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Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott Criticizes Public Funding Allocation

Mayor Brandon Scott pointed out how all of the funding tends to go to white arts organizations.

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott expressed his deep disappointment with the allocation of public money on April 16. He claimed that the funds go mostly to arts organizations that “just happen to be white-ran.”

He made his statements following the announcement of a nearly $4 million “Diversity in Arts” grant supplied by a bank for COVID-19 relief funds. The Capital grant recipients will include places like the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, located on North Avenue, as well as the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. 

Mayor Scott said, “For too long, public dollars have simply just gone to the big names and the big players in town. And dare I say, I know my staff is going to hate this, the big names and big players in town that just happen to be White-ran organizations in Baltimore.”

The mayor continued to give thanks to some people who supported him in his plight to gain more equitable federal funding: specifically, he named President Biden and Maryland’s congressional delegation. 

According to Mayor Scott, “Baltimore has always been a city defined by the arts, and our art community remains a cornerstone of our city’s identity, reflecting our history, diversity, and resilience. Baltimore’s arts community has always been there to express what this city is about, often giving a voice to the voiceless.”

In a statement, Wally Pinkard, chairman of the Hippodrome Foundation, expressed his hopefulness for this attention to bring more inclusive funding overall. 

“I would hope the enthusiasm around this week’s funding announcement, coupled with the frustration felt by arts organizations that were deliberately excluded from receiving an ARPA award, will lead to discussion of more inclusive funding of the arts in the future.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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