Attention Arts Education Advocates!

Executive Director’s Letter
January 21, 2014

Attention arts education advocates, next week is your week!  On Monday, January 27 join GBCA and Arts Every Day for a Brown Bag working session on the Governor’s new Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education being spearheaded by Arts Education in Maryland Schools.  Participants will be rolling up their sleeves to respond to the task force’s questionnaire, a critical tool for informing policymakers about priorities.

Then on Tuesday, plan to join other arts advocates for the Baltimore City School Board meeting at North Avenue.  Come early to get a red arts advocate sticker and let the Board know how important it is to hire a CEO who understands the value of arts.  The children of Baltimore have a right to the best education possible and that’s one that includes the arts. This public meeting takes the place of the one canceled in December due to weather.

I hope you caught Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s announcement about the reinstatement of the Creative Baltimore Fund.  The great news for arts organizations and artists is that the fund will make more than $200,000 available annually for general operating support and projects.  You may remember that the fund was a hot topic of conversation at the Mayor’s Cultural Town Hall in the fall of 2012.  Eligibility requirements and the application may be found on the website of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

For the artists among us, it’s a snow day so get on the your computer and start working on your Rubys application!  The deadline to request up to $10,000 for your dream project is February 2.  What are you waiting for???

Get out the popcorn and stay safe,
Jeannie

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