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5th annual Baltimore Old Time Music Festival charms Charm City

This overview of the 2024 Baltimore Old Time Music Festival is a contribution from photojournalist and writer Casey Vock. All photos are copyright Casey Vock. More than 1,500 people from 26 different states made their way to the fifth annual Baltimore Old Time Music Festival, bringing pickers, fiddlers, and players…...

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What a Year! Striving for Empathy, Understanding, and Heart in 2023

As 2023 winds down, we want to take a moment to reflect on our year here at the Center for Cultural Vibrancy. We believe that the folk and traditional arts are not simply pleasurable diversions but at the very heart of how individuals express their connection to community, identity, and…...

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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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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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Come for the Drum: Baltimore Rhythm Festival

September 17, 20221600 Guilford Ave., Baltimore MD 21202 CCV is excited to support the Baltimore Rhythm Festival, featuring workshops, children’s activities, an open mic, food and craft vendors, and festival drum jams that are like no other. This annual free festival is a community based celebration of the diversity and…...

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