Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Sailors adrift, magical sprites, lost princes, an enchanted island, and more! Join us for opening weekend of our first show of the 2018 season - Shakespeare's The Tempest!

WHEN: January 12 - February 4, 2018. Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 4:00pm. Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before showtime
WHERE: Great Hall Theater at St. Mary's Community Center, 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211

Get Bard to the Bone Tomorrow!

imageJoin us on Thursday, January 11 for a sneak peek and discussion of our upcoming production, The Tempest.

Society meetings are free, open to ALL, and take place from 7:00pm-9:00pm at St. Mary's Community Center. Wine and cheese (and other snacks and beverages) provided.

RSVPs to are appreciated for planning purposes, but not required. Feel free to drop in and enjoy meeting with fellow friends of the theater!

Season Passes, Pay-What-You-Will, Podcasts, and More!

SEASON PASSES: Lock in 2017 prices by buying a season pass for all five of our shows - The Tempest, Othello (in original pronunciation), Macbeth, King John, and Thomas Middleton's A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. Season pass prices are $100 for adults and $75 for seniors, teachers, and students. Season passes may be purchased on our website or at the door of any Tempest performance.

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL NIGHTS: The opening Friday of each production will be pay-what-you-will. Join us on Friday, January 12 for The Tempest opening night and pay-what-you-will at the door.

LOCATION: During our 2018 season, all shows (including our summer shows) will take place at St. Mary's Community Center, unless otherwise noted.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Give the gift of Shakespeare! Gift certificates are now available to purchase on our website.

NEW PODCAST: Listen to BSF artistic directors, Tom Delise and Chris Cotterman, discuss our upcoming season on our recent podcast.


WHERE: 800 Key Highway, Baltimore

MLK Dare to Dream Day

Monday, January 15, 10am-6pm

Join us for free museum admission, birthday cake, workshops, and more, at this FREE, fun-filled day! Special performance by the viral sensation: the Cardinal Shehan School Choir. Learn more >>

Mosaics with Rick Shelley

Mosaics with Rick Shelley

Saturday, January 20, 10am-4pm

Come and learn the ancient art of mosaic. You will get a chance to learn about a variety of techniques and walk away with your own finished piece of art. Learn more >>

Mr. Imagination Portraits

Weekend Walk-In: Mr. Imagination Portraits

Saturday, February 3, 1pm-4pm

Join us for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the classroom of AVAM! This month, create a face on a paintbrush inspired by the one and only visionary artist, Mr. Imagination! Learn more >>

An After-Hours Experience at AVAM

Sip & Shine: An After-Hours Experience

Friday, February 9, 6pm-9pm

Enjoy an after-hours experience with wine, scavenger hunt, and workshop! Learn more and reserve your space today >>

Universal Tree of Life by Bob Benson. Photo: Jill Fannon

Shiny Happy Things Workshop
w/Bob Benson

Saturday, February 17, 11am-2pm

Join the creator of the Blinged-Out Universal Tree of Life (outside of AVAM's main entrance) in making your own flashies: dynamic, sparkling decorations made from mirrors and marbles and such. Learn more and register today >>

Peter Cecere among his "kids" - his 5000+ piece art collection.

House of Stronzo Film + Director's Talk

Friday, February 23, 7pm-9pm

The film chronicles the quest of Pete Cecere, one of the preeminent collectors of folk art and outsider art in North America, to find permanent homes for his “kids” – the more than 5,000 pieces of original art that are currently housed in his Virginia home – before he dies. Director Matthew White joins for a talk with founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger after the film. Learn more and purchase tickets >>.

Ancient Soma Tree by Peter Eglington on view in The Great Mystery Show

The Great Mystery Show

On view through September 2, 2018

From psychics to physicists, The Great Mystery Show artfully peels away the veil of the unknown, playfully exploring mystery as that one secret power behind great art, science, and pursuit of the sacred. Pictured above: Ancient Soma Tree by Peter Eglington. 2016. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the Artist. See images and learn more >>.

