The Baltimore American Indian Center (BAIC) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1968 with a mission to “assist and support American Indian and Alaskan Native families moving into an urban environment and adjusting to the culture change they will experience”. Following WWII, the neighborhood surrounding BAIC became populated predominantly by American Indians and was referred to as “the Reservation”. To support this Native American community, BAIC provided services that included education, skills trainings, workforce development, child care, afterschool arts, and seniors programs, as well as health and healing services.
2640 is a collectively-managed event space focused on social justice and radical politics. 2640 Space was created in 2007, as a partnership between Red Emma’s and St. Johns United Methodist Church.
The St. Johns congregation built the church at the corner of 27th Street and St. Paul Avenue, in 1900. In 1981, the church building endured damage from a serious fire, destroying the roof and the congregation’s worship space.
In 2007, 2640 Space collective was formed as a partnership between Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse and St. Johns, in response to both a need for a larger space to hold social justice events, as well as for the need to bring in new audiences into the space.
The Creative Alliance builds communities by bringing together artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds to experience spectacular arts and education programs and engage in the creative process. CA provides support to area artists, promote Baltimore as a center for creative production, act as a positive force in the community, and advocate for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.
The Research Associates Foundation (RAF) is committed to promoting progressive activism in the Baltimore, MD, area. In June 2010 RAF launched a new phase in its history, providing small grants to support the projects of local progressives.
Despite the fact that the economic and political climate has become increasingly repressive and exploitative, we understand that there is nothing more powerful than an empowered community of change. We believe this so strongly that we are investing resources in progressive projects, actions, and research aimed at reversing these trends.
Our goal is to support activists from all generations who are working to create projects, dialogues, and data that create a more equitable and just society.