Baltimore is Charm City, a city with a rich culture. Art makes our lives better, as it is a reflection of our reality, our homes, and our dreams. Investing in art and culture is an investment in the creativity of the city itself.
Baltimore residents have access to vibrant arts and cultural activities
Together we can:
Establish the Mayor’s Office of Culture and Arts to inform decisions about local development at all levels and by all sectors, based on an understanding of cultural – not just economic and environmental – impact. This office would implement the following strategies:
Develop a City-wide Cultural Plan and Policy that recognizes and embraces arts and culture widely - including both fine artists and street artists, museums and local businesses, public art exhibits and neighborhood gatherings – and performs intentional outreach to traditionally underrepresented artist communities.
Connect local artists to funding opportunities through dedicated staff responsible for engaging the arts community, sharing resources and opportunities for funding, mentorship, and access to facilities. The City will host a series of art fairs to showcase and direct funding to local artists and expand the Open Walls Initiative to hire local artists to beautify the City (i.e. painting murals, etc.) (Model: Baltimore Open Walls Initiative, San Francisco).
Create a Coordinated Arts Education Initiative to ensure that every child receives high quality arts and cultural education. The City will collaborate with Baltimore schools, artists, businesses, cultural organizations, faith- and community-based groups, youth and families to ensure all students have access to arts education and enhanced out-of-school time arts learning opportunities in parks, libraries and other neighborhood facilities (Model: Dallas’ Thriving Minds).
Expand opportunities for artists to live in the city through affordable “artist housing” and homeownership assistance.
Deepen partnerships with the city's cultural institutions — its museums, orchestras, troupes, theaters, schools of music and the arts — to leverage their immense resources, knowledge and expertise on behalf of all of the city's residents. (Examples: Free Fall Baltimore, OrchKids, TWIGS, MICA Community Arts Program)
Arts and culture contribute to the social, physical, intellectual, and economic life of a city.