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Welcoming Josh Kohn, Creative Alliance Performance Director!
Creative Alliance is thrilled to welcome Josh Kohn, our newly appointed Performance Director. Josh has been working in the arts for more than a decade, specializing in curating powerful live performance experiences and meaningful community dialogue. Kohn replaces Megan Hamilton, who is cofounder of Creative Alliance and has been the Performance Director for over 20 years.
Previously serving as Program Officer, Jazz and Traditional Arts at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Kohn has managed a diverse portfolio of programs, including the French-American Jazz Exchange, the Folk Arts Outreach Project, and the Jazz Touring Network. Through these programs, he has convened regional West African griots to discuss issues facing their community in the African Diaspora, reinvigorated a network of regional presenters to organize tours for a vast spectrum of jazz artists, fostered a collaboration between D.C. lindy hop and Harlem swing dancers, and facilitated a grant program to strengthen the connection between French and American jazz musicians.
In 2012, Kohn launched a partnership with American Routes, a weekly public radio program out of Tulane University, and organized tours to China for an array of musicians. The partnership has so far produced tours for New Orleans jazz players, Montana cowboy singers, Cajun musicians, and sacred steel gospel artists. Previously, Kohn worked for the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) where he oversaw the artistic programming of 16 large-scale, multi-cultural festivals that brought everything from D.C. go-go to Inuit throat singing to five cities across the United States. He also co-managed the NCTA’s traditional arts touring program and produced radio pieces mining the NCTA Archive of Sound Recording. Kohn’s field recordings have been featured on releases by Arhoolie Records, and he has contributed to the arts travel guide “Music of the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia.”
Kohn is a former Fellow with the Devos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and most recently, he has helped conceive and launch the outdoor contemporary dance performance event “TICKS.”
Creative Alliance Managing Director Gina Caruso says, “We are sad to say goodbye to Megan, who is a cultural icon here in Baltimore. As cofounder and Performance Director, she has given this wonderful organization so much of her energy and creativity for more than two decades; however, Megan was part of the hiring committee, and Josh was her first choice from the very beginning. Until Megan leaves in November, Josh will work closely with her. We’re relieved that we found such a highly qualified, knowledgeable, charismatic candidate with all the 21st century skills he’ll need to keep up with the heavy, demanding pace we have here at Creative Alliance. He also has a great sense of humor, plus a collaborative spirit, which means he’ll fit in well here!”
Cofounder and Performance Director Megan Hamilton gives Kohn the following endorsement: “I am WHOLLY confident I am leaving Creative Alliance with the absolute BEST possible performance director. Josh’s relationships with artists and agents across this country and his intense commitment to getting to know Baltimore will offer rich opportunities for Baltimore performers and help grow CA performances to a whole new level. I can’t WAIT to see what he does and am excited to introduce him around!”
It's Art To Dine For Season!
The 2014 Art To Dine For season is nearly here! Don’t miss a chance to join Baltimore’s best collectors, designers, artists, musicians, singers, dancers, and art lovers in their amazing homes, studios, and workplaces for luscious fare, spirited cocktails, and lively conversation. Plus, you are supporting Creative Alliance’s youth and community arts programs. Tickets are limited, so don’t delay!
Check out our September parties below!
AHOY MATEY! - THU | SEPT 4 | 6:30-8:30pm
Heavy Seas Alehouse Chef Scott Hines creates mouth-watering delicacies incorporating ale into his recipes. Roll up your sleeves and help or just observe Scott’s culinary skills while hoisting a Heavy Seas crafted ale or an enticing cocktail.
MAKE IT & BREAK IT! - FRI | SEPT 12 | 6-9 PM
Rosa Vazquez, Yesenia Mejía, and Alejandra Martinez will teach you how to create and design your own brilliant piñata star with full tissue paper details. Enjoy delicious homemade corn tamales, authentic pork al pastor, and vegetarian tacos, followed by a whack at a piñata to release the surprises inside! Chocolate flan for dessert!
THE ART IN NATURE - SAT | SEPT 13 | 5-9PM
Revel in the Art in Nature with Bo Willse and CA President Susan Gould at their eco-friendly Monkton home. Sip cocktails and stroll through peaceful woodland landscapes where Bo takes many of his gorgeous photographs. They will prepare a banquet feast of home-grown fare. Bountiful living meets sustainability!
DANCE UNDER GLASS - FRI | SEPT 19 | 7:30-11:30PM
Creative Alliance Trustee Robbye Apperson and "super-spinner" Sean Barber transform the magnificent glass-enclosed Rawlings Conservatory into a dazzling disco club. Stroll the expanse of the conservatory, sip wine, and enjoy savory hand-held treats prepared by The Bun Shop in Mt. Vernon. Coffee and desserts by Patisserie Poupon!
MEET BALTIMORE'S A-LIST - SAT | SEPT 20 | 10AM - 2PM
Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore's first rural garden cemetery, is a treasure trove of architectural beauty and a Who’s Who of famous Baltimoreans. Join historian Wayne Schaumburg for an intimate tour of this magnificent place where people are dying to get in! Across the street at the City Arts Apartments, Creative Alliance trustee Rachel Edds will host a tasty champagne brunch.
ART AU NATURAL - SAT | SEPT 20 | 5-8PM
Join internationally known painter and teacher Edna Kurtz Emmet in her exquisite backyard “garden gallery” where art hangs on trees! Dine on delicious homemade falafel and sip wine while listening to live music by the Organic Family Band.
FALL FIESTA! - SUN | SEPT 21 | 5:30-8:30PM
Olé, mole! Celebrate the Fall Equinox with an authentic Oaxacan mole dinner (meat and vegetarian options) hosted by renowned Baltimore artist Lois Borgenicht in her gracious Roland Park home. Following dinner, tour Lois’ distinguished collection.
AN ARTIST'S SANCTUARY - SAT | SEPT 27 | 5-9PM
Join hosts Alzaruba, partner George Maris, and Creative Alliance supporter Chris Bangs for an intimate glimpse into the private world of a working artist. After cocktails, stroll in their lush terraced gardens in fall bloom next to their artfully appointed Hamilton Bungalow. Tour Al’s studio to learn about his artistic process and view their extraordinary multicultural art collection. The evening continues with a sumptuous sit-down dinner in the Great Room.
To see all our Art to Dine For events, click here!
Thank you to all of our sponsors that help to make our Art To Dine For Series possible:
Anne L. Stone
Ed Peres & Lindy Lord
Tom Wilcox & Whitty Ransome
Steve Ziger & Jamie Snead
Donald & Brigitte Manekin
The Arts Insurance Program LLC, a A Division of Maury Donnelly & Parr. Inc.
Design Sponsor: rehead
Print Sponsor: Cavanaugh Press