“The arts and society share a symbiotic relationship.
Just as society needs art to add meaning to life,
the arts need the support of society in difficult times.”
— Manasi Prasad, director of the Indian Music Experience, India’s first interactive music museum
Here at Jmore, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why we decided to publish our annual fall arts cover package in the middle of a pandemic while most area theaters, concert halls and museums remain shuttered.
Despite the closures, Charm City’s arts and cultural community has not ceased or curtailed the magic of creating. Organizations such as the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Baltimore Center Stage, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Creative Alliance continue offering quality virtual performances, concerts, literary events and exhibitions that bring meaning and value to our lives at a time when we need it more than ever.
And they’re looking forward to bringing us back to their venues as soon as it’s safe to do so.
This fall, it’s incumbent on all of us to support Baltimore’s artists and the arts and cultural organizations that showcase their work.
Like Manasi Prasad says, we “share a symbiotic relationship.” They need us and we need them.
With the pandemic, the Gordon Center has launched a wide range of virtual programming. “Now more than ever, people are seeking hope,” says Sara Shalva, chief arts officer of the JCC of Greater Baltimore. “These are dark days, and arts and culture help people escape.”
Christopher Bedford, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, was gearing up for “2020 Vision,” a yearlong celebration of female-identifying artists, when the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.
Baltimore Center Stage is continuing to offer virtual programs this fall with the hope of returning to live theater in late January. And through it all, the theater has continued to help the community through various initiatives.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Creative Alliance quickly launched “Sidewalk Serenades,” a series of “close but not-too-close personal concerts,” and they have many other projects in the works.
Get your creative juices flowing this fall with these virtual and in-person arts and cultural events.