Reverend Albert Lee Wagner:
Miracle at Midnight

On view through December 2018

AVAM proudly hosts the first national retrospective of Reverend Albert Lee Wagner's autobiographical art. His “story pictures” provide rich visual testimony to a life begun amidst the dire poverty and racism of the South, to a life of excess and lust, to a final attainment of spiritual peace filled with Wagner's ministry of forgiveness and love for all humanity. Learn more >>.

Monday, January 8, 2018


Whether you want to tell your kids how great they are, or how much you love spending time with them, here are 66 positive and encouraging things to say to your child on a daily basis.

Whether you want to tell your kids how great they are, or how much you love spending time with them, here are 66 positive and encouraging things to say to your child on a daily basis.

Friday, January 5, 2018



Crankice's for Kids & Families

Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore

While the performances for the 2018 Crankie Fest are sold out, our Sunday kids and family workshop still has plenty of space. And at just $5 for kids, it is a great opportunity for young artists to learn the tricks of Crankie making! Join puppeteer Emily Shubert for s short Crankie performance, followed by a hands-on workshop where she teaches young artists how to create miniature Crankies. Kids leave with their own kid-sized Crankie. Ages 5+. Tix & Info

Peter Stern: Third Spaces

WHEN: Opening: FRI JAN 5 | 6-8PM; On View: JAN 5 - 27

In Stern’s photography, viewers see the Mid-Atlantic from a unique perspective. Flying low, slow, and alone in his small airplane over the coal mines of Pennsylvania and the coastal landscapes of the Eastern Shore, Stern conveys an intimacy that echoes his deep personal connection to the region. Info

2018 Baltimore Crankie Fest

WHEN: JAN 5-6 | FRI 8PM; SAT 4:30PM & 8PM


Baltimore’s beloved festival of scrolled panoramas, known as Crankies, return for a 5th year of true fireside magic and puppetry wonder. Info


WHEN: THU JAN 11 | 6:45PM

Join Peter Stern in our Amalie Rothschild Gallery as he talks about the process of photographing from 400 and 800 feet above his subjects, and shooting primarily from a “birds-eye” perspective. Info

Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

WHEN: THU JAN 11 | 7:30PM

Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather go to Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past. Tix & Info

Elvis' Birthday Fight Club


“Elvis" and Kittie Glitter take care of business as hosts this action-packed, punch-drunk evening of flim-flam fisticuffs, cartoon-like violence, below-the-belt comedy, and hot tah-tahs. Tix & Info

MLK Day of Service
HOSTED BY: Repair the World & IMPACT


Come to Creative Alliance to create relief kits with Heart to Heart. This organization distributes much-needed supplies to refugee communities around the world. Lite fare provided. Musical performance with Mosno Al-Moseeki following service event. Info

Exhibitions On View At Creative Alliance

Amalie Rothschild Gallery

Peter Stern: Third Spaces

WHEN: On View: JAN 5 - 27

Viewers see the Mid-Atlantic from a unique perspective. Flying low, slow, and alone in his small airplane over the coal mines of Pennsylvania and the coastal landscapes of the Eastern Shore, Stern conveys an intimacy that echoes his deep personal connection to the region. Info

James Hennessey: Enduring Concerns

WHEN: On View: DEC 9 - JAN 13

From 1965-2002, painter James Hennessey taught at MICA, influencing the artistic production of thousands of artists. This career-spanning exhibition focuses on large work produced in Baltimore for more than 50 years. Info

Welcome 2018 this Week at One of "The Best Places to Hear Live Jazz Worldwide" as Designated by DownBeat Magazine for the Third Consecutive Year

A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD  21201
Buy tickets online at
Or by calling us as (410) 385-2638

An die Musik Live is proud to announce that we have been named in the

2018 International Jazz Venue Guide
The Best Places to Hear Live Jazz Worldwide

By DownBeat Magazine Staff

This is the third consecutive year we have received this honor.

