It’s hard not to feel weighed down by the most recent COVID-19 numbers and the growing wave of new restrictions. Fortunately, artists and cultural organizations have found ways to remind us to be grateful. Gratitude allows us to turn our attention to the needs of others. Regardless of our circumstances, we all have gifts to offer.
For example, Baltimore National Heritage Areas (BNHA) is launching its very first online Holiday Bazaar to support its local museum partners (full disclosure, I serve on the BNHA Board of Directors). This program is a showcase of merchandise from 12 museum gift shops, and the Made in Baltimore makers’ retail store. The bazaar also features student artwork from the Baltimore City Public Schools History through Art program. In this case, proceeds from these sales will go to the artists. The bazaar will be online from November 12th – December 12th.
Despite the challenges facing the live music venue An Die Musik, they have created a Week to Give Thanks program in partnership with Baltimore-based musicians. The initiative will support many organizations in the area. During the week of Thanksgiving, one-third of ticket proceeds for each concert will benefit a local charity chosen by the performer.
Here's the lineup:
Sunday, Nov. 22 - 7 pm Todd Marcus Quintet benefits Intersection of Change
Tuesday, Nov. 24 - 7 pm Cyrus Chestnut and Charlotte Doreen Small benefits Maryland Food Bank
Friday, Nov. 27 - 7 pm MGQ - Mark Gross Quartet benefits Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ
Saturday, Nov. 28 - 7 pm Marianne Matheny-Katz: The Joni Chronicles benefits Action Against Hunger
Sunday, Nov. 29 - 2 pm John Lamkin 'Favorites' Jazz Quintet benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Mid-Atlantic
In other news that inspires gratitude, the Maryland State Arts Council has shared funding opportunities from other state agencies that may support arts and culture organizations. This includes three Commerce Department areas: Tourism Nonprofits, Entertainment Venues, and Main Streets. It also includes the Department of Labor’s Layoff Aversion Fund, and Additional Financial Assistance and Resources through the state.
Let’s all continue to seek inspiration and watch for ways in which the human spirit triumphs. We need to care for one another’s health and spirits in every way we can. Show you care and wear a mask.
All my best,
P.S. Visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/gbca to learn more about how you can support the important programs of GBCA.