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Arts and Advocacy in West Baltimore

Todd Marcus

We meet residents of West Baltimore who nurture community and healing through the arts. Jazz composer Todd Marcus draws inspiration from two decades of living and working alongside his neighbors with the non-profit ‘Intersection of Change.’

Then Marion Blackwell, manager of the nonprofit ‘Historic Pennsylvania Avenue Main Street,’ talks about restoration of the celebrated Arch Social Club facade and spoken-word poet Brion Gill leads the charge to designate the area as a black arts-and-entertainment district.

For information about the "Thank You for Voting for Us" celebration at Arch Social Club, visit this link.

Sign the petition to designate Pennsylvania Ave. as a Black arts and entertainment district HERE.

For information about Todd Marcus Quintet in concert at Creative Alliance, visit this link, and for other performances: Home Slyce, 12/19/18, Kennedy Center, 1/10/19, The Avalon in Easton, Md 1/12/19 

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'