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Symposium on Baltimore's future to be held in old Hutzler's building tonight

Symposium on Baltimore's future to be held in old Hutzler's building tonight
Exterior of Hutzler Brothers Palace Building. (Kim Hairston)

"Future Cities: Baltimore," a symposium bringing together representatives from diverse fields, will be held this evening inside the one of the most famous retail landmarks of Baltimore's past -- the Palace building of the old Hutzler Brothers department store.

The symposium — moderated by Michael Lisicky, a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musician and author of "Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops" — aims to address the city's challenges and the potential value of collaborations among Baltimore organizations to address them.

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The forum is presented by AiNET, the data center company that partnered with The Contemporary to present Michael Jones McKean's striking art installation "The Ground" at the store. That exhibit opened last month on the first floor of the former store, marking the first time in decades that the public was allowed back into the space.

Panelists include: Anita Kassof, executive director of the Baltimore Museum of Industry; Deana Haggag, outgoing executive director of The Contemporary; Deepak Jain, CEO of AiNET; Kirby Fowler, president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore; Richard Barth, dean of the School of Social Work at University of Maryland, Baltimore; and Will Holman, general manager at Open Works Baltimore.

If you go

"Future Cities: Baltimore," 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, will be held at the Hutzler Palace, 210 N. Howard St. Admission is free. You can RSVP online to ensure a spot.

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