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Executive Director's Letter - 11/7/23

Community safety is a critical issue in Baltimore, one in which community-based arts organizations have played a vital role for many years.

GBCA is honored to partner with the Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI) to host an event that will explore the intersection of these two fields with a focus on identifying potential barriers and investment opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. Dr. Rashida Govan-Gyamfi, an esteemed writer, educator, and Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, will lead an enlightening convening and panel discussion focused on community-based arts and community safety.

Attendees will also be treated to the premiere of the trailer for the forthcoming documentary Cherry Hill Charm. This film tells the story of the Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival and its impact in stimulating self-efficacy and community well-being. It's a story of hope, resilience, and the transformative power of art and music.

We're also excited to showcase a community safety art exhibition, featuring photography by Cherry Hill residents. Art has a unique way of capturing the pulse of a community, and these images are no exception. They're a testament to the resilience, strength, and spirit of the Cherry Hill community.

The event will feature a remembrance ceremony in celebration of Leon and Noni Faruq, two individuals who made significant contributions to our city. Their legacy is a reminder of the impact that a single person can have on the safety and well-being of a community.

The convening will take place on November 18, from 1pm - 2:30pm at MedStar Harbor Hospital in the Baum Conference Center located at 3001 S. Hanover St, Baltimore, MD 21225. Don't miss this opportunity to contribute to an important discussion about the future of our community. The event is free and open to the public. For more information: [email protected].

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