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The second annual Charm City Night Market on Saturday, September 21, was a feast for the senses: Colorful lanterns and costumed dancers. Mochi-stuffed waffles and steamed-bun sandwiches. Voices in many languages, and music in many styles – including the eclectic dance beats of popular Baltimore DJ Shawn Smallwood (aka Destrukshawn), who was named “Best Showman” by Baltimore City Paper in 2017. What Night Market visitors didn’t know, as they enjoyed Smallwood’s distinctive take on traditional
Audience at 2017 Neighborhood Institute opening remarks. Neighborhood Institute is back! Strong City Baltimore’s signature annual event is returning in spring 2020 with a new venue, new partners, and a special focus on civic engagement through participation in the electoral process, the Census, and public service. The annual skill-building and networking conference for neighborhood leaders, nonprofit professionals, and activists will be organized around a theme of “Building Civic Power.” The 12th annual Neighborhood Institute will
By Peter Duvall Originally published in The Baltimore Sun on September 3, 2019 A well-intentioned bill introduced by Baltimore City Councilman Kristerfer Burnett would require owners of vacant properties to post a sign on the building including the name, address, phone number and email of the owner or record, “managing operator,” or head of any business that owns the property. Any property in default or foreclosure would have to include the name, address and phone number of
Daffodils in front of row houses. Photo by Avi Werde. This post was updated on October 18, 2019. Baltimore City and its nonprofit and philanthropic sectors have been challenged by several chaotic events between May and September. The most significant of these have been the ransomware attack on the City’s information technology systems, an audit of Associated Black Charities’ (ABC’s) management of the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund (BCYF), and impactful changes in Baltimore City’s political leadership.   The ransomware attack caused a substantial delay in the normal operation of
From left to right: Sha-Shonna Rogers, Zion Olibris, Laya Neelakandan, and Faith Ngundi This summer Strong City is hosting four Bank of America Student Leaders. Our leaders are from local high schools and join 220 other students around the country in a paid, eight-week internship that includes professional development and a Student Leader Summit in Washington, D.C. With summer coming to a close, we asked the leaders to reflect on their time at Strong City.