Baltimore County Now
Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission Intern
The New Year is upon us and with it are New Year’s resolutions. It’s no secret that these promises are not always easy. This year, I propose a resolution that everyone can keep: try something new! The Baltimore County Dance Celebration gives everyone lots of opportunities to take a leap.
The Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences and the Gordon Center for Performing Arts present a month-long dance celebration that kicks off January 26 and runs through March 16. (OK, so it’s more than a month. There’s just too much to fit into four weeks.)
The celebration is packed with world-class dance performances, film screenings, meet the artist receptions, and classes, with something for families, students, professional dancers, and dance lovers of all ages. The calendar features ballet, African, contemporary, Irish, global, and swing dance.
Here are just a few highlights.
Free or almost free
Dance month kicks off on January 26 with AKIMBO Uncoiled, a day of free ragtime workshops, live music and dance lessons at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills. It’s time for the castle walk and the two step!
Enjoy free Dance in Film screenings of Billy Elliot and Mad Hot Ballroom at the Gordon Center.
Meet the Artists: Niles Martin, former principle of the New York City Ballet, and contemporary dancers from Median Movement come to Goucher College.
Towson Arts Collective presents MOVE! An Art Exhibit Celebrating the Human Figure in Motion. The opening reception February 1 features tango dancing.
A free Family Dance Night Celebrating African American choreographersis fun for the whole family, February 25 at Campfield Early Learning Center.
Drop in on the Friday Night Swing Dance Club. Start the evening with a swing dance lesson that is perfect for beginners and stay for dancing to live music until midnight. An affordable $12 per person at the Towson American Legion Hall.
Visit the Baltimore County Dance Celebration calendar for details of all events.
World Class Performances
Get your tickets now for a special night out
The Baltimore Dance Project performs for an entire weekend at UMBC, bringing innovative contemporary dance to Catonsville February 6-8.
The Baltimore Ballet comes to the Gordon Center stage in Owings Mills on February 15 with “A Gershwin Rhapsody” and “Firebird.”
Company E a dynamic contemporary repertory dance company, adds Baltimore County to its roster of performance locales. Recent performances and collaborations have taken place in Kazakhstan, Algeria, Italy and New York. The company brings selections from its NEXT series to the Gordon Center stage. Catch the Saturday, February 22 evening performance of contemporary works and come back for a Sunday “Jungle Book” matinee with Towson University Community Dance that will get the whole family excited about dance.
Discover traditional dances from Africa, Mexico, the Middle East, and fiery flamenco. Dance Baltimorebrings dancers from Sankofa Dance Theatre, Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company, Bailes De Mi Tierra, and Arte Flamenco March 2.
Check out the full calendar for even more events featuring dance improv, Angelina Ballerina, Irish dance, student choreographers, master classes for advanced dancers, and performances by additional Baltimore County dance companies.
With a diverse collection of performances and dance classes for both beginners and professionals, it won’t be hard to find something you have never experienced before. Take a leap with the Baltimore County Dance Celebration. Visit www.gordoncenter.com/dance for the complete calendar and ticket information.
Director, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences
Artwork is blasting out of local studios into Towson and landing in some pretty unexpected places: A radio station. A furniture store. A restaurant. A park.
The gallery scene in Towson offers both traditional and non-traditional exhibition spaces. Here’s a snapshot of just a few of the many places where you can explore the work of seasoned and emerging artists. Most works are for sale, so you can add to your collection or make your first purchase of original art. You’ll be enriching your life while supporting local artists.
- Towson Arts Collective's new Ellene "Brit" Christiansen Arts Center includes a gallery and classroom, plus room for artists to work in front of its street-level windows. The 3,600 square-foot space on 40 W. Chesapeake Avenue triples the size of their previous downtown Towson gallery. Works from Baltimore Watercolor Society artists are on view until October 25.
- Mosaic and mixed media visionary artist Loring Cornish inaugurates a new rotating exhibit space for local artists beginning October 24 at The Sofa Store on Cromwell Bridge Road atop Luskins Hill.
- World-class artists regularly exhibit at the Asian Arts Gallery at the Towson University Center for the Arts. Art Filipino: Works by Master Artists is on view through October 26.
- Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery, next to the Kraushaar Auditorium, features the evocative nature paintings of Julia Sutliff: Sundry Moods through November 1. The Silber Gallery regularly shows contemporary works.
- The Holtzman MFA Gallery at the Towson Center for Fine Arts features Alexis Granwell: Traces of Remains through November 2. On view are large-scale etchings that suggest structures within evocative atmospheres and abstract sculptures out of wood, fabric, cardboard and other materials.
- Baltimore artist Charlie Barton’s silk screen prints of local scenes are currently on display at Bread & Circuses Bistro on Delaware Avenue at Chesapeake.
- Atwater’s at the Shops at Kenilworth exhibits a range of work by local artists.
- Visual and performing arts come together at the gallery at the WTMD radio studios at Towson City Center.
If you want to go very old school, stop by the Historic Courthouse gardens on Pennsylvania Avenue. You’ll find a reproduction of Alexander the Great Cutting the Gordian Knot by 16th century Italian painter Giovanni Paolo Panini, courtesy of the Walters Art Museum’s “Off the Wall” program. Okay, it’s not for sale, but the museum just might have a post card you can afford.
Thanks to the creativity of our local artists and partnerships with local businesses, universities, and arts organizations, you never know where you might find inspiration.
Director, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences
There’s a new place to get smart in Baltimore County. Actually, it’s a place to get “smARTS,” a new Baltimore County arts television show premiering March 7 at 7:00-7:30 p.m. on BCTV, cable channel 25 in Baltimore County.
We call the program smARTS because we believe this is the smart place to find out about Baltimore County’s arts scene. The show covers music, dance, theatre, and visual arts, from Catonsville to Dundalk to Towson and Owings Mills.
We also feel the arts really do make you smarter; smarter about the world, about ideas and emotions, and smarter about how creative expression makes our lives more meaningful and just plain fun.
Carolyn Black-Sotir, chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences, hosts the program, The premiere show includes an interview with Marin Alsop about the new Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, whose new home is the Carver Center for Arts & Technology in Towson; a preview of the 25th Baltimore Jewish Film Festival at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills; and a discussion about For All the World to See, an exhibit at UMBC focusing on the impact of visual images and the civil rights movement. A “Get smARTER” segment looks at how County composer Valencio Jackson developed the show’s original theme music.
smARTS premieres March 7 and airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30-noon on BCTV, cable channel 25 in Baltimore County. Segments are available 24/7 on the Baltimore County government web site www.baltimorecountymd.gov
SmARTS is produced by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.