Executive Director Letter
On Saturday night, my GBCA membership tour took me to the Gordon Center for a performance by 12-year-old child prodigy, Ethan Bortnick. The show was sweet and showcased his talent in a respectful and age-appropriate way that is so refreshing in this time of teenage pseudo-sophistication and over sexualization in the media (Can anyone say Miley Cyrus?).
As Ethan crooned Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America” as homage to his immigrant grandparents, I found myself thinking about all the songs that celebrate this country. In the midst of frustration towards dysfunctional political leadership and a wrong-headed government shutdown, I started to think that maybe it is time to offer our politicians some inspiration since our anger doesn’t seem to be motivating them much. Think of all the artists, performers and musicians who have rallied at times of crisis—September 11, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and unfortunately the list goes on. Why not rally once more on the steps of the Capital? Perhaps artists can move Congress to do the right thing by reminding them of the American spirit? Who knows?
Baltimore City is in the midst of a search to replace the outgoing City Schools’ CEO, Andres Alonso. Given the confluence of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the district’s ongoing emphasis on effective instruction and leadership, and the implementation of City Schools’ 21st Century Building Plan, this is an important time to recognize the critical role of arts education. GBCA is urging our members and friends to advocate for a new CEO who sees arts as integral to the success of City Schools.
On another big topic, be sure to join us tomorrow evening for Health Care for the Creative Class, GBCA’s free session on accessing the state’s online insurance marketplace established under the Affordable Care Act. Learn more and RSVP here: https://gbca.tixato.com/buy/health-care-for-the-creative-class.
All the best,