We develop projects such as Be Here: Baltimore and Be Here: Main Street our foundation’s pilot projects. It enables greater participation in the narratives of Baltimore and make the city’s diverse voices more visible to local and global audiences, thus bringing business and culture together to hold hands and enhance tourism and reinvent the story of the city.
Be Here: Main StreetBe Here: Main Street began in 2017 with a partnership with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The goal of the project was to gather and publish stories from people in rural American towns. To date, more than 1,200 stories have made their way back to the Smithsonian.
Be Here: EduBe Here: Edu is an effort to incorporate storytelling, research, and production into the curricula of regional and national colleges and universities. Well-known institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and others have participated in this program to guide the next generation of digital storytellers.
Be Here: BaltimoreBe Here: Baltimore began in 2016 with a grant from an international storytelling agency. Several years later, more than 1,400 have been gathered from local Baltimore storytellers, talking about everything from local food to great museums to issue in Baltimore County school.