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Alumna Receives Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellowship

Sarah Tooley Chosen to join the ranks of this now-thriving group of nearly 100 social entrepreneurs

Posted 12.03.10 by The Center for Art Education

My hope is that they will feel like nothing is holding them back from being a part of something grand. 

Photo of Sarah Tooley by Bruce Weller for the Open Society Foundations

In 1998, Open Society Institute-Baltimore created the Baltimore Community Fellowships Program with the specific goal of working to improve life in Baltimore’s underserved communities in unique and important ways. Each year, up to ten individuals are added to the ranks of this now thriving group of nearly 100 social entrepreneurs, all committed to change and to revitalizing our city.

The program's original purpose remains unchanged:  to meet the challenges facing Baltimore’s most needy communities by identifying and supporting social innovators of unusual promise from diverse backgrounds and providing them with the ingredients to ensure that their ideas have a stable foundation and long-term viability. These individuals become leaders for our future.

One of the seven individuals selected to receive a Baltimore Community Fellowship this year is MICA alumna and community artist Sarah Tooley '09 (MA in Community Arts). As a Baltimore Community Fellow, Tooley will receive a grant of nearly $49,000 to enable work on her chosen project for the next 18 months. Tooley will continue her work as director of 901 Arts, a community-based grassroots organization that provides free and low-cost, after-school programming for children in the East Baltimore's Better Waverly neighborhood.

To learn more about Sarah Tooley’s plans for her fellowship, please click here.

To learn more about the Open Society Institute-Baltimore and the Baltimore Community Fellowships program, please click here.