In January 2010, I became executive director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA). I replaced the founding director, Nancy Haragan, who stepped down in December 2009. In December 2011, I stepped down from GBCA to start Baltimore Performance Kitchen.
GBCA was born out of a series of conversations between 1998 and 2001, when the cultural community identified a need for a more unified and connected arts and cultural sector. In December 2001, founder Nancy Haragan incorporated Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
Since its launch, GBCA has served as both a catalyst and an incubator for various programs and initiatives in the region. GBCA promotes within and for the cultural community with BatlimoreFunGuide.com, Weekly FunSaver Emails, JobsPlus, and our weekly community newsletter. GBCA has sponsored and co-sponsored both symposia and the annual Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting, and offered a number of community convenings. GBCA has helped coordinate sector-wide participation in ambitious citywide festivals, such as VIVAT! (2003), Tour de Clay (2005), Free Fall Baltimore (2006, 2007, 2008), and The Maps Festival (2008), and completed several important sector-wide studies, including a Collaborative Arts Marketing Study. Other significant initiatives were GBCA serving as licensee for the Maryland Cultural Data Project (2007-2011), hosting RadarRedux.com (2008-2011), the Wealth Analysis (2007), and since 2008, our ongoing administration of the Baker Artists Awards on behalf of the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.
The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) nurtures and promotes a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community embraced by all as accessible, relevant, and essential to the region’s quality of life.
GBCA connects artists and groups to one another; brokers relationships inside and outside the arts and culture sector, leads in addressing strategic issues facing the cultural community, and advocates for the continued visibility and financial strength of the sector.
In its second decade, the GBCA will become the authoritative collective voice of the cultural, creative community.
It will earn a seat at the table alongside leaders of industry, academia, and government as a key constituent in the development and growth of the Greater Baltimore region.
It will establish and promote regular, highly anticipated events that create value, not only for its members, but demonstrate the case for the significance and importance of the cultural community within the regional eco-system.
As members, individual artists, colleges, and cultural organizations small and large will consider GBCA an indispensable advocate for the contributions, needs, and interests of the regional cultural community.
At the core of its programs, GBCA will lead the engagement of the cultural community in expansion of its relevance to a broader, younger, more diverse audience.
For more about the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, click here.