Today is National Arts Advocacy Day, a united effort spearheaded by Americans for the Arts to “tell Capitol Hill how important culture is to our communities, how much arts education means to our children, and how much the arts improve our daily lives.” Baltimore and Maryland are well represented in the group. At last night’s events I saw Theresa Colvin and several commissioners from the Maryland State Arts Council, John Schratwieser of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Fred Lazarus from MICA to name a few.
Even if you didn’t join the team in Washington, Americans for the Arts urges you to contact your Members of Congress today to support the arts. Visit their E-Advocacy Center, and you’ll be able to send a message in less than two minutes.
On a local note, I want to give a shout out to GBCA member Art with a Heart. Last Friday, I attended their event featuring the work of Aaron Maybin and Matthew Rice as well as their collection of Art Wares. Aaron and Matthew are truly inspirational both in their commitment to their own work and to ensuring that children in Baltimore have access to arts education.
On Monday, the Jewish Museum of Maryland sponsored a lunch to acquaint a small group of us with their collection. Outgoing Director Avi Decter also used this opportunity to introduce Martin Pinkert, who was recently appointed as his successor after an illustrious term of leadership with the National Archives. The museum has an amazing collection of ordinary and extraordinary objects, documents and photographs of Jewish life in Maryland—a real treasure for Baltimore.
Remember this Friday and Saturday is the Young Audiences 2012 National Conference. If you can’t be there in person, GBCA will be Livestreaming video from the plenary session. Join the conversation on Livestream, or on Twitter at @arts4learning, by using the hashtag #BuildingConnections. See the “Live Webcast” section for more details.