By Special to the AFRO

This year, in addition to producing full-scale streamed and mainstage productions and continuing their work with Baltimore’s youth, ArtsCentric will be hosting a brand-new community engagement event, BMORE ArtsCentric!  

ArtsCentric is a color-conscious organization committed to re-examining traditional roles in the Arts. The group prides itself in advancing original stories of minority cultures and fostering educational advancement to strengthen the community through the power of theatre. 

The dynamic organization has had major success with it’s stage plays, to include the first all-Black production in the country of Chicago, the Musical. The theatre company closed out the 2021 Holiday Season at Baltimore  Centerstage with Dreamgirls, and redefined traditional gender roles in a full feature presentation of Jason Robert  Brown’s musical, The Last Five Years.  

ArtsCentric’s annual mission work focuses on artistic programming, workforce development, and education. The organization serves as a “training ground” for young artists and working professionals. The pandemic created unique obstacles for ArtsCentric, as it did for most of the theatre community. The organization has maintained by pivoting and initiating a series of virtual projects with a continued focus on its commitment to the community.  

BMORE ArtsCentric! will serve as an extension of this commitment. This engaging event will serve as an opportunity to bring together community art leaders, the corporate community, local organizations, community members, and residents in a celebration of everything “Artscentric.” 

“We are delighted and excited to introduce this outdoor festival event to the Remington community to help bring local businesses, patrons, and the arts community together in a way that only ArtsCentric can,”  Chrissy M. Thornton, executive director of the Myositis Association and Chair of the event said.  

BMORE ArtsCentric! will be held on April 9 between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm at 2600 N Howard St. in Baltimore, the space ArtsCentric theatre group calls home. The event will be a memorable experience featuring visual and performing arts, along with vendors, exhibitors and dance. Fashion, theatre, an artisan marketplace and local food and beverages will all be a part of the family fun. ArtsCentric’s signature live entertainment will also be on full display for all to enjoy. 

In order to remain a sustainable organization that supports the local community and grows both artists and art, ArtsCentric counts on grant funding and community partnerships. BMORE ArtsCentric! offers partnership opportunities at varying sponsorship levels and the organization is hopeful in receiving the much-needed support to positively impact its programs and to help them reach more adults and youth who need the “power of art” in their lives. The event will be free to the community and all proceeds from sponsorship will benefit work toward ArtsCentric’s mission.

Founded by twelve aspiring young artists in 2003, ArtsCentric is a 501c(3) non-profit theatre company bringing quality artistic works and creative services to the community at large. Its members consist of talented artists, musicians, educators, composers, and playwrights. www.artscentric.org

More information about BMORE ArtsCentric!, including sponsorship opportunities and opportunities for community partners, artisan vendors, and live performers, can be found at www.artscentric.org.  

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