Announcements / Aug 14th, 2020

The 20th Art To Dine For Season is here!

art to dine for 2020

The 20th Annual Art To Dine For Series | September-November 

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Creative Alliance’s Art To Dine For series! That’s two decades of gathering people of all backgrounds together to celebrate art, culture, and delicious food! View the Booklet

When we began planning this year’s series, we had no idea that the world as we knew it would soon be turned upside down. In response to the shift, our committee has worked hard to forge a plan for this year’s Art To Dine For series. This year, we will offer a small series of online or socially-distanced events that are in the spirit of Art To Dine For.

As always, proceeds support Creative Alliance’s free arts education and community programs that serve 4,500 students and their families. In a typical year, the series raises over $70,000 for these deserving youth. In this unusual year, we are looking to you, our Art To Dine For family, to help us reach that goal

We hope you will consider making a special 20th birthday gift to the series. Your gift will help sustain the series and the education and community arts programs that the series support into 2021.



$50 Gift | Provides free online classes for 2 youth
You receive a PDF of Creative Alliance’s Community Cookbook, which features our favorite recipes from  Art to Dine For hosts, chefs, performers, friends, and staff

$250 Gift | Supplies free art materials and activity packs to 25 students
You receive all of the above, plus a printed pdf cookbook

$500 Gift | Supports one session of Kerplunk! our family-friendly weekend art class
You receive all of the above, plus kitchen essentials curated by Art to Dine For host and cook, Francesca Gallucci

$1000+ Gift | Supports two Creative Cooking classes for 25 youth
You receive all of the above, plus a traditional Mexican home-cooked meal and Fiesta party pack for five people prepared by the Artesanas Mexicanas and delivered to your door. Host your own private fiesta! 

Click Here to Make a Gift!

Please note: Creative Alliance staff will contact you with more details on the delivery of listed benefits.

The Parties!

View the Art To Dine For Booklet

Out of the House & Into the Woods! Sold Out
SUN SEP 27 (Rain Date: OCT 24) |Noon to 2PM | $75, $70 members
Chef Chris leads you and a small group of 10 on a foraging adventure! Learn the basics of foraging, mushroom hunting, safety protocol, and identification. The fall harvest in Maryland brings pawpaws, mushrooms, nuts, and more. More Info & Tix


The Fine Art of Gratitude: A Keepsake Workshop [Low Ticket Warning]
SUN OCT 11 | 1-3PM | $75, $70 members
Artist Cinder Hypki leads participants in a hands-on keepsake workshop that combines art and ritual. This meditative activity will bring joy and healing during a worldwide pandemic. More Info & Tix

Co-hosts: Bonnie Copeland and Donna Poggi Keck


The Women’s Hour Book Club Sold Out
SAT OCT 17 | 7PM | $100, $95 members
Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour”, and Svannah Wood, editor of “To the Front: Black Women and the Vote”, lead participants in a freewheeling conversation about the Womens’ Suffrage Movement and the role of black female voters. More Info & Tix

Co-hosts: Sally Scott, Jimmy Potash & Cheryl Casciani


The Science of Psilocybin  Sold Out
SAT OCT 24 | 6:30-8:30PM | $75, $70 members
Discover the new groundbreaking research that is changing the world of healing as we know it. Participants enjoy a screening of A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin, a documentary film that investigates the psychotherapeutic efficacy of psilocybin-facilitated alternative states of human consciousness, notably in studies with patients with cancer, depression, trauma, and anxiety.  More Info & Tix


Dumpling Making with Chef Steve Sold Out
SUN OCT 25 | 4-6PM | $75, $70 members
Join Chef Steve Chu of Ekiben, a highly popular Asian Fusion restaurant in Baltimore, in mastering a Chinese classic — the dumpling!  Chef Steve shares tips and tricks and walks you through the steps of making Chinese dumplings in your own home.  More Info & Tix

Co-hosts: Scott Smith & Julia Kim Smith


Behind the Lens: Khalid Ali Shorts
FRI NOV 6 | 7:30PM | $50, $45 members
Find the best seat in your house for a screening and discussion of two short documentary films by Maryland filmmaker Khalid Ali (Rediscovering Paul Moscat [2018]). Squeegee gives an intimate glimpse of the lives of seven young “Squeegee Boys” who clean car windows at Baltimore intersections. Away From The Grasslands, examines Hanggai, a Mongolian band that blends rock and traditional folk music, as they record their newest studio album in Beijing.  More Info & Tix

Co-host: College of Fine Arts & Communication, Towson University


Free Verse!
FRI NOV 13 | 7PM | $75, $70 members
It’s concert and conversation when husband and wife duo Dr. Aaron and Audra Ziegel perform a selection of emotive and inspiring classical compositions for flute and piano. Learn about their collaborative process honed over 18 years of performing together from flutist Audra. Gain a deeper understanding of the music with insights and stories from pianist Aaron, Associate Professor of Music History and Culture at Towson University.  More Info & Tix

Co-host: College of Fine Arts & Communication, Towson University


Resist with Shibori!  Sold out
SAT NOV 14 | 11AM-2PM | $75, $70 members
Join artist, Kini Collins, in exploring the basics of Shibori, an ancient Japanese resist dyeing technique. Kini will demonstrate how clamps, rubber bands, and stitching create a variety of resist patterns that result in vibrant works of art once dyed.  More Info & Tix

Co-Hosts: Laura Vernon Russell  and Barbara & Lou Denrich

Celebrate 20 years of art, food, and community by making a sustaining gift to the Art To Dine For Series!

All proceeds support free education and community arts programs for youth. Our education team is working hard to provide thousands of youth and their families free, high-quality arts and academic programs, workshops, and events during this particularly trying time.