In support of the 2002 African American Heritage Festival.
For supplies, equipment, training and teacher stipends for the continued implementation of the ceramic arts curriculum in classroom settings and after-school ceramic clubs in 20 Baltimore City public middle schools. Selected examples of student work are displayed at an annual exhibition at the Baltimore Gas and Electric Building and at Harbor Place.
For the expansion of arts education and outreach programs.
Challenge grant in support of the High Zero 2002 Festival of Experimental Improvised Music.
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."