Courtesy BMA and Creative Alliance/Facebook

In case you haven’t heard, Donald Trump becomes the leader of the free world this Friday. For those who don’t plan to travel to D.C. to celebrate or protest that this is happening, two Baltimore art institutions have designed creative events to keep you busy that day.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is offering free activities to help guests relax, brush up on their political knowledge and explore political concepts in the BMA’s art collection.

  • During gallery hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), guests can take a self-guided meditation tour and can vote on which works of art they feel most evoke the concept of freedom;
  • At 11 a.m., local poets will read important U.S. historical documents aloud;
  • At noon, Priya Means Love will provide aromatherapy to help guests relax (comfort food snacks will be handy, too);
  • At 1 p.m., docents and art educators will discuss the intersection of art and politics in the BMA’s collection; and
  • At 2 p.m., guests can either write to their representatives (postage included) or get creative in the BMA Studio.

More info here.

That evening, the Creative Alliance is hosting a combined dance party, concert and drag show dubbed “Nasty Women and Bad Hombres.” The organization describes it as a “a powerful and wild proclamation of American diversity.” The vibrant event will include:

  • A performance from Baltimore rapper and producer TT The Artist, backed by her dancers;
  • A dance party featuring DJ Ridiculous;
  • A drag show hosted by beauty queen Betty O’Hellno;
  • Smashing of piñatas; and
  • A dance performance from the Baltimore-based Mexican artist collective Artesanas Mexicanas.

The party is a “pay what you can” event, but the organization suggests a $15 donation. Proceeds will support Artesanas Mexicanas. The fun starts at 8 p.m.

More info here.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...

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