Mr. J.D. Howard, recipient of The
Youth Arts Harvest Festival’s 2012 Jose Ruiz
“Champion of Culture” award.
|According to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's "Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change" report, culture and the arts are vehicles for expressing our struggles and accomplishments, our identity and hopes for the future as individuals and as a society. Each year, foundations award about $2.3 billion to nonprofit arts and cultural institutions. The distribution of these funds is demonstrably out of balance with our evolving cultural landscape and with the changing demographics of our communities.
In Baltimore, our future is dependent upon our ability to strategically invest in the right of children and youth from diverse cultural backgrounds to create art from their own cultural vantage point.
Through our annual Youth Arts Harvest Festival held in downtown Baltimore, the Youth Resiliency Institute organizes an annual afternoon of cultural music, food, vendors, crafts and performances brought to you by children and youth from diverse cultural communities including, but not limited to: African-American/African, Latino, Brazilian, Asian, Indian, West Indian, Native American, and European backgrounds.