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Social Justice Events and Exhibitions at Creative Alliance
Creative Alliance’s mission to bring the community together and explore social justice issues through the arts is both relevant and visionary.
RACE RECOUNTED [x] OUR VOICES | AUG 27 - OCT 2
“It’s about race: both the way we view ourselves, and the way others view us as racialized beings” – Juan Ortiz
Race Recounted is a celebration of our stories, our artwork, our collectivity, and our mission to confront many Americans’ automatic response to racial inequality: to remain silent.
Juan Ortiz, Creative Alliance’s Robert W. Deutsch Fellow, has curated an exhibition that depends on community participation. Race Recounted asks visitors to participate in the creation of artwork that tells the story of their own racialized identity through audio/visual portraits in a recordable greeting card. The resulting library of voices will be on display in the gallery through October 2.
The exhibition opening on August 27th features live story telling from Neighborhood Voices committee members, theatrical performances, and a free show from The Cornel West Theory, a group from Washington, DC who are inspired by social justice struggles, Hip Hop, and the center of world politics.
We get OUT of the box and into the community with a special guest appearance by the multitalented Peace Poets from NYC.
The Peace Poets are a collective of artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. Their art can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin, from the border to the bodega. Their style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity.
Since 2013, Neighborhood Voices provides a platform for authentic storytelling between multiracial neighbors in Baltimore to organize educational, social justice, and activist workshops to address and fight against structural racism. This FREE Workshop is held in the Main Gallery at Creative Alliance.
Art To Dine For Season is here!
Art To Dine For season of sparkling soirees is here again! Our fascinating collectors, designers, artists, musicians, singers, dancers and arts lovers generously welcome you into their homes, lofts, studios or workplaces for an insider's view of Baltimore's vivacious art scene. Art To Dine For supports Creative Alliance's free and reduced artistic, youth education, and outreach programs.
- SEPTEMBER -
SOLD OUT Barn Dance! - SAT SEP 10 | 6:30-9:30pm
Carolyn Black-Sotir and Michael Sotir open their handsome renovated barn at Silo Hill in Phoenix for a night of wide-ranging line dancing! Yummy barbecue by Station North Arts Catering.
Make It & Break It - FRI SEP 16 | 6-9pm
Celebrate with Creative Alliance’s Artesanas Mexicanas piñata artists as they share their traditions and teach you how to create and design your own brilliant piñata star with full tissue paper details. Special prices for children! Sponsored by Towson University's College of Fine Arts & Communication and Seawall Development
Art Camp - SAT SEP 17 | 2-4:30pm CANCELED
Look forward to an afternoon of pure fun and bring the kids, too! Explore the 100-year-old barn Virginia Sperry has converted into her welding studio where she creates life-sized animals and birds out of steel.
SOLD OUT Spice & Rice - SAT SEP 17 | 7-10pm
Add some spice to your life and come feast on an extravagant Sri Lankan spread prepared by chef, author, DJ, and tour guide Skiz Fernando.
Cultural Ambassador - WED SEP 21 | 6-9pm
Musical Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Host of WYPR’s Maryland Morning, Tom Hall shares his experiences as a broadcaster, performer, lecturer, writer, and educator and discusses the energetic evolution of the local art scene.
History Meets Contemporary - FRI SEP 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
Architect and artist Myrna Poirier’s 200-year-old multicolored grouping of four clapboard rowhouses decorate Ann Street in Fells Point. Learn about the house’s history, renovation, and art while sipping wine and enjoying music in Myrna’s colorful walled garden with its 100-year-old grapevine and waterfall.
Fruitenanny - SAT SEP 24 | 4-7pm
Once a circa 1915 barn, Creative Alliance trustee Lauren Calia and husband Angelo Otterbein's
Art Transcends - THU SEP 29 | 6:30-8:30pm
Photographers Aliza and Michael Friedman open their Pikesville home for guests to enjoy an evening of international arts. Along with her beautiful, original jewelry, guests can view the art the couple has collected from Israel, Nigeria, Thailand, Monte Carlo, and China -- as well as a delicious Middle Eastern Dinner. Ultrafaux plays original jazz.
- OCTOBER -
SOLD OUT Laugh Track - SAT OCT 1 | 6-10pm
Paul and Mary Streb host a raucous evening of stand-up comedy when the hilarious duo Jason Weems and Elahe Izadi perform at the Streb’s contemporary home in Columbia.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) - SUN OCT 2 | 10am-1pm
Pedal along the hilly paths, slow down and take in the beauty
Experience a rare cinematic treat at this special screening of two award winning short documentaries about Baltimore produced by Lillian Bowers. Hosted by Anne Draddy and Ben Frederick
Chill with friends, as jazz flutist Andrea Brachfeld and her quartet offer an evening of spicy jazz at Betamore, one of Baltimore’s hottest new tech and education spaces.
The Nature of Things - SUN OCT 30 | 2-5pm
Spend the afternoon immersed in the work of sculptor John Ruppert while sampling Pan-African cooking.
SOLD OUT! Museum Secrets - SUN OCT 30 | 6-9pm
Learn about former director of the Walters Art Museum Gary Vikan's book, available this fall, “Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Art Director” over a three-course gourmet meal prepared by Gary and Elana at their Guilford home.
- NOVEMBER -
From Holy Land to Graceland - THU NOV 3 | 6-8pm
Partake of the King’s favorite foods - peanut butter and banana sandwiches with a side of bacon wrapped meatballs prepared by Kim Battista - while scholar and raconteur, Gary Vikan, tells fascinating stories about the ways Elvis fan “worship” parallels medieval deification rituals.
Paper Marbling - SAT NOV 5 | Noon-3pm
Drop colored inks in water, next swirl, feather, blow, or brush them into a pattern, and capture the colors on paper. Let your creative side loose and take home a notecard, bookmark, or stationery! Hosted by Eric & Christina Fenton.
SOLD OUT Italian Sunday Supper - SUN NOV 6 | 3-6pm
Expect a slightly rowdy affair full of laughter and wine and a spread of delectable foods! Learn the secrets of making traditional pasta. Play bocce and lawn games in Patterson Park before and after supper.
NEW DATE The Jeweler and the Cook - SUN NOV 6 | 6-9pm
Gourmet cook Eddie Seidel prepares foods in interesting shapes, colors, textures and patterns that guests can sculpt inspired by the organic designs of Jewelry designer Shana Kroiz’s jewelry. Guests are encouraged to play with their food!
A Wheel Good Time - SUN NOV 13 | 4-7pm
The Potters Guild of Baltimore knows how to throw a party! Guests can get down and dirty with clay and experiment at the wheel. Enjoy delicious soup in hand thrown bowls. Hosted by CA trustee Mark Lapointe & Kirsten Lapointe