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Leveraging Political Power as Artists

Posted by Sarah McCann on Sunday, January 10, 2016, In : Politics 

“BALTIMORE’S CREATIVE COMMUNITIES ARE COMING TOGETHER TO INCREASE ACCESS TO AND SUPPORT FOR THE ARTS, CULTURE AND THE HUMANITIES IN BALTIMORE CITY. SHARE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES, GET INFORMED ON THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES, AND VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION ON APRIL 26, 2016.” - Citizen Artist Baltimore

On January 5, I had the privilege of attending the first listening session of Citizen Artist Baltimore, an initiative looking at motivating artists to get out and vote and leverage their ...


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A Place Within Community

Posted by Sarah McCann on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Personal Experience 
"For the people with beautiful ideas, a place within community." This was the title of my graduate school reflection project written after my first six weeks in Baltimore (six years ago). It comes to mind now, after a busy week full of courageous people implementing beautiful ideas and working together to create positive change within the city. It inspires me to write this morning and pay homage to all those that made an impact this week.

I started off at 9am on Monday morning at the Mind Your...
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Red Flags

Posted by Sarah McCann on Monday, November 5, 2012, In : Art 

Red Flags, a production of the Baltimore Performance Kitchen at the Arena Players had its final performance on Sunday. I was able to attend and woke the next morning still thinking about the experience. The show included music, dance, spoken word, video and audience engagement that brought the viewers into the creation and conclusion of the event. The production, a collaboration by Bashi Rose, LOVE the poet and Vincent Thomas was commissioned by the Baltimore Performance Kitchen, ...


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Critical Mass/Baltimore Bike Party

Posted by Sarah McCann on Sunday, April 29, 2012, In : Personal Experience 
On Friday night I rode in the monthly Baltimore Bike Party. The Bike Party, formerly Critical Mass goes on a group ride the last Friday of every month. I went along this month because it was a good friend's birthday and it was what she wanted to do. I will admit, I was a little skeptical. When I lived in New York, I respected the Critical Mass rides, although never participated in them. I was never confident enough to ride my bike much in NYC, but I supported the idea of a traffic slowing gro...
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There Is A Self That Must Be Listened To

Posted by Sarah McCann on Saturday, February 25, 2012, In : Responsibility 
More inspiration from Warren Bennis. I will wax poetic on these thoughts and ideas that are taking root, growing in shape and providing inspiration as I read his words. It is about learning. "Learn what it takes to learn what you should learn - and learn it." These are the words of Aurelio Peccei. The urgency in the notes that I have written as I read confirms that this is something that I must and have and am learning. Always in a state of being open to those things that I need to become, to...
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I Am My Father's Daughter

Posted by Sarah McCann on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, In : Personal Experience 
The fact that I am my father's daughter has never been questioned. I have always looked enough like him for people to say I took after him and my sister my mom. This year, however, I was given the opportunity to prove this fact in a different way. I sat on my very first jury. My father loves jury duty and I have to say, so do I. It is amazing to be a part of the judicial system, to have a front row seat to a trial and see in it all the complications and conflicts of our law and all of the inc...
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At What Are You An Expert?

Posted by Sarah McCann on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Education 
I facilitated part of a workshop at Baltimore Clayworks this past weekend. I started the session by asking participants what they were an expert at. My stipulation is that everyone is an expert at something. Even youth are experts in their own experience, but more often than not that expertise is ignored, devalued and discredited. I knew that young people were taught not to value their own knowledge, but it surprised me how many of the adults in the room also had an incredibly difficult time ...
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The Space Between

Posted by Sarah McCann on Monday, July 11, 2011, In : Video Games 
Balance and chaos.
Me and you.
My conscious and subconscious.
Work and play.
Joy and sorrow.

The list could go on. Two things are the inspiration for this post today. The first was attending a community yoga class at Baltimore Yoga Village in Hampden on Friday, the second was completing the video game Outland and a friend's comment on my Facebook post about it.

It seems that whenever I find my way back to yoga the theme of the class always perfectly suits where I am in my life. On Friday at the 4:4...
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Contemplating Dodge Ball

Posted by Sarah McCann on Monday, June 27, 2011, In : Youth 
Last week was the first week of summer camp at Baltimore Clayworks. It was great. It was one of those moments that seemed to have the right people and things in all the right places. And somehow most of the week for me revolved around dodge ball. This seems an unlikely activity for one of my best weeks in recent memory, but somehow I feel like dodge ball was a key element to everything. I remember dodge ball from gym class in elementary school and not in a good light. I remember kids being br...
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We Are Missing More Than Money

Posted by Sarah McCann on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : Education 

In consideration of the 1,600[i] public school supporters from Baltimore who demonstrated in the rain in Annapolis on Thursday, March 11th, 2011 protesting the proposed budget cuts in education spending, I felt it necessary to reflect on the event and how it relates to the state of education. I found myself immediately questioning what effect this demonstration would have on education even if successful in preventing cuts in spending.

It seems that every year in Maryland there are threatened...


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