Kevin Kamenetz Wants Baltimore County Residents to Help Up City’s Flagging Arts Attendance

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Kevin Kamenetz poses with penguin (Baltimore County photo)
Kevin Kamenetz poses with penguin (Baltimore County photo)

Crossing the County line is the norm for Ravens and O’s games. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is looking to get more County residents to patronize the arts, as well.Kamenetz and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the “Baltimore Arts – Just Down the Road” campaign at the Hippodrome Theatre on Friday morning.

“The Walters, the National Aquarium, Center Stage and the Baltimore Symphony are as central to our outstanding quality of life as the Orioles and the Ravens,” Kamenetz said, adding that his family would be looking to lead by example. We can vouch for a recent sighting at opening night of Center Stage’s Secret Garden.

Along with the pep talk, the County tourism website now has a section with info about city arts happenings. The County has also provided $2.8 million in grants to 28 city arts and culture organizations.

While tourism has always been a focus for local officials, there’s been a renewed push since the rioting that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral. On Friday, they acknowledged that arts attendance has dropped.

“We are all one region,” Rawlings-Blake said.

The campaign got some perhaps unexpected help on Thursday night. Everyman Theatre report first daughter Sasha Obama attended the theatre’s performance of August Wilson’s “Fences.”


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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