Happy Hour and the Launch of Open Walls Baltimore

It was great to see folks at the Creative Alliance for our first Happy Hour of 2012. Among the conversations, Scott Burkholder, Executive Director of The Baltimore Love Project, talked about his plans and has some amazing new projects coming up. We’ll be watching to see what’s next.

Today, Burt Kummerow gave me a guided tour of the Maryland Historical Society. In addition to the treasures of the Civil War and other conflicts that deeply touched Baltimore, I was moved by “Baltimore’s Civil Rights Era in Photographs., ca. 1940-1960.” This exhibit showcases the work of local news photographer, Paul Henderson. It features shots of Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore luminaries like Clarence Mitchell, Jr. and his family, and key protests such as the one in front of Ford’s Theatre. I understand from Burt that in addition to the exhibit, the MDHS owns thousands of prints. What a treasure.

Congratulations to GBCA Board member, Beatbox artist, AND Mary Sawyers Baker award winner Shodekeh. At the end of the month he is performing with Rony Barrak and The Boulder Philharmonic in Colorado.

I hope to see you this evening at the Open Walls launch in Station North Arts District tonight at 5:30 at the Windup Space. Open Walls Baltimore is an unparalleled street art project in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Open Walls Baltimore will build through April and May with the installation of more than twenty additional murals in time for a Final Friday celebration on May 25th.

Best,

Jeannie

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