• Anna Deavere Smith brings “Notes From the Field” to Center Stage

    Actor, activist, and Baltimore native Anna Deavere Smith comes to Center Stage next month for two performances of her new work of documentary theater, “Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Baltimore Chapter.” OSI-Baltimore is proud to co-sponsor the production. The show is part of Smith’s “Pipeline Project,” which delves into the cycle of suspension from […]

  • Introducing OSI-Baltimore’s 2015 Community Fellows

    Media Advisory Contact: Evan Serpick 410.234.1091 Social entrepreneurs working locally to address problems in Baltimore’s underserved communities will receive $60,000 each over 18 months BALTIMORE – In a press conference on Monday, November 1, Open Society Institute-Baltimore announced a new cohort of 10 Community Fellows who will use $60,000 grants to launch or expand projects designed […]

  • OSI-Baltimore announces first round of Baltimore Justice Fund grants

    Thirteen grants, totaling $337,500, aim to improve police accountability and increase racial justice and opportunity for Baltimore residents in the wake of the Baltimore Uprising.

  • Media Bias and Black Communities

    As part of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore series “Talking About Race,” author and civil rights leader Rashad Robinson and journalist Stacey Patton will dissect the ways that television, newspaper and radio news can shape stories in ways that distort the reality of black lives—and reinforce negative stereotypes.

  • Request for Proposals for Post-Release Reentry Services

    The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program of Open Society Institute-Baltimore seeks proposals from organizations able to provide high quality post-release reentry and reintegration services to individuals who have been granted clemency by the President of the United States for federal drug-related sentences and will be returning to Maryland, beginning November 2015.

  • Baltimore police equipped with life-saving Naloxone thanks to OSI grant

    Pilot program focuses on areas hardest hit by heroin addiction Media Advisory Evan Serpick, Open Society Institute 410.234.1091 This week, 500 Baltimore police officers will be equipped with the life-saving drug Naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses upon ingestion. The cost of the drug was covered by a Open Society Institute grant to Behavioral Health Systems of […]

  • WYPR series “On the Watch” examines the practices and culture of policing in Baltimore

    Tomorrow morning at 5:51 a.m. and 7:51 a.m., during Morning Edition, WYPR will air the third installment of its year-long series, “On the Watch: Fixing the Fractured Relationship Between Baltimore’s Police and Its Communities.” The series is funded by the Open Society Institute’s Baltimore Justice Fund.

  • OSI-funded Bard School welcomes its first students

    Baltimore Sun education reporter Erica Green has a great story today about Bard High School Early College, a new Baltimore City public school that welcomes its first students this year. The school, which was established with the help of an OSI-Baltimore grant to the Fund for Educational Excellence, allows Baltimore City students to graduate in […]

  • Open Society Institute-Baltimore Responds to Killing of Freddie Gray; Announces Baltimore Justice Fund

    In response to the recent unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore announced today the creation of the Baltimore Justice Fund.

  • OSI-Baltimore launches the Baltimore Justice Fund

    The fund will support focused interventions to improve police accountability and police-community relationships, reduce the number of Baltimoreans caught up in the criminal justice system, and engage Marylanders, especially young people, in advocacy for programs and policies to increase opportunity and racial justice.