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Move This World 4th Global Summit

Looking for a way to get moving and develop strategies for social change this weekend? The Move This World 4th Global Summit is taking place is Baltimore this weekend on Saturday, September 21st through Sunday, September 22nd. The Summit brings together activists, artists, students and educators to learn Move this World’s evidence-based curriculum using creative movements to spark social change.  Those in attendance will collaborate in a variety of activities led by MTW’s PeaceMover Facilitators and global staff, engage in group dialogues, self-reflection, and direct action planning.

Move this World uses creative movement to inspire empathy, viewing movement as an embodiment of cultural knowledge. Through creative movement sessions attendees will practice active listening, conflict resolution, civic engagement, appreciating differences, and social awareness. The skills offered by the Move this World summit are both personal and political, providing techniques toward creating larger social change, as well as help for you while traveling that often stressful road.

For more information on the Move the World summit, email MTW’s Program Coordinator and Global Summit aficionado, Alejandra Paucar at apaucar@movethisworld.org

To register for the summit visit: http://movethisworld4thglobalsummit.eventbrite.com/

Saturday, Sept. 21st-Sunday, Sept. 22nd

National Academy Foundation School of Baltimore
601 N. Central Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

The Art of Justice

Bringing together the artwork of over 40 local and national artists is an exhibit to honor the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is “The Art of justice.” The exhibit is organized by Michael Anthony Brown, Toni George, and Greg Scott and features works from a range of different genres. The Art of Justice reflects the artists’ perspectives of the historical and current state of justice in the U.S, as well as the continuing fight for racial equality. The Art of Justice is striving to encourage a “new generation of social awareness” to shape future activism for social justice.

Organizers of the exhibit are currently raising funds for the exhibit to further expand in size and continue spreading its message by traveling nationally. The opening reception for The Art of Justice will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013 from 5-8pm at the Mount Rainier Artists Loft Gallery. There will be a pre-march celebration featuring performances by Ayanna Gregory from her play, “Daughter of the Struggle.”  The gallery itself will be open daily from 12 noon to 7pm and the exhibit will run through Sunday, September 8th 2013.

 

For more information on the exhibit please visit theartofjustice.org

Building “Strong Youth” with “Strong Art”

Strong Art Strong Youth: A Convening is bringing together those in Baltimore interested and invested in access to arts programs for Baltimore youth. On Saturday, June 22nd from 9am-1pm artists, activists, community members, organizers–everyone–are encouraged to come and take part in a series of exhibits and conversations on the experiences and status of using “strong art” to build “strong youth” in Baltimore.

The day’s events are separated into hour-long segments and attendees are invited to attend all or part of the day (for a complete schedule see below). The convening will begin with an exhibit of youth and artist mentor artworks, including a gallery talk with those artists exhibiting their work. Following the exhibit there will be a presentation of the Strong Art Strong Youth Report findings by Fanon Hill and Peter Bruun. Kenneth Morrison, Sarah Tooley, Muse 360 Arts, and Unchained Talent will also highlight access to art for youth in the city as well as work currently being done by youth in Baltimore.

Using the report’s findings, Fanon Hill and Peter Bruun will also propose recommendations on bettering access and quality of youth art programs in Baltimore. Other youth arts-related initiatives such as Any Given Child, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, Turnaround Artists, and the Baltimore Art + Justice Project will also be featured, along with the work they are doing and how it relates to the recommendations. Finishing off the day there will be roundtable discussions for attendees to share their thoughts on the Strong Art Strong Youth report and recommendations over a free, light lunch.

The BA+JP Community Dialogues have shown that there is a strong need for continued conversations on topics relating to art and social justice in Baltimore City as well as the desire for building stronger networks and collaborating. The Strong Arts Strong Youth: A Convening is another opportunity for interested individuals and organizations in Baltimore to learn what is happening in the city, what is being done by others, and who might be seeking partners to collaborate with.

The convening is free and completely open to the public. Additionally, all those who attend will receive an abstract of the Strong Art Strong Youth Report and can receive the complete report by email after the event. There will also be a Youth Arts Resource Table for any related program material that you would like to bring and share at the event.

