Image Credit: Dalvin Wade Byron, Rel Felipa and youth artist apprentices from Art @ Work 2018 produced by BOPA and Jubilee Arts Baltimore

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to participate in a webinar hosted by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, alongside Delegate Brooke Lierman and Nicholas Cohen, Executive Director at Maryland Citizens for the Arts. We spoke with Councilman Eric Costello and Shelonda Stokes, Downtown Partnership Interim President, about what the path forward through the coronavirus looks like for the arts.

One of my suggestions during the webinar was that we look to our artists, our creative community, as more than just individuals, but as resources. For businesses looking to support the arts during this time, I encourage them to hire a creative person. The skills of a creative mind can help us all move forward.

This is just one of many ways in which we can step up during this time to help the arts thrive beyond this pandemic. I encourage everyone to think creatively about the ways in which we can all continue to support the arts right now.

Donna Drew Sawyer
CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

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