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Light City Feedback Sessions
Wednesday, May 4th : #1 – 8:30-10am +#2 – 6-8pm
#1 – Top of the World (admission waived)
401 East Pratt Street : Baltimore 21202
#2 – Impact Hub Baltimore
10 East North Avenue : Baltimore 21201
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts invites the community to share their experiences with the inaugural Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation which attracted an estimated 400,000 attendees in 2016. The
Light City Baltimore Feedback Sessions, taking place on Wednesday, May 4, are open to the public to share successes, challenges and lessons learned to help improve and grow the festival in 2017 and beyond.Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are asked to RSVP at
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For those who are unable to attend, feedback can be emailed to
.For information, call the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at [email protected] 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org .
The 18 th Annual Maryland Film Festival
May 4th-8th, 2016
Location: downtown Baltimore in and around the Station North Arts District, as well as at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
**Tent Village will now be in the Ynot Lot (W. North Avenue and N. Charles St) **
Maryland Film Festival is an annual five-day event that takes place in early May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties — narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid — to tens of thousands of audience members.
For every North American feature film screened within the festival, a filmmaker attends the festival to present their work. The hundreds of filmmakers who have hosted screenings within Maryland Film Festival include such names as John Waters, Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme, Melvin Van Peebles, Alex Gibney, Matt Porterfield, Joe Swanberg, Lisandro Alonso, Todd Solondz, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Lena Dunham.
Check out BmoreArt’s Guide to the Maryland Film Festival 2016 for more information !
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We Need to Talk – Closing Reception
Thursday, May 5th : 5-8pm
405 West Franklin Street : Baltimore 21201
In conjunction with Alex Ebstein’s professional development class at Maryland Institute College of Art, students present We Need to Talk. The closing reception will be held from
5-8pm at The Whole Gallery on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
As artists we participate in a dominant patriarchal world, We Need to Talk upsets the binary of femininity and masculinity, widening the spectrum. As a class we are artists that previously had no overlapping intentions of exhibiting together. In We Need to Talk we are providing a space free of patriarchy and binaries. The viewer enters the conversation in an environment we deem free of our usual oppressive influences. Artist come together to create a space that subverts dominance and pursues inclusion.
From URL to IRL: Balti Gurls and Deana Haggag
Thursday, May 5: 6-8 pm @ Platform Gallery
Platform is pleased to present the first of many artist talks with local collectives. This includes investigating the practices, and goals of each group as well as the individuals it’s comprised of.
This talk will introduce the new and exciting work of Balti Gurls, an art squad of black and brown female-identified artists. Their mission is to create a community of like-minded folks, IRL and URL.
The talk will be an informal discussion of relevant topics followed by a QA. FROM URL TO IRL will be moderated by Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary.
BALTI GURLS is a women of color artist collective based in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 2014 by artist and city native Jenné Afiya as an informal discussio
n group amongst friends has evolved into an 11 member collective. We are DJs, filmmakers, painters, photographers, graphic designers, and performance artists. And with a particular focus on new media and cross-disciplinary practice, our mission is to cultivate platforms and “creative safe space” for other women of color. To establish a community of like-minded folks, physically and online.
DEANA HAGGAG has been the Director of The Contemporary since the spring of 2013. Prior to her work with the museum, she was the Curator-in-Residence at Gallery CA, which is also located in Baltimore, MD in the City Arts building — home to over 90 artists. Deana received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy. In addition to her work at The Contemporary, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various public art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and teaches at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. She is on the board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, is an advisory member for FORCE, and founded the Baltimore Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and is an active participant of the StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Deana was named “10 People to Watch Under 30” by the Baltimore Sun in 2013 and a “Young Cultural Innovator” by the Salzburg Global Forum in 2015.
Alloverstreet is a night of simultaneous art openings and events spanning the many art spaces of East Oliver Street in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. We hope you will join us on Friday, May 6th for our monthly round of rad events! We will start the night off with a happy hour sponsored by Union Craft Beer at the Station North Tool Library that will be followed by an Alloverstreet Artist Talk at Area 405. This month we will host Gallery CA and Viveca Licata.
Friday, May 6th, 2016
5:00-7:00PM – Happy Hour at Station North Tool Library (417 E Oliver St)
7:00-7:30PM – Artist talk featuring Gallery CA and Viveca Licata at Area 405 (405 E Oliver St)
7:00-10:00PM – Art openings on East Oliver Street and surrounding area.
ALLOVERSTREET KICK OFF
Area 405 (5:00-7:30PM)
A happy hour sponsored by Brewers Art followed by an artist talk featuring Gallery CA and Viveca Licata at Area 405.
Area 405: 405 East Oliver Street
EVENING EVENTS (7-10PM):
An exhibition by Madeline Gallucci.
The Copycat, 1515 Guilford Avenue
La Bodega Gallery
Featuring projections by Stephen Crouch (DC) and Sean Berg (Baltimore) and performances by Ch’lich K’aaxil (Baltimore), Cigarette (DC) and Anne Claire (NC).
The Copycat, Unit A100, 1511 Guilford Avenue
Ass Dance: A Showlo-so
LightHole! Intermedia Art Monthly
A solo show by Cathy Cook.
The Copycat, Unit B401, 1511 Guilford Avenue
Work by Michael Quednau, Maya Ragazzo, Aja Bivens, and Amanda Perkins.