To RSVP or for more information on the event please email: peter@bruunstudios.com or bcyri@hotmail.com

Where:

James E. Lewis Museum of Art in the Carl J. Murphy Center for Fine Arts
Morgan State University
2200 Argonne Drive, Baltimore MD 21251

When:

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Schedule:

9:00-10:00AM Part I: Artist Mentors Have Impact: Art Exhibit and Gallery Talk

10:00-11:00AM Part II: Strong Art Strong Youth Report Presentation

11:00-11:15AM Break

11:15AM-12:15PM Part III: Youth Arts Ecosystem & Recommendations

12:15-1:00PM Roundtable Discussions

Discussing Art and Advocacy at the BA+JP May Community Dialogue

The Baltimore Art + Justice Project’s latest community dialogue brought together local artists, activists, practitioners, community members, and organizers to discuss building (and maintaining) collaborative, working relationships between artists and non-profits. The dialogue was held in partnership with the Public Justice Center who were not only wonderful hosts but provided insight into their own experiences of bringing together the non-profit sector and artists in multiple successful ways.

Jennifer Pelton, Director of Development at PJC, described the work they do as focused on targeting the roots of poverty.  Pelton described how the advocacy driven organization had used powerful images and photographs of real life situations in Baltimore, such as tenant evictions, to convey the importance of taking action on specific issues. In addition to photography, the organization has collaborated with the Megaphone Project multiple times on films and brought in performers for their anniversary benefit. Pelton described that art makes individuals feel compelled do get involved in political advocacy, bridging the gap between the two communities: “Art makes us talk about difficult topics and justice gives us a course of action for those topics.”

Elliot Rauh and Jessica Garrett from Single Carrot Theatre also described in detail their experiences bridging artistic and non-profit communities. The members from the socially engaged theatre company described working to grow outreach and education programs through the theatre. One program in particular they discussed was their annual reading of the “Murder Ink” column from Baltimore’s City Paper. Without any fanfare the SC Theatre company has read aloud the names from the previous years’ column with the intent to not only bring up those individuals’ names again and have them remembered as Garrett stated that “every human being deserves to be acknowledged when they die.” Single Carrot also hopes to create a conversation through the readings explained by Rauh, “theatre sparks dialogue.”

Elliot Rauh, Murder Ink Reading

Elliot Rauh, Murder Ink Reading

The challenges of bringing together artists and non-profits were addressed during the dialogue and many thought the difficulties often rest in understanding the different communities, cultures, and priorities. Some artists might feel that non-profits have not provided the room for creative possibility while non-profits feel that artists might not respect their responsibilities or priorities. It was clear, however that the desire for collaboration was high and the need for a coalition was strong. Continually individuals discussed how necessary it was to build off of the assets that each community can bring, and make sure that we continue to maintain open communication. It’s clear that there are artists and non-profits working on the same issues in Baltimore City that can make incredible work when they collaborate.

Keeping the dialogue going:

What makes for a successful non-profit/artist partnership?

What are your experiences?

What do you think?

What Do You Think Baltimore?: Baltimore Think-A-Thon

On Friday May 24th an event is bringing together Baltimore artists, social activists, researchers, medical professionals, scientists, humanists, political representatives, and foundations to do some thinking. The Baltimore Think-A-Thon is an all day brainstorming event being held by the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Focusing on addressing both black infant mortality and rising AIDS/HIV rates in the city, along with other possible issues raised by participants, those in attendance will be coming together across occupations and communities to discuss past, present, and future ways to address these issues.

The Think-A-Thon comes out of recent studies that have found the collaboration between arts and science practitioners in problem solving can create innovative and effective interventions. The varying backgrounds of the thinkers involved from art to science, to politics encourages that they will bring different skills, perspectives, and thinking styles to the discussion. During the day artists will be working to create preliminary sketches of the ideas thought up by the group. The works created throughout the day will be used later in the “Baltimore Stories Project,” a larger community based project.

