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Hello Josh! Adios Megan!

Hello Josh! Adios Megan!
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Departing program director and co-founder, Megan Hamilton, and her successor, Josh Kohn, were recently featured in Baltimore Style Magazine. Check out some of our favorite quotes below.

“What we’re doing in Baltimore is so awesome, but it’s just that—in Baltimore. This community needs to be connected with a broader world. Josh has a solid web of connections—musicians, agents and venues—from all over the country and the world. He can bring amazing people to Baltimore and have them get to know our amazing performers and audiences. And at 33, he can still stay up late and drink beer… how glorious is that?” - Megan Hamilton

Josh and Megan on attending live performance:
“The risk in going to a live performance is higher than going to a film or whatever,” she says. “But the potential reward is exponentially greater. You could make critical friendships. You could change someone else’s life. You could learn a message that you take into your school, your church, your voting booth. That’s a lot of what we’re about.”

“That deeply transformative thing doesn’t always happen,” adds Kohn. “But when it does, it’s extremely powerful. As both a fan and a presenter, I’m always on that quest.”

NOVEMBER 2014. Second Acts BY BETSY BOYD fropm Baltimore Style Magazine - Read more at:
Come say adiós to CA co-founder Megan and meet new CA Performance Director Josh Kohn! We’ll have drink specials and lots of gabbing and many great friends old and new!

The Marquee Lounge has a table in the Main Gallery with meat or vegan chili and corn bread for just $7! The Lounge is open for dinner as well - reservations suggested. 

W/ Anne Watts & BoisterThe Stone Hill All-Stars, Billy McComiskey, Caleb Stine, Joyce J. Scott, 5th L, Hugh Campbell, Linda Nelson, Jonathan Gilmore, The Mole Suit Choir, Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith, Michael Raitzyk, Rosiland Cauthen, Bashi Rose, and more!

After two decades Megan steps down and brings together some of the amazing musicians The Patterson has presented over the years. Megan hosts with intros, rambles, and tall tales of the adventure that is the Creative Alliance. 

7:30pm $22, $20. Adv tix sug.

Welcoming Josh Kohn, Creative Alliance Performance Director!

Welcoming Josh Kohn, Creative Alliance Performance Director!
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Creative Alliance is thrilled to welcome Josh Kohn, our newly appointed Performance Director. Josh has been working in the arts for more than a decade, specializing in curating powerful live performance experiences and meaningful community dialogue.  Kohn replaces Megan Hamilton, who is cofounder of Creative Alliance and has been the Performance Director for over 20 years.

Previously serving as Program Officer, Jazz and Traditional Arts at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Kohn has managed a diverse portfolio of programs, including the French-American Jazz Exchange, the Folk Arts Outreach Project, and the Jazz Touring Network. Through these programs, he has convened regional West African griots to discuss issues facing their community in the African Diaspora, reinvigorated a network of regional presenters to organize tours for a vast spectrum of jazz artists, fostered a collaboration between D.C. lindy hop and Harlem swing dancers, and facilitated a grant program to strengthen the connection between French and American jazz musicians.

In 2012, Kohn launched a partnership with American Routes, a weekly public radio program out of Tulane University, and organized tours to China for an array of musicians. The partnership has so far produced tours for New Orleans jazz players, Montana cowboy singers, Cajun musicians, and sacred steel gospel artists. Previously, Kohn worked for the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) where he oversaw the artistic programming of 16 large-scale, multi-cultural festivals that brought everything from D.C. go-go to Inuit throat singing to five cities across the United States.  He also co-managed the NCTA’s traditional arts touring program and produced radio pieces mining the NCTA Archive of Sound Recording. Kohn’s field recordings have been featured on releases by Arhoolie Records, and he has contributed to the arts travel guide “Music of the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia.”
Kohn is a former Fellow with the Devos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and most recently, he has helped conceive and launch the outdoor contemporary dance performance event “TICKS.”
Creative Alliance Managing Director Gina Caruso says, “We are sad to say goodbye to Megan, who is a cultural icon here in Baltimore. As cofounder and Performance Director, she has given this wonderful organization so much of her energy and creativity for more than two decades; however, Megan was part of the hiring committee, and Josh was her first choice from the very beginning. Until Megan leaves in November, Josh will work closely with her. We’re relieved that we found such a highly qualified, knowledgeable, charismatic candidate with all the 21st century skills he’ll need to keep up with the heavy, demanding pace we have here at Creative Alliance. He also has a great sense of humor, plus a collaborative spirit, which means he’ll fit in well here!”
Cofounder and Performance Director Megan Hamilton gives Kohn the following endorsement: “I am WHOLLY confident I am leaving Creative Alliance with the absolute BEST possible performance director. Josh’s relationships with artists and agents across this country and his intense commitment to getting to know Baltimore will offer rich opportunities for Baltimore performers and help grow CA performances to a whole new level. I can’t WAIT to see what he does and am excited to introduce him around!” 

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