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Art of Transformation: Reworking Baltimore’s Stories 

Art, Local Business, and the Soul of a Community
Thursday, July 28th, 6:00-8:30 P.M.
Arch Social Club
2426 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217


Seven filmed interviews with artists, activists, and residents of the Sandtown/Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore inspire an exploration of the powerful relationship between the arts, local economy, and what causes a community to thrive. In addition to excerpts from the interview films, the evening will feature an interactive visualization that makes the synergy between these factors explicit for policymakers, activists, and residents alike.

Films feature: James Hamlin, Michael Wills, Nia Hampton, Denise Johnson, James Coombs, Dominic Nell, and Johnnie Jackson
Presenters include: Denise Johnson, Michael Scott, Lee Boot, Tahira Madhi, and Chris Kojzar

The Art of Transformation project is being developed by the UMBC Imaging Research Center in collaboration with Baltimore Imagining Group (big), a coalition of individuals from Baltimore arts, community, and social justice organizations. Collaborators include Culture Works, the United States Department of Arts and Culture, Equity Matters, New Lens, and WombWork Productions. Art of Transformation is part of the Baltimore Stories project, funded in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The next Baltimore Stories Art of Transformation event will take place on Thursday, August 25th at the Center for Urban Families.

All Baltimore Stories events are free and open to the public.

The Baltimore Stories project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a collaboration between the University of Maryland; Maryland Humanities; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Enoch Pratt Free Library; and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

More about the project


The Dresher Center is pleased to announce our
2016-2017 Research Fellows:
Summer Faculty Research Fellows (Summer 2016)

Erin Hogan, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
Project: Prosopopeia and the Gothic Child in Contemporary Spanish Film

Christine Mallinson, Associate Professor, Language, Literacy and Culture Program
Project: Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (2nd Edition)

Susan McDonough, Associate Professor, History
Project: Vile Sluts and Gassy Whores? Prostitutes and Cultural Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean

For more information click here.

Residential Faculty Research Fellows (Spring 2017)

Calla Thompson, Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Project: The Velvet Fist: Lesbian and Gay Liberation in 1981 Toronto

Constantine Vaporis, Director, Asian Studies Program, and Professor, History
Project: Sword and Brush: Portraits of Samurai Life in Early Modern Japan, 1600-1868

For more information click here.

Graduate Student Fellows (Fall 2016)

Kelly Daughtridge, Master of Arts Degree Candidate, Historical Studies
Project: Defining their Past and Immortalizing their Future: Women’s Monuments in Early Modern England

Jessica Floyd, Doctoral Candidate, Language, Literacy and Culture
Project: Jibooms, Barrels, and Arseholes: Singing Sex in Sea Chanteys

For more information click here.