The tsunami of leadership change in Baltimore continues…

Executive Director’s Letter
May 7, 2013

The tsunami of leadership change in Baltimore continues with the announcement yesterday that Dr. Andrés Alonso will be leaving his post as CEO of the Baltimore City Public School system.  Amid the accolades for his dynamic leadership, we are grateful for Dr. Alonso’s commitment to arts education.

I hope you caught the Maryland Public Television Announcement of the latest Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners: installation artist Jonathan Latiano, photographer Lynne Parks, and cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski.  You can learn more about their work on the Baker Artists Award site.  Watch for the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners starting with an opening celebration on Wednesday, February 26.  Special plans are underway for the 2013 b-grant exhibition!

Continuing my tour of GBCA members, last night our Arts & Culture Happy Hour was at the incredible Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts.  The facility includes a state-of-the-art 550-seat theatre, black box, dance studios, and more.  The new Managing Director of Arts & Culture, Randi Benesch, will soon announce her first season and is already developing exciting regional partnerships with artists and organizations from the surrounding counties and Baltimore City.

Hope to see you at the Maryland Film Festival!

P.S.  Don’t forget to sign up for the incredible Mind Your Business event on housing this Monday, May 13 at the Charles Theatre.  The event will be packed with useful information on navigating the purchase of a new home including accessing special discount programs and tax relief.


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