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The new edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television show, explores Baltimore County filmmakers, looks at what motivates a jazz artist, and offers ideas for exploring arts with kids. CCBC Dance performs an original work. The program airs on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Featured segments include:

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with saxophonist Gregory Thompkins on what motivates his music.
  • Baltimore County has some great local filmmakers and “made in Baltimore County” films. Scott Braid from the Maryland Film Festival and filmmaker Joe Tropea go behind the screen credits.
  • Tommy Parlon from CCBC Dance talks about careers in dance, and the CCBC Dance company performs a new work.
  • Trisha Chason from the Baltimore County Arts Guild offers visual arts activities that nurture creativity in the children in your life.

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 can be viewed on the Baltimore County Government YouTube channel.

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




Show Airs on Cable Channel 25 and Online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” features an interview with newly appointed BCPS Superintendent Verletta White, the County’s new College Promise program and a major fire safety initiative.

Smoke and CO Alarms Save Lives – Is your home safe? Find out about County Fire crews offering free home safety visits, and smoke/CO alarms for eligible residents.

Baltimore County’s College Promise Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis explain how the County is making CCBC tuition-free for eligible students.

BCPS Superintendent Verletta White – Hear firsthand from the newly appointed Superintendent of Schools about her priorities and student-centered approach to creating safe and effective learning environments.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page. In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

By Diana Creasy, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

The networking was face-to-face, not face-to-Facebook. Business professionals and youth met in a packed room at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The idea? Help young people learn the art of old-school networking.

“This event benefits both parties—employers and students,” said Dontè Brown, a Community College of Baltimore County Learn, Earn, Achieve, Progress (CCBC LEAP) program student.” It’s beneficial to people like me who are nervous and trying to come out of our shell and it gets the employers familiar with their future employees.”

Emergent – Youth Networking brought together members of the Baltimore County Workforce Board and other business professionals to network and mentor youth from the CCBC LEAP program. Each young adult was able to meet with five different mentors throughout the evening to help build confidence, gain social engagement skills, receive constructive feedback, and develop real world relationships with industry professionals.

“With technology driving communication, it’s harder for young people to learn personal networking skills,” said Jim Russell, Baltimore County Workforce Board Member and CFO/COO of North American Millwright. “Classroom training can only teach so much.”

CCBC’s LEAP program provides 150 young adults ages 18-24 with comprehensive education and employment services to prepare them for success in the workplace. The program offers young adults an opportunity to obtain a secondary diploma, engage in career exploration, gain industry recognized credentials, and acquire employment and work-based learning experiences.

“It’s great they are getting started with networking early in their careers,” said Crystal Hickey, Baltimore County Workforce Board Member and Senior VP of Human Resources for Stella Maris.

CCBC LEAP student Courey Veney summed up the experience. “I walked in with butterflies, but after talking to a few people, I felt great. This event helped me improve my social skills and really taught me how to network.”

Emergent – Youth Networking was organized by the Youth Services team of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development as part of Job Connector, a new program established by County Executive Kamenetz that connects employers with a pipeline of talent whose skills match business needs. 

Revised September 11, 2017