Announcements / Mar 10th, 2016

Marquee Ball 2016: Creative Alliance Celebrates 21 Years!

A transforming cultural force, champion of artists, incubator for Baltimore’s diverse arts landscape, and anchor for Highlandtown’s revitalization – the Creative Alliance celebrates 21 years!

Join us to toast to the future with more exceptional programming and an exciting expansion of our arts education programs. 

Our COLOSSAL 21st BIRTHDAY BASH on April 16 includes 3 cosmic parties in one night! Stellar live music, futuristic costumes, galactic décor, wild performances, live and silent art auctions, interactive art installations, delectable fare and cosmic cocktails!

Senator Barbara Milkulski
Esteemed US Senator and longest serving woman in the history of the United States Congress, Highlandtown native Barbara Mikulski receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lea Gilmore
Internationally recognized vocalist and human rights activist, Lea Gilmore receives the Golden Formstone Award for her “formidable contributions to Baltimore through the arts.”


Saturday, April 16, 2016

VIP Starship Dinner

Honoring United States Senator Barbara Milkulski and world-renowned chanteuse and activist Lea Gilmore! 5:30pm – Midnight Tickets: $250 each, table of ten $2,500. Advance tickets only
Dine with the stars! A formal seated VIP dinner with our honorees, open bar with specialty cocktails all evening, live auction with Mr. Gorgeous, aerial performance, and access for the Deep Space Dance Party w/ Black Alley!
Call to 410-276-1651 to check ticket availability.


Leeloo’s Lounge Party! 7:30pm

Info & Tickets
The lounge party has expanded throughout The Patterson! Exclusive performances, heavy hors d’ouevres by Blacksauce Kitchen, specialty cocktails, beer & wine, and entry to the Dance Party w/ Black Alley are all included! Watch Super Art Fight create a LIVE futuristic mural, catch a David Bowie tribute by Adam Cooley in the lounge, play a custom built sci-fi Tardis Theramin upstairs, wander through the artist studios, and don’t forget to bid on specially selected artwork!


Deep Space Dance Party with BLACK ALLEY! 9:30pm

Info & Tickets
Get on your galactic gear and dance into deep space with the upbeat go-go and soul tunes of DC’s Black Alley. Bid on select artwork in the silent auction, snap some pics in our cosmos-themed photo booth, stare at the cosmic costumes – prepare for a night of astronomical proportions! Wine, beer, and light fare included. 

About Black Alley
“Hailing from D.C., the 7 piece Soul Garage outfit not only conjure the spirits of 60s and 70s greats Roberta Flack, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Brown and city mates the Bad Brains, but they do it through the very D.C. elements of full member bands and live music.” – EarMilk



21st Birthday Marquee Ball Auction Exhibition

On View: April 1–16, 2016 | Preview Reception: April 1, 6 – 8pm
More Info
Our Main Gallery is curated by Amy Eva Raehse, Lat Naylor, and Jeremy Stern. More than 80 artists from Baltimore and beyond have contributed their artwork to the show. Bidding closes at 11pm during the Marquee Ball.
Some of the featured Marquee Ball artists include:
Laura Amussen, Andre Barnett, Kyle Bauer, Lois Borgenicht, Jim Burger, Kini Collins, Karl Connolly, Paul Daniel, Linda DePalma, Oletha DeVane, Erin Fostel, Alex French, Kyle Hackett, Mia Halton, Erica Hansen, Lillian Hoover, Karen Klinedinst, Magnolia Laurie, Francisco Loza, Mike McConnell, Greg Minah, Lat Naylor, Cara Ober, David Page, Alina Poroshina, Katie Pumphrey, Edgar Reyes, Christine Sajecki, Joyce Scott, Cameron Shojaei, Kyle Tata, & TetraPAKMAN.

We have been digging through the archives! Travel back in time and view displays throughout the building and in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery is memorabilia from the early days of Creative Alliance!



Matt Muirhead and his partner McKenzie Elizabeth Ditter are in the process of designing the sci-fi decor for the Creative Alliance’s 2016 Marquee Ball!
Their work for the 2016 Marquee Ball is a funky combination of sci-fi tropes from Bladerunner to The 5th Element, Doctor Who to Major Tom… all with a taste of classic ‘50s kitsch.


  • Essential Movie Viewing: Barbarella, Dune, Flash Gordon, The 5th Element, Starship Troopers, & Space is the Place
  • What to Wear: Check out attire ideas here
  • Learn more about Creative Alliance’s 21st Birthday Year!
  • Plan Your Visit – Valet Parking is Available the night of the party.

What The Marquee Ball Supports

As always, the Marquee Ball supports Creative Alliance’s free after school and neighborhood outreach programs! Our programs are praised for their high quality by parents, teachers, and educational institutions alike. Annually, over 2,000 Baltimore City elementary and middle school students learn new concepts, vocabulary, social and problem solving skills by making complex arts projects.