Executive Directors Letter
August 27, 2013
As some of you know, GBCA has been working on its 2013-2015 strategic plan and bringing many of our goals and services into focus. This year, we have begun to offer professional development programming through Artists U/Baltimore and to lay the groundwork for a new initiative, the Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP).
Artists U began in Philadelphia in 2006 to provide free, artist-to-artist workshops and strategic planning assistance. Since 2006, Artists U/Philadelphia has worked with over 300 artists. With support from Leveraging Investments In Creativity (LINC), Artists U has replicated its model in Baltimore and South Carolina. This year with funding from the Surdna Foundation, The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, AU/Baltimore became a program of GBCA and is helping artists build sustainable practices and to effectively manage their work. Take a look at this link to learn more about the upcoming Intro class: http://artistsu.com/baltimore/.
The UALP emerged from AU as an additional effort to help diversify and strengthen administrative leadership in the broader arts community of Baltimore. The program is under the leadership of associate artistic director of Arena Players and Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Fellow, David D. Mitchell, with contributions to its development from a diverse committee including some of the areas most accomplished arts leaders.
The coming months will bring several announcements about new initiatives at GBCA including programs that will bring additional resources to the region. I hope to see you at the gb.tc Arts and Culture Happy Hour on September 9!
Happy Labor Day Weekend,