• Crossing boundaries, Kindling aims to spark conversations

    On June 25, 2016, OSI Baltimore will co-host the second of three Kindling events, along with OneBaltimore, Innovation Village, consulting group Generosity, Jean Hill Studios and Light City Baltimore at the New Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1501 McCulloh Street, Baltimore. Kindling, a series of events that creates guided, two-person conversations between participants, was developed on the […]

  • Lester Spence Talks Class, Race, and Neoliberal Politics

    (Left to right) Bret McCabe and Lester Spence After taking a moment of silence to mark Prince’s birthday, Johns Hopkins University political science professor Lester Spence kicked off last night’s Talking About Race event, “Neoliberalism and Black Politics,” by quoting Jay-Z: “I’m not a  businessman, I’m a business, man.” The hip-hop encapsulation of the neoliberal ethic helped […]

  • Advocates, community discuss adolescents, addiction, and juvenile justice

    Last night, a wide range of advocates, activists, families touched by addiction, and other community members packed Red Emma’s for a Talking About Addiction event focused on youth, addiction, and the juvenile justice system. The speakers included Evan Elkin (with the microphone, above), executive director of Reclaiming Futures, a Portland, Oregon-based organization established to build, run and test […]

  • Talking About Race: Black Politics and Neoliberalism

    June 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., at Turpin-Lamb Theatre at Morgan State University’s Murphy Fine Arts Center (directions and parking info) In his recent book, “Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics,” Johns Hopkins University political science professor Lester Spence charts the negative effects of the capitalist “hustle harder” mentality on African-American […]

  • OSF Moving Walls Photographer Hasan Elahi Exhibits at C. Grimaldis Gallery

    From his website, Hasan Elahi’s exact location, as of Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  In 2002, artist Hasan Elahi was detained at a Detroit airport after an erroneous tip linked him to terrorist activities, which led to a six-month FBI investigation. As a response, Elahi, an Open Society Foundations Moving Walls photographer, documented his daily life through […]

  • Baltimore’s Mayoral Race Gets National Coverage

    The Baltimore mayoral race is heating up, and gaining attention outside of Maryland. Much of it is focusing on the candidates through the lens of Freddie Gray’s death and the uprising, the one-year anniversary of which coincides with the primary election in Maryland. The New York Times and Huffington Post recently published pieces on the […]

  • OSI Fellow Brings Monument Quilt, Healing to Baltimore

    Traffic was stopped along two blocks of North Avenue Sunday afternoon to make room for the Monument Quilt, a crowd-sourced display of 1,000 8′ x 8′ squares of red fabric bearing stories and messages of empowerment from rape and sexual assault survivors and their allies. The event, called “Not Alone Baltimore,” was organized by Baltimore-based activist […]

  • Talking About Race: What is Progress? Reflections One Year Later

    BALTIMORE – Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Good News Baltimore, and the Walters Art Museum have collaborated to present an important conversation to mark the one-year anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising, called “What is Progress? Reflections One Year Later.” The event, at 7pm on April 21, is part of OSI-Baltimore’s “Talking About Race” series and the Walters’ Ted Low […]

  • OSI And Stoop Storytelling Present “The Stoop Mayoral Show”

    LISTEN TO THE WHOLE EVENT HERE! The Open Society Institute-Baltimore and the Stoop Storytelling Series are collaborating on The Stoop Mayoral Show, at the War Memorial, April 13 at 7pm. This one-of-a-kind election year event features Baltimore’s mayoral candidates telling 5-minute true, personal tales about their first job. It’s a different way to get to […]

  • THIS WEEK: #VoteBmore Mayoral Primary Forums to Draw Top Candidates

    MEDIA ADVISORY February 22, 2016 CONTACT: Evan Serpick 410-234-1091 BALTIMORE – On Wednesday at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Belvedere, Open Society Institute-Baltimore (OSI), Associated Black Charities (ABC) and Baltimore City Paper will hold the first of two mayoral primary forums. All of the candidates competing in primary races have been invited, including Democrats, Republicans, […]