The intense day of problem solving, thinking and discussing will be taking place on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 9:00am-3:00pm and will be followed by a reception and a poster session. The Think-A-Thon is being held in the Westminster Hall, located at 519 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

For more information and to register please visit http://www.arhu.umd.edu/thinkathon

Young at Art: Wide Angle Youth Media and The 8th Annual Youth Media Festival

Since 2000, Wide Angle Youth Media has been providing opportunities for Baltimore City youth to develop leadership skills, gain media education, and access to media resources and tools. Each year the organization works with hundreds of Baltimore youth who learn techniques that range from design to photography to film and more. Wide Angle provides these resources and education through a variety of different after school and summer programs: Wide Angle’s Attendance and Design Team, Baltimore Speaks Out!, Mentoring Video Project, Youth Speaks Out!, Summer Media Camp, Special Programs, and their Youth Media Festival. While each of these programs provide a different topic focus, the content is guided by and the end outcome is controlled by the youth involved. Running through all of Wide Angle’s programs is a consistent and clear intent to assist Baltimore City Youth in telling their own story through their own words… or images.

Wide Angle Youth Media_Brandon 636px             Wide Angle works to go beyond just providing the education and the resources, but creates platforms for youth to share their art with the rest of the city. The 8th Annual Wide Angle Youth Media Festival will be holding its Opening Reception next Wednesday May 15th, 2013 from 5:00-8:00pm at the Creative Alliance. The Youth Media Festival showcases the art of over 200 youth from over 40 schools and 10 after school programs across Baltimore City. Using photography and film, this year’s Youth Media Festival features pieces created to challenge negative stereotypes of young people in Baltimore. During the Opening Reception, Wide Angle is collaborating with The Gandhi Brigade’s Just Us Youth Media Festival to screen videos by youth from across Maryland addressing the difficulties they experience and the positive things young people are doing in response. From 3:00pm-5:00pm on the 15th Wide Angle will be hosting free art activities at the Creative Alliance prior to the official Opening Reception. While the Festival’s Opening Reception is next Wednesday the Exhibition will run from May 15th until May 24th.

Individual Tickets for the festival are $10 and can be purchased here.

Wide Angle Youth Media Festival
Wednesday May 15, 2013
Opening Reception 5:00-8:00 PM
Where:
The Creative Alliance
Amalie Rothschild Gallery
3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore MD 21224Final-Festival-Postcard

Upcoming BA+JP Events: Save the Date!

Baltimore Art + Justice Project has two exciting events coming up in the next couple months that you will want to look out for.

First, to say thank you to everyone who has participated in the project and supported us over the past year, BA+JP will be having a Happy Hour next Tuesday, April 23rd from 5-7:30pm at Millers Court. The Happy Hour is co-hosted by Wide Angle Youth Media and in addition to lite fair and cocktails, we will have a sneak peak of the Wide Angle Youth Media Festival. We ask that if you are interested in attending the event that you please RSVP by Friday, April 19th to d.brienne.hagen@gmail.com.

Coming up in May we are having our next Community Dialogue! Connecting Art and Advocacy: Building Relationships that Work, will be co-hosted with the Public Justice Center. Our third dialogue in our series will continue to use a lively, interactive discussion to address the role of advocacy organizations in socially engaged art and design and how to find ways to make these relationships work.
Space for the event is limited so please make sure to RSVP to d.brienne.hagen@gmail.com.

Community Dialogue -Connecting Art & Advocacy: Building Relationships that WorkMay 14, 2013, from 3pm-4:30pm
Public Justice Center (1 N. Charles St. Suite 200, 21201)

Addressing Race and Gender at THIRTY

Maryland Art Place’s event series THIRTY: 30 Creative Minds Under 30 features artists under the age of thirty who are making a name for themselves in Baltimore. The next THIRTY on April 10th, 2013 features two artists that address issues around race and gender.

Nora Howell, a MICA graduate, uses her art as a way of addressing systemic racism and opening dialogues on whiteness. Howell uses popular images in her work, such as Oreos and media advertisements, to spark conversations surrounding race. Many of Howell’s projects have focused specifically on raising visibility to the pervasiveness of whiteness in society. Her “Cracker Dress” is one example of her use of head turning images.

"Oblivia around town. Consumed by her own musings, Oblivia seems unaware of the impact of her “cracker-ness” on those around her."

