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Executive Director Letter 12/7/21

Rocking in Baltimore County

In 2002, the Maryland General Assembly designated Catonsville as "Music City, Maryland" in honor of it’s rich music heritage and abundant music resources including music specialty shops, businesses and performance venues. Then in 2020, Baltimore County Government and the Baltimore County Arts Guild sought and received designation for Catonsville as Baltimore County's first Arts & Entertainment District. There is much to explore and experience in Catonsville--live music, art studios and galleries, unique boutiques and maker spaces. To learn more, check out the Baltimore County Arts Guild, which manages The Arts & Entertainment District.

Not far from downtown Catonsville is the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. Benjamin Banneker was born as a free African American on November 9, 1731 to Mary and Robert Bannaky. When he was six years old, his parents purchased 100 acres of land called “Stout” in present day Oella, Maryland, and put his name on the deed so that he could maintain his freedom throughout his life. He later became an acclaimed mathematician and astronomer who helped survey the boundary for the nation’s new Capital in Washington, D.C., you can learn more about Banneker’s fascinating achievements and connection to the land, as well explore a replica of his home.

You might also want to slide over to Arbutus for coffee at OCA Mocha, a shop/gallery/study hall/performance space that was developed by UMBC students. There is so much happening in this lively corner of the county!

Stay well,


P.S. Calling all artists! The Baker Artist Portfolios deadline is December 17th at 5pm! Just ten days remain for artists to create or update their portfolios to before

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