That’s right! This Friday at noon on Baltimore’s NPR station, 88.1 FM WYPR, The Signal will be doing a piece on the Baker Artist Awards and the recent b Grant winners! If you’ve never heard of The Signal, you’re missing out.
“The Signal, a weekly radio magazine produced by 88.1 FM WYPR in Baltimore, is devoted to exploring Maryland’s thriving artistic and cultural scene. Every program is crafted like a book of short stories, a radio quilt sewn together with thoughtful narrative transitions and embroidered with contemplative musical interludes.”
Although The Signal will only be featuring a handful of the latest b Grant winners, we thought we’d check in and recap some of the previous winners:
“I used my grant to hire a radio promoter for my Fifth album, ‘I Wasn’t Built For A Life Like This’. It’s now been played all around the country. Thank you. It was a big help. $1,000 can do a lot. In a way, it felt like Baltimore itself was giving me a nod of the head. A little ataboy.”
Fans of The Signal may recognize Fernando Quijano III, writer and Vice President of the Maryland Writer’s Association. Fernando has previously been featured on The Signal, as well as shared this story for the “Love Hurts” edition of The Stoop Storytelling Series.
When asked about receiving her b Grant, dancer/choreographer/director/educator told us “It was extremely encouraging. Even though we present performance to the public, it’s hard to see how the work is perceived by the people in the community. So it was great to receive this recognition. I’d like to use the grant partly in conceiving, researching, and building a new solo performance with the theme of language and body which I’m starting to explore in my work now.”
“It is so great to know that such diverse array of artists live in Baltimore. First time I went to the website of the Baker Artist Awards, I was shocked and fascinated to see the amount of art work going on in Baltimore. I’d love more opportunities to discover and connect with these artists. I believe that the Baker Artist Awards and the b Grants will continue to enhance the growth of the artists and their connections in Baltimore.”
Local theatre artist and filmmaker Bashi Rose says he “appreciated the acknowledgement and the exposure”. He has since been involved in creating an independent film with a local friend and actor.
Using trapeze and invented aerial apparatus that include floating and suspended steel sculptures, Mara creates theatre in the air. ”Something that has come about through this process is that my awareness for the rich landscape of artists in Baltimore has grown. It is richly rewarding to know that there are so many people in my community who are dreaming, scheming, and producing work for the benefit of all of us who live here.”
“Winning the B grant was very empowering. I felt as if my work was honored, absorbed, and seen in a context of Baltimore. The fact that the B Grant recognizes my work in connection with our city feels wonderful and supports more ideas about creating in Baltimore and with Baltimore in mind. I have spent the money on much needed new aerial equipment for teaching and building new work.” Click here to view her latest on her website, and be sure to check out Air Heart, Encounterings #2 & #1!
“Winning the b grant was an amazing shock to us, being a small DIWO (do it with others) theatre. Although we know what is important to us and we are doing what we enjoy, we weren’t sure how significant it could be to the larger community. It is really a great feeling to realize that people care about what we care about. The Baker Artists awards are an incredible feat of Baltimore and we feel so lucky to live in a place that can say I LOVE YOU! in such an amazing way. This grant is giving us an opportunity to fund our next big project: The second annual Rooms Play. We organized an event last year called Rooms Play and it was a great success, so we are doing it again. The Rooms Play is an immersive performance that includes twenty rooms. The audience members are the main character’s in the unfolding of events and they interact with the rooms as if they were walking through scenes of a play. This year, the performance will include over 40 Baltimore artists and musicians. We are really excited to grow to be a part of Baltimore’s cultural integrity. The grant we received from the b award will help with the initial costs of this project and we thank you so much for making this possible!” -Monica Mirabile, Hoesy Corona, Person Ablach, Pilar Diaz and Sam Shea
Congratulations again to these and all b Grant winners! Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the second round of b Grant winners from the 2010-2011 award season, so stay tuned!!!
….And don’t forget to tune in to 88.1 WYPRon Friday at noon to The Signal for their segment on The Baker Artist Awards and the b Grants of 2010-2011! Click here to listen live :)