Image result for Benito Gonzalez TrioBenito Gonzalez Trio 
WHEN: Friday ,Jan. 5 - 8 & 9:30 pm
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Francisco Mela, drums
Santi Debriano, bass
Benito Gonzalez, piano

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world.
Tickets: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID

Image result for The Honey DewdropsFolkal Point: The Honey Dewdrops 
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 6 - 8 pm
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In the summer of 2014, after a long stretch of living on the road performing and writing across the US, Americana songwriters and Virginia natives Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, collectively known as THE HONEY DEWDROPS, decided to settle down in Baltimore. "Touring is like collecting images of landscapes, sounds of voices, contents of stories, moods of places and environments," says Wortman. "All of that can be useful. It tells you something about human nature, about how the world works, little by little.” And so the couple took their experiences on the road, and dug in to write and record their fourth album, TANGLED COUNTRY, in their new home.

TICKETS: $12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 students

Image result for Alex Meadow and Joshua EspinozaMonday Jazz Jam
hosted by Alex Meadow and Joshua Espinoza
WHEN: Monday ,Jan. 8 - 7:30 pm
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Mike Cemprola: Jam Session Guest Artist

A first-hand look into Baltimore’s thriving jazz scene at this bi-monthly session. The convergence of many of the area’s talented jazz musicians in this intimate listening room sparks fresh and creative sounds. Join us for an evening of unpredictable, imaginative, and electrifying jazz, brought to you by some of the city’s finest players!

Musicians interested in sitting in should reach out to so we’ll be expecting you! All are welcome!

With a style rooted in the jazz tradition yet tastefully modern, Josh Espinoza's music reaches audiences of all ages.

New Yorker Alex Meadow is an upright and electric bass player currently residing in the Baltimore/Washington area. His freelance career keeps him in high demand as a jazz/funk/fusion artist.


As a special thank you to our loyal patrons, An die Musik Live is offering 2-for-1 Musicophilia Concert Passes—act fast, as this deal ends January 31st

Our loyal patrons' very generous support has allowed us to be part of Baltimore’s cultural scene for more than a decade. We are particularly honored to be named for the third year in a row as one of the Top World Jazz Venues by DownBeat Magazine!

Image result for AN DIE MUSIK LIVEOver the past decade, we presented more than 3,000 performances in our intimate concert hall, bringing you living legends like Gary Bartz, David Murray, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut. We keep our ticket prices low, some starting at just $5, so that our wide variety of programming is affordable for everyone. Hence, revenue from our ticket sales covers only artists’ fees and leaves little for other expenses.

Our historic, 130+ year-old building requires constant and costly maintenance. To help raise the money for these repairs, we ask you to consider supporting An die Musik Live by purchasing one of our ticket packages. Not only is it good for our operation, but the packages make perfect presents!

Limited Time 2-for-1 Discount on Musicophilia Music Passes

As a special incentive, we are offering a limited time 2-for-1 deal on Musicophilia Music Passes!!

Buy a pass for yourself, and get one to gift. Or, give both as gifts.
Musicophilia Concert Passes are offered at the following levels:

  • $50 one concert ticket + one in-stock CD
  • $100 one ticket to six concerts in one month
  • $200: one ticket to an unlimited number of concerts for one month
  • $500: one ticket to an unlimited number of concerts for three months
  • $1000: one ticket to an unlimited number of concerts for six months
  • $2000: one ticket to an unlimited number of concerts for one year
The 2-for-1 offer ends on January 31, 2018.
Click here to purchase:  Musicophilia Concert Pass

BIG things in January at Baltimore Improv Group

This Weekend's Shows!

WHERE: The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St., in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.
ADMISSION: All shows are STILL only $5, with separate admission for each show.
Convenient $3 parking in the garage across the street from the theater, at 1714 N. Charles St. Tell the attendant you're attending a show at BIG to get the discounted parking rate.

