Toward the construction of a multi-functional cultural arts facility, the Patterson Center for the Arts, located in Highlandtown. The project has been developed to draw artists and audiences to East Baltimore as part of a revitalization effort. The facility will house a theater for performing groups in dance, theater and music, video and film studio, nine studio/residential apartments, a cafe, exhibition space, offices, and community meeting rooms.
Toward the renovation of the Phoenix Shot Tower.
In support of the 2002 Baltimore Book Festival.
Two grants toward the renovation of a vacated branch library building to house an art gallery, studio, photography laboratory and graphic computer center for after-school art programs to serve at-risk youth in the Pigtown and Morrell Park neighborhoods. This initiative has been designed to deter anti-social behavior of disengaged youth.
"The requirement that individuals must complete a prescribed body of coursework before teaching in a public school is deeply misguided. This process, known as teacher certification, is neither an efficient nor an effective means by which to endure a competent teaching force. Worse, it is often counterproductive."