• Danielle Torain named OSI-Baltimore executive director

    By Adam Bednar Danielle Torain takes over as Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s executive director on Jan. 21 at a time when issues at the core of the organization’s mission, such as criminal justice reform, are intertwined with the debate about how to address violent crime in the city. Read Full Article
  • The solution to Baltimore’s overdose crisis—safe consumption sites

    By Brandon Soderberg Last week, the Abell Foundation released a report encouraging Baltimore to establish overdose prevention sites—regulated locations staffed with medical personnel where people can use drugs. This report, “The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts” comes at a moment when attitudes towards overdose prevention sites (or as they are sometimes called, “safe [...]
  • Art AND: Ashley Minner

    By Suzy Kopf Ashley Minner doesn’t want to help you with your land acknowledgement or with figuring out what you should call indigenous peoples. She is tired of being asked to speak for all indigenous peoples everywhere. She’d rather be speaking about the specific story of her family or her own art practice. “It’s hard [...]
  • Next Man Up

    A local nonprofit celebrates ten years of providing for local student athletes. By Evan Greenberg Twelve years ago, Matt Hanna discovered the Marc Kelly Smith poem “Pull the Next One Up,” and it has since become the credo of his nonprofit organization, Next One Up. Inspired by the poem’s message of helping others find personal success, [...]
  • The Book Thing Starts Next Chapter Under New Management

    Here’s what to know when planning a visit to Baltimore’s free-to-all bookshop. By Kaitlyn Pacheco After 20 years of providing free-to-all books to the bibliophiles of Baltimore, The Book Thing has started a new chapter in its own story. In July, the nonprofit announced that its founder, Russell Wattenberg, who started the free book project [...]
  • Obstacles even with health insurance

    When talking about insurance coverage for substance abuse and mental illnesses, people often assume that the problem is limited to the poor. That assumption is way off the mark. Even for those families with “good” health insurance, coverage is far from easy to obtain. In my own experience, when trying to obtain coverage for residential […]

  • Addiction recovery is not just for the addict

    Editor’s note: Audacious Ideas is featuring a special month-long series in conjunction with National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. We’ve asked several individuals to share their ideas about addiction issues and the failed war on drugs. *** When we sent our son to an in-patient addiction treatment program, we were spinning with doubt about the […]

  • The city and the neighborhood as school

    In light of the recent court decision about charter school funding, the old dichotomy about charter schools versus “traditional” public schools comes alive. The dichotomy is false. Charter schools can be neighborhood schools, if the outreach is to a neighborhood and a community. And traditional neighborhood schools can be like charters, if we trust them […]