Citizen Artist Baltimore is excited to partner with coalition partner Arts Every Day as they work with Baltimore City Public Schools to launch the Baltimore Arts Education Initiative, a collaborative Fine Arts Strategic Planning process to improve equity and access to the arts for all Baltimore City Public School students.
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Citizen Artist Baltimore is proud to be in collaboration with Mile 22 and other civic and community organizations to kick off National Voter Registration Week, beginning Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 with a friendly, fun, happy hour with complimentary drinks, refreshments, and music. Voter registration, information and educational tools will be available to increase awareness around the importance of voting locally.
The dramatic removal of Baltimore’s contested Confederate monuments has sparked a robust public dialogue around what to do with the remaining sites. In response, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts has created an online portal, “Monumental Sites,” to serve as a central repository for the public’s suggestions and ideas. Artpartheid, in partnership with Cultural Works and USDAC & The Arch Social Club Community Network, The Living Well, and Wombworks, is hosting a series of community dialogues to create space for people to express their thoughts about the monuments, the removal process, and ideas for what to do next.
National arts and culture funding is being threatened by President Trump’s proposed federal budget. Now more than ever it is important for everyone to contact your members of Congress to let them know that you support all agencies that help local organizations.
One of the top priorities we heard from citizen artists during our listening sessions last year was the need for access to affordable housing and workspace. Join the Baltimore Housing Roundtable to fight for fair development at the United Not Blighted Rally at the Baltimore War Memorial building from 2 to 5 PM on Saturday, May 13th. BHR will feature storytelling about displacement due to environmental injustices, neighborhood gentrification, and disinvested and blighted housing, and then issue a challenge to Mayor Pugh to invest in community-driven, equitable development. The event will be interspersed with musical performances and will end with a march on City Hall.
A message from our state level arts advocacy partner, Maryland Citizens for the Arts:
Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the nation’s federal agencies and programs for the remaining balance of the current FY2017 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2017. None of the nation’s arts and cultural agencies nor programs incurred a budget cut. In fact, many of them received funding increases for this year (see chart below here). As you will see from the chart, not only was there no cut to the NEA’s current fiscal year budget, but our champions in Congress actually proposed a $2 million increase!
The next meeting of the Mayor’s Safe Art Space Task Force is this Tuesday, April 4, 4pm, at Maryland Institute College of Art – 300 W Mt. Royal Ave, Room M110.
For artists living / working in Baltimore City, click here to take the Safe Arts Space Survey:
With over 100 participants in attendance, last week’s City Civics 101 event at Impact Hub Baltimore was a great success. City Council member Kristerfer Burnett explained how Baltimore City government and processes function, while community organizers and shared strategies for civic engagement at the issue, neighborhood, and city levels. In case you missed it, here are more resources:
**City Civics 101, 6-8pm March 7, 2017 at Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 East North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21202** Free. How does city government function? How do we move from ideas to action? What tools and tactics are most effective for making change at the city level? City Civics 101 attempts to answer all of these important questions in one action-packed evening.
The Mayor’s Task Force on Safe Art Space is working to create a citywide network of safe, cost effective, contemporary, living, live/work, studio, and performance spaces for emerging and established artists. They need your input! Fill out the Safe Space Survey here: https://goo.gl/VFo3xg