Hand Dance participants at Jubilee Arts.
On Friday, March 23, 2012 Jubilee Arts will host Dancing for a Cause, our 2012 dance gala & fundraiser to support the operations of our programming. The event will be held at the luxurious 1840’s Plaza* located in Downtown Baltimore. Guests will enjoy food, great R&B and Soul music, raffles, auctions and dancing. There will be special dance presentations of Chicago Step, Hand Dance and Urban Line Dance by Jubilee Arts instructors and participants.
These styles of dances find their beginnings in the Swing era, and are a rich part of African American and American history. In recent years, the dances have grown again in popularity, with events and grand competitions being held across the nation and internationally.
Jubilee Arts is located on the historic Pennsylvania Avenue once home to the legendary Royal Theatre, Sphinx Club and others, where many of these dances, Baltimore Hand Dance in particular, were first enjoyed. Formerly the Mecca of African-American arts and entertainment in Baltimore, this area has been struggling for decades to regain its former glory and combat the ills of poverty, drugs and violence. It is the mission of Jubilee Arts to restore the rich cultural heritage and vivacity of this famous corridor and provide arts opportunities to the people in this community.
What we do:
- Offer classes in ceramics, visual arts, creative writing and dance to people of all ages. Classes are held year-round, with nominal class fees under $10 for both adults and children. Recent classes include Chicago Step, Hand Dance, African dance and drum, Spoken Word, Ballet and Mural Drawing.
- Offer opportunities for local artists to teach, volunteer, and exhibit their work.
- Host cultural events including performances, exhibitions and special workshops.
Who we serve:
- People ages 6 and older in Baltimore’s underserved Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding neighborhoods.
More about us:
- Partners with Baltimore Clayworks & Maryland Institute College of Art
- Awarded Inaugural Henrietta Lack Memorial Award
- Featured on WEAA on the Marc Steiner Show, Listen Up with Justin Jones-Fuso and Cool Vibes with Sandi Mallory
- Featured on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast
- Todd Marcus, President of Newborn and jazz musician, featured in City Paper
For more info visit www.jubileeartsbaltimore.org, which has links to our Facebook and YouTube pages.
We know that in providing access to the arts to our neighbors, we are helping artists to realize their talents, encouraging creative expression, providing healing through art and commencing the beatification and restoration of this community. We hope that you will sponsor Dancing for a Cause and support the mission of our program.
Thank you for your consideration. Please see the visit tabs above for sponsorship levels.
* The 1840’s Plaza has been voted “The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 Pick”, “2011 Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award”, and the “2010 Planner’s Choice.” With a landscape courtyard and four floors, this venue will accommodate our plans for growth of this event. For more information on this venue, visit 1840sballroom.com.