Nora Howell in her Cracker dress
“Oblivia consumed by her own musings, Oblivia seems unaware of the impact of her “cracker-ness” on those around her.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alicia Ciambrone, a current MICA student, addresses the portrayal of women and girls in the media/television through her Girls Series. Ciambrone’s “Mean Girls” series showcases the hyper-sexualized and aggressive portrayals of women in many current reality television shows. Similarly, in her “Naperville Girls” series Ciambrone remarks on the images of young women often seen across social media sites were they are often stripped of any individual self.

Alicia Ciambrone's "Biter"

Alicia Ciambrone’s “Biter”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can check out more of Nora Howell and Alicia Ciambrone’s art at:

 THIRTY: 30 Creative Minds Under 30

Wednesday April 10th
6:00pm
Maryland Art Place
8 Market Place, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Dancing for a Cause

Tomorrow evening, Saturday March 23rd the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center will be filled with two floors of dancing. Dancing for a Cause, the second annual fundraiser for Jubilee Arts, celebrates the many dance styles that originated within Harlem and have continued to grow across the country. The styles of Chicago Step, Hand Dance, and Line Dance, which will be highlighted at the event, are taught at Jubilee Arts “as a way to preserve and revive the legacy of arts in the African-American community.” In addition to an evening of dancing, guests will also enjoy light fare, performances, door prizes, and auctions. Dancing for a Cause is particularly timely following last month’s social and news media obsession with the Harlem Shake videos. Coverage of the videos were often void of any conversations regarding the dance /videos’ cultural or historical significance, highlighting how important and needed Jubilee Arts’ work is.

All proceeds for the event will help support the operations of Jubilee Arts and their programming which focuses on providing low cost dance, visual arts, creative writing and ceramics classes/programs to Baltimore communities of all ages.

Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased ahead of time online.

For more information on the event please visit the event page on Facebook.

When:
Saturday, March 23rd
8pm- 12am 
 
Where:
Eubie Blake Center- 847 North Howard St. 

Birth Matters: Fundraiser for Maryland Families for Safe Birth

Often conflicting, complicated, and emotional, birth is a topic that stirs a wide range of responses in people. When mentioned amongst different people adjectives vary from powerful, transformative, exciting, and beautiful to grotesque, painful, and scary.

The variety of experiences and stories that individuals have surrounding birth are what the Maryland Families for Safe Birth (MFSB), an organization that is working toward legalizing Certified Professional Midwives in Maryland, is looking to be shared at their upcoming fundraiser. They are asking for individuals to share and perform their birth stories, the good, bad, beautiful, difficult, and everything in between, at the upcoming event.

MFSB, is hoping the performances people share of loss, birth multiples, cesareans, medicated births, midwife assisted births, natural births, unassisted births, and any other story will help bring up the topic of birth and make it clear that as Carmen Calvo of MFSB states “birth matters.”

Calvo, who has a background in art, felt the idea of using storytelling performances would involve families in a powerful that “could serve as a venue for healing.” The event is a fundraiser to benefit the MSFB, but the organization also hopes to raise awareness of issues regarding birth and midwives in the state in the process. Calvo explained that MSFB has been working on passing legislation to legalize Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) in Maryland, “At this time, if a woman chooses to have an out-of-hospital birth experience, she is forced to go underground. By licensing CPMs and having a board of midwives holding CPMs accountable, women will have access to evidence-based care and be able to give birth how and where they choose. This movement is to give MD women and their families safe options outside the hospital setting. With c-section rates at an all time high, women are seeking a more natural, personal care provider and are asking for midwives. Women in MD deserve a choice.”

MFSB is looking for individuals (and families) to share their birthing stories. They are calling musicians, poets, performance and visual artists, storytellers, and anyone without performance experience who would like to share their story to come to participate in the event. Individuals who would like to share their story but may not want to perform it themselves are also welcome to contact Calvo. There will also be space at the event for children to create their art in a craft area.

For more information on the event or how you can participate/contribute please contact Carmen Calvo at carmencalvo22@gmail.com .

MSFB Birth Storytelling Fundraiser

Thursday 21, 7pm @ 2640 (2640 st. Paul st.)

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