Baltimore’s mayoral candidates have been criss-crossing the city to neighborhood forums. In most cases, they face questions about public safety, education, management skills, economic development and parks and recreation. Next week, a group of cultural organizations is looking to add the arts to the conversation.
The first mayoral forum on arts and culture issues is set for 6 p.m. on March 7, at MICA’s Brown Center (1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave.). All mayoral candidates were invited.
“Baltimore is at a pivotal juncture that demands audacious decisions to chart an ascending course forward,” MICA President Samuel Hoi said in a statement. “We must foster and invest in the talent of residents from all communities. The arts and education, with unique potential to strengthen our city’s future, need to be integral in our next Mayor’s leadership efforts.”
In addition to providing an opportunity to hear from the candidates, the forum also provided a chance for artists to identify the issues important to them. Prior to the event, the nonpartisan group Citizen Artist Baltimore conducted a listening tour, which culminated in a document on the community’s priorities. It will be shared with the candidates.
Along with MICA and CAB, the forum is organized by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
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