Candidates running for mayor of Baltimore will meet Monday night for the first-ever mayoral forum to discuss their positions on arts and culture.
Organizers say the arts industry generates more than $300 million in economic activity and supports thousands of jobs.
"At this critical time for Baltimore, the region, and the country, the creative community can and is making an important contribution to political discourse and to building a strong, equitable, and successful Baltimore," Jeannie Howe, executive director of the The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance said in a news release. "The first-ever mayoral forum on arts and culture will also provide an excellent opportunity to for candidates to outline their positions and goals."
Candidates Catherine Pugh, Elizabeth Embry, David Warnock, Joshua Harris, DeRay McKesson and Calvin Young have confirmed their attendance. Sheila Dixon, Nick Mosby and Carl Stokes were invited, but have not yet confirmed. Candidates will be asked to explain their positions on how they intend to fuel the arts and fund its growth in Baltimore.
The Citizen Artist Baltimore Mayoral Forum on Arts & Culture takes place Monday, March 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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