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David C. Driskell Center (Cole Field House)
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Half-day meeting for scholars to learn about the vast range of research materials available to them at UMD for the study of the African American experience.

Pratt Library Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore 21224
Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Exploring how people who participated in virtual public spaces during the events following the killing of Freddie Gray think about their involvement in the shaping of the narrative.

Pratt Library Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore 21218
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Exploring how people who participated in virtual public spaces during the events following the killing of Freddie Gray think about their involvement in the shaping of the narrative.

Pennsylvania Avenue Branch, 1531 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21217
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Baltimore Stories: “Hands Up Don’t Shoot Our Youth Movement” Documentary Film Produced By: Ralph L. Crowder III co-sponsored by Coppin State University

Tawes Ballroom Coppin State University 2500 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21216
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Baltimore Stories: “Hands Up Don’t Shoot Our Youth Movement” Documentary Film Produced By: Ralph L. Crowder III co-sponsored by Coppin State University

Maryland Institute College of Art: Fred Lazarus Center 131 W. North Avenue, Baltimore 21217
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The event will consider together the roles and positions of women in the Baltimore narrative, and how the roles and positions of women and girls have historically been included or excluded in social change narratives.

TLF 2110
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Presentation Preparation for theBaltimore Forum: Research and The City

The Stamp, Margaret Brent Room 2112
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 FY 2016 Research Workshop Series Baltimore Forum: Research and the City

Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Community Conversation: 12:30 p.m.

3/22/16

By Ashley O'Connor, The Diamondback

Photo courtesy of Victoria Robinson

In light of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities government agencies, a panel met with the University of Maryland's arts and humanities college to discuss the agencies' status and their place in the future.

Jane Chu, the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and William Adams, the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, joined Bonnie Thornton Dill, the arts and humanities dean, for the discussion Tuesday evening at the Gildenhorn Recital Hall in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

"We want all Americans to have an opportunity to be involved in the arts," Chu said.

Sheri Parks, the college's associate dean for research, interdisciplinary scholarship and programming, moderated the conversation in front of about 40 people.

Parks asked the panelists how they believe the arts and humanities can be better integrated in today's society, in which the arts are commonly cut out of school budgets. Entering her current position, Dill said, she had to explain the value it has for students, families and future generations.

Chu said a major problem in declining arts education programs is a lack of participation.

"Eleven million Americans want to participate in the arts, but don't," she said.

Many people who have mobility difficulties could have trouble getting to arts and humanities centers, or feel there are challenges to bringing kids to access the arts, but these barriers can be broken down, Chu said. She mentioned she would like to see arts programs implemented in all public schools.

It's important to show that art education not only provides a skill set, but can also be correlated with better performance in other classes, Chu said. For example, she said, a recent study revealed a correlation between art classes and higher grades in science classes.

"The pipeline is about making kids able to think wisely and be creative, not necessarily like the arts," Chu said.

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