The Big Moment is Almost Here!

Executive Directors Letter
November 19, 2013

The big moment is almost here.  On December 1, 2013, GBCA will launch a regional individual Artist Project Grants initiative. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for artists to execute long-dreamed of or newly inspired creative projects.   A total of $120,000 will be awarded in 2014. Grants will be made to artists of all disciplines – performing, media, visual, and literary – living in Baltimore City or the five surrounding counties (Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard).  The first round will focus on the Performing Arts and Media Arts.  While the call does not open until December 1, you can find more information here.
 
GBCA is thrilled to launch a grants initiative that will inspire and encourage artists.  Ultimately, the region will benefit from new and visionary artistic projects, national attention to our flourishing arts scene, and contributions to an environment that welcomes artists to live, work, and thrive. This program is an important complement to the Baker Artists Awards and the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize in making Baltimore a region rich with opportunities for individual artists. We are so grateful to the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation for their vision in initiating the grants.
 
The Artists Project Grants usher in a new era of grantmaking in Baltimore and the five surrounding counties. In addition to direct individual artist support, the program offers and encourages regional philanthropists and philanthropic organizations to make contributions that directly support artists.
 
Back to my membership tour, congratulations to Sarah B. McCann who began her tenure as Executive Director of member Baltimore Clayworks last Friday night.  In addition to her installation, Clayworks honored founder and former director Deb Bedwell and kicked off the holiday shopping season with an amazing assortment of ceramics created by local artists.
 
All the best,
Jeannie
 
P.S.  GBCA had a terrific Brown Bag session on internships and we are grateful to Kristen McGuire of Baltimore Collegetown Network and Megan Miller from MICA for making the event a success.  Our friends at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts wanted to be sure folks understand that nonprofits are permitted to use unpaid interns, but you must follow federal guidelines. If you missed the session, you can view the keynote (which includes information about the laws) here.

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