Posts Tagged ‘Art’

The Best Outlet For Creative Expression in Baltimore

In strictlybaltimore on December 12, 2012 at 10:37 am


Creative Alliance

If you’re a known artist or up-and-coming you already know about the Creative Alliance. The Creative Alliance is a non-profit organization who presents and promotes all genres of art in Baltimore.

Located in Fells Point at the corner of Patterson Park, on 3134 Eastern Avenue, their building can be seen by their flashing lights and marquis.

Since 1995, they have been a positive force of creative and cultural expression in the city. If you have a voice, they want to hear it. If you have an instrument, they want you to play it. If you have a work of art, they want to help you showcase it. If you have a dance, they want to groove to it. If there’s a poem, they want to snap to it.

Creative Alliance hosts hundreds of programs, performances, screenings, and workshops for people to attend. Most are open to the public but some are exclusive to members.

Becoming a member costs as little as $40, but $25 if you’re a student with valid ID.

Creative Alliance hosts hundreds of events a year that are always looking for volunteers for support. If you want to help elevate the creativity of this city, you may want to consider joining.

As well as hosting, the Creative Alliance also hubs a number of group meetings in their space as well. For instance, the Baltimore Songwriter’s Association meets up in the Creative Alliance building during their bi-weekly meetings. If you’re looking for a high traffic and high quality site to rent for an event, you can book your next event at the Creative Alliance building.

Also you can rent their premium quality media equipment to make your next movie into a blockbuster.

If you want to get involved, you can start small by attending a few of their programs and then work your way up to being a full-fledged member. You can always support the arts by donating to the organization as well. Creative Alliance also offers a residency program for artists looking to cultivate their talent.

Where do you express your creativity?

Let us know!

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Missing Lyrics and Melodies – A Community Helping to Cure Your Writer’s Block

In strictlybaltimore on December 10, 2012 at 10:40 am


The Cure For the Writer’s Block?

Do you have writer’s block or constructed a great instrumental but no lyrics to compliment them? The Baltimore Songwriter’s Association is here to offer ideas on how to create the song you envisioned.

The way the group has structured the event, it is a safe environment to share your piece. Each person comes in with the mindset of asking questions to understand your thought process then create feedback to help with conveying your message properly. Not only do they offer in-depth critiques of your work but also gives people creative exercises and activities to help people from writer’s block. They only ask that you come in with an open mind and with an understanding that everyone is there to help each other.

Songwriter’s of all levels meet up on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month to get together to go over each other’s work and offer support. They meet at 3134 Eastern Avenuethe Creative Alliance Building @ 7:30 PM. The meetings are free and open to the public but must be a member to offer a song. To become a member costs $25 and can be paid online.

If you are looking to make that next step in becoming a better songwriter, come to their bi-event. The next one is tonight. If you are free come down and check it out.

How do you get over your writer’s block?

Let us know!

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Find Inspiration in the Past

In strictlybaltimore on December 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

Walters Art Museum

Walters Art Museum

Discover the Walters Art Museum

It’s easy to overlook something that has been a free source to the public but the Walters Art Museum should not be one of them. Baltimore’s art museum is in the heart of Mt. Vernon and free to the public.

Walk like an Egyptian in ancient Egypt. Learn from a scholar in ancient Greece. Find your knight in shining armor. With hundreds of arts spanning the centuries, from different cultures and places around the world, the Walters Art Museum has something that can appeal to everyone.

Imagine what life was like before electricity. Fascinating sculptures and paintings from different eras bring us glimpse of their culture and world. Learn from the geniuses of their era living in a land before the internet, laptops, or phones.

The Walters Art Museum wants you to do more than just admire the works of art from the past. With weekly events from classical music recitals to luncheon debates the Walters Art Museum aims for people to engage in the experience. Indulge yourself and attend one of the Walters Art Museum’s many events.

Hopefully the experience you gain from the gallery can inspire you to do something, art related or not.

What Will You Discover?

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Show Your Voice

In strictlybaltimore on November 19, 2012 at 9:32 am
Open MIc Night

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night!

Have new lyrics you want to sing? Have a poem to recite? Can you make people laugh? Know a great scene from a play or movie that you just want to act out? Then step out of your youtube channel and come do it live. Tonight is your night to show it to the world! 