Friday, January 5
7 pm -- "Happy Hour" -- with Plan B (tickets)
8 pm -- "BIG Time" -- with special guest Dana Petersen Moore (tickets)
9 pm -- "BIG Mainstage" -- with Bears Only and Hostel (tickets)

Saturday, January 6
8 pm -- BIG and The Stoop Storytelling Series present "Taking a Leap" -- a benefit evening featuring Will Hines *SOLD OUT*

Sunday, January 7
7 pm -- "Sunday Funday" with CommuniKate, Fog Hog, and Toe Money (tickets)

Monday, January 8
7:30 pm -- "Short Form is The ONLY Art Form" with Mamamouchi, Match/Outmatch & The VOID (tickets)

Tuesday, January 9
7:30 pm -- The Conservatory and Friends with Imaginary Friends, Nature's Dirt & Surprise Party   (tickets)

Friday at 8 pm ... is BIG Time!

How do you know when you've truly succeeded?  The answer is when the Baltimore Improv Group invites you to have your life memorialized in a series of made up, totally unprepared comedy scenes celebrating you!  Come join a hand picked cast of BIG's best improvisers as they comedically revere some of Baltimore's most important movers and shakers.  Our debut outing is FREE!

The January lineup includes celebrations of:

  • Jan 5: Dana Petersen Moore, former City Liquor Board Commissioner and current Deputy City Solicitor
  • Jan 12: Doreen Bolger, arts supporter and former director, Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Jan 19: Colin Campbell, reporter, Baltimore Sun
  • Jan 26: Ann Costlow, founder & owner Sofi's Crepes

Every Tuesday Night at 7:30 pm, come see The Conservatory & Friends, our showcase for rising improv troupes. Just $5 for two Conservatory teams and a special guest troupe.

Every Thursday night at 7:30 pm, play along in Impropourri, BIG's super-fun bring-your-own-troupe spectacular. Show up with your own troupe, or sketch team or team up with others on the spot! Free.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JAN 10, @ 7:30; Sign-up starts at 7:15, the jam will begin at 7:30

XJAM is BIG's new improv jam for women, transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming performers.

If you're an improv newbie or a seasoned performer, come on out and play! You don’t need to sign up ahead of time, and you won’t know who you’re playing with until you get on stage. We start with a big group warm up. Then, hosts will call out for a number of people and will give them a unique format, input or challenge.
They'll have 5 or 10 minutes to play, depending on the number of people to attend, and then we’ll do it again with a different group! If you have a format you’d like to try, you will take the reins and host that set. We’ll end with a big montage for anyone who didn’t get a chance to play.

Try a Two-Hour Intro Workshop

Never taken an improv class before? Well now is your chance to try it out with experienced BIG instructors!

This introductory workshop is designed to give potential students an opportunity to experience what a class is like before committing to a full course. Through simple, fun and supportive games, participants will explore basic concepts like playfulness, listening and agreement – all in a safe and comfortable group setting geared specifically toward those who are new to improv.

*As an added bonus, workshop participants will receive a free ticket to the Sunday evening improv show, directly following the workshop!*  Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time to secure your spot. For adults 18+

SPECIAL CLASS: Introduction to Podcasting

WHEN: January 13, noon-3 pm
$10 (tickets)

It seems like everybody has a podcast these days. And why not? You've probably already got a great podcast idea in mind and want to get started!

In this densely packed 2-hour workshop, we'll cover the basics, with opportunities for hands-on practice in the BIG podcast studio.

Instructors: Marty McGuire and Jonathan Monroe

Find more information here.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Shape Art AND Lives with Baltimore Clayworks

Save the Date

For the opening of the first Baltimore Clayworks exhibition of the new year: Stand[ing} Together, at the Baltimore School for the Arts. More information here. 

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 4th, 4:30 to 7:30pm.

Classes & Workshops begin soon—register now!

Space is limited, and some sessions are filling up, so please don't delay. Try It! Workshops are just $50 per person, Date Nights $95 per couple (including Valentine's Weekend).

Workshop info is available here.

Even better, register or give the gift of a 6-week adult class, taught by an outstanding Baltimore Clayworks instructor. Just $185. Registration is underway now for classes starting January 7.

