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Finding inspiration

Posted by Sarah McCann on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, In : Art 

This weekend I found inspiration – in friends, in work and in art. It has been a long time since I have written anything on this blog. At the beginning of the year, I decided that in 2016 I was going to return to some semblance of work/life balance. It was two years into my job as executive director at Baltimore Clayworks and it seemed like if I never made it a goal it would never happen. The fact that I found inspiration in so many things this weekend and that I have time to sit h...

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A Question for Andrew W. K.

Posted by Sarah McCann on Friday, September 5, 2014, In : Art 
I attended the first talk in the season of The Contemporary's CoHosts Speaker Series last night. In collaboration with Current Gallery, Andrew W. K. was brought to Baltimore to speak at Baltimore School for the Arts. I did not know much about Andrew W.K. I remember seeing the photo of him with a bloody nose at a gallery in New York years ago, but did not have much other context. Another person in attendance thought he was on the Real World, it turns out he did have a show on MTV. I decided th...
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Articulating Why

Posted by Sarah McCann on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Art 
Working on a video to launch a kickstarter to fund the next exhibition I am curating that will open in June. My dear friend who often doubles as my editor after viewing it said, “I know what you are going to do, I know how you are going to do it, but why is it important?” I often end up here, thinking that the why is obvious and that people who are not me will understand why I do what I do. I forget sometimes that most everyone does not think like I do. 

The exhibition is about connections...

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Respect for the Spoken Word

Posted by Sarah McCann on Sunday, March 3, 2013, In : Art 
This post is for all those who instead of putting words on the page, speak them. I have much love and respect for all those that do.

speaking words that flow from the soul
into the air, away they go
reflecting sounds ebb and flow
a natural order set forth
artfully sewn

weaving rhythms
words build, stream and roll
revelations unfolding
stories told
the ears perceive, the mind knows

each word a piece
a sign 
the goal

remembered rapture
the senses hone
the meaning, the beginning
the end unknown

and so is revealed...

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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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Thoughts About Openings

Posted by Sarah McCann on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Art 
Last night the show I curated Women: an Exhibition opened at D center @MAP. It was fantastic. There are moments in life when things happen as one has envisioned them and it is magic. Last night was one of those nights. I know I am always partial to the artists that I curate into my exhibitions. I love them and their work. The ones that I know personally are amazing people and the ones that I don't know are just as incredible. Curating and hanging shows is one of the most enjoyable and satisfy...
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MD Arts Day

Posted by Sarah McCann on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : Art 
Today I drove to Annapolis and attended MD Arts Day organized by Maryland Citizens for the Arts. I didn't know what to expect having never attended before. What I found was a day full of people that LOVE what they do and care about promoting and sustaining creativity in the world. It was an inspiring day and made me feel that it is possible to work within the world as it exists AND move toward the world as it could be, a world where equity, care, empathy, compassion and love are the values th...
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Project Idea: 2 Minute Judgement

Posted by Sarah McCann on Friday, December 2, 2011, In : Art 
I participated in a training through TASI (The After School Institute) at the end of November. One of the activities we did during the training was to write the story of a youth based on a picture on the wall. In groups we had to create an identity, give them names, hobbies, jobs, educations, friends, etc. We pretty much had to make judgements about who they were in 2 minutes based on the single photograph. I really enjoyed the activity, it definitely addressed some stereotypes that the group...
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