October 12, 2020 / Events

Society’s Cage: The Shape of Institutional Racism Has Arrived In Baltimore!

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the Baltimore debut of Society’s Cage, an experiential public art installation, to be exhibited on War Memorial Plaza from Friday, October 19 through Friday, October 30, 2020.

Created by architects Dayton Schroeter and Julian Arrington in the aftermath of the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the installation highlights the historic forces of racialized state violence in America. As both a powerful work of public art, and a racial and social justice teaching tool open to all, Society’s Cage debuts in Baltimore as a signature event for this year’s Free Fall Baltimore, presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), and produced by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, with programming support from the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Baltimore).

Learn more about Society’s Cage and how you can contribute to the project here.
If you are interested in volunteering at Society’s Cage click here.

Upcoming Events + Lectures In Conjuncture with Society’s Cage

Learning Resources For Families

AIA Events
Society’s Cage Sketch Exhibition Brief
Virtual Histories: Society’s Cage: an Interpretive Design Pavilion for the Black Lives Matter Movement
AIA Baltimore Committee on the Environment: Environmental Justice and Food Inequity [Registration Coming Soon!]

Morgan State School of Architecture and Planning
SA+P Fall 2020 Lecture Series 02 | Dayton Schroeter + Julian Arrington | Society’s Cage

Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Workplace Matters: Systemic Racism + Economic Opportunities (October 28 at 7pm)

The Peale
Discover Story sharing opportunities at The Peale, and explore personal stories of experiences of structural racism.
Artist/Curator Lecture: Inheritance by KIm Rice, Curated by Jeffrey Kent [Registration Coming Soon!]

Lecture: Society’s Cage-The Shape of Institutional Racism
Tuesday, October 13, 4:00 pm
Sponsored by Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning, with AIA Baltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation
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A Student’s Guide to Environmental Justice Webinar
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
What is environmental justice? How does it relate to social justice, environmental racism, community health, and equitable design? As designers of places and cities, what is our responsibility to work towards greater equity? As three students of landscape architecture, we found these questions weren’t always being addressed in our coursework or studio projects in school and are critical for our profession to address.  Join us to learn how this guide is a response to the presenter’s own desires to educate themselves about the intersection of landscape architecture and environmental justice and share what they’ve learned.

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Off-the-Grid: Inspiration in Adversity

October 18, 2020

Baltimore Choral Arts presents Off-the-Grid: Inspiration in Adversity, premiering on WMAR-2 Television. In this two-part series focused on timely repertoire, Inspiration in Adversity will share the stories of those who created art through adversity in the face of disease and discrimination. From Palestrina’s accounts of the Black Plague to music birthed from the South African HIV epidemic, we will musically explore pandemics throughout history, ending with the uplifting and inspirational music of Dolly Parton.
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Brown Lecture Series: Harriet Washington
October 20, 2020

Washington adds her incisive analysis to the fray, arguing that IQ is a biased and flawed metric, but that it is useful for tracking cognitive damage. She takes apart the spurious notion of intelligence as an inherited trait, using copious data that instead point to a different cause of the reported African American-white IQ gap: environmental racism – a confluence of racism and other institutional factors that relegate marginalized communities to living and working near sites of toxic waste, pollution, and insufficient sanitation services.
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Race, Ethnicity, and Place

October 21-23, 2020
Online conference
Highlights of the program include sessions on Covid-19 and vulnerable populations, locally and internationally; structural racism issues; monuments and place names in an evolving racialized landscape; and much more. There will be panels with local community residents and organizers on housing and neighborhood geography in Baltimore as well.
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Black Film Festival and Youth Art Exhibit
October 24, 2020
Bring your own chair/blanket. Featuring the movies by Chadwick Boseman and honoring black art work by youth in Baltimore city.

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7th Annual Baltimore International Black Film Festival
Oct 28, 2020
With its unique paring of films highlighting the experiences of African-American, the African Diaspora and members of the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) community, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF) serves a much needed purpose of providing a venue for independent films for, by and about African Americans, the African Diaspora and members the SGL-LGBT community locally, nationally and globally. The 5th Annual BIBFF will be on held October 2-8, 2018 at the historic Charles Theatre, the Murphy Fine Arts Center, the Motor House and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
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