Baltimore Field School

Sarah Fouts, Assistant Professor of American Studies, and Nicole King, Associate Professor of American Studies, will continue to build the Baltimore Field School (BFS), which was initiated in 2019 as part of UMBC’s Public Humanities program. BFS creates a framework for UMBC graduate students, staff, and faculty to collaborate with community partners in building ethical and sustainable research and teaching projects focused on public humanities. The projects focus on documenting and preserving the arts and cultural traditions taking place in the Baltimore area. BFS currently partners with organizations like Creative Alliance, Mera Kitchen Collective, Beautiful Side of Ugly, and Black Yield Institute. Storytelling projects emerging from BFS focus on traditional foodways and music production. Grant funds will support ongoing engagement with these stakeholders to sustain the annual field school workshop that will focus on theory and praxis in building these Baltimore-based humanities projects.