Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance is a membership and service organization that nurtures and promotes a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community essential to the region’s economic success and quality of life.

Created by cultural leaders and artists in 2001 to work toward common goals, GBCA convenes the sector around critical issues of strategic importance. Programming includes grants and awards for artists, as well as advocacy, professional development, tools for marketing, capacity building, while ensuring that the creative economy thrives and is recognized for its many contributions to the region’s economic success and vitality. Membership includes arts, culture, history, heritage, humanities organizations, attractions and artists in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties in Maryland.

Born out of the need for coordination among Baltimore's cultural institutions, the GBCA was founded by Nancy Haragan in 2001. Since its launch, GBCA has served as both a catalyst and an incubator for various programs and initiatives in the region including The Baltimore Fun Guide, Weekly Fun Savers, Artist U, the Baker Artist Awards and The Rubys.

GBCA's current Executive Director, Jeannie Howe, and her team have more than doubled the organization's membership over the past three years. The Foundation supports GBCA's general operating costs, two major website re-designs, the Artist U program and has committed funds for five years in support of The Rubys, individual project grants for local artists.

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