We are thrilled to partner with the Center Club in hosting the “What’s Next for the Arts in Baltimore?” panel. Meet our panlists.
“I can’t believe THIS is where I get to come to work everyday,” said Carter Arnot Polakoff, the new CEO and President of Port Discovery Children’s Museum, looking around in wonder at the museum’s lobby. Although she hates having her picture taken, she can’t hide the pure joy in her smile. The delight is contagious — and is the embodiment of what Port Discovery is for so many families. It’s obvious that Carter is in her happy place. You might say that she’s back in her happy place. Carter started her career as an intern and founding staff member at Port Discovery. She spent more than 20 years at the Baltimore School of the Arts, immersed in nonprofit arts management which allowed her to create deep relationships with civic organizations and nonprofits. That experience has carried Carter home to port, ready to lead the museum’s next adventure: navigating post-pandemic waters…
Dori Chait asks: How can we grasp the gratitude we are so moved by during this time of year to engage in year-round meaningful service and giving?
This week we share an incredibly moving story written by Maricka Oglesby about her journey through diagnosis and treatment for a rare form of cervical cancer. But first, a love letter to Maricka. We want you to know who she is.
Want to hear some really good news about breast cancer? “Women should not die from breast cancer. More than 95 percent of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer survive and thrive,” says the Brem Foundation, an organization that works to maximize women’s chances of finding early, curable breast cancer. Dr. Rachel Brem is the Director of the Breast Imaging and Intervention Center and the Program Leader for Breast Cancer at the George Washington Cancer Center, and from her own work and personal experiences, she knew there was a need for better education, for better access to affordable and timely screenings and diagnostic testing, and to advocate for insurance coverage for breast cancer screening beyond mammograms. She founded the Brem Foundation to Beat Breast Cancer to help women access the information they need to assess their risk and have the screenings necessary to find cancer at an early, curable stage. Not…
Amy Deputy is well-known in Maryland for her long and successful career as a wedding and portrait photographer. She captures moments at weddings and of children that become a family’s treasures. But “stay at home” in 2020 gave her time to focus with passion on another project – and she turned her creative eye to recreating the garden at her Glencoe property and replanting it with all native species.
Kristen Cooper is the new Marketing and Communications Director at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills, Maryland. This is a dream team! Kristen, with her extensive background in marketing and local publications, and her enthusiasm for promoting Baltimore and the surrounding areas.
If you’ve been hesitant to join in a writer’s group because you feel like your writing isn’t as good as everyone else’s, or you don’t want to be embarrassed by criticism, read these amazing pieces of prose and poetry by K. P. McGee about her experiences at the Women’s Daily Post Writing Salon, with Susan Weis-Bohlen. The Salon is a nurturing place for women to feel creatively supportive and for you to finally start putting the words in your head onto paper.
Lindsay Henry is the owner and creative force behind Inklings Paperie, a Plymouth, Michigan, manufacturer of sustainably-produced greeting cards and paper goods. Her creations aren’t just typography and design on quality paper – Lindsay adds a special touch of whimsy to everything and is constantly coming up with innovative ideas for greeting cards. She’s known for introducing scratch off cards, 3-D cards, confettigrams, and cards with reusable stickers. 2020 was a really difficult and upended year for the greeting card industry, as many retail stores closed at least for months, and sadly, some permanently. But we’re catching up with Lindsay as business is looking up, and with incredibly happy news for Inklings Paperie! Chatting with Linsday Henry First, the good news! This year, Inklings Paperie received the top honor in the greeting card industry. Your card – Anything is Possible, inspired by Ruby Bridges – won the Greeting Card Association’s…
Do you know how Labor Day started and became a national holiday? It was started by labor unions in the late 1800s to celebrate the contributions and achievements of American workers. But in the late 1800s, conditions for American workers were deplorable – they had little to celebrate with long work weeks, poor sanitation, dangerous conditions, no job security, and low wages. One woman made a profound impact on worker’s rights in the 1930s and 40s: Frances Perkins.