Community Outreach at the Creative Alliance
At the heart of what we do is the notion that we support both the arts in Baltimore and our neighboring communities by connecting the two. We are blessed to reside in the culturally rich neighborhood of Highlandtown at the heart of Southeast Baltimore, steeped in the history of recent immigrants from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, older immigrants from East and Southern Europe, and white and black Baltimoreans both professional and working class.
Many of our most exciting programs – from family friendly festivals, to ethnic arts workshops, to world music dance parties – both serve these diverse communities and give them a platform to share their cultures with broad audiences. Our bilingual Community Arts deparment directs our largest projects like The Great Halloween Lantern Parade, with more than 12,000 marching artists, marching bands, stiltwalkers, and lanterns in Patterson Park every last Saturday of October!
In addition, we are heavily engaged with our neighborhood partners in community-building efforts, providing resources and programming expertise to initiatives such as Neighborhood Voices, Noches Acústicas in Marquee Lounge, and the Piñata Apprenticeship which provides Mexican women in our neighborhood the opportunity to sustain and share their cultural traditions. Our annual World Refugee Day is produced with the Baltimore Resettlement Center and grows every year to commemorate, honor and present Baltimore's refugee and immigrant talent and stories of resiliency.