Recently, love has not been the first word that comes to mind when attention falls on our city.We work in an industry of some of the most creative problem solvers in this city who put everything into what they do. We are surrounded by like-minded communities that share the same love and passion for change in Baltimore, but rarely do we get the opportunity to work together, learn from each other, or even just support one another. Imagine the potential when those communities expand and reach out, working together to create new alliances to put real power behind true change in ways big and small.
BREAKING BOUNDARIES TO BENEFITRebuilding Together Baltimore (www.RTBaltimore.org) is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing critical home repairs to low-income homeowners, and helping to revitalize our communities. Our services are provided at no charge to homeowners or neighborhoods. We serve seniors, families, people with disabilities, and the neighborhoods in which they live. Rebuilding Together Baltimore is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading non-profit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and to revitalize communities. Over 150 Rebuilding Together affiliates operate across the country. Since 1989 Rebuilding Together Baltimore mobilized more than 20,000 volunteers to repair more than 1,400 homes and revitalize 35 neighborhoods in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Our work represents a cumulative value of over $8 million for the Baltimore area.
OUR WONDERFUL HOSTS
Laura Wexler, Producer and Host Laura Wexler is a writer, producer, teacher and editor. She is the author of a nonfiction book about the nation’s last mass lynching and is currently developing several TV and theater projects. laurawexler.com
Jessica Henkin, Producer and Co-host Jessica Henkin works for Baltimore City Public School’s Office of Early Learning Program. She’s passionate about her family, autism education, Baltimore City, keeping her house clean, finding most things funny—and, of course, storytelling. You can occasionally see her onstage with the Baltimore Improv Group.
OUR AMAZING PANEL
ABBOTT MILLER – Pentagram / MICA J. Abbott Miller was born in Indiana and studied at the Cooper Union School of Art. Before joining Pentagram as partner in 1999, he was director of Design / Writing / Research, a multidisciplinary studio founded in 1989 whose interest in ‘the public life of the written word’ took shape through magazines, exhibitions, symposia and books, notably the celebrated Design / Writing / Research (Princeton Architectural Press, 1996), co-authored with design historian Ellen Lupton, also Miller’s wife.His clients have included The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Vitra, Princeton University and Architecture magazine. Miller’s publication design has received several awards: 2wice (which he also edits) was named ‘Magazine of the Year’ by the Society for Publication Designers; Dance Ink received five gold medals from the SPD and was nominated three times for a National Magazine Award.
Piper Watson, Station North Tool Library / Co-founder & Librarian A serial careerist, Piper Watson has been everything from an alpaca rancher to a photojournalism teacher. Endlessly fascinated by humanity, she has traveled the globe studying what makes people tick, only to keep returning to her beloved Baltimore where she is Co-Founder of Station North Tool Library and Executive Director of Radical Arts & Action Directive – RAAD.
Bruce Willen, Post Typography / Founding Partner Bruce Willen is founding partner of Post Typography, a Baltimore creative studio specializing in design, illustration, and typography for print, digital, and built environments — with additional forays into art, video, writing, curatorial work, and constructive vandalism.Bruce has led Post Typography on major projects for clients that include the U.S. Green Building Council, Maharam, New York Times, and John Legend & The Roots. Bruce’s design work has received numerous fancy-pants design awards and has been featured in such books as Phaidon’s Area 2, and Taschen’s Contemporary Graphic Design, as well as a monograph by European publisher Pyramyd Éditions. With Nolen Strals, Bruce co-authored and designed Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces from PA Press.Bruce is also a frequent contributor to Baltimore’s art and music scene as a member of the band Peals.
Rahne Alexander, Multidisciplinary Artist Rahne Alexander is a video artist, musician and performer. Her film and video art has been screened in galleries and festivals across the country, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, MIX (NYC), Freewaves (LA), Homoscope (Austin) and Cinekink (NYC) and she is an alumna of the Experimental Television Center residency program. Rahne was featured in the 2010 documentary feature Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, and she performs frequently with several bands, including Guided By Wire, Santa Librada, and The Degenerettes. She is a former curator/organizer of Baltimore’s avant-garde Transmodern Festival and the long-running, award-winning queer cabaret Charm City Kitty Club. For five years, 2011- 2015, Rahne was in charge of operations and development for the Maryland Film Festival.
Bradford Shellhammer, Ebay / Head of Curation & Merchandising, Bezar / Founder & CEO, Fab.com/ Founder & Chief Design Officer Bradford Shellhammer is an entrepreneur with significant experience in creative direction and brand creation. He is currently Head of Curation & Merchandising at eBay, living between NYC and San Francisco. He is one of Fast Company ’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ and was coined the ‘King of Quirk’ by Forbes Magazine and the ‘Eames of E-Commerce’ by USA Today. Prior to eBay, he was the founder of Fab.com and Bezar, along with serving as the Chief Design Officer at Backcountry.com. He also founded LGBT news site Queerty and is the lead singer in the band Rough, founded with designer Tom Dixon.
Abbey Parrish, Platform Gallery / Co-Director & Founder & Wham City Lights / Operations Manager Abbey Parrish (b. 1992) was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. After receiving her BFA in Painting, Art History, and Curatorial Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), she co-founded and currently co-directs Platform Gallery with partner, Lydia Pettit. Prior to her graduation, she served as curator and project manager on two, year-long exhibitions through MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar. She currently works as a Project Manager for Wham City Lights, located in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her work, Abbey is a member of collective, EARTHSEED, which hosts local events aimed at diversity and equity within the arts. In her available time she paints, dances, curates, and volunteers with arts organizations and event productions. You can find her between Brooklyn and Baltimore with her cat Prince.
Martina Lynch Martina Lynch (born December 2nd, 1995) is an American rapper, song writer and poet from Baltimore Md(Also known as Tina TurntUP.) Martina is mostly known for her talents as an emcee and spoken word artist. Influenced by legends such as Tupac, MC Lyte and Queen Latifah ; Martina wrote her first rap at age 8. She began her musical journey in 2010, performing through out the DMV and releasing her first mix tape “The Climax”(available on Datpiff) in 2014. In 2013 she was chosen to do a televised performance on Bet’s 106 and park. In 2015, she competed in the international MC Olympics ( Brave New Voices) and placed in the top 3. That same year she was crowned “Female Emcee of the year) in Baltimore City and placed 1st in the Baltimore MC Olympics. Growing up in a poverty stricken community, Martina Lynch focuses on Hip Hop and poetry because she believes to write and express is to heal. While the uprising surrounding Freddie Gray happened in Baltimore, Martina teamed up with local rap legend Young Moose and created a song called No sunshine. The song was nominated and won Top Protest song of the year in the state of Maryland. Martina started to gain more popularity and soon signed to local label ” Out the Mud ent.