Moving Forward

Citizen Artist Baltimore stands in solidarity with LGBTQI folks, women, people of color, Muslims, Mexicans, and indeed all people threatened by the presidential election results. As we heal from the trauma of the 2016 national presidential election, there are many local decisions that were made from which we can draw hope. Mayor-elect Catherine Pugh is already talking about top priorities affecting artists and cultural workers – jobs, education, and housing. In addition, important ballot questions were approved, including the charter amendment establishing the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Working in community reminds us that supporting arts and culture are both means and ends as we continue to make Baltimore a more inclusive and prosperous place for our neighbors. Strengthening and building bridges among our many communities is where it all starts. Our love through organizing continues.

Citizen Artist Baltimore will be holding community gatherings and cultural organizing trainings in the near future. All will be welcome as we seek to expand our community networks, build leadership, and focus on the best ways to equitably support arts and culture in Baltimore City. Take the Citizen Artist Baltimore pledge to receive updates on participating in future events.

Volunteer to Get Out the Early Vote!

Volunteer with the No Boundaries Coalition to help get out the early vote this Saturday, 10/29. Meet 9am at the Avenue Market, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue. Look for the No Boundaries fruit stand to find a field organizer. Canvassing and ride sharing to early polling will run 10am-4pm.

Baltimore Stories / Art of Transformation

Art of Transformation



Citizen Artist Baltimore is excited to share an interactive presentation on with participants at the upcoming Art of Transformation: Reworking Baltimore’s Stories media screening and discussion at Arch Social Club on July 28 from 6-8pm. Citizen Artist Baltimore will help lead a discussion about what we heard at listening sessions, what the mayoral candidates said about arts and culture, and how you can help shape our future as a city-wide alliance of cultural organizing. This event is presented as part of the Baltimore Stories Project and will exploring the unique synergy between: Art, Local Business & the Soul of a Community.

Thursday, July 28th at 6–8:30pm
2426 Pennsylvania Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
Event is free and open to the public.
Food and drinks available for purchase.

Soul of the Community

Seven filmed interviews with artists, activists, and residents of the Sandtown/Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore inspire an exploration of the powerful relationship between the arts, local economy, and what causes a community to thrive. In addition to excerpts from the interview films, the evening will feature an interactive visualization that makes the synergy between these factors explicit for policymakers, activists, and residents alike.

Films feature: James Hamlin, Michael Wills, Nia Hampton, Denise Johnson, James Coombs, Dominic Nell, and Johnnie Jackson.

Presenters include: Denise Johnson, Michael Scott, Lee Boot, Tahira Madhi, and Chris Kojzar.

The Art of Transformation project is being developed by the Imaging Research Center at UMBC in collaboration with Baltimore Imagining Group (big) a coalition of individuals from Baltimore arts, community, and social justice organizations. Collaborators include Culture Works, The US Department of Arts and Culture, Equity MattersNew Lens, and Wombwork Productions.