The Maryland Art Place (MAP) has announced that it will open its first exhibition to the public since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. SEEN, curated by Josh SiskJoe Giordano with support from Audrey Gatewood, represents a comprehensive and inclusive overview of music with a heavy emphasis on Baltimore Indie, Rap and Hip-Hop genres and the photographers that captured this important time.

SEEN includes the following photographers (in no order): Mike JonValerie PaulsgroveJefferson Jackson SteeleAndrew MangumFrank HamiltonJosh SiskBrandon FieldhousePerri FaeNatasha TyleaKate FreseSydney AllenTed HennKelley ConnellyFarrah SkeikyShane GardnerMegan Elyse LloydStewart MostofskyJ.M. GiordanoDubsciencePink Lloyd WrightMicah E. Wood and Theresa Keil. Stage Design Support by Chris Attenborough and Jenna Dutton. SEEN is produced in partnership with WTMD radio who is creating a documentary segment on the last 20 years of Baltimore music. The documentary will be screened at MAP in November (details to come.) 

SEEN will be on view Thursday, September 24 – Saturday, November, 14.  The exhibition will open Thursday, September 24 with a reception held from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm: Reception A with a timeslot from 5 pm to 6:30 pm and Reception B with at timeslot of 7 pm to 8:30 pmYOU MUST  RSVP TO ATTEND. Click on the link below to RSVP.

RECEPTION A– 5pm

RECEPTION B– 7pm

More information is available here.

Mervin Savoy (Piscataway) appearing in support of Piscataway Homelands, the 2013 Heritage Award winner in the category of Place. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has announced that nominations are open for 2021 Maryland Heritage Awards. The public is invited to nominate individuals, places, and traditions for outstanding achievement in traditional arts and culture. Awards are $5,000 each. Three winners will be selected and honored at a public ceremony.

Nominations are due Thursday, October 15, at 5 p.m.

Begin a nomination using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account here.

Awards are given based on a nominee’s sustained commitment to a particular traditional practice, current importance to communities in which that traditional practice is significant, and past contributions to that traditional practice. Each year, winners are chosen in the categories of Person or People, Place, and Tradition. Read the Heritage Awards guidelines and evaluation criteria here.

Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of MSAC, has given Heritage Awards annually since 2007. See a list of past winners here.

The Oral History Organization (OHA) is a national association of diverse professionals who seek to advance the practice of oral history in historical and cultural organizations, in education at all levels, and in multiple documentary forms. OHA’s 2020 meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Baltimore this fall; however, because of the ongoing pandemic, the program will be delivered virtually via Zoom and other platforms, October 19-24. 

The Local Arrangements Committee is also working hard to retain a sense of place and support oral history in the region. As a way of reaching out to people, communities, and organizations in greater Baltimore and Maryland, they are sponsoring two interactive, on-line oral history workshops in October, prior to the conference:

Introduction to Oral History – Saturday October 3, 9am-1:30pm ET; and Sunday, October 4, 3:30-6:45pm ET (2 sessions, 7 hours) – conducted via Zoom

Oral History in the Classroom – Saturday, October 17, 10am-1pm ET  (1 session, 3 hours) – also conducted via Zoom

Whether you’re interested in beginning an oral history project for your family, community, church, organization, or school, or if you’re a librarian or archivist who works with oral histories, the workshops are great opportunities to learn more about the oral history process in an interactive, small-group format online. Workshops will be delivered via Zoom.

Registration to the above two virtual local workshops is now open to those who live or work in Maryland or attend a Maryland school, college, or university.

Visit the following link to learn more about the workshops and to register: https://www.oralhistory.org/oha-2020-local-workshops/

The full conference schedule is available to download here.

Dance Baltimore presents the 2nd annual Summer Music Moves Music & Dance Festival! Featuring performances by Rufus Roundtree & Da B’ore Brass Factory, Todd Marcus, The Joel Santiago Latin Ensemble, Vincent Thomas, Arte Flamenco, Baakari Wilder, Ebban & Ephraim Dorsey, Dance Baltimore Repertory Ensemble and more….

Performances are free and live at various locations, with COVID-19 guidelines observed.

Full festival schedule at summermusicmoves.com

Murals have transformed the streets into canvases in 2020. Will Watson, a Baltimore-based artist, wanted to make sure his own street mural echoed the messages of the many others seen throughout the country this year. At Topside Outside, a new outdoor dining space at Hotel Revival in Mount Vernon, Watson’s mural opens with a Black fist raised high in the air.

“I wanted the mural to speak directly to the Black Lives Matter street murals, without the literal text,” says Watson. The resulting mural, Watson’s largest to date, does just that while also honoring many elements and landmarks of Baltimore: the iconic park bench, the Washington Memorial (also visible just steps from the restaurant), a raven, and more. The mural, stretching across the seating area of the outdoor restaurant, is vibrant and colorful – a signature of Watson’s work.

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The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University has released their Fall 2020 Programming Schedule. The Asian Arts & Culture Center aims to engage the local community in cross cultural dialogue through offering a variety of artistic and cultural learning experiences related to Asia and Asian cultures.

Read below and visit their website for all the information on Fall 2020 Programming.

Phaan Howng: A Bag of Rocks for a Bag of Rice

Opens Thursday, September 17 

Virtual: https://www.towson.edu/campus/artsculture/centers/asianarts/events/ 

In person: By appointment for Towson University students, faculty and staff.  

Exquisitely disposed rocks and trees and vegetation. The promise of an inspired space of meditation and detachment. Such has been of the Westernized image of the Chinese and Japanese garden. Yet, such enchanted “natural” spaces camouflage the histories of empire, wealth, privilege, exploitation, ecological extraction, and displacement behind their creation. Phaan Howng’s site-specific installation engages East Asian gardens as a case study of the dynamics embedded within these private spaces. 

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After months of closure due to COVID-19, select Baltimore City museums have announced reopening plans. The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), The Reginald F. Lewis Museum and The Walters Art Museum will reopen this September.

Read more below to learn about their reopening plans.

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