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Ivy Parsons (IMDA '07) was awarded a Baltimore Community Fellowship stipend from the Open Society Institute, Baltimore. She will create the Interfaith Garden Art Project in partnership with the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Dr. Rayner Brown Elementary - Middle School, and the Interfaith community as a place to honor the school's champion chess players and as a sustainable environmental green space for all the community to enjoy. She and local students had built chess tables at the middle school. The garden, located in a vacant lot that once had abandoned houses, will be a community gathering place.
She said "This project will help unify numerous groups of people in an effort to preserve the neighborhood and provide hope for the next generation."
"Since the Open Society Institute-Baltimore opened its doors in 1998, we recognized that answers to difficult problems sometimes come from unlikely places, risk-takers and visionaries. In order to strengthen the possibilities, we have established, nourished and supported the Baltimore Community Fellowship Program. Every year eight to ten dedicated, passionate individuals have been selected, each committed to making a difference in some of Baltimore's most marginalized communities. Each fellow receives $48,750 to work full-time over 18 months-a stipend that allows them to cultivate their dreams to improve our community."
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