The Copycat, Unit B202, 1511 Guilford Avenue
The Edge at Ballroom Gallery
DOUBLE TAKE at Terrault Contemporary.
Nu-Delineation at Bodega Gallery
Works by Ginny Huo and Christina Martinelli.
The Copycat, Unit B501, 1511 Guilford Ave
Open Works Tour
Join William Holman of Open Works and architect Ethan Marchant, AIA, of Cho Benn Holback + Associates for a sneak-peek tour of Open Works, a makerspace opening this fall.
1400 Greenmount Ave
Fill All My Holes
Painings by Viveca Licata.
440 E Oliver Street
Works by Catheine Pancake
405 E Oliver Street, 2nd Floor.
Tigh an Chnoic : New Work by Bart O’Reilly + Reap/Sow: Jinie Park
Friday, May 6th : 5-9pm
Hamilton Arts Gallery
5502 Harford Road : Baltimore 21214
Bart O’Reilly begins his paintings with the original space of the raw unprimed canvas. Bart improvises through the application of acrylic paint and a limited palette of greens, golds and earth tones to see where the process takes him. His approach is as a meditation and an attempt to be present. The body of work is entitled Tigh an Chnoic because as a series they are strongly reminiscent of the landscape where Bart grew up, the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains.
Jinie Park creates paintings that reveal the experience between the unexposed and exposed parts in the common highway landscape. Her current body of work is inspired by her experience of commuting to and from Baltimore from Landover, Maryland over the course of six months. Park captures the moments from the outside of a car window and tries to reveal these specific experiences through her painting by drawing the view outside and revealing the inner parts of the
surface on the typically unexposed side.
Also exhibiting this month Hamilton Gallery artist members: Jude Asher, Ron Cohn, Donna DiSciullo, Ned Epps, Marcus Dagold, Amy Klainer, James MacDonald, Ania Milo, Charles Mens, Lynn Poshepny, Theresa Reuter, Valerie Smith, Grace Sweeney, Bridget Z. Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Maxine Taylor, Linnea Tober & Alex Vanicky.
Taste the Arts X Fundraising Gala
Friday, May 6th : 6:30-10pm
12 North Eutaw Street : Baltimore 21201
10 th Annual Taste the Arts Fundraising Gala
Young Audiences/Arts for Learning brings together award-winning artists and 25 local restaurants to support arts education in Maryland
Tapas-style offerings from 25 of the Baltimore area’s best restaurants, including:
Clavel • La Cuchara • Alma Cocina Latina • Absolutely Perfect Catering • Argosy Café • Baltimore Waffle Co. • Blue Pit BBQ • Brio Tuscan Grille • Charm City Cakes • The Charmery Charmington’s • Gertrude’s • Golden West Café • Heavy Seas Alehouse • Mothers • The Local Oyster • The Oceanaire • The Scratch Mill Kitchen • Tio Pepe • Beer from Union Craft Brewing
Awards ceremony honoring arts-in-education leaders
2016 Nina Collier Arts Champion Award: Paul Wolman
Paul Wolman, founder, Chairman, and Chief Impact Officer of Feats, Inc., is a true champion of the arts and education throughout Baltimore with a strong focus on the development of leadership talent.
2016 Artist of the Year Award: Jamaal Collier
Jamaal ‘Mr. Root’ Collier, a dedicated and versatile hip hop artist, has more than a decade of experience facilitating workshops and live performances.
2016 Visionary School Award: Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School
A shining example of a school that keeps the arts central to teaching and learning, Baltimore’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School is dedicated to providing an arts-integrated and arts-enriched education for all its students.
2016 Josephine L. Kohn Leadership Award: Lois & Michael Mark
Lois and Michael Mark’s involvement in Young Audiences spans more than twenty-five years, with each serving as Board President through critical periods of the organization’s development.
They have generously given their time, talent, and resources to help hundreds of thousands of students benefit from the arts.
The gala will also include roaming performers and both a live and silent auction. Tickets to the event are $100 and can be purchased at
Bloom – Opening Reception
Friday, May 6th : 7-10pm
Escape Artists Gallery
827 North Charles Street : Baltimore 21201
The Escape Artists Gallery is proud to present,
Bloom, a group show celebrating flowers and nature. The show will be on view from May 6th to May 22nd, at our gallery location: 827 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD, on the second floor. Please join us to celebrate the show’s opening on May 6th, from 7pm to 10pm. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Annie Cowan and Steve Hung. The show will feature artwork on the theme of flowers and nature, from the Escape Artists Gallery members and local guest artists, selected by a jury, from a public call. The artwork featured will consist of a variety of mediums and styles, from expressive painting to photography. Viewers are invited to both the opening and the show to celebrate with the artists. The gallery’s weekly business hours are Thursday – Sunday, from 2pm to 6pm.
Symphony No. 1 : The Promised Burning
Friday, May 6th + Saturday, May 7th : 8pm
811 Cathedral Street : Baltimore 21201
Symphony Number One closes its inaugural season with John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony. Adams puts a new spin on some of his earlier music in this rambunctious, high-octane work for chamber orchestra.
Also on the program is a World Premiere by our Call for Scores winner, Andrew Posner, alongside Nick Omiccioli’s [fuse] for chamber orchestra. You won’t want to miss the Season Finale!
Symphony for the City: The BSO at the Bethel
Friday, May 6th : 8pm
1300 Druid Hill Avenue : Baltimore 21217