What Color Should We Paint the Crane?
Orange, green, blue or red? Cast your vote here.

This summer, we're gearing up to paint the 1942 shipyard crane that graces the museum's campus, and  we need you to help choose the color.

Since the museum launched the Save the Crane campaign with an online, crowd-sourced fund drive in 2016, many  individuals, corporations, foundations, and public funders have helped to make our crane's on-going  restoration possible. Last year, we completed the first phase of restoration-cleaning and sealing the  crane's cab, including removing some 350 lbs. of pigeon guano.

Now we need you to help us launch the most exciting step yet--choosing the color that will transform  the crane. Once freshly painted and dramatically lit, the crane will take its place as a symbol of economic  progress and a beacon on Baltimore's skyline.

Voting closes August 31 so be sure to cast your vote today. And stay tuned for the big reveal in  September, as we announce the winning color.

Thank you for being part of our crane's transformation!
Your Vote Matters!

Vote for the color you would like us to paint the crane. Share with your loved ones and friends so they can cast a vote too!
The Art of Canning
A sculpture on display in Imin Yeh's latest exhibition at SPACE gallery in Pittsburgh. 
Twenty-five years ago, Imin Yeh visited the BMI with her elementary school classmates and fell in love with our Kids' Cannery program. Today, the Carnegie Mellon art professor continues to make artwork inspired by that visit, including a paper can and hand-painted paper oysters, currently on exhibition at SPACE gallery in Pittsburgh. During a visit to the BMI last week for a trip down memory lane, Imin explained that her art project was inspired in equal amounts from the cans used in the BMI's popular field trip activity, her memory of visiting the museum as a child, and an idealized version of the two that suits her adult artist desires.

Imin Yeh revisits the BMI Cannery exhibit.
Imin grew up in Bethesda, Maryland in close proximity to some of our nation's greatest museums, which served as fodder for her creativity. She teaches printmaking, so has a great affinity for archives, historical artifacts, and industrial technologies such as the kind shown in the BMI's print shop and other galleries.

Recent exhibitions of Imin's work include the San Jose Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). We love that Imin's visit to the BMI so many years ago helped to set her trajectory towards a rewarding career, and we hope to continue to inspire the thousands of young visitors that walk into the museum each year take a unique experience home with them.

Not Just for Kids! 

Want a unique team-building experience? Foster bonding among colleagues and a productive work environment with a lively, fully immersive experience in the BMI's Cannery. 
"The Point" Worth the Labor of Love

Interior view showing worker at Bethlehem Steel Corporation Sparrows Point.

On July 29, the BMI will host Remembering Sparrows Point, a public program exploring one of the icons of Baltimore's industrial history, the Bethlehem Steel Mill at Sparrows Point. Through stories and modeling--both physical and computer-generated--visitors will hear intimate recollections of Sparrows Point from labor historian Bill Barry and two former employees from the plant.
Sparrows Point was once the world's largest steel-producing plant, building parts for hundreds of WWII ships, the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Due to high owner turnover rates and bankruptcy during the early 21st century, Sparrows Point--also known as "The Point"-- was forced to close in 2012 after 125 years of steelmaking.
Labor historian Bill Barry.
For years prior to the closure, Barry taught Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Labor Studies courses at the Sparrows Point Career Development Center. During that time, the relationships he built with the steelworkers, and the labor stories he heard, inspired him to spearhead a labor of love project about the history of Sparrows Point, which examines various social issues within the union--such as civil rights, women in the mill, community and eventually deindustrialization.
During the Remembering Sparrows Point event, Bill Wolf and Andrew Morton, two Sparrows Point retirees, will showcase their own projects inspired by Sparrows Point--including Wolf's physical models and Morton's computer-generated simulations of the mills.
"I was inspired to create this event at the BMI because I met two men with extraordinarily unique projects for telling the history of The Point--their ways of remembering the mills are unique," says Barry. "People who attend this program will see things they have never seen before and the program will be especially powerful for anyone who worked in the steel industry.
Be sure to join us for Remembering Sparrows Point on Sunday, July 29 from 1:30 PM - 3PM to learn more about this industrial symbol from Baltimore's past! The program will be included with museum admission.
For more details on Bill Barry's Sparrows Point Steelworkers project, please visit www.sparrowspointsteelworkers.com .
Mark Your Calendars!

Remembering Sparrows Point will occur on Sunday, July 29 from 1:30 PM - 3 PM. To view other BMI summer events, click the link.
Upcoming Programs at the BMI
Year of the Market: Baltimore's Public Markets | Learn about the history of Baltimore's public markets in a gallery talk presented in partnership with the Walters Art Museum.
WHEN  Thurs, July 12 | 6:30 PM-7:15 PM
WHERE   Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore
COST  Free / Advanced registration suggested / Register online

Year of the Market: A Tale of Two Markets | Experience Lexington Market, the oldest public market in America, and its neighbor Mount Vernon Marketplace on a sensory-rich tour in partnership with the Walters Art Museum.
WHEN  Sat, July 14 | 10 AM-12 PM
WHERE   Meet at Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore (Charles Street entrance)
COST  $5 members / $10 non-members / Advanced registration required /Register online 

Remembering Sparrows Point | Examine modeling of the Bethlehem Steel mill at Sparrows Point and hear recollections from labor historian Bill Barry.
WHEN  Sun, July 29 / 1:30 PM-3 PM
COST  Included with admission

Wee Workers graphic
Wee Workers | Preschoolers will love this program just for them. Explore the museum's galleries through stories, songs, crafts, and pint-size tours with a weekly theme.
WHEN  This program has ended for the summer, but will return in September 2018.

Weekend Workers | It's all about fun as you discover how things work. These engaging activities allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them.
WHEN  Saturdays | 11 AM-2 PM unless noted
COST  Free with museum admission
UPCOMING THEMES  JUL 14 Designing Roller Coasters (Time Change: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM)  JUL  21:  Book Making  | 
JUL 28:  Snap Circuits
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