Be Here: Baltimore – A Celebration!

View of Baltimore's skyline from Montgomery Street - row houses in the foreground, city skyline in the background
Flickr user Tyler Merbler, “Montgomery Skyline Extended,” Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Swap ice cream and stories in your Baltimore neighborhood on Friday, September 9, 2016

On Friday, September 9, 2016 the MuseWeb Foundation celebrates the 250+ stories of Baltimore that have been geolocated around Baltimore by its Summer 2016 grant recipients with a daylong Story-Tell-A-Thon and Taharka Brothers ice cream! The Change-Maker Mobile ice cream truck has been converted into a traveling recording booth and will showcase authentic voices of the city as it visits neighborhoods featured in the tours created by Be Here: Baltimore grant winners, exchanging free ice cream for stories. Among the stories participants can hear at the ice cream truck or on their smartphones via the izi.TRAVEL app are tales of North Avenue, York Road, and Lexington Market; the murals of Waverley and the Washington-Rochambeau Historic Trail; the sounds of Eubie Blake and historic Sharp Leadenhall; plus book stores, the pathways of Roland Park, West Baltimore beyond the fire, and an inspiring array of culturally and racially diverse places presented by voices from their local communities in more than 25 immersive tours of the city.

At each stop on the Story Tell-A-Thon tour everyone who joins in can listen to the many Be Here: Baltimore stories, meet some of our storytellers, and also record their own messages about Baltimore in exchange for free ice cream courtesy of Taharka Brothers. Come add your voice to the inspiring chorus that is Baltimore!

Remember to download the free izi.TRAVEL app to experience the hidden stories of Baltimore as told by its residents:

iTunes Store
Google Play Store
Windows Store

Schedule (locations and times subject to change, so check back before joining us on Friday):

10:00 – 10:45 AM
Govans / 5904 York Road, across from Senator Theatre

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Roland Park Branch Library, 5108 Roland Ave

12:30 – 1:15 PM
Waverly Library on 400 E. 33rd

1:45 – 2:30 PM
National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E North Ave #3, Baltimore, MD 21213

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Station North/ YNOT lot, 1904 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218

4:15 – 5:00 PM
Penn North Library, 1531 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

5:30 – 6:15 PM
Mt Vernon / between the Walters and Pratt Library*

6:45 – 7:30 PM
Sharp Leadenhall / St. Stephen and James Church

8:00 – 8:45 PM
Little Italy, near Sabatinos, 901 Fawn St.*

9:15 – 10:00 PM
Fells Point*

* Depends on space: check Twitter to confirm.

Can’t make it? Be sure to follow us on Twitter to experience the event virtually using #BhereBmore. We will also give exact addresses on Twitter. Or you can drive around looking for the pink truck:

Tahakra Brothers Changemaker Mobile


About Be Here: Baltimore:

We are telling stories differently. The Be Here: Baltimore project is making Baltimore’s culture and heritage more visible and accessible to local and global audiences through unique kinds of digital storytelling. The initiative was established to build upon the rich storytelling culture in the city by encouraging local creators and institutions to publish their location-based stories on a range of free and open digital platforms (such as the izi.TRAVEL app) so the stories can be discovered by smartphone users as they explore the city. The 22 funded projects generated more than 250 stories that have covered Baltimore in a network of connections among museums, local businesses, attractions, street art, and neighborhoods, and include such topics as history, current events, nature, community, music, and art.

About izi.TRAVEL: 

The izi.TRAVEL app enables people to use their smartphones as personal guides through new places and cultures around the world. With two million downloads, izi.TRAVEL is the most popular storytelling platform for location-based audio and multimedia guides. Travelers discover the world with multilingual tours that combine art and culture with local stories, while cities, museums and tourism authorities use izi’s free and open platform to promote their local cultural heritage. The free app currently features over 2,000 city tours and 800 museum guides to 900 destinations all over the world. The content of the app is constantly refreshed by tourism and cultural institutions, city authorities, and passionate storytellers who want to share their knowledge and inspire others.

About Taharka Brothers:

Having launched as a Benefit Corp. in 2010, Taharka Brothers is a small batch socially sourced and partisanal producer of ice cream and sorbets made from radical recipes. The Baltimore based for-profit and for-community social enterprise is managed and operated primarily by college aged young adults of color. We use our award-winning ice creams, sorbets, and business initiatives to party for the right to fight for a better and brighter tomorrow. Our offerings serve as a vessel for the continuous flow of conversations in support of cultural understanding, economic and social justice, civic involvement, and actions of uplift for the powerless.