Elevate Blog: March 19, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

ELEVATE Podcasts:

Join Us!  Episode 53 – An Evening with Darin Atwater

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hosted by Elevate Maryland and Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland 21044


Join Candace and Tom at Merriweather Post Pavilion for their interview with the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission’s new artistic director Darin Atwater!

Doors open at 5:30 pm, show starts at 6:00 pm!
Cash bar onsite.

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Episode 52: With Board of Education Members Sabina Taj and Mavis Ellis

“Kids are important wherever they are.” – Mavis Ellis

Last week, Tom and Candace sat down with Howard County Board of Education members Sabina Taj and Mavis Ellis. Both are history-makers in their own right, Ms. Taj being the first asian woman elected to the Board and Ms. Ellis the first African-American chairperson. Tune in to hear about Black Lives Matter week in schools, diversity in leadership, and the budget-making process – one of the most substantive conversations we’ve had yet, as we asked – and they answered – some tough questions that are on the minds of many here in Howard County, that echo trends around the country. Also, find out what they think it takes to ELEVATE Maryland.

Listen Here

Thanks to our guests, our #Elevators who came out, those who listened along with us, and our team! #ElevateMaryland

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ELEVATE News:

The latest stuff happening with Elevate:

Before we had large signs on buildings, we had a special group of folks who supported us as Founding Sponsors. We appreciate you all! Click here to see our Founding Elevators!

We are so sad to see Lupa leave our community. Thank you to our friends there who hosted Elevate Maryland this past year – we appreciate our partnership! We are so grateful to have found a new home at Clarksville Commons so quickly. Thank you to Roger Caplan and Kerry Lenny for working with us and for the awesome sign – what a great surprise! We love Clarksville Commons already.

We are so excited to announce an “elevated team” and our new blog!

The Elevate Blog covers the latest news from the Elevate Maryland world, what we are doing, what we are thinking about, and what we hope you’ll read with us and discuss. Elevate Editor Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz pulls from the podcast, our writers, and current news. Elevate Writers Candace Dodson Reed, Tom Coale, Mickey GomezElizabeth Mason Moses, Sabina Taj have inspirational and aspirational takes on what we need to do to Elevate Maryland and highlight perspectives from our guests, hosts and community.

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ELEVATE the Conversation:

10 thought-provoking pieces on current issues we care about, things happening in our community, and efforts our friends and guests are involved in:

  1. What Does it Take to ELEVATE Maryland?, ELEVATE Maryland Blog – 3/4/19
  2. Soulful Symphony finds its new home at Merriweather Post PavilionHoward County Times – 3/12
  3. The Tragedy of BaltimoreNew York Times – 3/12/19
  4. The Persistent Economic Advantage of America’s SuburbsCity Lab – 3/7/19
  5. Dragging and the Dregs, Village Green/Town² – 3/10/19
  6. Maryland Senate passes legislation to award millions of dollars in tax credits for child careBaltimore Sun – 3/12/19
  7. How Philanthropy Can Advance the Urgent Needs of Women and Girls of Color, Chronicle of Philanthropy – 3/8/19
  8. Is Your Board Ready to Advance Equity? – NCRP, 2/21/19
  9. They were raised to be ‘colorblind’ — but now more white parents are learning to talk about raceWashington Post – 2/27/19
  10. The ‘heartbreaking’ decrease in black homeownership – racism and rollbacks in government policies are taking their tollWashington Post, 2/28/19

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ELEVATE Snapshots:

The latest pictures from Elevate around town.

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ELEVATE Team:

Elevate Maryland: @podcastelevate

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The Elevate Podcast explores the policies, people, and stories that affect the state of Maryland. “Elevate” is defined as: to lift up or make higher, to raise in rank or status, to improve morally, intellectually, or culturally, and to raise the spirits of – just what we aim to do. With over 50 podcasts to date, Show Founders and Hosts Candace Dodson Reed and Tom Coale talk to newsmakers and everyday people in order to elevate the conversation and find out what matters most in our communities. Find a full list of all podcasts here

The Elevate Blog covers the latest news from the Elevate Maryland world, what we are doing, what we are thinking about, and what we hope you’ll read with us and discuss. Elevate Editor Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz pulls from the podcast, our writers, and current news. Elevate Writers Candace Dodson Reed, Tom Coale, Mickey GomezElizabeth Mason Moses, Sabina Taj have inspirational and aspirational takes on what we need to do to Elevate Maryland and highlight perspectives from our guests, hosts and community.

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