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Executive Director’s Letter August 14, 2018

Americans for the Arts is hosting its annual Executive Leadership Forum (ELF), in Sundance, Utah, and I am excited to be one of the 16 arts executives nationally selected to participate. Together, we will brainstorm, reflect, and strategize on the future of arts administration across our country.

ELF is designed to create opportunities for senior staff of local arts advancement organizations to focus on long-term thinking and professional growth. It includes seminars on improving overall strategy, handling transitions, and preparing organizations to benefit from national trends in the art world. We'll also dive into a wide range of topics—including equity, cultural democracy, community development, and long-term visioning—that will be explored through discussions, presentations, and screenings. I am eager to see what new thinking I can bring home, and to share the innovative work already happening in the Baltimore region.

If you don’t know them already, Americans for the Arts is an important advocate for arts and culture nationwide and is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. They are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. You can find them at

There have been some big changes at GBCA! Please join me in welcoming recent Urban Arts Leadership graduates Renz Balagtas and Alexis Dixon to the GBCA team. As Program Assistant, Renz will be working on UAL and the Baker Artist Portfolio. Alexis’ first day in the key role of Executive Assistant was Monday. She’ll be working closely with me and the Board of Directors. She will also be right in the middle of GBCA’s upcoming strategic planning process.

Happy Tuesday,


P.S. Interested in building greater inclusion and equity in your organization and throughout the region? Then check out the opportunity to become an Urban Arts Leadership Host Organization. You can learn more and fill out the application here.

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