50th Anniversary Events
Strong City Baltimore is celebrating 50 years of building and strengthening neighborhoods and people with a series of events from May 2019 to May 2020.
Get On Up!
It all starts with Get On Up!, a lively and stylish 1969-themed celebration in honor of our founding year as an organization. The event will serve as the official kickoff of our 50th year and will take place May 4th, 2019, at the Hoen Lithograph Building in East Baltimore. The Hoen Building, an iconic Baltimore landmark vacant since 1981, is being restored with help from Strong City and will become our future headquarters. Get On Up! is the first public event in this space in over 40 years and will feature food tastings from 50 local restaurants, a 007-themed martini competition sponsored by the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild, a costume contest, interactive pop-up experiences from our fiscally sponsored projects, silent and live auctions, DJs, live music and more. This is the biggest event in our history as an organization, and we are making it a night to remember.
Sneaky Social Justice Film Fest
Our next 50th year event is “The Sneaky Social Justice Film Fest” at the Parkway Theatre on North Avenue, another previously vacant and now beautifully restored historic building. In July 2019, we will be bringing, along with the Parkway staff, a two-day event featuring a curated selection of mainstream films with underlying social justice themes. In this way, we will be able to demonstrate the relevancy of social justice and its applications. By using mainstream films, we aim to connect with people who might not otherwise be engaged. We will present these films alongside interactive experiences, such as panels and Q&A sessions, to further connect with attendees.
Strong Voices, Strong City
The Churches of Charles, members of the former Greater Homewood Interfaith Alliance, and other faith partners will be joining their voices together for a powerful concert on Saturday, Sept. 28th, 2019. In addition to numerous choirs showcasing their talent, there will be handbells, and other music and dance presentations. The spiritual and the secular come together to celebrate the work Strong City has done over the past 50 years alongside its faith partners.
In the fall, we will be holding our annual Neighborhood Institute for its 12th year. Started in 2007, the Neighborhood Institute is a daylong workshop event that provides community residents and nonprofit professionals with the tools they need to tackle challenges big and small. At Neighborhood Institute, one of the only conferences in Baltimore dedicated to training neighborhood leaders, nonprofit professionals, and ordinary residents - we work with people who want to learn how to improve their community, because we believe that real change begins at the grassroots level. Last year we featured 44 workshops on topics ranging from grant writing and fiscal sponsorship to preserving green space and healthy parent-teacher relationships, all broken down into easy-to-follow tracks. New to last year’s Institute was the first-ever youth track for engaged youth ages 14-24, something we will be expanding on this year.
Light City & the Baltimore Book Festival – Nov. 1 - Nov.10
We are working on securing a partnership with the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts to participate in the combine 2019 Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival.
Publication - Community Building That Works: Case Studies From Strong City Baltimore
During this celebratory year, we will be publishing a set of Strong City Case Studies, a deep dive into the philosophy and strategies behind Strong City’s community building work, which has a decades-long record of success in bringing the change residents want for their neighborhoods.
We close out our 50th year of celebration In May of 2020 with a block party in Collington Square, the new neighborhood home of Strong City Baltimore.