Empowering Artists Amidst Adversity: Camille Kashaka on Cultivating Baltimore's Vibrant Arts Community

Empowering Artists Amidst Adversity: Camille Kashaka on Cultivating Baltimore's Vibrant Arts Community

Welcome aboard 'The Truth in This Art,' a podcast that celebrates the power of creativity, hosted by Rob Lee. Today, we have Camille Kashaka, the dedicated Executive Director of Motor House in Baltimore, a thriving nonprofit arts hub, gallery, and performance space. With a background in Theatre Administration from Howard University and a Master in Arts Management from American University, Camille brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. Despite joining Motor House during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic, she skillfully navigated the organization through uncharted territory, implementing a mixed model of virtual and in-person programs to adapt to the economic landscape. Prior to her current position, Camille served as the Interim Managing Director at Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, TN, overseeing day-to-day operations, and as the Director of the Anacostia Arts Center in Southeast Washington, DC, where she curated impressive visual arts exhibitions, music series, and performing arts events. As a lighting designer, she has contributed her talents to various organizations, including Freshh Inc Theatre Company, Astro Pop Events, and JAMtheRevue. Born to a Trini mother and Black American father in Atlanta, GA, Camille's spicy southern sensibility infuses every aspect of her life, both personal and professional. Her philosophy on life draws inspiration from Jean-Luc Picard's monologues, as she embraces her passion for Star Trek. With her diverse cultural, artistic, and professional background, Camille is committed to enriching Baltimore's eclectic cultural ecosystem and supporting local artists in their creative endeavors.

In this episode, we delve into:

  • Motorhouse's remarkable journey as we delve into their unwavering commitment to uplifting local artists, uncovering how their innovative blend of virtual programming and intimate in-person events became a lifeline during the challenging COVID-19 era.
  • Unveil the transformative impact of the Digital Artist Portfolio Program through a captivating conversation, delving into how this initiative empowers artists with essential resources, mentorship, and financial support to navigate the uncharted waters of the pandemic.
  • Join us in a thought-provoking discussion with Camille, as we unravel her profound belief in the intrinsic value of artists' contributions, spotlighting her endeavors to create platforms and opportunities that honor their craft and amplify their voices.
  • Immerse yourself in Camille's passionate vision for a thriving arts ecosystem, both in Baltimore and beyond, as we explore her fervent belief that local artists hold the power to redefine artistic boundaries and influence the trajectory of art's evolution.

Tune in and be amazed as Camille discusses her work in supporting local artists and creating opportunities for them to showcase their work. She shares her experience of joining Motorhouse just before the COVID-19 pandemic and how the organization adapted to the challenges of the past year. Camille also talks about the Digital Artist Portfolio Program, which provides resources and support to artists during these difficult times. She emphasizes the importance of paying artists for their work and creating a space where they can thrive. Camille's passion for the arts and her commitment to supporting artists shines through in this engaging conversation.

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Camille Kashaka
Camille Kashaka
Executive Director of Motor House in Baltimore, a thriving nonprofit arts hub, gallery, and performance space.