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Executive Director’s Letter April 23, 2019

ArtBrew is coming!!! Have you gotten your tickets yet? This is your chance to honor your hard-working employees and to have some great fun. Space is limited, so make sure you and your staff RSVP as soon as possible! You can purchase your own tickets ($10 each) or buy a block for your staff by following this link.

As a special bonus, GBCA member organizations can nominate one exceptional full-time staff member to receive the “Baltimore Excellence in Arts” Award, affectionately known as the B.E.A. We’ll show them some extra love with recognition on stage and in the printed program. We hope that you use this party as an opportunity to recognize your entire remarkable staff, one exceptional employee who goes above and beyond, and to celebrate all of our arts and culture treasures. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors Capital One, D&J Culbertson Insurance Inc., and Kelly & Associates. We hope to see you there!

GBCA is continuing its blog series with a focus on Arts Education leaders. Last week, Julia DiBusolo, Executive Director of Arts Every Day penned a widely read piece about the new Baltimore City Schools Arts Education Strategic Plan. This week we are fortunate to hear from a leader who has worked for many years to ensure that arts education is available to every child, Mary Ann Mears. Mary Ann is an accomplished artist and a long-time advocate on the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Board of Directors. You can find her blog here.

The Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration of the Baker Artist Portfolios continues with a retrospective show in partnership with Maryland Art Place. The opening event is on May 10 and will feature visual artists and performers who have been honored with awards since the program’s inception. This will be an amazing collection of the region’s finest creators.

Finally, the Third Friday Equity and Inclusion Conversations have been a hit. You won’t want to miss the next event on May 17 when we continue exploring the history and impact of monuments, particularly those honoring the Confederacy.

With all this flurry of activity, I wanted to pause and honor the hundreds of men, women, and children who were murdered in the recent Sri Lanka terrorists attack. It’s hard to imagine the enormous loss suffered by families, communities and the entire country.



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