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Many unexpected treasures are virtually hidden away in Baltimore County’s libraries, historic buildings and archives. The fall edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture show, features some special collections that offer a window into our history. Highlights include a series of “Retro Snapshots” featuring historic photographs of Towson, Dundalk, Reisterstown/Glyndon and Catonsville. 

Host Carolyn Black Sotir and Tom Beck, Chief Curator of the library and gallery at UMBC, discuss photographs from the UMBC special collections, including a Matthew Brady photograph of the first black U.S. Senator and a Civil War artist’s designs for Colored Regiment flags.

Additional segments feature iconic Baltimore photographs by A. Aubrey Bodine and the story of “Flying Boats,” the first trans-Pacific commercial aircraft built at the Glenn L. Martin Company in Middle River.

Viewers can also find resources for discovering family and neighborhood history at the Historical Society of Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Library.

smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.- noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments also are available on YouTube.

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.

Keywords: arts, history, video

Over $3 million in grants proposed in FY17 budget 

Recognizing that arts and culture are vital to our quality of life, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has proposed $3.27 million in grants to arts, science and humanities organizations in the fiscal year 2017 budget, an increase of $382,000.

“If we are to create the kind of Baltimore County that we want our children to be proud of, we must recognize the important role that Baltimore City plays in our county, in our region and in our state. That is why we continue to dedicate more than $3 million in next year’s budget to support regional arts and cultural institutions in both the city and County,” said County Executive Kamenetz.

687,000 visits to City arts and cultural attractions

From the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art and Center Stage to the National Aquarium, Baltimore Symphony and Maryland Zoo, County residents support arts and culture throughout the region. Last year, there were 687,000 visits by Baltimore County residents to Baltimore City arts and cultural attractions.  

Baltimore Symphony“Not only do the arts help create the wonderful quality of life we enjoy, they add jobs and generate economic impact,” said Kamenetz. “For example, in 2015 the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra alone added over $8 million to Baltimore County’s economy through dollars spent at County companies, property and income taxes paid by BSO employees and revenue from performances at Oregon Ridge in Cockeysville.”    

“The arts are as important as the Orioles and the Ravens to attracting and retaining businesses and recruiting employees,” added Kamenetz.

Baltimore City’s cultural institutions complement County arts organizations such as the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Towson University Center for Asian Art & Culture and Deep Vision Dance Company. 

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 The spring edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television program, is now airing on Baltimore County cable channel 25.  Featured segments include: 

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir and musician Jeffrey Chappell talk about his journey from classical pianist at Carnegie Hall to jazz artist.  
  • The Global Award-winning Otherworld jazz quartet performs "One Summer Night" from their new album.   
  • Hear opera singer/rakontyr Daren Jackson’s take on classical music, rap and his starring role in SHADOWBOXER, a jazz opera about fighter Joe Louis.
  • Discover year-round wine, music and theater at Boordy Vineyards.
  • What makes a creative community? Jeannie Howe from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance takes on the question.
  • A reading by poet Jeanette Garcia-Polasky transports you to East Liverpool, Ohio. 

smARTS show logosmARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-12 noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Segments are available online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/arts .

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.

 


 
 

Revised September 26, 2016