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Jontavious Willis chased our blues away

We are still recovering from last week’s country blues residency with the mighty Jontavious Willis in the greater Baltimore and Washington DC region. He shared the African American blues tradition with students at Hereford, Franklin, Pikesville, and Perry Hall high schools as well as at Booker T. Washington Middle School…...

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The Unbelievable Artistry of Baltimore Crankie Fest

That’s a wrap! The 2023 Baltimore Crankie Fest came and went and in its wake, nearly 1,000 audience members from around the world were moved and thrilled by the hand-scrolled panorama known as the crankie. Above, Alex and Olmsted showcase their unique “Bread” crankie, one of the nine storytelling pieces…...

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We started a nonprofit: 2022 in review

That’s a wrap! 2022. What a year here at the Center for Cultural Vibrancy! 2022 was CCV’s first FULL year in existence. We’ve been busy defining who we are now while simultaneously creating the framework for our future. Amidst the paperwork and lengthy conversations about decision making, we had the…...

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Torchbearer of the Blues Jontavious Willis In Baltimore from February 15-17, 2023

The greatest young torchbearer of blues music in America is Georgia’s own Jontavious Willis. The great Taj Mahal says of him, “Jontavious Willis. That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind. He’s a great new voice of the 21st century in the acoustic blues.” The Center for Cultural Vibrancy has been working with…...

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Feeling a Bit Crankie? Join us for Crankie Fest 2023, January 6-8, 2023 in Baltimore

Do you feel that warm glow upon your chilled face? Is there a hint of magic in the air? That’s right, it’s crankie season! What is a crankie you might ask? A crankie is a scroll that provides the visual narration to a story or song. Versions of the crankie…...

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Virtual Field Trips: World Culture in Context

Launched by CCV in late 2020 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, World Culture in Context (WCC) takes students on a virtual field trip by connecting them with community tradition-bearers from across the globe. Students can visit with a roster of artists from Tuva to South Korea to Columbia…...

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