For info on Winter 2018 classes and registration: here.

Baltimore Clayworks Inc., 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore
(410) 578-1919


The Vagabond Players continue their 102nd season with the provocative courtroom drama

                                                          Inherit the
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written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
directed by Sherrionne Brown.

WHEN: Opening January 5 and running through February 4; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 2:00pm.
: 806 S. Broadway, the Vagabond Theatre is easily accessible to patrons
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door ($10-$20); special rates for groups available online. Friday night performances feature special pricing--$15 for everyone

20171212204736-Inherit the Wind-VagabondThis fictional depiction of of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, in which a schoolteacher is tried for teaching evolution, eloquently champions one of our most precious rights—the freedom of thought.

Join us for a special $10 Thursdays on Broadway! performance on February 1 at 8:00pm.

Graphic Design: Sherrionne Brown

Photo Credit: Bruce F Press Photography

Hurry! BIG Improv classes are filling up


“It will change your life!” That’s what we hear most often about taking improv classes. At BIG University you’ll work with the best improvisers in Baltimore to perform original, honest, and funny work through games, exercises and performances. We offer classes for all levels – from introductory level to advanced specialized programs. Age is truly just a number in improv. There are classes and workshops for kids, teens, and adults.

You will receive excellent training and specific feedback while you have the time of your life!

WHERE: All classes, unless otherwise noted, will be held at Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane, in Evergreen

Level 101: Intro to Improv

This is the place to start. This course is a prerequisite to all of the upper-level classes.
Students will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity, and listening. No prior performance or improv experience are necessary. Classes build upon one another, allowing novice improvisers to grow and be challenged at a comfortable rate.  Sessions are designed so students will build a strong foundation as a confident performer. You will amaze yourself with your newfound skills at the last class performance in front of your friends and family!

Session A:
7 Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Jan 10 - Feb 21
Session A:
7 Thursdays, 7-9 pm, Jan 11 - Feb 22
Session C:
7 Sundays, 4-6 pm, Jan 14 - Dec 25
Note: This course will meet at The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St.

Level 201: Introduction to Longform

Session A:
7 Wednesdays 7-9 pm, Jan 10 - Feb 21
Session B
7 Sundays, 10 am-noon, Jan 14 - Feb 25 (SOLD OUT)
Note: This course will meet at The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St.

Level 304: The Harold

Dig into all the elements of improv's most famous formats: The Harold!  Created by improv guru Del Close, this classic structure is the form that theaters such as Improv Olympic and Upright Citizens Brigade were founded on.  The class will focus on all elements of a successful Harold including openings, beat structure, group games, and how to use variety and texture to create a show that explores an idea that the group creates together.
7 Mondays, 6:30-9 pm, Jan 8 - Feb 19

Level 304: Acting for Improvisors

The dirty secret of improv, the one many improvisers won’t even whisper to themselves at night, is that improv is acting. Acting for Improvisers will focus on “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”  We will be slowing down to explore character creation and motivation using scripted scenes and monologues as well as fully improvised scenes. This course will require some work outside of class, and full engagement in class, with the commitment to play scenes for truth before laughs. The class will culminate in a showcase combining scripted scenes and fully improvised dramatic scene work.
7 Mondays, 7-9 pm, Jan 8 - Feb 19

Try a Two-Hour Intro Workshop

Never taken an improv class before? Well now is your chance to try it out with experienced BIG instructors!

This introductory workshop is designed to give potential students an opportunity to experience what a class is like before committing to a full course. Through simple, fun and supportive games, participants will explore basic concepts like playfulness, listening and agreement – all in a safe and comfortable group setting geared specifically toward those who are new to improv.

