From Arts to Advocacy: Amanda Morell's Baltimore-inspired Journey

Embrace the journey with 'The Truth in This Art' podcast, hosted by none other than Rob Lee. Today our guest is Amanda Morell, a Baltimore native and devoted arts advocate, serves as Deputy Director for Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) since March 2018. Prior to her impactful role at MCA, Amanda enriched the arts landscape for three years at the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC), overseeing Exhibits and Arts in Education Programs. Hailing from a background in dance and music, Amanda's artistic journey includes studies at Baltimore School for the Arts and extensive ballet training. A graduate of the University of Baltimore with a B.S. in Business Administration, she was also selected for the Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP) Fellowship. Amanda's dedication to arts advocacy springs from her belief in equitable arts education and access to cultural experiences for all individuals.

In the following discussion:

  • Uncover Amanda Morell's artistic journey, exploring her dance and flute background and her formative years at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
  • Delve into Amanda's pivotal realization that a career as a professional musician might not align with her desire to impact her community, leading her to discover her passion for arts advocacy through a business degree.
  • Engage in a discussion about Amanda's firm belief in the role of human creativity as a driving force for innovation and problem-solving across diverse fields.
  • Explore Amanda's advocacy for equitable arts education and her unwavering emphasis on providing all individuals with access to enriching cultural experiences.
  • Discuss Amanda's call for community support and collaboration in the arts, delving into how fostering strong local connections can bolster artistic endeavors and their impact.

Amanda discusses her background in the arts and her journey to becoming an arts advocate. She shares her experiences growing up in Baltimore and the importance of arts education and access to cultural experiences. Amanda also highlights the need for creativity in society and the role it plays in driving innovation. She emphasizes the importance of supporting local artists and fostering a sense of community within the arts.

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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.
Amanda Morell
Amanda Morell
an arts advocate and Deputy Director for Maryland Citizens for the Arts
From Arts to Advocacy: Amanda Morell's Baltimore-inspired Journey
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