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. During this event we will hear from Chicago-based Ingenuity-Inc., a national thought leader and the strategy partner for Chicago Public Schools instrumental in the creation and implementation of a district wide Fine Arts Plan.
Baltimore City Public Schools District in partnership with Arts Every Day is pleased to announce the Baltimore Arts Education Initiative, a collaborative Fine Arts Strategic Planning process to ensure equity and access to arts education for all Baltimore City Public School students. The Baltimore Arts Education Initiative (BAEI) is a 2017 recipient of a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts Art Works: Collective Impact grant.
In partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, Arts Every Day will convene students, parents, community partners, arts educators, arts organizations, and district stakeholders to create a Strategic Plan to move the Baltimore City Public School District forward in 1) meeting new Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Standards and Regulations, 2) equipping school leaders and educators with a roadmap for building arts rich schools, 3) defining guidelines for quality school and community partnerships, out-of-school time and summer arts programming. The planning process will take place over the 2017-18 School Year.
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Join Citizen Artist Baltimore, 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. This is the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, make your voice heard, and begin to make a collective impact for change in Baltimore City! Also find out the resources and organizations already making that impact in need of support from engaged citizens!
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. All are invited to share their ideas for what to do with the sites through this online form. Proposals are due December 31, 2017. Its understood that ideas will be considered for temporary art interventions, performances, and/or programming. Permanent changes to the sites will require a long term review process that has yet to be defined. Now is the time for citizen artists to help shape these processes.
During this crucial period of transition, several neighborhood organizations and grassroots arts and cultural groups are meeting to discuss how this process should work and ideas for what to do with the site. 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 former Confederate monument sites, the removal process, and ideas for what to do next. There will be three dates in September through October:
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 (1:00-4:00 p.m.) Arch Social Club: 2624 North Ave 21217
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 (2:00-6:00 p.m.) The Living Well: 235 Holiday Street 21201
From the Baltimore National Heritage Area programs and grants, run by the National Park Service, to the Baltimore School for the Arts’ NEA supported TWIGS program, the congressional arts and culture funding has major impact on Baltimore residents. All of these programs and more are 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. Although President Trump’s initial attempt to cancel the NHAs, NEH, NEA, CPB, and IMLS in the federal FY17 budget was stopped by Congress, the President’s FY18 budget once again proposes the elimination of these agencies. It’s not too late to have influence on the 2018 budget, because the final authorization is in the hands of the U.S. Congress. Contact your Senatorsand Representativestoday and let them know that you value arts and culture.
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. Baltimore Housing Roundtable is leading the charge for fair development in Baltimore with their 20/20 Vision. Building on voter approval of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund during last fall’s election, BHR is now pressing forward with the #UnitedNotBlighted campaign. Will you join us to advocate for affordable housing in Baltimore?
The event will be hosted 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.
Together, we will demonstrate the imperative to put 20 million dollars in the the bond budget next year for deconstruction of vacant houses, greening, and environmental sustainability projects, and 20 million for the creation of permanently affordable housing through community land trusts. This event will launch us into our mass mobilizing phase of the campaign- sending all of us out to share the 20/20 campaign and gather thousands of petition signatures in support.