From Building to Bridge: Redefining the Peale as a Center for Baltimore Sto...

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225 Holliday Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

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You are invited to a symposium supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation to address how we can include you and your communities in the ongoing process of developing the Peale as a platform for cultural storytelling. In particular we’d like to ask:

  • What is storytelling, and who is - or should be - a storyteller in Baltimore today?
  • What tactics, related to storytelling or other programmatic approaches, can support an audience engagement strategy that connects audience silos and introduces diverse cultural influencers to the Peale – and beyond?
  • How can the Peale most helpfully serve you as a Baltimore culture-keeper, creator, and storyteller?
  • How can the Peale help you connect with other Baltimore creators and broader audiences?

The day will include workshops led by local storytellers to discuss how storytelling can play a role in addressing some of the key topics and issues facing Baltimore’s cultural communities. We will also introduce the Peale’s new “Storytelling Mashup” program as one tactic for bridging silos and communities through cultural storytelling. In this program, participants will be encouraged to find new partners and propose collaborative storytelling projects that will be supported by the Peale Center and its funding partners.


9:30-10am: Registration, Mix and Mingle

10-10:45: Welcome, Introductions by Jess Solomon (Deutsch Foundation), Keynote by Sheila Gaskins: “Looking Back to Move Forward: A Recipe for Equity and Inclusion in the Baltimore Arts Scene”

10:45-12:00: Workshops (select one)

  1. Aaron Henkin (Out of the Blocks), Stacia Brown and Ali Post (Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City): “Interviewing 101: Where do I start, and what do I ask next?”

  2. Mama Linda (Peale Center, GBIW, National Association of Black Storytellers) & Anokwale Anansesemfo (Griot Circle): "Watch What You Tell & Where You Tell It"

  3. Laura Wexler (The Stoop): "The Power and Principles of Personal Storytelling"

  4. Kibibi Ajanku (GBCA, Sankofa Dance Theater) and Mia Loving (Invisible Majority) on "A Story... A Story" – community engagement and the power of proximity

  5. Nate Couser (The Artist Exchange Radio Show): “Bridging a diverse & inclusive audience across platforms”

  6. Tonika Berkley (Peale Center, Drexel University) on “Preserving Oral Histories for Cultural Institutions and Community Organizations”

12-1:00: Lunch (provided by Ida B’s Table); groups share their workshop learnings over lunch

1-1:30: Tours of the Peale and the exhibition, Devin Allen: Spaces of the Un-Entitled

1:30-2:00: Open Mic for participants to share what they are working on

2-2:15: Break (coffee and tea provided)

2:15-3:30pm: Panel Discussion moderated by Kibibi Ajanku (GBCA, Sankofa Dance Theater) with Aishah Alfadhala (Mera Kitchen) Shellée Haynesworth (Indigo Creative Works), and Adam Holofcener (Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts) and Q&A with audience about the key questions above.

3:30-4:30: Launching the Peale’s Storytelling Mash-up Program (Nate Couser)

4:30: Conclusion/Closing

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