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2016 OSI Community Fellow, Jermaine Bell recently had the opportunity to work with the organizers of the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, a 10-day event providing mentorship and skills training for social entrepreneurs to allow them to develop and expand their projects.


From Thought to Action; REdesign & REbuild

In June 2015 Baltimore City residents were still reeling from the death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old black man murdered by police officers during an arrest two months earlier.

That tumultuous summer month also marked my first event, titled REdesign & REbuild, as the newly appointed Programming Chair of AIGA Baltimore. I put out an open call for all designers, artists, and creatives to join us for a conversation around collaborative solutions for small businesses directly affected by the unrest.


CodeWorks students are getting some lessons from Baltimore entrepreneurs this week

In CodeWorks, 62 Baltimore youth between the age of 15-20 are learning tech this summer. The Code in the Schools-run program includes an intro to HTML, CSS and Javascript.

Lessons on starting a business are also on the agenda. On Friday, July 14, they’ll get a look at entrepreneurship from a group of community leaders.


 Creative Highlight: Jermaine Táron Bell

Read below to see what he is up to, and get a deeper look into his thoughts on Black Queer  Love, art, the institution of marriage, and the importance of intersectionality in LGBTQIA+ spaces. #Blackqueerlovestoriesmatter


“I’m Assaulted, In Some Sort of Way, Almost Every Five Minutes.” Arts and the Culture: Jermaine Bell


Saturday & Sunday: Kahlon & 3Dot Zine: The Cut Up Series III, Brown Paper Zine Fair

Bruh, have you ever been to an event hosted by Kahlon? If not you've been missing out on experiencing and celebrating the work of artists of color here in Baltimore and beyond.


Designer Spotlight: Jermaine Bell

It seems appropriate that only a few minutes into having coffee with Jermaine Bell, he was recognized by at least three people. If you haven’t worked with Bell, chances are you’ve seen him at a event in the city — chances are he was probably running the event.


Building an Arts Community in Barclay

Jermaine Bell says he found a power in art that he didn’t feel in words.


Here are the winners of the 4th annual Baltimore Innovation Awards

Colocation Community of the Year: Impact Hub Baltimore, for creating a new space bringing together entrepreneurs, activists, artists and policymakers in Station North.


When I first began working at social entrepreneurship space Impact Hub Baltimore (IHB) as a Baltimore Corps fellow, my role as the program and outreach coordinator was clear. I was to bring awareness to the work that the IHB staff and volunteers were doing and to cultivate a diverse and equitable community.