DeVos Institute of Arts Management launches two-year program for 20 Baltimore groups

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Management training program for 20 Baltimore arts groups launches today with seminar led by Michael Kaiser.

Representatives from 20 Baltimore cultural organizations -- classical music ensembles, theaters, museums, etc. -- will gather at the University of Maryland Baltimore's SMC Campus Center Wednesday afternoon for the launch of a two-year project aimed at improving their prospects for the future.

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland in College Park is offering this arts management training and consultancy program. The opening seminar will be led by DeVos Institute chairman and all-around arts guru Michael Kaiser, former president of the Kennedy Center.

Kaiser and his colleagues will help guide the Baltimore organizations in long-term artistic planning. In addition to the opening session, there will be four more seminars covering such issues as board engagement, fund-raising and "institutional and programmatic marketing."

The Baltimore groups will be matched with DeVos advisers. Monthly consultations by phone, online master classes and periodic in-person meetings will be held during the course of the program to gauge results.

The groups whose applications for the program were accepted are:

Arts Every Day

Asian Arts & Culture Center

Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Inc.

Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Concert Opera

The Baltimore Museum of Art

Baltimore Talent Education Center

Chesapeake Arts Center

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Creative Alliance

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Make Studio

Maryland Film Festival

Neighborhood Design Center

Performing Arts at CCBC

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Single Carrot Theatre

Station North Arts & Entertainment

Young Audiences/Arts for Learning of Maryland

The DeVos Institute has presented similar programs in Chicago, Detroit, Miami and other cities. The Institute, founded by Kaiser, was based at the Kennedy Center until relocating last September to the University of Maryland.

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