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How Baltimore Musicales is Coping during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Thea Tullman Moore, Executive Director at Baltimore Musicales, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
To stay connected to our audience and our artists during quarantine, we are recording virtual performances of the music we love, beginning with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Recording from seven different homes has presented us with unique challenges, especially because we are used to collaborating closely and in person with our pianist and with each other, but we are learning to adapt and use technology to simulate the experience of ensemble singing. We look forward to premiering a longer virtual concert on July 12 at 6:30 PM on our YouTube channel. We may convert our fall programming to virtual performances or offer a mix of both online content and live performances, depending on this ever-changing situation.

BMA TO OFFER DIRECT SUPPORT TO LOCAL ARTIST COMMUNITY, LAUNCHING THREE NEW INITIATIVES IN JUNE 2020

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New Programs Evolve Vision of BMA’s The Necessity of Tomorrow(s) series,
Expanding the Museum’s Civic Role in Baltimore

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced that it is launching three new initiatives to provide direct support to Baltimore-based artists, galleries, and communities: BMA Salon, BMA Screening Room, and BMA Studio. The initiatives will provide some immediate financial relief to local artists and businesses, develop new platforms of visibility to ensure the longer-term success of Baltimore’s arts ecology, and extend participatory opportunities to populations that do not have ready access to digital content. The development of these programs stems from the BMA’s popular, ongoing speaker series, The Necessity of Tomorrow(s), which was established to imagine futures that embrace issues of social justice, equity, and creative practice. The BMA’s new initiatives actualize the series’ core principles and respond to the needs of the current situation through creative endeavors, furthering the museum’s role as a cultural collaborator and civic leader. More details on the programs, which are slated to launch during the first two weeks of June, are below.

Explore Maryland Film Fest, Virtually – June 12 – 21

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The Maryland Film Festival rises from the ashes in an all-new virtual format for 2020 from June 12 – 21! Get ready for TEN DAYS of film fest extravaganza: the best of emerging, independent cinema in the world today at your fingertips with the brand new SNF Parkway Virtual Theatre. This Maryland Film Festival is going to be a little different – and a whole lotta fun. Tickets are on sale NOW!

These won’t be just any regular old online screenings. The SNF Parkway Virtual Theatre will be giving you the full Maryland Film Fest experience with:

– North American & World Premiere Films
– Exclusive Filmmaker Interactives
– Hosted Virtual Events & Afterparties
– Signature Short Film Programs
– And More!

How Zinnia Films is Coping during Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from David Morley, Principal at Zinnia Films, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We have been working with our clients about video messaging related to COVID-19, for both their customers and their employees. Our in-person production work now includes social distancing measures and equipment disinfecting before and after entering our clients’ workspaces.

Baltimore Choral Arts Strives to Spread Joy during Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Karena Ingram, Audience Development Manager of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Unfortunately, Choral Arts has canceled the remaining performances of the 2019-20 season. We were, however, very excited to have had the opportunity to convert our in-person annual Gala event into the Choral Arts Online Auction, and we were successful in surpassing our $30,000 fundraising goal for our education and outreach programs.

Architecture in the Time of Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from the Baltimore Architecture Foundation on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) has committed to re-imagining our programs for our audiences at home. Our team is using Youtube, Zoom, and Facebook Live to deliver our Spring Lecture Series, and have taken more time to connect to users through social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

While some of our in-person programs had to be postponed, we’re thinking creatively about engaging audiences virtually with programs like virtual architecture tours.

Stan Lee is All About the Experience

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Seize the day, seize the book… just make sure you pay for it first. Stan Lee, the store cat at Carpe Librum needs the bucks for his kitty treats. He loves his treats, but more than that, Stan is all about the experience. Books and bookstores are a crucial part of the cat and human community.

Humans, those handy two-legged head scratchers, might be able to buy books online, but you can’t pay homage to felines or to Stan Lee by staying home in your PJs. Supporting Carpe Librum is supporting your local cat and human population.

Stan Lee has been with the store since it opened in January of 2020, but he’s an experienced bibliocat and has been selling online since 2016. Sometimes, you just need to expand your fan base and create your own reality by opening a storefront.

Stan’s thought on books, bookstores, and holding court with his adoring fans run deep. We talked with Mr. Stan Lee from his favorite pile of books at Carpe Librum.

Visit Carpe Librum Bookstore and Art Gallery for the Literature – But Stay for the Bookstore Cat, Stan Lee

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Some bookstores boast having a cat on the premises, but a new bookstore in Parkville has dedicated a Twitter account and part-ownership to its domestic, short-haired black beauty.

Carpe Librum Bookstore and Art Gallery, which opened Jan. 21 at 7221 Harford Road, counts 361 Twitter fans for its bookstore cat Stan Lee. And bookstore owner Melissa Eisenmeier even jests that her cat is her business partner.

“It’s something I started half joking about after seeing an article about a bookstore cat in New York City, who apparently said he was the co-owner, and Stan Lee acted like he was in charge. Some might have a bookstore cat, but the bookstore cat being part owner is something of a novelty.”

Rahne Alexander and Harry Carpenter spending some time with the co-owner, Stan Lee.

The bookstore specializes in both new and used books from small press publishers, including Philadelphia’s Lanternfish Press, Lethe Press of New Jersey, Oregon’s Ashland Creek Press and Baltimore’s own Mason Jar Press. The shop also stocks fun non-book items, including dog bandanas, bookmarks and notecards made by locals. The gallery also features local artists and emphasizes abstract art. Eventually she would like to stock more locally made arts and crafts.

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