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Culture Connections With Dr. Sheri Parks: Arts, Activism and Education

Education Elsewhere

Yesterday, Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill allocating an additional $23 million to Baltimore City Public Schools. This comes after Mayor Catherine Pugh diverted additional funds to education in her budget. So is it enough to close the $130 million gap and avoid teacher layoffs? We’ll get an update from Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises

Then, a conversation with activists who use their artistry to empower young people. 
Dr. Sheri Parks joins Tom for a monthly Culture Connections conversation. Dr. Parks is an Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming at the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland College Park, where she is also an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies. She’s the author of Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman.

Tom is also joined by Navasha Daya, the co-founder and Director of Healing and Performing Arts for The Youth Resiliency Institute. She is also a singer, songwriter, producer, and activist. 

Wendel Patrick is a music producer, pianist, photographer, educator, and co-founder of the Baltimore Boom Bap Society. He’s also the co-producer of WYPR’s Out of the Blocks with Aaron Henkin.

Stacie Sanders is the Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning

Tomorrow afternoon at 2:00, Wendel will be presenting at the EDU-LAB at Light City. That event is being held at the IMET on Pratt street. Tomorrow night at 9:30, the Baltimore Boom Bap Society will do a session at the Windup Space in Station North.  
On Saturday there’s a screening of the documentary Lom Nava Love at the Pillar Worship Center on S. Dukeland St. at 2pm. Navasha recorded an original soundtrack for the film.


Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Bridget no longer works for Midday at WYPR.