Posted on April 22, 2024

Mayor Scott Says ‘White-Ran’ Arts Orgs Are Overfunded, Unveils COVID Diversity Grant

Julian Baron, TND, April 19, 2024

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott shared his disappointment Tuesday that too much public money has gone to arts organizations that “just happen to be White-ran.”

The comment came during the announcement of a $3.6 million “Diversity in Arts” grant funded by COVID-19 relief dollars. Capital grant recipients include the The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum on North Avenue and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

“For too long, public dollars have simply just gone to the big names and the big players in town,” Mayor Scott said. “And dare I say, I know my staff is going to hate this, the big names and big players in town that just happen to be White-ran organizations in Baltimore.”

The mayor went on the thank President Biden and Maryland’s congressional delegation for helping ensure the availability of federal funding to promote his efforts.

Grant funding will also be provided to a list of 24 “project” recipients, including $200,000 for Baltimore Center Stage and $100,000 for Creative Nomads, which brings “African drumming” and “mindfulness” to its partners, according to its website.