Downtown HagerstownCurate Maryland

— a new series of “on the ground” experiences designed to highlight and promote the arts in cities and towns from across the state of Maryland.

Each Curate Maryland event will spotlight a selection of one town’s local arts organizations while also fostering dialogue about issues that concern arts advocates at all levels of governance. In essence, Curate Maryland is a site specific celebration, one city or town at a time, by arts lovers from around the state (think pub crawl for arts advocacy).

On May 18th, come spend some time in Hagerstown and connect to the town’s rich cultural offerings and people. Click here for more information.

Brought to you by Maryland Citizens for the Arts.

Backpack Jax and KLP, two hip-hop groups from Nantes in Western France, will present their new show featuring an explosive mix of breakdance and soulful music within the framework of the Alliance’s Urban Corps transatlantic hip-hop-festival that takes place in Washington, D.C. from 12 to 18 May 2013.

In this new artistic collaboration Backpack Jax brings the music whilst KLP delivers the moves. For the first time, the French-Iraqi and Cuban-American singing duo Backpack Jax partners with the French dance crew KLP for a high-energy performance full of explosive movements and sound.

Backpack Jax and KLP will be supported by TSU (Team Squad Up), a Baltimore-based dance company specialized in dancing to Baltimore house and club music, who will be the opening act for their new French friends.

General Public tickets: $15 / Member and Student tickets: $10 

Click here for more information.

Baltimore artists are encouraged to attend the Mind Your Business: Homeownership Opportunities for the Creative Leaders of Baltimore’s New Economy, sponsored by PNC Bank. The information session is offered to ensure that Baltimore City’s cultural citizens have access to home buying resources, as part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s goal of growing Baltimore by 10,000 families in the next 10 years.

The session is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, click here.

The symposium covers incentives to buying a house in Baltimore, obtaining a mortgage, using a realtor, the Vacants to Value Program, tax benefits to buying and working in a home and buying a home in one of the city’s three Arts & Entertainment Districts.

The Mind Your Business: Homeownership Opportunities for the Creative Leaders of Baltimore’s New Economy is presented by the City of Baltimore with funding from PNC Bank. Additional support is provided by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, What Weekly, Vacants to Value, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District, Live Baltimore, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Social Enterprise Alliance, AIA Baltimore, Jubilee Baltimore, St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, MICA Career Development, Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Maryland Art Place, Maryland State Arts Council, The Charles Theatre and Joe Squared.

SUNDAY May 19th • 11AM to 4:30PM in Druid Hill Park

This FREE celebration commemorating 150 years of Druid Hill Park Reservoir will include:

• More than 50 Maryland Artists• Strolling Performers• Live Music• Performing Arts• Kids’ Art Exploration• Local Food Trucks

Visit artoutsidemd.org for details

Youth As Resources, Baltimore’s youth-led grant making organization has funds available!

Youth (up to age 21) in Baltimore City and County who want to put their community building ideas into action are invited to apply for funding.  Grants range from $500 – $3,500 and are available for community organizing programs that are created and carried out by young people.

 Youth As Resources is offering grant seeker workshops on:

Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m.

and

Saturday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m.

 Applicants are required to attend one of the two workshops and must be represented by one or two youth and no more than one optional adultApplication deadline is on Friday, April 19 by 5:00 p.m. Registration is required and workshops may fill up. To register for a workshop and/or for more information, please call (410) 576-9551 or email jreeder@bcf.org

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:00 pm eastern /12:00 noon Pacific

Speaker:  Bonnie Massa, Massa & Company

Wonder what all the hype is about around web analytics? Thanks to Blue Avocado and American Nonprofits, you can join this overview of Google Analytics, a free web analytics tool that shows you how visitors are using your site. We will start with how to capture data on visitors and then hit the highlights of using Google Analytics to improve your website. This overview is for beginners and executives that want to know the value of the tool but not necessarily how to operate it . . . Click here to register free . . . offer closes March 15, 2013.

Another Free Webinar! Nonprofit Sustainability:  Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability
April 12, 2013  12:00 pm eastern/9:00 am pacific

Speakers:  Jan Masaoka, Blue Avocado and CEO of CalNonprofits, and Steve Zimmerman, Spectrum Nonprofit Services

Too often program goals are discussed separately from financial means, although we all know that both must be discussed together. Jan and Steve will present the methodology for doing so from the book they co-authored with Jeanne Bell: Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability. This model can be used as an adjunct to or substitute for traditional strategic planning. Click here to register free. Offer ends March 15.

Board Recruitment Time? Learn the Blue Ribbon Nominating Committee Technique
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:00 pm eastern/12:00 pm pacific

Speaker:  Jan Masaoka, Blue Avocado and CEO of CalNonprofits

Board recruitment discussions usually start with the tired question, “Who do we know?” Instead, let’s start with “What are the three most important things for the board to accomplish this year, and what kind of board members do we need in order to do so?” Tested successfully with hundreds of nonprofits, we’ll also tackle some difficult questions such as whether and how to recruit people of different races or educational backgrounds, whether to have clients or parents (or other direct beneficiaries) on the board, and whether to have fundraising or donation requirements. Based on the tested and popular Blue Ribbon Nominating Committee technique. Click here to register free . . . through March 15 only.

Brought to you Blue Avocado.