CCBC NEA/Art Works Grant expands Global Education initiatives in the Arts

Dec 15, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Unique inter-professional efforts to broaden Arts outreach in the community.

Baltimore County, MD — The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has garnered a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts/Art Works grant for an array of Global Education initiatives. CCBC’s Creative Writing Forum, Visual Arts Lecture Series and Galleries, and Performing Arts, including the World Arts Festival (WAF), will use these funds to combine their efforts to present separate but related opportunities for individuals to experience the arts locally. This multidisciplinary approach will provide Baltimore-area residents with high-quality experiences in the literary, visual and performing arts through a close-up process.

“The World Arts Festival at CCBC is expanding from one week of programming to a year-round series of events celebrating global arts forms,” explains Anne Lefter, Director of CCBC’s Performing Arts. “This support from the NEA’s Art Works grant will enable us to offer a greater variety of programs in more locations, allowing us to bring these artists to a larger audience than ever before.”

With NEA funding, the three entities will link their work by focusing on Global Arts themes:
  • CCBC will expand the World Arts Festival to include additional performances at all the three campuses and through additional offerings at CCBC's Owings Mills Extension Center.
  • This Spring, the CCBC Essex Art Gallery will present Trinidad-born artist, Christopher Cozier, for next year’s artist lecture series.
  • The 30th Annual Creative Writing Forum will host several writers in residence this year, including the Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera. This will offer participants the chance to learn a variety of skills related to the writing process, such as, managing the writing process, creating characters and settings, writing in different voices, honing poetic language, finding inspiration, and the publishing of work.
All these upcoming events will be free and open to the public. For information about Global Education and the Arts at CCBC visit the CCBC website at


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