Germano’s Trattoria, an Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy, has an open mic night tonight from 7:30-9:00 PM. Hosted by opera and cabaret singer Jennifer Blades and pianist Michael Sheppard to keep the atmosphere fun and light.

Music accompaniment can also be arranged for singers if sheet music is provided upon sign up.

There is a $10 cover for the event but no drink or food minimum.

So, if you’re looking to see the upcoming talent of Baltimore, want to express yourself, or just looking for something fun to do tonight then come check out the open mic night! Don’t let your magic mic be the one that gets all the action.

Spots and seats at this event are limited so call Germano’s @ 410-752-4515 to make reservations and book your spot.

WHERE: Germano’s Trattoria, 300 S. High St., Baltimore, MD 21202
11/19, 7:30 – 9 PM
WHAT: Open Mic Night! Express yourself. $10 cover Emcees by Jennifer Blades and Michael Sheppard. Please send your sheet music prior to sign up for musical accompaniment. 

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A Ceramic Expression

In strictlybaltimore on October 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Ceramic Bowl of Fruit

The Melting Pot of Ceramic Arts in Our Region


Baltimore Clayworks is a non-profit ceramic art center and is the mecca for ceramic arts in our region.


Located in Mt. Washington, Baltimore Clayworks was founded in 1980 and is the only institution in the region dedicated to solely to this craft.


During their humble beginnings where they used to showcase a few local artist sculptures and installations now has become a venue to show pieces from around the world.


Providing affordable studio space with professional equipment and talent to offer hands-on studio classes. These talents teach the ceramic process to children and adults.


A committed staff of dedicated people is what makes this organization thrive.  Other than a full-time staff, Baltimore Clayworks uses the help of volunteers and interns to help with a lot of the events and classes.


Ranging in to hundreds of dollars per session, the costs of making ceramics can become quite expensive. Baltimore Clayworks strive to make it affordable. Those who  can not afford the full costs of the studio resources can also become a work exchanger. A work exchanger dedicates some of their time to help around the organization in events and in return they get a discount on classes and resources.


Ceramic arts has been known to bridge the age gap through it’s artistic outlet. By providing community workshops and satellite studios, Baltimore Clayworks give opportunities for people to discover their passion of ceramic arts. Baltimore Clayworks uses this to target troubled youth and senior adults around the City. Baltimore Clayworks has reached over 500 children and senior adults around Baltimore in the inner city communities.


If you still want to learn more about this organization check out their website or go to their next event this weekend.


When: October 20th , this Saturday, from 6 – 10 PM
Live Music, Clay Olympics, Great Food, Great Times! 
$15 for members, $20 for non members, $25 at door



Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209
Mon – Sat 10-5PM
Closed Sundays

Learn Hip Hop in Baltimore FOR FREE!

In strictlybaltimore on September 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm


 Baltimore Dance Crews Project (BDCP)
FREE Dance Workshop
September 22, 2012 | 10 – 2 PM
Patterson Park Public Charter School
27 North Lakewood Avenue  Baltimore, MD 21224

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Have you ever watched America’s Best Dance Crew and wanted to do the same moves that they do?

Well then come to Baltimore Dance Crews Project’s (BDCP) 5th Anniversary Kickoff. The event lasts from 10-2PM at Patterson Park Public Charter School and will offer two free workshops by hip-hop veterans Aaren Salido and Ken Estrellas.

The kickoff will also include special performances from hip-hop groups, Major Definition and SLAM.

Again no experience is required and it is free.

This is a great chance to learn more about hip hop culture while breaking a sweat.

Baltimore Dance Crews Project is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing Baltimore City youth with after-school urban dance programming that:
– Supports student achievement
– Builds community
– Encourages creativity
– Promotes healthy lifestyles

They use the Hip-Hop art form as a hook to engage youth and reach students in Baltimore City to support their academics, health, and respective communities. Baltimore Dance Crews Project has established monthly community dance workshops, facilitated dance programs at several sites, directed a city-wide junior exhibition team, supported several community advocacy efforts, traveled throughout the East Coast, visited local universities, and has been invited to work with youth programs in other major cities in the United States.

While they work with youth they offer great dance work
An ever-growing organization with a great cause.

If you:
– Want to dance more and meet people who do as well
– Want to volunteer
– Know any youth who love to dance
– Want to know more
Then let them know!

E-mail the Co-Founders Brian Gerardo or Cynthia Chavez
Join there e-newsletter
Visit there main site

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