Be Here: Baltimore is helping the city be known for new and more diverse narratives by supporting culture keepers in getting their authentic stories of the city heard on global and local platforms. The MuseWeb Foundation launched the Be Here project in Baltimore in the summer of 2016 with funding from izi.TRAVEL, and has helped storytellers publish more than 1,250 stories of the city so far. Be Here is also part of the Museum on Main Street program, collecting stories from small towns across America as part of the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibitions. Be Here: Baltimore is now based at the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, giving the city’s diverse voices and their stories a historic home and new platform in the heart of downtown.
More than 1,250 authentic stories of the city have been published as part of the Be Here: Baltimore project since the summer of 2016. Listen to special collections here or find Be Here stories on a range of platforms including the Be Here Stories iOS app and website, AuthenticBaltimore.org, the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street website,the izi.TRAVEL app and website, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, and Tumblr.
The Peale Center has been awarded a grant from the National Park Service, US Department of Interior managed by the Baltimore Heritage Area Association, the management entity for the Baltimore National Heritage Area. The heritage area works to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore’s historic and cultural legacy and natural resources for current and future generations. These funds will enable the Peale to provide micro-grants to Baltimore storytellers in the second year of Be Here: Baltimore.