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Greetings from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
The arts are forever evolving to meet the challenges and opportunities of the world around us. When the world shut down, the arts persisted— online, inside homes, in backyards and on front porches. But the doors to many of the cultural institutions we know and love had to temporarily close. Our physical spaces for the arts – museums, libraries, concert halls, and restaurants – have worked hard to continue providing their services in new ways this year. Now, as our City and State’s phased re-opening continues, we are seeing more of these places begin to return, cautiously, knowing that we are still in a health crisis. Most recently, we are thrilled to learn that some of Baltimore’s beloved museums are welcoming guests back to their galleries.
Over the past week, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum have all announced that they will reopen with reduced capacity. The American Visionary Art Museum has also announced a new exhibition and plans for reopening soon. These museums have been able to provide excellent virtual programming this year – online exhibitions, livestreamed artist talks, film screenings and performances - but there’s nothing quite like exploring a museum in person. We hope that, if you’re comfortable and able to do so, you’ll safely visit these museums as they begin reopen. The art and history inside these spaces is sure to provide a healthy dose of inspiration and a change of pace from our computer screens.
These re-openings also lead us into National Arts & Humanities Month this October. To celebrate, BOPA annually produces Free Fall Baltimore, a full month of arts and cultural events throughout Baltimore City. This year features virtual and in-person events and more information about the participating organizations is coming soon. Our calendars are soon to be full of ways to continue enjoying the arts and we will continue to report additional openings and events as we learn about them. Be it in person or virtually, the arts have the capacity to enrich us all.
Donna Drew Sawyer