen eventually, but who wasn’t shocked by the announcement of Fred Lazarus’ plan for retirement?  A towering figure in Baltimore and the national arts community, Fred’s leadership and contributions at the Maryland Institute College of Art and elsewhere have demonstrated extraordinary vision.

The news of his retirement has led me back to the early history of GBCA and the role Fred and others played in bringing to life this organization as a convener and voice for the cultural community.  Even in the early years, GBCA’s commitment moved through the continuum of its constituents from services to individual artists, to organizations small and large, to institutions, colleges and universities.  We are grateful to Fred for his contributions to GBCA as well as his generous spirit, brilliance, creativity, and style.

On the home front, GBCA is pleased to welcome Lauren Saunders as its new Membership and Administrative Assistant.  Lauren is a Goucher graduate, actress and aspiring Julia Child.  She will split her time between GBCA and the Maryland Humanities Council. Please help us in welcoming Lauren and look for her at upcoming GBCA events.

As the landscape of cultural leadership changes in Baltimore and as I continue my membership tour, I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Julia Marciari-Alexander, the new Executive Director of The Walters Art Museum.  Julia’s wit, intelligence, and enthusiasm for the Baltimore area and its cultural assets are exciting.  What a great addition.

Last week’s tour was punctuated by two wonderful performances: Top Dog/ Underdog at Everyman Theatre and Two Gentlemen of Verona at UMBC.  Two Gents was the inaugural production of, and really showed off, the university’s new Performing Arts and Humanities building.

Hoping to see you at our Arts & Culture Happy Hour at the Gordon Center next Monday,

Jeannie

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