Baltimore to hold arts-and-culture forum with mayoral candidates

Posted on: February 29, 2016

“Baltimore voters can get an idea of how candidates in the mayoral race stack up when it comes to issues of the arts and culture in the city,” writes Tim Smith in Wednesday’s (2/24) Baltimore Sun. “All registered candidates have been invited to take part in this first-of-its-kind Citizen Artist Baltimore Mayoral Forum on Arts and Culture on March 7. Citizen Artist Baltimore is a nonpartisan initiative organized by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. They are in partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art, where the forum will be held. As of Wednesday night, five of those vying to succeed Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as Baltimore mayor have been confirmed as attendees: Catherine Pugh, Elizabeth Embry, David Warnock, Joshua Harris and DeRay Mckesson. Organizers point to a study that shows the arts industry in Baltimore is generating nearly $400 million in economic activity and supporting about 9,500 jobs.” Said MICA President Samuel Hoi, “The arts and education, with unique potential to strengthen our city’s future, need to be integral in our next Mayor’s leadership efforts.”

Posted February 29, 2016