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New NEA Research Tool on Working Artists

The NEA has released an online research tool based on information of 2.1 million artists in the United States’ labor force. “Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists,” contains 70 searchable tables with figures on working artists by state and metropolitan area, by demographic information (including race and ethnicity, age, gender, and disability status), and by residence and workplace. The tool offers tables, a map of state-level rankings, and links to original sources.

The tool can also be found under the Tools and Tips page.

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


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


Saturday, June 22nd, 2013


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

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

Mapping Baltimore: GBCA’s Brown Bag

The Baltimore Art + Justice Project assisted yesterday with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance’s “Map it Now” Brown Bag. BA+JP’s Kalima Young and Rebecca Yenawine from New Lens co-facilitated the packed event where many individuals presented their organizations’ maps and data collection experiences. Public Laboratory, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, Baltimore Jazz Alliance, Story of Place Project, Arts Everyday, Power In Dirt, Baltimore Green Space were some of the groups whose efforts were shared and discussed at the event.

Throughout the conversation the importance of art in the community was continually referenced and the effect that research and visual tools, such as maps, can have on showing the positive impact art and cultural programs have on communities. Some of the issues and challenges that were raised related to collaborating and bringing in new people. The Greater Baltimore Tech Council and the Tech and Social Change Baltimore Meet up Group were discussed as two good ways that arts, cultural, and justice based workers could reach out to individuals in the tech community looking to collaborate.

Continuing the Conversation: What have been some of your challenges and experiences collecting data and mapping Baltimore’s cultural,  arts, and justice based communities? What have you found?

Put Yourself on the Map!

Are you an artist, designer, creator, community organizer, or advocate working at the intersection of art and social justice within Baltimore?

The Baltimore Art + Justice Project is collecting data for an interactive map of art and social justice activity in Baltimore.

Put yourself on the map by going to www.mica.edu/bajp and complete the BA+JP questionnaire!

Please Note: If you work in Baltimore City but live in the surrounding counties, please use your Baltimore City address and zip code when creating your Animating Democracy account!

If you have any questions while completing the survey please contact Kalima Young at kyoung01@mica.edu

World AIDS Day Cabaret Benefiting AIDS Action Baltimore

The Creative Alliance will be honoring World AIDS Day this upcoming Friday, November 30th, 2012 by holding a musical celebration. A cabaret starring Mink Stole, Sunrize Highway, Quae Simpson, Alexis Holzer, Tenley Spatz, and more, will be hosted by Adam Cooley. The evening will include Broadway, pop, rock’n’roll, and original songs performed by the Baltimore cast. Following the performances AIDS Action Baltimore’s Lynda Dee and John Hopkins Hospital’s Dr. Dick Chaisson will hold an interactive dialogue with the audience and present new research developments. Proceeds for the event benefit AIDS Action Baltimore. Tickets are $20 for general public and $15 for members. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Creative Alliance website or calling 410-276-1651. The show begins at 8pm on November 30th.

Creative Capital: Maria Martinez on ‘The Art of Social Justice’

Sun Mad

Ester Hernandez, "Sun Mad," 1982

One of the most pressing questions facing the Baltimore Art + Justice Project is: what is the role of the arts in driving social change?

Maria X. Martinez, deputy director of community programs for the San Francisco Department  of Public Health, addresses that question in a short 2007 paper titled ‘The Art of Social Justice.’

Artists not  only document social change,” she argues, “they  promote, inform, and shape it.”

Whether through  music,  plays,  graphics,  paintings,  songs, films,  media, architecture, textiles, jewelry, photography, poetry, sculpture, pottery,  landscapes,  written word, spoken  word,  or dance,  art  is  powerful…For art is the  intellectual  underpinning of social  change;  nowhere  is there  more  potential  and  more  need  for  art than  here and  now.

Martinez asserts that while government bears the principal responsibility for ensuring that residents are healthy and safe, art plays a vital role by raising awareness, encouraging participation, and reducing the barriers of misunderstanding and mistrust that too often divide decision-makers with institutionalized political and economic power from community members who are most directly affected by social problems.

Downtown I-Hotel Eviction

photo by Eddie Foronda

She cites several instances in which artists have helped to shape public debates in San Francisco. For example, in 1972, an Asian-American arts collective produced posters, murals, and publications to protest the eviction of older adult Filipino and Chinese residents from a low-income residential hotel.

A decade later, artist Ester Hernandez produced a satirical advertisement for “Sun Mad Raisins” in order to draw attention to the public health consequences of pesticide overuse by California’s raisin industry.

Martinez calls for a 1930’s-era, Works Progress Administration-style initiative to provide multi-year funding for community artists whose works serve the social good. This type of public investment would use “…creative  capital  to promote social justice, mitigate  disparities, and build healthy neighborhoods.”

Baltimore has a long history of residents organizing to improve conditions in their communities. It also has an impressive, if less well known, history of local artists using their work to take on the social problems of the day.

Do you have any examples of ways in which the arts have been used to challenge the status quo, reduce disparities, or advocate for positive change? Please share your stories in the comments section or via email.

Musings of a Project Coordinator, Episode I

Greetings!  I’m Kalima Young, the project coordinator for the Baltimore Art + Justice Project. I’m a Baltimore native, a researcher, an activist, a lecturer and a filmmaker. I love discovering this city’s community assets and resources. I enjoy bringing people together to work toward strengthening Baltimore, and I’m excited about my role in melding transformative art with ongoing community work toward solidarity and equality.

I’ve spent the last six months meeting a wide variety of artists and designers who work across the spectrum of social justice issues. I’ve assembled an advisory group of artists, funders, researchers, activists and advocates to help guide me through the life of this project.   As a result of my outreach, I have discovered the following:

1) Baltimore has as much beauty, energy and innovation as it has poverty, public health crises and crime.

2) COMMUNITY is a word that is overused and misused by people who do not:
a. clearly understand what it is, and/or
b. really believe in it.

3) Everyone disagrees about what makes an artist a ‘Community Artist’.

4) There is an awful lot of talking about the challenges in Baltimore but we all find it hard to figure out concrete solutions.

5) There are many amazing artistic endeavors happening across this city but people have trouble leaving their own neighborhoods and “communities” to see them all.

Can we harness the energy of this vibrant, quirky, eclectic artist/designer landscape to empower this city?

Can we acknowledge racial and class barriers in Baltimore’s arts world so we can start creating real solutions?

Can we more deeply engage advocates in their understanding of art as a tool for justice?

Let’s answer these questions together.

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