*As an added bonus, workshop participants will receive a free ticket to the Sunday evening improv show, directly following the workshop!*  Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time to secure your spot. For adults 18+

January 7, 5-7 pm (register)
January 21, 5-7 pm (
February 4, 5-7 pm (

Workshops for Kids and Teens

Kids Improv Workshop
January 13, 10 - 11:30 am (register)

Do your kids love to make believe? Are they creative? Do you think they might be funnier than you? Then have them join The Baltimore Improv Group for a fun class of improvisational theater! Students will learn the basics of improv, participating in exercises and games for better listening, agreement, and response. From there, kids will take to the stage to practice scene work and create fun characters. Through it all, the students will see their self-confidence increase while exploring their own creativity and how group trust and teamwork make for amazing and hilarious improv theater. This class is limited to children, ages 8-12 years old. No prior experience is necessary!

Teen Improv Workshop
Saturday, January 13, noon - 1:30 pm (register)

Let your teens jump into some seriously hilarious improv work while simultaneously learning newfound confidence! In addition to growing their speaking and listening skills, teens will learn how to build exciting stories, create fascinating characters, and present them through fun improv scenes and games. Students will also learn different types of improv formats, structures, and games. These workshops are all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice. Always fun, this class will focus on developing improv skills and creating performers. For teenagers ages 13-17, with any level of experience.


David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning work,

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WHEN: Friday, January 5, 7:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
: Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2216 Pot Spring Rd. Timonium, MD
ADMISSION: free; donations accepted

Four members of The Bridge Ensemble will perform David Lang's rarely heard Pulitzer Prize-winning work, the little match girl passion. This is one of the most important works of music written in the last 10 years, and we are very excited to present it to you.

We are offering this concert as a benefit to the Neighbor to Neighbor program, which works to end homelessness in Baltimore. Admission is free, but we hope you will come to support this very worthy cause and give generously to their excellent work.

The story of The Little Match Girl takes place on New Years Eve, making this an even more fitting time to perform this work, especially as winter is when the homeless are most at risk and need our help more than ever.
Please join us!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


imagePhaan Howng: The Succession of Nature

WHEN: On view November 3 through August 2018
10 Art Museum Drive, three miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
ADMISSION: General admission to the BMA is free. Special exhibitions may be ticketed. The BMA is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The museum is closed Monday, Tuesday, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
For general museum information, call 443-573-1700 or visit

imageThe Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents  an immersive experience that highlights local environmental issues using intense, unnatural colors inspired by toxic waste. The installation was created by Baltimore-based artist Phaan Howng in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore and is on view in the Commons gallery adjacent to the Imagining Home exhibition in the BMA’s Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center.

“We look forward to the conversations, ideas, and actions that Phaan Howng’s work will inspire,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “In light of recent events demonstrating both the fragility of our physical environment and the resilience of its inhabitants, we are excited to explore the connection between environmental concerns and home.”

“I am excited for visitors to engage playfully with the space while reconsidering the impact of their personal engagement with the environment both locally and globally,” said artist Phaan Howng.

Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature is part of the BMA’s Commons Collaboration initiative, which commissions an artist and non-profit to work together on an installation and offer a series of public programs related to Imagining Home. Phaan Howng and Blue Water Baltimore teamed up to create a colorful, all-encompassing space that immerses and disorients viewers to spark dialogue about current ecological crises brought on by the Anthropocene (human-influenced) age. The installation and accompanying suite of programs will raise awareness about the protection and restoration of Baltimore’s waterways and their important role in public health and civic life. This is the third year of the Commons Collaboration project.

PHAAN HOWNG (American, b. 1982) is a painter, sculptor, installation, and performance artist based in Baltimore. She received an MFA in multidisciplinary art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she is a faculty language learning instructor. The multidisciplinary artist has been awarded residences at Windy Mowing, Halifax, VT (2015); Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia (2012); and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (2005). Howng has also received honors for her recent work and has given artist talks regionally. Her solo and group exhibitions include Biological Controls: If It Bleeds We Can Kill It at School 33 Art Center, Baltimore; Strange Genitals, Art F City, Brooklyn; Satellite Art Show, Miami Beach; and Instigate. Activate: No Place, No You or Me, Arlington Arts Center.

Free Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular Sunday, December 31, @ Inner Harbor