There is nothing more important in the next week than casting your vote! Early voting is underway up to the General Election on November 3. I’ll be headed down to the Community College of Baltimore City on Liberty Heights Avenue today to drop off my ballot. Do you have a plan? If you plan to mail your voted ballot, do it today! Although ballots envelopes postmarked on or before November 3, 2020 will be accepted, they MUST be received by your local board of elections by 10 am on November 13, 2020. You can find information and resources, including the location of drop off boxes, on the Maryland Board of Elections website.
If you are interested in volunteering to cheer on voters, Baltimore Votes has launched a fun program for Early Voting and Election Day called "Adopt a Vote Center!" It's all about providing a positive energy and environment at the polling sites and vote centers in a safe and socially distant way. They provide volunteers with the voting swag,voting materials, and good cheer! Go to https://www.baltimorevotes.org/adopt to learn more and sign on as a volunteer.
Congratulations to the 2020 Rubys Artist Grants recipients! Two members of the GBCA family are part of this talented group: GBCA’s Director of Equity and Inclusion, Kibibi Ajanku and Urban Arts Leadership Alumni Jalen Eutsey. Kudos on this wonderful recognition of your work.
Speaking of grants, The Gutierrez Memorial Fund 2020 Legacy Grant application deadline for submissions is October 30, 2020. The project-based arts grant calls for proposals from arts organizations, individual artists, and educators who are residents of Maryland, and whose programs or projects serve Maryland communities. Special consideration is given to projects that build skills, engage community, and transform the built environment. For more information on eligibility, and to download an application please visit https://gutierrezmemorialfund.com/grant-info/.
Registration is now open for ArtsLAB 2020. Maryland Citizens for the Arts will host the event virtually this year on Friday, November 20, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ArtsLAB is open to artists, arts professionals, advocates, and more looking to come together to discuss current issues and concerns facing the arts sector. You can expect progressive forward-moving and forward-thinking conversations about how to make Maryland the leading art sector in the country. Sign up today!
P.S. Visit this link to view the 2020 Baker Artist Awards Special on MPT!