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Fighting For Recognition: Baltimore’s Overlooked Native Americans

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“The Duality Of Indigeneity” by Gregg Deal, located across from the Creative Alliance.

On a crisp Saturday afternoon last month, nearly 100 people gathered at the Salvation Army in Middle River for a Christmas party. Children lined up in the gym to take part in a time-honored tradition: Sitting on Santa’s lap in front of a Christmas tree.

But a different scene with pre-Western roots unfolded in an opposite corner. There, an elderly man wearing a feathered headdress sat banging on a drum and singing. A small circle composed of several generations and tribes of American Indians formed around him for a casually ceremonious activity known as social dancing. Side by side, the adults danced and laughed while children scurried between them.

Day of the Dead Parade to Bring Lights and Community Out in Patterson Park

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Courtesy Creative Alliance
Courtesy Creative Alliance

The Creative Alliance is bringing artists, students, residents and community partners together en masse this weekend to colorfully pay their respects for Día de los Muertos.

Police Gather at Morgan State to Learn About Improving Community Relations

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Courtesy Morgan State University
Courtesy Morgan State University

Yesterday, Morgan State University social work faculty took the chance to school police from the city and on campus about the history and social fabric of Baltimore.

Appreciate Culture? Move to Baltimore

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Baltimore Symphony November 20, 2008

It’s not news to us here in Baltimore that our city has fantastic culture, including one of the best symphonies in the entire U.S. But it’s still nice to see other people catching on!

Celebrating Latino Culture at the Creative Alliance

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Latino Culture at Creative Alliance

catch of the day fish (2)Baltimore’s amazing cultural diversity is one of our city’s strengths. And part of living in such a diverse place is celebrating the rich tapestry of cultures that make up this place we call home. Sure, the US is known as a “melting pot” but it’s also important to take note of the things that make each individual culture unique. We don’t just melt into each other, we shine in our uniqueness and our differences are part of what makes us who are. And on that note, we’re thrilled about this month’s opening of Chicanismo y Latinismo, a group exhibition at the Creative Alliance that explores how the Chicano movement has continued to evolve by moving beyond its West Coast origins and expanding to include a multiplicity of Latino identities. 

This Week is Baltimore Museum Week

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Museum Week

catch of the day fish (2)Well, look who’s hosting the world’s largest gathering of museum professionals. Oh you know, just Baltimore. This week, nearly 5,000 museum professionals from 64 countries will be descending on our fair city for the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) Annual Meeting & Museum Expo. But what does this have to do with you? With the average non-museum-professional Baltimorean? Well, these museum people don’t just keep the good stuff for themselves, of course. That’s their whole bag—sharing  knowledge, culture, and treasures with the rest of us. So as the city swells this week with these museum professional-types, local museums will likely swell with visitors—taking advantage of special deals, tours, and events all week.

Gilman Hosts Area Student Film Festival: Submissions Impress

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Gilman film festivalTwo weekends ago, students and parents from around the region gathered in Gilman School’s Alumni Auditorium for its Third Annual Daniel A. Citron Film Festival.The first and second festivals were envisioned and organized by Citron, a former Gilman student and filmmaker who now attends Harvard.  This year, the torch was passed to Festival Director John Chirikjian, a Gilman senior, who remarked that he was extremely impressed by the overall quality of the submissions, which were solicited from high school students around the city. Chirikjian lauded the efforts of students from other schools, not just Gilman, explaining that “it’s been a very Gilman-centric event in the past, but the wide variety of films that we received from such a wide range of schools helped bring a new perspective to the festival.”

Student-run with faculty advisors/judges, the festival received 44 submissions from K-12 students at area schools, including Bryn Mawr, Carver Vocational-Technical High, Friends, Gilman, Loyola, and Park.  The event screened more than 30 films over three hours to an audience of nearly 350.  Prizes ranged from an iPad Mini to $50 cash for categories such as Best Film (Grand Jury Prize) and Best Original Screenplay. (See clips of some of the prize-winning films below.)

Centerstage Asks: What is My America?

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What is MyAmerica? from CENTERSTAGE on Vimeo.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Centerstage asked 50 of the country’s leading playwrights to answer a question: What is my America?

The 50 monologues, paid for by Lynn and Tony Deering and the Charlesmead Foundation, range from the political to the personal and explore the people and notions that make the country what it is today.

The responses, by writers including Anna Deavere Smith, Neil LaBute, Christopher Durang, and Lynn Nottage, are released on the theater’s My America website: centerstage.org/myamerica. They will be released on Tuesdays running through Election Day.

To learn more, view the video, above.

 

Art Meets Happy Hour at Galerie Myrtis

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Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore

Maybe we’re just feeling artsy this week at Catch of the Day, or maybe there’s actually something in the air. Most likely it’s the latter. Though Baltimore usually brims with cultural and artistic offerings, occasionally the city just seems to swell with really good stuff all at once. This may be one of those weeks. A perfect example is the Arts & Culture Happy Hour being offered on October 1st at Galerie Myrtis. Director Myrtis Bedolla is opening her doors for a special Monday showing of the gallery’s latest exhibition, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe: The Contemporary Response.

The exhibition features works of eight artists influenced by a coinciding exhibit (that means up right now!) at the Walters Art Museum. See what we mean about so much good stuff at once? Pieces in the Contemporary Response “collate modern culture to interpret the role of Africans serving as diplomats, merchants, slaves, and rulers through an aesthetic rooted in black cultural history.” The gallery has limited space, so those interested in attending should RSVP.

 Galerie Myrits is located at 2224 North Charles Street in Baltimore. Arts & Culture Happy Hour will take place October 1st from 5pm-7pm. RSVP to [email protected]

Baltimore, Brace Yourself for Another Travel + Leisure Poll

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After Baltimore’s consistently poor showings in those blasted Travel + Leisure polls — Baltimore has ranked low in attractiveness (of its residents!), fashion, cleanliness, safety, public transportation, public parks, culture; the list goes on — Baltimore’s Public Works department is not going to take this year’s Travel + Leisure “America’s Favorite Cities” survey lying down. Department Director Alfred H. Foxx sent a mass email on Friday urging Baltimoreans to give the city high marks to “cast a true reflection of Baltimore in the news.”

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