Bravo to Our Community’s Volunteers!

It’s often assumed that those of us who work in the arts labor away in some dusty garret or conversely, only breathe rarified air.  That’s one reason why it excites me to hear about the volunteer and community engagement work of artists and my peers in arts administration.  I spent Saturday pruning fruit trees with the Baltimore Orchard Project, but I am outdone by GBCA’s hardworking staff who volunteer at a variety of other organizations including the Maryland Historical Society, The Jewish Museum of Maryland, EMP Collective, Iron Crow, and Single Carrot Theatre.  It’s actually a hallmark of the artistic community to be engaged in and concerned about our communities—bravo and thank you to all who spend their precious “free” time and many talents helping to make this a better world.
 
On the flip side, those of us managing nonprofit organizations are tremendously indebted to our generous Board of Directors and committees.  We are so very grateful.  Volunteering is an American value and continues to be strong in this country.   In a recently released study, the Corporation for National and Community Service reports that one in four Americans volunteers.  Volunteering spans generations including an ever-rising number of Generation Xers whose service has trended up more than 30% over the past 11 years.   Way to shatter another stereotype!
 
Monday night we will have a celebratory Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District Happy Hour at EMP Collective.  Join the district’s director, Priya Bhayana and learn more about the organizations and artists who bring the area to life!
 
All the best,
 
Jeannie
 
P.S.  The new Urban Arts Leadership Program will have its first round of professional development “Intensives” for aspiring arts administrators.  Contact lsaunders@baltimoreculture.org if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

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