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Local artists moving on

People leave Baltimore every year, but this summer and fall feel especially poignant given the number of local artists leaving town and what they contributed to Baltimore’s cultural life. Some aren’t going too far. Kristen Anchor left her post at the Creative Alliance Moviemakers, but she’s sticking around to attend graduate school at UMBC. Animator Karen Yasinsky was awarded the 114th Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome, meaning she and her husband John Standiford, who curated the Charles Theatre’s repertory film series, will spend the next year in the Eternal City. But others are saying goodbye proper. Visual artists Kate MacKinnon and Christine Bailey are seeing what lies beyond Baltimore—MacKinnon in New York and Bailey out west. Curator Jamillah James is also working on projects in New York. Performance artist and curator Ric Royer heads off to graduate school in Rhode Island, while filmmaker and Magic Eye Film Series founder/organizer Mary Helena Clark heads to graduate school in Chicago—which is also where local filmmaker/musician/curator Catherine Pancake, who has been a vital force in Baltimore’s experimental music/film, queer, performance, and activism communities since the early 1990s, is bound. A sincere and hearty congratulations to you all, but we’re definitely going to miss the fruits of your creative labors around these parts.

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