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SPACE Is The Next Not Final Frontier for GBCA

Executive Director's Letter
May 2, 2016

SPACE is the next (not final) frontier for GBCA.

The Baltimore area has many assets that help attract and retain artists settling here to live and work. It lies in a sweet spot between the competitive markets of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York—all cities easily reached by rail and road. Although there are challenges, the creative community here has a reputation for being supportive and innovative.

An asset frequently touted in attracting artists to this post-industrial town is the availability of abundant, below market rate space. And yet, GBCA continues to here from its constituents that finding space to exhibit, perform, or rehearse is a serious challenge. The recent study by Partners for Sacred Places confirmed the need to make affordable space more available.

I hope you will join us on Wednesday, May 11 for a noon Brown Bag on this topic. Fractured Atlas will be presenting on its new partnership with GBCA to create Baltimore Space Finder. Karen DiLossi from Partners for Sacred Places will talk about Making a Home for the Arts in Sacred Places. There will be plenty of time for your thoughts and questions.

The deadline to apply for Urban Arts Leadership Fellowships is fast approaching. Amid the hubbub of the academic year-end, please be sure to check out this opportunity or share it with the talented young people in your lives.

Congratulations to the Baltimore Museum of Art on the appointment of Christopher Bedford as its new director. Welcome to Baltimore!

See you at the MD Film Festival,

P.S. Kibibi Ajanku, Program Manager for the Urban Arts Leadership Program has been hard at work completing her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her thesis exhibition, Indigo Magic, opens THIS Thursday at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Meyers Maritime Park. Please join us there to celebrate this amazing achievement.

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