Museum Dance Off 2 Schedule update, plus a short love letter to you, (yes, you), Baltimore, and libraries.
Here’s an update on the schedule for Museum Dance Off 2! We’re cooking with gas now. THUNDERDOME will happen on Friday!
Round 2, Day 3- Monday, May 4th
Hamilton Cultural Association vs Molly Brown House Museum
Round 2, Day 4 - Tuesday May 5th
National Atomic Testing Museum vs Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Round 3, Day 1- Wednesday, May 6th
Fine Arts Zanabazar vs Orilia Museum
Round 3, Day 2 - Thursday, May 7th
Winner of Round 2, Day 3 vs Winner ofRound 2, Day 4
THUNDERDOME! - Friday, May 8th
Winner of Round 3, Day 1 vs Winner of Round 3, Day 2
Optional Reading: A personal aside from me.
I want to thank all the museums, readers and voters who are participating in Museum Dance Off 2. I live in the Baltimore area and I’ve been doing a whole lot of ugly-crying recently as I watch myriad sad things happen in our community, and then happy-crying when I see my friends and neighbors rally together to help repair it. And repeat.
In between, I have you happy lot dancing around, teaming up to vote for your fellow countrymen (I see your collusion, Canada), throwing dance-off parties, creating thank you messages for your supporters, even sending each other flowers. The last week, when I got overwhelmed and felt helpless, I watched your dance-off videos to cheer myself up. You’re just all really good people and I like you bunches.
Everyone has thoughts and opinions on what’s happening in Baltimore, and I don’t want to debate them here. Better minds than mine are writing about what’s happening here. The only thing I’m going to say is this: A receipt for a complete series box set of The Wire on Blu-Ray does not double as a PhD in Baltimore Civic History. I see a lot of people trying to typecast the city and the citizens through the lenses of pop culture and media hyperbole, but there’s backstory and cultural fabric that the rest of the country/world doesn’t see.
Is Baltimore perfect? No, but we are made of amazing people. Branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore have been staying open for the community, and they sheltered people who needed refuge when the street was on fire.
When the schools closed, the libraries were open. A fire started outside one of their branches when police launched a tear gas canister onto a trash-pile. They still opened. The Orioles wouldn’t let fans into Camden Yards to watch the game, but everyone was welcomed at the library. There was a BearCat - **A BEARCAT, YOU GUYS **- parked out front, but the library still opened.
If you’re enjoying Museum Dance Off, consider making a donation - even just a dollar or two- to the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. If that’s not in the budget, or you’re outside the US and the mechanics don’t work, no worries. Support comes in all forms. The staff at Pratt have and will continue to create safe space for the community. They not only provided refuge from the violence and confusion on the streets, they actively foster opportunities for public education, civil conversation and healing. Baltimore needs those things.
Click here to donate, in any amount.
Or send them a tweet or a Facebook message to show your support.
If you’re wondering why I’m writing a museum-themed blog and not asking you to donate to a Baltimore Museum, well, I’m not telling you NOT to do that - I’m just very fond of Pratt and impressed with their commitment to the community, in our current difficult times and every other day. Alternatively, there are a number of Baltimore groups who are working to heal, empower, and make stronger the community. Of course, you could always throw that support towards your local community library or museum.
More than anything, I just wanted to say that you guys are an amazing bunch of people and I’m glad to be a part of our silly community. You brighten my day and lighten up my heart. Thanks for that, and I mean it.